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Today's News

  • School board approves budget, contracts with unions

    The Jeffco school board on June 2 wrapped up two key priorities for the end of fiscal 2015-16: approval of agreements between Jeffco Public Schools and its two primary employee unions and approval of the district’s budget for fiscal 2016-17. 

    In a unanimous vote last week, the board formally approved the ratified contract agreement between the district and the Jeffco Education Association. The five-year agreement includes $14.1 million in annual raises and $10.4 million for a one-time pay increase.

  • Born to be wild — but riding to be safe

    Memorial Day is cloudy and cool, with a bit of wind out of the north. People on the boardwalk along Main Street in Evergreen watch as a motorcycle tools by every few minutes. Sometimes the bike is accompanied by others; sometimes it’s alone; sometimes it’s playing music through a speaker; sometimes it’s moving to the tune of its own melodious engine.

    This scene is a staple of summer weekends. And with summer fast approaching, more motorcyclists will frequent Jefferson County’s canyon roads to enjoy the mountain scenery.

  • Two Evergreen teachers retire after total of 60 years

    Two Evergreen teachers retired at the end of the school year, taking with them a combined 60 years of experience in area schools.

    Sue Queen has been a teacher for 35 years, 17 of them at King-Murphy Elementary and 16 at Wilmot Elementary. She retired after seven years as Wilmot’s instructional coach.

    Yvonne Bader spent 35 years as a primary teacher, working with 3- to 6-year-olds at Montessori School of Evergreen.

  • Participation grows as volunteers begin planting at community garden

    Volunteers breathed life into the Buffalo Park Community Garden on Sunday, planting miniature pumpkins and other crops in some of the beds earmarked for educational use.

    “Now it has its own heart, it breathes, it’s alive thanks to the wonderful people of Evergreen,” Shawn Hamam, coordinator for construction at the garden, called out to the volunteers.

    While neighbor Pat Brewer painted the toolshed a color called "riesling grape," several families from Wilmot Elementary School gathered to plant seeds.

  • Colorful wildflowers highlight a glorious June

    (Reprinted from June 12, 2013)

    As the song says, “June is bustin’ out all over,” and as usual, it is a glorious month. I believe it to be the most beautiful month of the year.

     After the fickle weather of April and May when we begin to think summer will never come, June arrives in all her glory. Overnight, everything is green. Nothing can equal the lush growth of June.

  • Englewood man killed in motorcycle-car collision on U.S. 285

    An Englewood man was killed Saturday when his motorcycle collided with a car at Kings Valley Road and U.S. 285, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

    James Ellison, 68, died at the scene after his motorcycle collided with a 2007 Honda Civic driven by Dillon Tussey, 22, of Evergreen at 12:05 p.m. Ellison was driving a 2006 Harley-Davidson south on U.S. 285 when it collided with the Honda Civic as the car attempted to turn from Kings Valley Road onto U.S. 285.

  • Mixed response to school district’s facilities plan

    Community reaction to Jeffco Public Schools’ proposed facilities master plan is mixed, based on questionnaire responses from more than 800 community members since the plan was presented at a school board meeting last month.

  • Jefferson County will host two National Trails Day events

    For anyone looking to spend a June Saturday enjoying the fresh air and Jefferson County Open Space’s trails and parks, volunteers are being sought for two National Trails Day restoration projects.

    One will be at Matthews/Winters Park, and the other at Evergreen’s Dedisse Park. National Trails Day, June 4, celebrates trails across the nation, and was started by the American Hiking Society.

  • Habitat for Humanity project begins in Echo Hills

    Applause and cheers filled the air in Echo Hills on Sunday as four golden shovels hit the dirt, officially breaking ground on Ann Byorick’s future Habitat for Humanity home on Lodgepole Drive. 

    "This is the most surreal thing, to have everybody up here,” Byorick said. “I've been coming up here on a regular basis, and when I come up here … I can't wait to round the corner, and then I don't want to leave."

  • Memorial Day ceremony honors Vietnam-era fallen and missing

    During World War II, it was common for households to place stars in their windows to represent how many family members were in the armed forces. And, if one of them died serving their country, the star would be replaced with a gold one.

    “There were six gold stars on my block in Kansas City,” American Legion member and World War II veteran Charles Purcell said on Memorial Day. “One for my next-door neighbor. One for an only child. One for my brother ... Today we celebrate those ‘gold stars.’ “