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Today's News

  • First spring migrants appear in foothills

    As March draws to a close, it feels more like spring every day. I love this time of year when winter slowly loses its grip on the land, and spring gets closer every day.

    Some days when the sky is blue and the temperature rises well above 60 degrees, you feel like spring is already here. Those of us who have lived here for awhile know better; we also know it may snow tomorrow, and it will be a long time still before Elk Meadow looks green instead of grayish-tan.

  • Pottery exhibit reflects history of Indian Hills

    The Pottery of Indian Hills exhibit at the Hiwan Homestead Museum in Evergreen reflects an era when a pueblo flourished in the mountain community.

    The brightly glazed works in hues of turquoise and brown were created at the abandoned NaTeSo Pueblo in Indian Hills, which Willard Spence of Denver purchased in 1949. After attempting to revive the pueblo that George Olinger, a developer of Indian Hills, established as a tourist attraction in the early 1920s, Spence began making pottery at the site. 

  • Updating Kittredge's community plan

    As Bear Creek flows through Kittredge, the stream defines and shapes the community, residents pointed out at a meeting hosted by Jeffco planners on March 17.

    Most commercial development in Kittredge is near the creek, which borders Highway 74.

    Many residences, including the Sun Ridge subdivision, are built high on a ridge above the stream, which flows from the community down Bear Creek Canyon into Morrison.

  • Park district may relinquish management of Alderfer property

    For the past 25 years the Evergreen Park and Recreation District has been responsible for maintaining the house and barn at Alderfer/Three Sisters Park through a lease agreement with Jeffco Open Space, which owns the property.

    The lease on the 5.4-acre Alderfer property is expiring in November. And EPRD staff and board members are weighing the option of non-renewal because of the expenses involved in managing the aging structures.

  • Indian Hills eatery is pro-pasta

    Indian Hills’ latest restaurateurs believe in the transcendent power of macaroni.

    Which makes sense, because their new eatery on Parmalee Gulch Road has been dubbed Mac Nation Café.

    The philosophy at Mac Nation is simple: Everybody loves macaroni.

    “You can hit everybody’s palate with it and warm their soul,” said chef Anthony Saxon.

    The restaurant, which features squashy couches and bright colors, will open for business April 1.

  • Study groups take over in teacher contract talks

    Jeffco Public Schools and the teachers union have agreed to take part of their current contract negotiations behind closed doors.

    The sides agreed early on to form small groups made up of representatives and experts to examine several priority topics. The smaller groups will meet to come up with options before the full bargaining teams gather again to hammer out a final agreement. The next public negotiations are slated for April 13.

  • School board approves salary guidelines for newly hired teachers

    The Jeffco school board has unanimously approved salary guidelines for teachers hired this year who have teaching experience in other districts, have master’s degrees, or are working in hard-to-fill positions.

  • Block party: Wilmot students embrace cubism in Rubik’s competition

    Rubik’s Cubes are back.

    The popular 1980s cube-manipulation game is seeing a resurgence, so much so that Wilmot Elementary conducted a Rubik’s Cube competition last Friday among a dozen fifth-graders.

    The competition was not an official event at the school. Rather, principal Matt Cormier organized it after he saw several students working with Rubik’s Cubes — and they were solving the puzzle pretty quickly.

  • Accident on westbound I-70 kills motorist

    One man was killed early Monday in a single-vehicle accident on Interstate 70 that snarled westbound traffic for several hours near the Lookout Mountain exit.

    The 59-year-old male driver of a 2006 Lexus SUV died at the scene, said State Patrol Trooper Nate Reid. The driver was from Littleton. No other information about the driver or the crash was immediately available.

  • Hillary’s e-mail mess a public mistake

    So, why did she really do it? What was Hillary Clinton’s real reason for running her public e-mail through a private device and with a specially installed private server in her home while she was secretary of state?

    Public business is the public’s business. It shouldn’t matter whether someone uses and pays for a personal device; the public policy remains the same. If a record is made, kept or maintained for a public purpose, the public deserves access to that record unless there is a specifically delineated exemption provided for in the law.