Today's News

  • Reality star convicted of conspiracy, tax evasion

    Evergreen resident and reality TV star Richard Wyatt, 53, has been found guilty of conspiracy to deal firearms without a license and tax charges. There was a hung jury on three charges of illegally importing weapons.

    Wyatt had operated a Wheat Ridge gun store named Gunsmoke and starred in “American Guns” on the Discovery channel from 2011-12. Last February, he surrendered to the authorities, after a federal indictment claimed that he sold firearms illegally and failed to report $1.1 million in income to the Internal Revenue Service.

  • Brooks Place Tavern wins Business of the Year at Conifer chamber awards

    The Conifer Area Chamber of Commerce recognized several local businesses, volunteers and community members last week, including awarding Brooks Place Tavern the 2016-2017 Business of the Year Award.

    The chamber hosted its annual awards banquet Thursday night at Tomahawk Ranch, with close to 80 people attending.

    Executive Director Melanie Swearengin said the chamber handed out six major awards with “Business of the Year” being one. The other five winners were:

  • Faith organizations to hold public discussion on mental health resources in Jeffco schools

    Golden’s Jefferson Unitarian Church, along with Together Colorado, a multi-faith community organization, will hold a public meeting Monday to discuss mental health resources available in Jeffco Public Schools.

    Featuring speakers from the Jefferson Center for Mental Health, the Second Wind Fund, and several Jeffco Public Schools teachers and personnel, the meeting will focus on teen suicide prevention and support of “student resilience and mental health." 

  • Hicks takes over Evergreen Newspapers

    Readers of the Canyon Courier will see a changing of the guard this week as editor Doug Bell retires and Michael Hicks takes the editorial reins of Evergreen Newspapers.
    Bell, who has served as editor for 11 years, will spend more time traveling, playing hockey and teaching journalism at Metropolitan State University of Denver.
    Bell has nearly 40 years of experience as a journalist, having also worked at the Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News, Greeley Tribune, Fort Collins Coloradoan and the Daily Camera in Boulder.

  • Special districts mulling potential property-tax losses due to Gallagher Amendment

    Beginning in 2018, John and Jane Q. Taxpayer could see an 18 percent reduction in their property taxes thanks to a little-known Colorado constitutional amendment known as Gallagher.
    But a lighter property-tax bill also means there’s a potential for less money to flow into the coffers of the state’s various taxing entities.

  • RMAE to cut five teaching positions for next year

    In its continuing effort to balance its budget, Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen is planning to have five fewer classroom teachers for the 2017-18 school year.

    With around 250 students and 12 teachers, the average student-teacher ratio next year will be about 21:1. This year’s average student-teacher ratio is 15:1.

    Interim executive director Gary Stueven informed staff about the non-contract renewals on Thursday and sent a letter to parents on Friday explaining his decisions.

  • Elk Meadow dog park to close completely on April 4

    Jeffco Open Space announced Friday that it will close the Elk Meadow Dog Off-leash Area in Evergreen in its entirety on Tuesday, April 4.

    The Elk Meadow dog park has multiple safety and environmental challenges that need to be addressed immediately, an Open Space news release stated. Earlier this month, Open Space evaluated keeping an eight-acre parcel open for park visitor enjoyment. It has become apparent that this would help address some concerns, but not all, the release stated.

  • 2 arrested in connection with North Turkey Creek Fire

    Two men have been arrested, accused of lighting fireworks that started the North Turkey Creek Fire on Wednesday.

    Andrew Askins and Riley Costello, both 18, face second-degree arson charges for lighting fireworks while Jeffco is in a stage-2 fire ban. The pair have been booked and are no longer in custody, said Jenny Fulton, spokeswoman for the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office.

    The 7-acre fire began around 1 p.m. Wednesday at U.S. 285 and North Turkey Creek Road.

  • Two teens injured but safe after illegally rock climbing at Red Rocks

    Two teenagers were injured Wednesday night while illegally rock climbing atop a cliff in Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre.

  • Trump’s proposed budget just doesn’t add up

    Greg Dobbs