Today's News

  • Tree, chipping sparrows visit foothills at different times

    On her way to visit me last week, my friend Loie Evans saw a tree sparrow in the yard here at Elk Run Assisted Living. Tree sparrows are interesting birds because they do not breed here; they breed much further north. They breed in the low shrub growth just above timberline. They are most frequently seen here in winter in the middle states.

    They are not tree birds as you think of big, high trees. They are birds of the scrub land, nesting in the Hudsonian Zone all across northern Canada, where such trees as birch and alder are more shrub-like, only four to six feet high.

  • Evergreen soccer advances to title match

    AURORA — Evergreen’s boys soccer program is one win away from its first state championship since 1989.

    The Cougars upset top-seeded Cheyenne Mountain 4-3 in a thrilling Class 4A semifinal Nov. 11 at Legacy Stadium in Aurora. Evergreen freshman Ryan Gutberlet scored a pair of goals, including the eventual game-winner in the 78th minute, to propel the No. 4 Cougars to their first trip to the title game since 2011.

  • Early-morning fire damages outdoor area at Morrison eatery

    A fire on Monday at Beso de Arte in Morrison caused minor damage to the restaurant’s outdoor dining area.

    The early-morning blaze started in an outdoor fire pit at the Latin restaurant at 102 Market St. in downtown Morrison, said Ronda Scholting, spokeswoman for West Metro Fire Rescue. The fire caused minor damage to a structure separate from the restaurant’s main building. The restaurant itself wasn’t damaged.

  • Group withdraws one complaint against recall backers

    A Colorado Springs-based watchdog organization has withdrawn one of two complaints accusing groups involved in instigating the recall of three Jeffco school members of violating state campaign finance laws.

  • Outgoing school board majority approves charter school

    The outgoing conservative majority on Jeffco’s school board approved an application from a group that wants to establish a charter school in north Jeffco, despite concerns raised by staff and the district accountability committee.

  • Conservative board members approve $9,500 in bonuses for superintendent

    Jeffco schools Superintendent Dan McMinimee will be paid $9,500 in bonuses after his first year of work, the outgoing school board decided on a 3-2 vote Nov. 5.

    McMinimee’s awards represent 24 percent of possible bonuses in his contract. The bonuses hinged on his meeting goals set by the district and the school board.

  • Jeffco Open Space revises guidelines for events at parks

    To better manage events in its parks, Jeffco Open Space is establishing new guidelines, which the Open Space Advisory Committee reviewed on Nov. 5.

    Events attended by more than 200 people will be limited to five per year, with a maximum of one for each user type, said Dave Davenport, Open Space’s outdoor recreation coordinator.

    Also, events that fall on holidays or holiday weekends will not be considered, according to the revised park-permit guidelines.

  • Veteran EHS teacher receives the Hero Award

    Tears were shed when Evergreen High veteran social studies teacher Scott Haebe was told he was one of three Jeffco teachers receiving the Hero Award this year.

    Science teacher Ali Meyers made the presentation at a recent faculty meeting. Meyers knows Haebe both as a colleague and as one of her teachers/mentors when she was an EHS student.

    She fought back tears as she talked about the impact Haebe has had on her life and on the lives of students and colleagues.

  • Park district to cover major portion of added costs for connector trail

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District has agreed to cover a major portion of the added cost of the connector trail at Evergreen Lake dam, which opened in June after several delays.

  • Denver Parks plans limited expansion of Chief Hosa campground

    Genesee residents who have been reviewing a master plan for Denver Mountain Parks are concerned about a section describing a major expansion of the Chief Hosa campground in their area.

    The park and trail improvement plan includes development of a large camping area for groups of 20 to 30 people, as well as other amenities such as restrooms and recreational facilities at the Chief Hosa North Campground, which Denver owns and manages.