Today's News

  • Group seeks independence for Jeffco libraries

      A former library board trustee says it's time for the Jeffco Public Library system to be an independent library district and keep the county commissioners from shifting money that rightly belongs to the library to other accounts.

    Thomas Atkins, founder of the nonprofit grassroots organization Save Jeffco Libraries, was at the Evergreen Public Library on July 13 speaking to a group of about 10 interested citizens in the community room. Atkins is also a former Jeffco library trustee.

  • Teen charged as juvenile in stabbing of mother


    The Jefferson County district attorney's office has filed juvenile charges of attempted first-degree murder and first-degree assault against a 15-year-old in connection with his mother's stabbing on July 6.

    Being charged as a juvenile means the boy cannot go to prison for any crimes he may have committed. If he were convicted on all counts as charged he would face a mandatory 3-5 years in the Department of Youth Corrections.

    He is also charged with four counts of being a violent offender, which could enhance his sentence.

  • NEAT trail construction set to begin

    Construction work is tentatively expected to start the last week of July or the first week in August on the next segment of the NEAT trail connecting Evergreen Middle School and Bergen Village along Bergen Parkway.

    Road work may result in a single lane being closed from time to time. The duration of the build is to be decided.

    Jefferson County Road and Bridge is building a half-mile-long, 6-foot-wide concrete trail, separated from the parkway by approximately 5 feet, except near the Keystone and Broadmoor intersections.

  • Contractor fined for dirt work without a permit at Conifer Safeway

    A general contractor in charge of construction of the Shaffers Crossing intersection at U.S. 285 and Elk Creek Road has been approved to remove fill dirt after been fined between $10,000 and $30,000 by the state in connection with working without a permit at a site near the Conifer Safeway.

    Following the sanction, the company reapplied for and received approval to remove the material, which was being used to build the intersection at Shaffers Crossing.

  • New management cooks up big plans for El Rancho

    A new ownership group has taken over the El Rancho Restaurant and totally revamped the menu and the service side. The owners have added extended happy hours, six more TVs in the bar area and cleaned the carpets twice.

    The spacious dining room, which seats 163, now has tablecloths and fabric napkins, but the antler chandeliers, log walls, stone fireplace, rustic charm and western artifacts, such as Kiowa leather chaps, remain unchanged.

  • Eggers won’t run for fifth term on park board


    Peter Eggers has decided not to run in 2012 for another term on the Evergreen Park and Recreation District board.

    Elected in 2008 to a four-year term, Eggers previously served 12 years on the board from 1992 to 2004. Eggers was the chairperson of the Buchanan Park Improvement Executive Committee and spearheaded the creation of the 2008 Buchanan Park Master Plan.

  • Arts Alive! will offer cornucopia of the arts

  • Summerfest to bring art, fun to Buchanan Park

    Every year, passers-by can watch as the athletic fields at Buchanan Park are transformed into the artists’ extravaganza known as Summerfest. First the white-roofed tents are raised, then the walkways between the tent pods are carefully established, and finally the artists arrive.  Buchanan Park and all of Evergreen are filled with a buzz as a whole new group of artists display their fine arts and handmade crafts for all to see and purchase.

  • Possible signs of better times

    While there is nothing scientific about it, I’ve been thinking that the number of empty seats at Major League Baseball games this year suggests our economy is rebounding faster than most of the rest of the country. Our very mediocre Rockies draw big crowds while it seems like a lot of empty seats are watching better teams that have the misfortune of being located in areas with terrible economic stress.

  • Summer rains bring colorful wildflowers to the foothills

    Late June and early July are probably the most beautiful time of year in the mountains. Rain has finally come in enough quantity to restore life to the foothills and everything is lush green.

    It is so green that you might think you are in Ireland. The grasses are green, the trees are green, kinnikinnick is green, our whole immediate world is green with blue sky overhead, and around every twist of a road or trail you are greeted by a splash of color from wildflowers.