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Today's News

  • Common house wren sings its bubbling spring song

    When I stretched out on my bed on the afternoon of May 12, I had only intended to rest my old back for a few minutes. But of course, I fell asleep. I was awakened about 20 minutes later by the bubbling song of a house wren.

    It had been an exceptionally warm day, and I had my windows open a few inches. The house wren sang again, this time louder than before. It was sitting on my windowsill, singing his welcome to the fine spring day.

  • Union, district spar over release of names of teachers absent during sick-outs

    Jeffco’s teachers union argued Friday in district court that the school district should be prevented from releasing the names of teachers who were absent during “sick-outs” last fall, claiming that would violate teachers’ privacy and could hurt teachers who were actually sick.

    Attorneys for Jeffco Public Schools countered that records of sick leave don’t meet the definition of personnel records and that the Colorado Open Records Act requires release of the information.

  • County to add 15 child-welfare employees

    A statewide initiative to increase the number of child welfare caseworkers could mean up to 15 new employees for Jeffco’s Human Services Department. 

    The state legislature approved $6 million this year to add 100 child welfare caseworkers across Colorado. The funds come with a required 10 percent match from counties; Jeffco would need to put up $100,000 to create the 15 positions.

    The county commissioners gave initial approval for spending the $100,000 during their May 12 staff briefings. 

  • Volunteers create Bison Trail at Genesee Park

    Dodging wet snow showers, 112 volunteers constructed nearly 4,000 feet of the Bison Trail at Genesee Park on Saturday.

    The large group working on the hiking and biking trail were part of an effort organized by Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, which has a partnership with Denver Mountain Parks. Using shovels and other tools, the volunteers dug into the soil and tamped it down, creating a 2 to 3-foot-wide trail.

  • Work to begin this week on final phase of connector trail

    Now that the precast trail is in place for the connection from Evergreen Lake to downtown, installation of the railings on the bridge is scheduled to begin this week, said Dean Dalvit of the Downtown Evergreen Economic District.

    Placement of the railings is estimated to take one to two weeks, depending on the weather, Dalvit said. With rain and thunderstorms in the forecast, the project could see further delays, however.

  • Kittredge residents clean up park, view improvement plans

    After cleaning trash from Kittredge Community Park, residents had an opportunity to see the plan for park improvements on Saturday. Although wet snow that began falling about noon deterred some participants, a small group gathered under canopies to enjoy lunch and discuss the project.

    Evergreen landscape architect Diane Schade contributed her services to design the plan, which features creative playground equipment for youngsters, including a covered sliding board structure and rotating rides.

  • Lauder saves her best for last, wins state title in triple jump

    LAKEWOOD — Anne Lauder had never been so nervous for a jump as she was May 16 at Jefferson County Stadium. The Evergreen High senior not only entered this year’s 4A state track and field championships as the favorite to win the triple jump, but she had also scratched three times — twice in the preliminary rounds before her final attempt.

  • Judge issues injunction against school district's new-hire pay level

    A Jeffco district judge has issued a preliminary injunction preventing the school district from paying newly hired teachers at a higher rate until a lawsuit against the district by the teachers union goes to trial.

  • El Rancho Restaurant to become brewpub

    El Rancho Restaurant has a new owner and a new future — as a brewpub.

    The Vincent family — three Vincent brothers and their spouses — bought the iconic property on Interstate 70 on May 4 for $1.2 million, according to Jefferson County clerk and recorder records.

    The group plans a multimillion-dollar renovation, including a complete overhaul inside, and new brewing equipment, said Bob Vincent, who lives in Hiwan Hills with wife Laurie Vincent and their children.

  • Board grants fire chief 2 percent bonus

    Evergreen Fire Chief Mike Weege will receive a one-time merit-based bonus of 2 percent, following his annual performance review by the Evergreen Fire Protection District board last week.

    Weege's annual salary currently is $83,970. The bonus will be $1,679.40, 2 percent of the salary — for a total annual compensation of $85,649.40.