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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.

  • Highway 74 lane closures scheduled this week

    Intermittent lane closures on Highway 74 between El Rancho and downtown Evergreen are expected next week to accommodate for repaving.
    According to the county's Twitter account, various parts of both eastbound and westbound Highway 74 will be closed between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., March 20-24 for repaving, as well as the removal and replacement of ADA ramps. Drivers are recommended to plan for delays.    

  • Platte Canyon has showing at Mercury Classic in Brighton

     BRIGHTON — Platte Canyon showed strength as a team during the Mercury Classic in Brighton on Thursday.

    On the girls side, Hayley Rayburn led Platte Canyon with a second-place finish as she cleared 9 feet, 6 inches with her highest jump. Kaylynn MacGill placed fourth while Kenny Thomas finished ninth.

  • Conifer girls blank Wheat Ridge

    The Conifer girls lacrosse team showed perfection on defense Thursday night in a 12-0 victory over Wheat Ridge.

    Junior goalkeeper Caitlin Estill faced little adversity in the win as Wheat Ridge took just two shots on goal, both stopped by Estill.

  • Evergreen swimming wins Chatfield Invitational

    LITTLETON — In the believe-it-or-not category, Jack Moranetz and Josh Gauvain, the star junior swimmers for D’Evelyn and Evergreen, who competed in the 200-yard freestyle at last year’s 4A Jeffco and state meets, have never met formally and say they are, at the most, only vaguely familiar with each other’s accomplishments.

  • Evergreen girls find success against Rangeview

    In sports, success often comes after years of building a strong program. For the Evergreen girls lacrosse team, winning is becoming a familar thing and the program is only in year one.

    On March 22, the Cougars picked up its second win of the season with a 20-2 victory over Rangeview.

    “I thought the girls played good,” said Evergreen head coach Kevin Krum. “It is early in the season so we still have quite a bit to work on.”