Today's News

  • Park district shifts dollars to more lake projects

    More park district money will be spent on improvements to Evergreen Lake and Stagecoach Park, while less will be spent on stadium lights, vehicle lifts and a new garage at Marshdale this year.

    At the behest of Scott Robson, the new executive director, the Evergreen Park and Recreation District board voted May 24 at a regular meeting to approve a realignment of capital spending.

  • Job change takes Evergreen native to Texas White House

    Evergreen native Rebecca Renaud has a baby picture of herself with President Lyndon B. Johnson on TV in the background.

    Ordinarily that wouldn't mean much, but now it's more than 40 years later, and Renaud is moving to Johnson City, Texas, where she is the new facility manager of the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historic Park.

    Her domain includes 120 buildings, the Texas White House, the LBJ Ranch, LBJ's boyhood home, his grandfather's home, an airplane hangar and 100 head of cattle, among other things.

  • Sort of high tech: Machine to help librarians move books faster

    Construction workers are paving the way for a major change in how books get returned and re-shelved at the Evergreen Public Library.

    Automated book sorters are being installed in seven Jefferson County libraries, including Evergreen. One of the machines is already functioning in the Belmar Library.

    In the last few weeks workers have removed the double glass entry doors and pushed them back about 8 feet into the library interior to make room for a new book-drop slot. Installation is expected to be complete by early July.

  • Rancher sentenced to probation in gun incident with trash workers

    An Evergreen man who was tried for felony menacing and found guilty of lesser charges in a gun incident involving EDS Waste Solutions workers was sentenced May 31 to one year of probation, during which he is prohibited from possessing a gun.

    Cliff Farrell, 76, of Blue Creek Road originally was charged with a felony offense of menacing, which entails a possible sentence of one to three years in jail.

  • Evergreen Rodeo on track for Father's Day weekend


    The Evergreen Rodeo scheduled for June 17-19 will go on as planned Father's Day weekend despite the cases of equine herpes virus that have surfaced in Colorado over the past several months.

    "We will definitely be going ahead with the rodeo," said Kristy Tolan, president of the Evergreen Rodeo Association. "The danger from (the herpes virus) is pretty much over with.

  • County waives aquifer test in mountain water district

     The Jefferson County commissioners voted 3-0 on May 31 to approve development plans in Upper Bear without the eight-hour aquifer test called for in mountain zoning regulations.

    The decision to waive the aquifer test came against the strenuous recommendations of members of the county's own planning and zoning staff.

    Instead of doing the test, the developer will be required to make a note on the official subdivision blueprint or plat that a new owner must perform an aquifer test before purchasing a building permit.

  • 2011 slash drop-off sites and dates

    All drop-off times are from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    June 11 and 12

    Inter-Canyon/Indian Hills Fire/Rescue near Station 3, 8445 U.S. 285

    June 18 and 19

    Elk Creek Fire Protection District at Conifer High School, 10441 Highway 73

    June 25 and 26

    Coal Creek Fire Rescue at 11583 Camp Eden Road

    July 16 and 17

    Elk Creek Fire Protection District, 10441 Highway 73 in Conifer

  • Mount Evans Road open to summit

    Colorado Highway 5 to the top of Mount Evans was fully opened by the Colorado Department of Transportation on June 2.

    Crews spent the last few days clearing snow from Summit Lake to the top — a 4-mile stretch.
    The road was opened from Echo Lake to Summit Lake on May 26, but heavier than usual snowfall last month prevented CDOT from opening the highway to the top. In recent years, Colorado 5 had been open to the summit before Memorial Day.

  • Spend now, or spend more later

    When I first started working, some of the best advice I ever got was, “Don’t let the urgent get in the way of the important.” Over the years, that idiom has helped me to step back and think about long-term priorities, immediate needs and how they should be balanced and prioritized.

  • Beloved chipping sparrows arrive early to area

    One of the most beloved birds across America is the little chipping sparrow. This little red-capped sparrow probably lived in or along the edge of natural openings in the forest, such as along streams and lakeshores or along the edge of natural clearings where trees had blown down or died from old age or other reasons.
    Then when human beings started to make small clearings in the forest for their homes, towns and agriculture, the chipping sparrows found more habitat available and began to increase in numbers. Almost everyone seemed to have a pair nesting in their backyard.