Today's News

  • County commissioners review proposed 2017 budget

    Jeffco’s county commissioners received a preview on Tuesday of the 2017 budget, and although it is balanced, one official raised concerns about once again dipping into reserves to keep the county in the black.

  • Hitchhiker accused of pulling gun on motorist is arrested

    A hitchhiker who is accused of pulling a gun on a driver in Evergreen was arrested Wednesday morning.

    Steven Garcia, 25, of Denver is facing charges of second-degree assault, aggravated robbery and menacing, the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office reported.

    Sheriff’s spokeswoman Jenny Fulton said a motorist stopped about 9:55 a.m. to pick up a hitchhiker near the intersection of Brook Forest and Blue Creek roads. The motorist told deputies that he stopped because the hitchhiker was carrying a lot of items.

  • Domestic violence a hidden problem in the mountain area

    EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first installment of a multi-part series exploring the issue of domestic violence in the mountain communities in recognition of National Domestic Violence Month, which takes place annually in October.

    Domestic violence: Almost everyone knows someone who has been affected by it.

  • EPRD eyeing boost in cost of rec pass

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District is looking to increase the price of an annual recreation pass and the salaries of full-time employees in the first draft of its 2017 budget.

    At the EPRD board meeting Sept. 27, financial controller Jason Leslie presented board members with the district’s first official draft of the 2017 budget. Leslie gave a comprehensive look at projected revenue and expenses.

  • High lead levels found at five mountain schools

    Five Jeffco schools in the mountain area have at least one water source with high lead levels, according to new test results released by the district.

    As of Sept. 16, Bergen Meadow Elementary, Marshdale Elementary and Evergreen Middle School in Evergreen, as well as Elk Creek Elementary and West Jefferson Middle School in Conifer, all have at least one water source with unsafe levels of lead.

  • Judge refuses to toss evidence in shooting of bear cubs

    The attorney for the Evergreen resident accused of fatally shooting two bears cubs last September unsuccessfully tried to have evidence in the case suppressed at a hearing Thursday in Jeffco District Court.

  • Replacement of bridge at Lake Park is delayed

    The project to replace the bridge over Bear Creek at the entrance to Evergreen Lake Park has been delayed until next year.

    Ellen O’Connor, executive director of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District, confirmed that the city of Denver, which is in charge of the project, contacted EPRD and said work would be delayed until sometime in 2017. The project originally had been scheduled for this fall.

  • New board votes to fire director of Rocky Mountain Academy

    The school board at Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen on Wednesday night decided unanimously to fire executive director Roberta Harrell, and voted 4-3 to reinstate the six faculty members who were fired last week.

    The board’s actions came after three hours of closed meetings to discuss legal and personnel issues. There was no public discussion regarding Harrell’s termination.

  • Former Idaho Springs resident McEuen to perform at United Center on Nov. 3

    By Kevin M. Smith, For the Courier

    Nov. 3 will be a homecoming of sorts for John McEuen.

    The California native, who is perhaps best known as a co-founder of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in 1966, lived in Clear Creek for 20 years.

    “It’s nice,” McEuen said in an interview, noting that Idaho Spring is close to skiing and not too far from the Denver airport. “There are nice people; it was a growing little town.”

  • Jeffco authorities participate in cross-country operation targeting sex traffickers

    The FBI’s Rocky Mountain Innocence Lost Task Force and local law enforcement partners — including the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office and district attorney — last week targeted sex traffickers who put children up for sale in Colorado and Wyoming, arresting 11 pimps and 32 customers, and recovering nine children.