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Today's News

  • Family, community and pets alike honor longtime Evergreen veterinarian

    More than 150 people and nearly as many dogs turned out Sunday afternoon to honor Terry Stephen, a longtime Evergreen veterinarian who died of cancer on March 27 at the age of 66.

    Before they took to the trail around the Buchanan Ponds, they stopped to share some stories — and some tears — about a man they called compassionate to both animals and humans.

  • Landowners, JCOS continue to talk about dog park

    Jeffco Open Space remains in discussions with one or multiple landowners about acquiring a site for a new off-leash dog park in Evergreen.

    During an April 3 staff briefing, Parks Director Tom Hoby told county commissioners that he was meeting with the landowners this week.

    “Trying to force a land negotiation is not beneficial,” Hoby said. “I can’t give you a timeline. I can say that we’re pursuing this with zeal.”

  • Renovating Jeffco schools would cost $647 million

    The Jeffco School Board has discussed using a bond issue on the November ballot to raise $647 million that experts said would be needed to make Jeffco schools more efficient, more equal and safer.

    The board has made no decision on whether to put a bond issue on the ballot, which would need to be done before late August, but board members asked for further information to take to upcoming community meetings.

  • Threat at Evergreen HS deemed unfounded

    Rumors about a possible threat at Evergreen High School on Friday turned out to be unfounded, according to Jeffco Public Schools officials.
    According to Jeffco chief communications officer Diana Wilson, someone left a message through the school’s Safe2Tell system, and district officials and law enforcement investigated. However, rumors spread that there was a weapon in a locker. Every locker was checked, and law enforcement didn’t find anything, she said.
    According to district policy, the district can inspect lockers in a school at any time.

  • CASB to support in superintendent search

    The Colorado Association of School Boards will help with community engagement in Platte Canyon School District’s ongoing superintendent search.
    The board of directors unanimously approved an agreement to spend no more than $500 plus mileage expenses in order to bring Randy Black, director of member relations at CASB, to Bailey to host a community forum with potential interim superintendent candidates.

  • Students target gun reform with voter registration push

    Last month, hundreds of Jeffco students walked out of their classrooms in hopes of sending a message to lawmakers about gun violence in schools. Ten days later, they joined millions across the country in “March for Our Lives” demonstrations on March 24 that, again, were aimed at sending a message to politicians. Now the kids are sending another message to legislators: Do something about gun reform or we’ll vote you out of office.

  • Participating Jeffco agencies consolidate dispatch

    After seven years of conversation, including five years of planning, law enforcement agencies and fire departments across Jeffco are officially dispatching through one consolidated dispatch center — Jeffcom 911 — housed at West Metro Fire Rescue.

    The final participating agencies went live last week, including Evergreen Fire/Rescue and other mountain fire districts.

    Formally called the Jefferson County Communications Center Authority, the center provides services to eight member agencies and supports an additional 14.

  • O’Connor pleads not guilty in deadly U.S. 285 crash

    The man accused of causing an Aug. 28 crash that killed a 53-year-old motorcyclist pleaded not guilty Tuesday morning and will return to court in September for a two-day jury trial.
    Ian Fitzgerald O’Connor, 32, is charged with leaving the scene with death, vehicular homicide and reckless vehicular, as well as a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence and several traffic infractions, including reckless driving, no proof of insurance, fictitious plates and more.

  • WJMS orchestra instructor awarded Teacher of the Year

    Laura Garrison was conducting her orchestra students Friday morning, as usual, when the classroom door opened and her parents and children walked into the room.

    They were followed by a few of Garrison’s friends, West Jefferson Middle School parents and school staff members — many of whom were carrying flowers or balloons.

    Garrison stopped conducting, befuddled at what was going on. Her 30-plus students were also confused, asking, “What’s happening?” and “Ms. Garrison, what did you do?”

  • Commissioners consider repurposing fairgrounds

    The county commissioners questioned allowing Jeffco Parks to purchase equipment for the fairgrounds in case the land is repurposed in the near future.

    During an April 3 staff briefing, Parks Director Tom Hoby and Dexter Foxworth, division director of Jeffco Events & Venues, asked the commissioners to authorize $105,000 to replace a grounds tractor and a maintenance vehicle. Both are past their 10-year lifespan and are used on a regular basis, they said.