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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Tractor-trailer crashes into Aspen Peak Cellars

    A tractor-trailer crashed into a Bailey winery early Tuesday morning, rendering the building a total loss.

    According to State Patrol Trooper Nate Reid, a truck carrying bottled water was traveling south on U.S. 285 and failed to negotiate the turn at Crow Hill. It crossed the northbound lane and slammed into Aspen Peak Cellars just after midnight.

  • Mountain Bowls fund-raiser gears up for eighth year

    It’s time to set free your inner artist as area residents paint bowls for the eighth annual Mountain Bowls fund-raiser for the Mountain Resource Center.

    The bowls will become gifts at the meals to thank participants for helping provide food for area families in need.

    MRC officials hope more than 200 bowls will be painted between now and Oct. 9, which is the last day to decorate a bowl. More than 400 bowls are already prepared for the event, now in its eighth year.

  • State wildlife agency hunts for solutions to budget woes

    Colorado Parks and Wildlife is asking for suggestions and feedback from hunters, fishermen and the public on how best to address its budget challenges.

    Representatives from the wildlife division, which is operated on a separate financial basis from the parks division, hosted a meeting at Evergreen Fire/Rescue’s administration building Aug. 31. About three dozen people attended, the majority of whom were Evergreen or Conifer area hunters or anglers.

  • Business customers of IREA targeted by phone scam

    Scammers are targeting business customers of the Intermountain Rural Electric Association again — this time with over-the-phone threats to shut off service.

    According to IREA spokesman Josh Liss, scammers are calling businesses and threatening to immediately disconnect power unless a payment is made using a pre-paid credit or debit card.

  • Election forum scheduled Sept. 27

    An election forum featuring candidates for the Jeffco county commission and state House District 25 is planned at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, at Center/Stage Theatre in Evergreen.

    The forum, sponsored by Evergreen Newspapers and the Conifer and Evergreen chambers of commerce, will feature a modified debate format. A moderator will pose questions to the candidates, with strict time limits on the answers; opponents then will have a limited time for a rebuttal.

  • Jeffco sheriff lifts fire restrictions

    The Jeffco sheriff has lifted the temporary fire restriction for all areas of unincorporated Jefferson County, including all federal lands, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release. Current and predicted weather conditions have reduced the danger of wildfire, the release stated. However, residents are encouraged to be vigilant, as fire danger is always present in the high country.

  • String of burglaries reported in mountain area over long weekend

    Authorities are investigating a string of burglaries at Evergreen and Conifer businesses that occurred over the Labor Day weekend.

    Jeffco sheriff's spokeswoman Jenny Fulton said at least 10 businesses in the mountain area were broken into, and it's believed the crimes could be connected.

  • Rec district takes look at 2017 budget

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District took a very preliminary look at its possible 2017 budget at a work session Sept. 30.

    Executive Director Ellen O’Connor, financial controller Jason Leslie and human resources manager Heather Facer presented EPRD’s five board members with items the staff would like to include in next year’s budget — particularly, improvements in employee compensation. The staff members will present a more detailed budget draft at the next board meeting on Sept. 27.

  • Fire district board decides not to pursue bond issue

    The Evergreen Fire Protection District board voted Sunday not to pursue a proposed multimillion-dollar bond issue that would have paid for the replacement of Station 1, citing a number of factors, including a need for further exploration of long-term costs associated with rebuilding the station and competition with ballot measures from Jeffco Public Schools.