Today's News

  • Words and dreams can set the caged bird free

    “There is nothing like dream to create the future. Utopia today, flesh and blood tomorrow.”
    ­— Victor Hugo, “Les Miserables”

  • Ronald Reagan is not my hero

    Courier columnist Rob Witwer whet my appetite for a little repartee on politics with his recent comment that the next election cycle needs a leader like Ronald Reagan.
    Granola and soy milk spewed all over the breakfast table as I guffawed. Ronald Reagan? Really? Whose American hero is he?
    Reagan’s popularity soared when an insane would-be assassin with weak ties to Evergreen gunned him down. Some wish to credit Reagan with the fall of the Berlin Wall, but history favors Mikhail Gorbachev on that one.

  • Gentians, bugling elk signal the end of summer

    The full rich days of August bring the flowering of fringed gentians, the departure of some summer birds and gambling teenage elk enjoying their first taste of independence. The incredibly beautiful fringed gentians are the dominant wildflower in South Park in August.

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  • 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.

  • 16 county businesses caught selling liquor to minors


    Sixteen Jeffco liquor providers were cited for providing alcohol to a minor in a recent large-scale sting operation, marking a significant increase in the percentage of stores cited over previous years.

    Two of the establishments are in the Evergreen area: the Bradley station at 10800 Highway 73 and Fruit of the Vine Spirits & Wine at 19423 North Turkey Creek Road.

    As part of the yearly sting operation, underage sheriff’s cadets attempted to purchase beer without providing identification at 70 county businesses.

  • Former county administrator to be subpoenaed in McCasky probe

    The Colorado Independent Ethics Commission voted July 22 to subpoena former county administrator Jim Moore in its investigation of former county commissioner Kevin McCasky, a decision that could bring to light information suppressed by multiple lawsuit settlements.

  • Suicide prevention program will expand to more schools

    A program that teaches both entrepreneurship and suicide prevention to high school students will be expanding into more Colorado schools in the next three years.

    The program, called the Fire Within, has been given a three-year $500,000 matching grant from the Adolph Coors Foundation. It will be introduced into as many as a dozen schools in August, about 25 along the Front Range next year and 50 schools across the state the following year, according to Sally Spencer-Thomas, executive director of the Carson J. Spencer Foundation, a nonprofit based in Genesee.

  • Trial date set in Soda Creek fire-starting case

    The West Metro firefighter who was cited for a misdemeanor in connection with a fire in the Soda Creek subdivision on March 21 has decided to contest the citation and is headed for a trial date in Jefferson County District Court on Sept. 26.

    Joel Nathan Worley, 37, was working as a caretaker for a private property owner in the forest near the Soda Creek subdivision on March 18, three days before the  fire broke out in windy weather the following Monday.

    About 5 acres were scorched and about two dozen homes evacuated, but there was no structural damage.

  • Old-school memories: EHS alums remember an earlier Evergreen at Old-Timers’ Reunion

    Going to the Evergreen High School Old-Timers’ Reunion is like taking a trip down Evergreen’s memory lane.

    The EHS alums — who graduated between 1932 and the early 1970s — have stories about what Evergreen was like decades ago, and it’s hard to imagine a time without traffic lights, when Evergreen and Bergen Park were farther apart with only fields and trees in between, when it was a summer tourist destination, and when the houses were more like cabins.