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Today's News

  • Primary election scheduled June 28

    Voting packets are scheduled to be in the mail beginning June 6 in advance of the federal, state and county primary election June 28.  The primary will be an all-mail election, and the ballots started printing on May 9. It will be a short, one-page document. 

    May 27 is the last day a voter affiliated with a party is able to change affiliation to vote in a different party's primary.

  • For the county by the county: a re-imagined Jeffco Fair & Festival

    This summer Jeffco is hosting the first-ever county fair planned by residents, dubbed the Jefferson County Fair & Festival.

    The four-day event Aug. 11-14 also will be the first to use the entire Jeffco Fairgrounds. There will be seven “zones,” each with a unique focus of activities and entertainment. 

    "We’re taking the same concepts and traditions and putting different spins on them,” said Dexter Foxworth, the fair's events coordinator. 

  • Decline in enrollment will reduce state funding to Jeffco Schools

    Employee compensation, state funding and an enrollment decline remain major discussion points as Jeffco Public Schools moves closer to finalizing its budget for the 2016-17 academic year. 

    In a presentation to the school board last Thursday, chief financial officer Kathleen Askelson and her team said lower enrollment means the district will receive $4.25 million less than expected in state funding. The district anticipates an enrollment decrease of about 600 students in 2016-17.

  • Section of Lake Trail closed because of erosion

    Because of erosion, the Evergreen Park and Recreation District has closed a section of the Evergreen Lake Trail along Highway 74 from Upper Bear Creek Road to the top of the connector bridge near the dam. 

    A sign posted on the trail as of May 2 said, "Trail closed due to unsafe conditions." Orange sawhorses, green traffic cones and half a dozen gates have been installed along the walkway.

  • Four-story hotel planned at El Rancho

    A new hotel could break ground as soon as this fall in the El Rancho area on vacant land at Tepees Way and Swede Gulch Road behind Home Depot and Walmart.

    The project is rapidly making its way through the Jefferson County Planning and Zoning process, since the property is already zoned for commercial development and there is no need for rezoning or a public hearing before the Planning Commission. 

    A community meeting was held in October to introduce neighbors to the plan. 

  • Chamber awards four college scholarships

    The Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce has announced four students as recipients of the first-ever chamber scholarships.

    The chamber chose four graduating seniors who are planning to study business to receive $1,000 college scholarships. The winners are Maya Dethlefs, Lauren Sneed and Alyssa Harris from Evergreen High School, and Justine Lane, who lives in Evergreen but attends D'Evelyn High School. 

  • Retaining wall planned for Kerr Gulch Road in Kittredge

    Jefferson County Road and Bridge is planning to build a large retaining wall, the size of a small building, at Kerr Gulch Road and Highway 74 in Kittredge. 

    The project, which will take 60 days and cost $185,000, is one of the most expensive on the list for construction this year in the mountain area, but has been pushed back to November through January.

    The goal is to shore up the bank, which was weakened by flooding in 2013 and further compromised by heavy rains in 2014.

  • Estis, May elected to EPRD board

    Monte Estis and Bill May won election Tuesday to two open seats on the Evergreen Park and Recreation District board, edging a third candidate, Doug Lempke.

    According to unofficial results released by the district Tuesday night, Estis captured 243 votes, and May 240. Lempke trailed with 232 votes.

  • Nature Center’s new director loves education, the outdoors

    A gas stove flickers bright orange in the Evergreen Nature Center, where new executive director Colleen Kulesza pulls up a chair as raindrops hit Evergreen Lake outside. Built in the 1930s, the historic warming hut and its lack of central heating or plumbing was just one more inducement for Kulesza.

    “Look at this building! It’s gorgeous! Like, I could do that,” she said.

  • Fashionably thrifty

    The lodge at Ascent Church was transformed into a thrifty lady’s paradise Saturday with the first Mountain Diva Fashion Swap, hosted by Evergreen Mothers of Preschoolers. To gain access to piles of gently used clothes and accessories, each woman donated $3 and a minimum of five items.

    “I donated a lot of accessories and shoes. So, half the purses on the stage are from me,” said Kara Brown, an Evergreen resident who was invited to the swap by friends. “I’m a hand-me-down junkie. So as many hand-me-downs as I can get, I’m good.”