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Today's News

  • Residents concerned about Federal Center hosting immigrant kids

    A Jan. 19 telephone town hall meeting hosted by Congressman Ed Perlmutter gave Jeffco residents some answers about the anticipated spring arrival of up to 1,000 undocumented immigrant children, but some questions linger, local officials said.

  • Evergreen resident pleads not guilty in shooting of bear cubs

    The Evergreen homeowner who shot two bear cubs at his home last September pleaded not guilty to two felony and three misdemeanor charges at a hearing in Jefferson County Court on Monday.

    Judge Tamara Russell set a June 20 date for a jury trial for the defendant, Daniel C. Williams, 50, who appeared in court with his attorney, Harvey Steinberg. The judge also set an April 21 deadline for a motion hearing when a possible plea offer could be presented by Williams and his attorney.

  • The Silver Tsunami

    Editor's note: This is the first installment of a series about the growing senior population in Jefferson County and the mountain area.

    Depending on whom you ask, the baby boom generation either popularized self-indulgence or helped create a more egalitarian America. But whether rotten or visionary, the generation born between 1946 and 1964 isn’t a kid anymore, and its final chapter promises changes and challenges to match any that have come before.

  • Rising housing costs lead to increase in Jeffco homeless population

    As housing costs rise in Jeffco and the metro area, the number of homeless people also is increasing, say directors of organizations involved in helping them. Many of the people without a place to live are families and youths who cannot afford to pay rent.

    “We commonly see families who are experiencing homelessness for the first time,” said Jennifer Wilson, coordinator of Community and Family Connections for Jeffco Schools, a program that assists homeless students and their families.

  • Feds scrap plan to house immigrant kids in Lakewood

    The federal government has abandoned plans to convert parts of a Lakewood office building to house up to 1,000 undocumented immigrant children, citing both time and money challenges.

    The Administration of Children and Families had planned to use the Government Services Administration building at the Denver Federal Center as temporary housing for children in a program for minors who arrived in the U.S. without a parent or adult family member. The agency initially said the facility would be ready by April.

  • Driver arrested in rollover accident on I-70

    A 26-year-old man was arrested in connection with several charges after the SUV he was driving was involved in a single-car rollover Thursday near Evergreen that left him and his four passengers — including three minors — hospitalized.

    Juvenal Gomez, whose California driver’s license was suspended at the time of the wreck, was driving a 1998 Lincoln SUV eastbound on Interstate 70 at mile marker 248 near the Soda Creek subdivision sometime before 2:45 p.m. on Feb. 11 when the vehicle rolled, said State Patrol Trooper Josh Lewis.

  • Evergreen couple want to open facility for developmentally disabled adults

    Todd Mitchem has a vision for a working farm/ranch in Evergreen where a half-dozen developmentally disabled adults will live, work and be productive members of society.

    Mitchem, an Evergreen resident for 10 years, plans to call the place Holli’s Way after his sister, Holli, 40, who has developmental challenges after being deprived of oxygen as an infant.

    Mitchem’s fiancée, Diana Venckunaite, has a cousin with Down syndrome.

  • Storksbill blooms may be seen in February near the foothills

    (Reprinted from Feb. 25, 2015)

    Once more, a fine snow is drifting down on the meadows that surround me. Elk Run Assisted Living is located in an offshoot of the Elk Meadow Open Space area. I watched the fog move across the meadow and as usual this time of year, it brought another snowstorm with it. The grasses in the meadow are dry, tan or yellow, with nary a sign of spring green.

  • Quick Hits

    Cougars seeking baseball coach

    Evergreen High School Baseball is looking for a Level 3 baseball coach for the upcoming spring season. Those interested can contact head coach Steve Jones at sjones@joneskeller.com.

    Distance runners at indoor meet

    Evergreen High School’s distance track coach Rob Wright took seven members of the Cougars’ track team to an indoor meet Feb. 6 at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.

  • Evergreen girls clinch playoff berth

    EVERGREEN — Reservations for the big dance were officially made Feb. 5.

    Evergreen’s girls basketball team formally clinched its postseason berth to the 32-team Class 4A state tournament with a 65-45 home victory over Golden. It was also the seventh straight win for the Cougars (17-2, 9-2 in 4A Jeffco).

     “I think this is a great streak for us right now,” Evergreen coach Amy Bahl said. “This is when you want to be playing your better basketball.”