Today's News

  • Roundup: Bote, Faith Christian break open close game late to top EHS

    David Bote went 4-for-4 with two doubles and a homer and Faith Christian broke open a tie game late with three runs in the sixth and three more in the seventh for a 9-5 win over Evergreen on April 30.

    The loss snapped a seven-game winning streak for the Cougars (13-3). Faith Christian improved to 15-2. James Maroney homered for Evergreen.

  • A royal occasion: Wedding celebration dresses up Bergen Meadow Elementary

    The royals have made an appearance in Evergreen. It was a quick trip on Friday morning for the queen and the royals who converged on Bergen Meadow Elementary School after attending the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in London.

  • Boggs moderates forum despite online petition

    A Jeffco schools budget forum on Saturday was uneventful, despite controversy last week over whether school board member Laura Boggs should serve as moderator at the meeting.

    Boggs, who represents the foothills on the board, moderated the forum on the district’s impending budget cuts without incident. The gathering was at Evergreen Middle School.

  • Student needs vs. budget realities

    How to balance the needs of all students as Jeffco Schools makes sweeping budget cuts over the next three years was at the heart of the discussion at a budget forum Saturday at Evergreen Middle School.

    The 100 people attending the meeting listened to speakers ask that budgets for special education, preschool and Outdoor Lab Schools remain intact, despite the district’s plan to cut $39.9 million from the 2011-12 budget.

  • Interfaith service gives a grads a spiritual boost

    Conifer and Evergreen high school graduates were given blessings from several faiths on Sunday at The Barn in Marshdale as the students prepare to start their journey into the future.

    More than a half dozen clergy representing a foothills interfaith group conducted the service, called Blessing You on Your Journey, with about two dozen people, including a couple of seniors, attending.

    The audience heard blessings from religions including the Christian, Buddhist, Jewish and Hindu faiths and listened to inspirational music.

  • ‘Brighter’ days ahead for real estate?

     Real estate is still a buyer's market these days, but the picture is beginning to look a bit brighter for sellers than it did in 2008 and 2009, when the average price of a house in Evergreen/Conifer dropped 3 percent and 14 percent, respectively.

    In this case the term "brighter" refers to the perception that the worst of the housing downturn is probably over, and that prices have hit bottom and are slowly starting to come back after the bursting of the nation's real-estate bubble. But many factors still are holding back the housing market.

  • Wildfire forum offers tips for homeowners

    Homeowners need to do everything they can now before a fire erupts to lessen the danger of losing a house in a catastrophe, said members of Evergreen Fire/Rescue at a wildland fire forum April 28 at Evergreen High School.

    About 275 people packed the auditorium (capacity 300) for last Thursday's event in the wake of three destructive wildfires in March and April that generated reverse-911 calls and forced hundreds to evacuate their animals and their families for hours.

  • Park district plans upgrades to Indian Hills playground

    Indian Hills may be part of the Evergreen park district, but being 6 miles east of downtown Evergreen, it feels a little left out of the loop at times.

    In an attempt to be more welcoming, the Evergreen Park and Recreation district board held its regular meeting April 26 at the Indian Hills Community Center on Parmalee Gulch Road.

    Since the community improvement association came to the park and rec board a year ago seeking financial assistance for its community center, the park district has taken its pleas to heart.

  • Jeffco planners oppose short-term rental

    The Jefferson County planning commission voted 7-0 on April 27 against giving an Evergreen couple permission to turn a five-bedroom house at 4477 Independence Trail into a short-term vacation rental.

    The proposal is scheduled to go to the Board of County Commissioners, which makes the final decision, on May 17. The planning commission is empowered only to make recommendations.

    During the public hearing, nine people made statements against short-term rentals, and one person, other than the applicants, spoke in favor of them.

  • Jeffco lifts fire ban

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office on Monday lifted a temporary fire ban issued in March for various sections of the county.

    Fire restrictions have been canceled for parts of Jeffco west of C-470, west of Colorado 93 and west of Colorado 121 for land south of C-470.

    Although restrictions have been lifted, fires and campfires are permitted only in permanent fire grates in parks, campgrounds and picnic areas. Smoking is prohibited, except in vehicles, buildings or areas at least 6 feet in diameter and free of combustible material.