Today's News

  • 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.

  • Sweat equity: Youth corps working on Evergreen Lake trail improvements

    The south end of Evergreen Lake is getting a much-needed makeover this summer, thanks to a crew from the Mile High Youth Corps armed with shovels, axes and wheelbarrows.

    The crew of about 12 young people ages 16 to 25 is in the area for about three weeks, from July 25 to Aug. 11, restoring the south-side trail after wear and tear from a constant stream of mountain bikers, dog walkers and hikers.

  • YESTERYEAR: Recalling the Lazy Valley Inn, one of Evergreen’s last resorts

    Even though the story line in my last column did not reach past the 1930s, I believe I will continue to hang back in Evergreen’s days as a resort village and leave our current events for others to cover. Perhaps then our phone will stop ringing. Besides, it is more fun to share the days when bands were swinging in the ballroom at Troutdale, entertaining guests and employees alike. It’s fun to share information about the 20 other resorts and camps between Clear Creek and Bailey — days that for sure were “then and not now.”

  • High school musicians to perform at fund-raiser

    Week after week, we read about our talented mountain musicians performing with the Evergreen Chamber Orchestra, acting in Evergreen Players productions, or singing with the Evergreen Chorale. If you’ve ever wondered where some of these local artists honed their musical chops, look no further than the instrumental music programs in the Evergreen public schools.

  • The End: Bergen Park movie theaters close

    The curtains have closed on the seven screens at Evergreen’s Bergen Park 7.

    The theaters, which had been part of the community for 17 years, showed their last movies on Sunday.

    Owner AMC Theaters has been trying to sell the 19,370-square-foot structure and the 2½ acres of land for the past several months.

    Nearby business owners and patrons are disappointed in its closure but also know that many Evergreen residents are going down the hill to see movies or renting from online movie companies.

  • Planning board rejects rule changes on short-term rentals

    Proponents of the popular list-it-yourself, vacation-rental industry suffered another setback Aug. 3 when the Jeffco planning commission rejected new short-term-rental zoning regulations.

    On a 6-1 vote, the board refused to sign off on a staff proposal that would have allowed short-term rentals with an annual review and minimal restrictions, including basic fire and safety measures. Current zoning regulations prohibit offering rentals for less than 30 days at time.

  • Design for Lake Trail connection is unveiled

    About 50 members of the community took advantage of an open house at the Lake House on Aug. 3 to look at a preliminary design for a proposed new trail connection at the eastern end of Evergreen Lake.

    The meeting was hosted by the Evergreen Chamber of Commerce, the Evergreen Downtown Business Association, and the Evergreen Park and Recreation District.

  • Low-cost firewood permits available

    The Colorado State Forest Service is offering firewood for sale in an attempt to reduce wildfire fuels in Denver Mountain Parks.

    Permits go on sale Aug. 12 and 13 at the CSFS Golden District office at 1504 Quaker St. in Golden. The wood comes from previous thinning activities and will be available at three locations on specific dates between Aug. 27 and Oct. 2.

    Permits range from $20 to $45 per pickup or trailer load, depending on location and whether the wood is green or already cured.