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Today's News

  • School district to wrap up lead mitigation by end of year

    After more than six months of testing and repairs, Jeffco Public Schools is expected to wrap up mitigation efforts related to high lead levels in tap water at more than 77 percent of the district’s schools by year’s end.

    According to Tim Reed, executive director of facilities and planning, testing of the water at all district facilities was completed in October, and efforts to replace hundreds of affected fixtures, pipes and other materials remain in process.

  • Winter break programs at rec district, library keep kids occupied, engaged

    Even though most of Evergreen was covered in snow, at least one group of children decided to spend Friday inside. But, rather than playing video games or watching movies, these youngsters were playing ping-pong, rock-climbing and swimming.

    The 13 kids spent Dec. 23 at Buchanan Recreation Center as part of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District’s winter break camp. This year the camp runs through Jan. 6 and offers children an opportunity to spend their winter break doing a variety of activities, including going on field trips.

  • Sheriff’s ‘Santa Cops’ deliver gifts to underprivileged kids in Jeffco

    Several hundred underprivileged Jeffco children experienced a merry Christmas this year thanks to the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office and its participation in the annual Christmas Crusade for Children.

  • Hands of the carpenter

    Most people see a chair as merely a place to sit. Jonathan Gerspach, though, has a deep-seated tendency to view chairs — and other pieces of furniture — as works of art.

    For Gerspach, a single chair can represent hours of work — designing, measuring, building, crafting and finishing.

  • Chamber offices moving to Stone House

    The new year will bring a new office for the Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce.

    The chamber is moving to the Stone House on Evergreen Parkway in Bergen Park in late January.

    Chamber president Betsy Hays says the new space, with its prominent signage, will make the chamber more visible to visitors as they drive into Evergreen from Interstate 70 — though the signage will not be overbearing, as the chamber tries to be sensitive to its residential neighbors.

  • Marshdale students stuff stockings for kids in need

    Sixty stockings for kids who use Evergreen’s Mountain Backpacks program were filled to overflowing on Friday — with the help of the elves at Marshdale Elementary School.

    Students filled stockings with necessities such as toothbrushes and bandages but also with toys such as Hot Wheels cars, watercolor paints and Play-Doh.

  • Bailey resale shop re-launched as a community partnership

    The Platte Canyon Community Partnership Resale Boutique in Bailey isn’t your everyday thrift store.

    For starters, it formerly was the Mountain Peace Boutique — a resale shop owned and operated by PeaceWorks Inc. for the benefit of individuals using the Mountain Peace Shelter. After PeaceWorks decided to close the boutique in April, half a dozen volunteer managers pooled their resources and talents to re-launch the shop under a new name and new ownership in July.

  • Public meetings planned on health, safety concerns at dog park

    The Elk Meadow off-leash area in Evergreen is facing a growing list of health and safety concerns, and Jeffco Open Space officials will host a series of public meetings to inform dog owners about steps they can take to ensure the park remains open.

  • Jeffco DA agrees to suspend investigations of online child sex predators

    Jeffco District Attorney Pete Weir has agreed to suspend his office’s investigations of online child sexual predators following an ethics complaint by a Denver defense attorney.

  • Wildlife board game offers wild time for young players

    Take the following quiz:

    • Koalas are most closely related to: bears, kangaroos or raccoons.

    • How many hours a day do koalas usually sleep? 6, 10 or 20.

    • What is the protection status of koalas?

    If you answered kangaroos, 20 and threatened, not only do you know a lot about koalas, but you can answer all three levels of questions about them in a new board game called Traveling Animals.