Today's News

  • Evergreen Fire OKs 2017 budget

    The Evergreen Fire Protection District finalized its 2017 budget on Jan. 13, cementing salary and wage increases and boosts in capital spending.

    Under the 2017 spending plan, the district’s communications, fire operations, fire prevention, administration, maintenance, and emergency medical services divisions will share in more than $200,000 allocated for wage and salary increases.

  • District weighs options ahead of talks with union

    With less than a month before contract negotiations begin with the Jefferson County Education Association, the school district is trying to prepare for a worst-case scenario when it comes to next year’s state funding.

    In the wake of the failure of ballot initiatives 3A and 3B in the November election, district officials are concerned that the uncertain nature of state funding could complicate efforts to retain current teachers and attract new hires.

  • Elk Creek Elementary to launch preschool

    After years of discussion, Elk Creek Elementary will finally join other area elementary schools in welcoming 3- and 4-year-olds when it opens its preschool program next year.

    Announced earlier this month, the move comes after a feasibility study revealed interest from more than 80 area families. According to Elk Creek principal Ryan Lucas, the preschool will be a boon for area parents who frequently have to drive 20 minutes or more to preschools at other schools, as well as for Elk Creek staff, who are excited to work with more kids.

  • CHS, EHS marching bands place at state

    Young musicians and performers in the mountain area can be proud to have competed and placed in the state marching band competition.

    This fall, the Conifer and Evergreen high school marching bands competed in the state competition in Grand Junction. Conifer placed eighth, and Evergreen placed third — the first time in the school’s history.

  • No opening day is scheduled yet for ice skating at Evergreen Lake

    Despite hopeful rumors, officials at the Evergreen Park and Recreation District say no official opening day has been scheduled for ice skating at Evergreen Lake.

    According to operations manager Heart Cameron, the skating area must have ice at least 12 inches thick for it to open to the public. As of Monday afternoon, he said, some areas had 6 to 8 inches of ice, while others had less.

    “For it to be opened, it needs to be 12 inches across the board,” Cameron said.

  • Holiday lights, holiday sights

    A city set on a hilltop cannot be hidden. And neither can a house decorated with thousands of Christmas lights.

    From Kittredge to Conifer, mountain area residents, organizations and businesses have put up strands of bright-colored bulbs, inflatable snowmen, moving reindeer, Nativity scenes, and many more decorations as a way to celebrate the winter holidays.

  • School board to vote tonight on whether to search for new superintendent

    The Jeffco school board will decide Jan. 12 whether to begin a search for a replacement for Superintendent Dan McMinimee.

    The announcement comes after two executive sessions — held Dec. 8 and 15 — in which school board members discussed the superintendent’s contract and received legal advice related to it. While the board has until March 31 to make a decision, a statement released Tuesday said “the board felt it was prudent to start the discussion early.”

  • 2016-17 skiing capsule previews

    Head coaches: Jarod Roberts (alpine), Holly Boggs (Nordic)
    Assistant coaches: David Howell (alpine), Mike Savoie (Nordic), Blake Ridgeway (Nordic)

  • Dinegar, Jaguars pull away from Lobos

    DENVER — Just 3 minutes into the game and Charles Dinegar was already having himself a game. The D’Evelyn junior had scored the team’s first nine points and was creating a defensive mismatch for the Conifer Lobos on Dec. 16. That’s when Conifer employed a 1-3-1 zone intended to slow Dinegar down.

  • Evergreen dominant at Jeffco mini-meet

    LITTLETON — Though the 200 individual medley is one of Tyler McMonigle’s favorite races, it’s also a difficult one to transition out of each stroke. That’s because the Evergreen High junior has to cope with scoliosis, a condition she’s had since birth.

    The first 50 yards of the individual medley — the butterfly — can be difficult, she said.