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Today's News

  • House finches, other species sighted at area feeders

    Mid-August and instead of the lazy days of hot summer, it has been relatively warm days and good-sleeping cool nights. Sitting out in front of Elk Run Assisted Living, I watched two house finches bring their young to the feeder as well as seeing one adult American robin trying to find a place damp enough to provide one angleworm to feed his one youngster.

    Although nearly full size, the immature robin still sported enough speckles on his breast to identify him and to show his age as a young member of the thrush family.

  • Plan for lighted billboard reconsidered in wake of protest

    An organized protest by residents objecting to a plan for a large lighted billboard on property near Interstate 70 in El Rancho has prompted a sign company owner to reconsider.

    Steve Richards, owner of Mile High Outdoor Advertising, said his company is deciding what to do about plans for the sign, and will make a decision in the coming weeks.

  • Dedicated few participate in Relay for Life in Evergreen

    Only a handful of people participated in the Relay for Life sponsored by the American Cancer Society at Evergreen High School on Saturday.

    “We’re in a rebuilding year and looking for more community engagement,” said Farrah Salisbury, ACS community manager, noting the small turnout.

    Those who did participate expressed enthusiasm and support for the event, however. And about $3,200 was raised, Salisbury said.

    “I really enjoy the experience,” said Evergreen resident Kelley Karl.

  • Teachers on parade

    Teachers at Evergreen Middle School have put a creative spin on the new school year.

    On Monday, they decorated cars and drove them parade-style to Evergreen’s elementary schools and Evergreen High School to start the new school year on a high note. School starts on Aug. 17.

  • West Nile virus found in Jeffco

    A mosquito pool in Jeffco has tested positive for West Nile virus, the first positive test of the year in the county. 

    The positive result came from a sample from pools in the Lakewood and Arvada areas from July 15, said David Volkel, an environmental specialist with Jeffco Public Health. 

    Volkel said the county is divided into "sentinel zones" for mosquito testing. Mosquitoes caught in traps in a 5-mile-wide zone are sent to Colorado Department of Public Health for testing. 

  • Canadian dies during Red Rocks Century bike ride

    A Canadian man died Saturday morning in Evergreen while riding in the Red Rocks Century bicycle ride.

    Bohdan Juzkiw, 66, apparently crashed near Little Cub Creek and Stanley Park roads during the ride, according to bystanders. He died from injuries sustained in the accident, according to the Jefferson County coroner’s office.

    While witnesses initially thought the man had suffered a heart attack, the coroner’s office found otherwise.

  • District, teachers tentatively agree on contract

    Negotiators for Jeffco Public Schools and the teachers union last Thursday evening preliminarily agreed to a 10-month contract after a three-week stalemate over the agreement’s duration.

    Bargaining team members for the Jefferson County Education Association, who had originally said they would hold out for a three-year contract, said they agreed to the shorter pact in the interest of teachers, who return to schools Monday. 

  • Local woman collapses, dies after hiking Grays and Torreys peaks

    A 59-year-old Evergreen woman collapsed and died Monday, Aug. 3, after hiking Grays and Torreys peaks.

    Linda Appleby died of a heart attack after climbing the two popular fourteeners, said her husband, Donald Appleby. The couple and their daughter Jessica, 32, were celebrating Donald Appleby's 60th birthday, he said. "Fourteeners" are peaks with summits higher than 14,000 feet above sea level.

  • Mount Evans Scenic Byway reopens

    Mountain visitors can rejoice — the road to the top of Mount Evans is finally open for summer drives.

    Not only did the road from Echo Lake to the top of the mountain reopen Aug. 4, but it's planned to stay open until the first substantial snowfall — probably in mid-October, according to Emily Wilfong, a Colorado Department of Transportation spokeswoman. The road usually closes the day after Labor Day.

  • Cougars use summer camp to focus on 2015

    Rob Molholm may be a bit superstitious. After all, he is a high school football coach. Why else would the Evergreen High coach, entering his seventh season, put his team through its annual two-week camp, which ended July 31, even though the Cougars won’t start the regular season until Sept. 4 at Lewis-Palmer?

    “We’re not going to change things since it’s been working. Since 2010, we’ve been doing this camp,” Molholm said.