Today's News

  • Amid budget cutbacks, schools expect a smooth year

    Despite a few bumps along the way, the teachers, administrators and staff in Evergreen schools are excited about a new school year.

    Students return to classrooms next week, and despite district-wide budget cuts, they won’t see huge differences. Principals say they tried to keep the budget cuts as far away from classrooms as possible.

    However, class sizes are a bit larger, there’s less money for supplies, and some teacher aides have disappeared.

  • Library board considers filters to block porn on computers

    Pornographic images may soon be blocked from computers in Jefferson County public libraries, though the textual content of websites such as those of Playboy and Penthouse may not.
    At a library study session Aug. 11, board members weighed several options in regulating Internet content, including doing nothing at all. Options include blocking only images considered pornographic or blocking pornographic websites in their entirety.
    Though library staff and board members seemed to favor filtering images, that process would have several flaws.

  • Theil itching for more after reaching state

    Sam Theil hears it quite often. The 16-year-old Evergreen High School left-hander receives congratulatory pats on the back for making it to the 4A boys golf state championship tournament last year.

    And, rightfully so.

    But when he tells them he placed 72nd out of 84 golfers it drives him more to improve his game, especially his short game.

    “Getting there has made me dive more into golf. I love golf. It has made my drive to get back to state again for the rest of my high school career,” Theil said.

  • Boulder’s Rizzo wins 10K at Evergreen Town Race

    Patrick Rizzo ran his second-best time ever in a 10K road race on Sunday, but he said this year’s Evergreen Town Race still might not count among his best.

    “Being that it’s downhill, though, it’s hard to count that. It’s one of those Mark McGwire asterisks,” Rizzo said jokingly. 

    Nevertheless, Rizzo, of Boulder, was able to win the 10K race against some pretty tough competition and in a startling time of 29 minutes, 59 seconds.

  • Teen survives fall at Maxwell Falls

    A 17-year-old from Kenosha, Wis., was airlifted in a Flight for Life helicopter to St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood after taking a 25-foot fall from a cliff at Maxwell Falls on Tuesday afternoon.


    The teen was choppered out at the upper Maxwell Falls trailhead on Brook Forest Road about 5 miles west of Highway 73 at 3:44 p.m. A companion reached the road and called 911 at 2:18 p.m., according to Mark Techmeyer, Jeffco sheriff’s spokesman.

  • K-12 funding needs a solution

    An odd convergence took place last Monday when oral arguments began in the case of Lobato vs. State of Colorado and supporters of Initiative 25 turned in nearly twice as many signatures to the secretary of state as are necessary to put the measure on this November’s ballot.

  • Harebells are plentiful with August heat, rain

    Summer continues with monsoon winds, thundershowers and heat. What interests me the most is the increase in relative humidity. When we came to Colorado in 1965, the relative humidity averaged around 7 percent a day. Today it was 49 percent, and every day it is much higher than it was 50 years ago.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Can’t see the forest for the (fake) trees

  • Fire Chief DeJong leaving Evergreen for Idaho

    After four years as chief of Evergreen Fire/Rescue, Garry DeJong is leaving to become fire chief of the Lewiston Fire Department in Lewiston, Idaho. His last day will be Oct. 7, when his current contract ends.

    Members of the Evergreen Fire Protection District board told the fire chief in June that his services were no longer needed and that they wanted to take the department in another direction, DeJong said.

    The idea of hiring a district manager instead of a new fire chief was mentioned, DeJong said.

  • Jeffco students show slight improvement on CSAP tests

    Jeffco Public Schools showed slight improvements this year in most Colorado Student Assessment Program tests, though the percentage of students rated as proficient or advanced dipped in several instances.

    The most consistent gains were seen in science, for which only grades five, eight and 10 are tested. Across the district, the amount of 10th-graders scoring proficient or higher grew by 5 percentage points over 2010, and smaller increases were seen for fifth- and eighth-graders.