Today's News

  • Citizen budgeters recommend county finance $60 million in projects

    Jeffco’s Citizen Budget Review Panel will formally recommend that the county spend $5 million annually for the next 20 years to finance more than $60 million in construction and equipment needs.

    The panel, made up of county residents, has been meeting since late February to help officials prioritize spending on construction and equipment. Over the last few months, the group has met with various county departments to hear about the most pressing needs and has grappled with how to generate funds to finance the projects that county officials say are desperately needed.

  • Storey, McCasky clash over term limits

    An effort by Jeffco District Attorney Scott Storey to extend term limits for his office might be over before the question even goes to voters.

    Storey, who began his second term in January, has been trying to get support to extend limits for his and the sheriff's office to three terms, or 12 consecutive years. Current law allows for two consecutive terms, or eight years, for all Jefferson County elected officials.

  • County fears late fees, increase might torque vehicle owners

    Jeffco officials are preparing for the worst when it comes to how county residents might react to looming increases in vehicle registration fees and mandatory late fees for those who fail to register vehicles on time.

    The county will spend $55,000 hiring off-duty police officers to provide security at three of its five motor vehicle offices, including South Jeffco's office at 6004 S. Kipling St., Unit A.

  • Sealed with a title

    LAKEWOOD — Personal bests and school records were shattered by Evergreen High School track and field competitors over the weekend.

    But, the Cougars saved their best performance for last at the 2009 state track and field championships at Jeffco Stadium.

    The boys’ 4x400-meter relay team of Bryson Newhall, Jeff Troyano, Andrew Gysin and Nat Prouty set a new school record, and more importantly, won a state title with a time of 3 minutes, 20.13 seconds.

  • Conifer’s Treat snags pair of state titles

    The 200-yard freestyle has always been Christian Treat’s favorite race.

    On May 16, Treat turned his favorite race into a championship race, winning the Class 4A state title in the event with a time of 1 minute, 41.79 seconds.

    “I’ve been working hard for a long time and I just have a feeling of incredible pride,” said Treat, who wasn’t satisfied with just one title, as the Clear Creek senior who swims for Conifer also won the 100 freestyle.

    After winning the 200, Treat said the 100 was a little easier to get through.

  • Fire board president forbids criticizing individuals at meetings

    Public criticism of individuals during board meetings of the Evergreen Fire Protection District has led the board president to warn against singling out individuals in negative comments.

    “Any negative comments by any attendee against any named citizen, volunteer, paid employee or this board will immediately be declared out of order, and an executive session will be declared or scheduled to allow both sides to privately discuss their opinions,” Chick Dykeman announced at the May 12 meeting.

  • Pealing back the years: Morrison’s wandering school bell comes home for good

    On the afternoon of Jan. 22, with nothing special in the way of salute or ceremony, the town of Morrison officially welcomed back one of its own, and a cherished piece of the little town’s big historical inventory resumed a place of honor along the shady banks of Bear Creek.

    It’s been more than half a century since the Morrison school bell’s clear voice last summoned young scholars to their lessons, but long absence hasn’t diminished the great instrument’s ability to bring folks together.

  • Musicians join forces for ‘workers concert’ at the Elks

    A night of acoustic music designed to help the needy and to provide affordable entertainment will be presented at the Elks Lodge in Evergreen on May 29. A dozen local musicians will be featured on two stages in a three-hour show.

    The show begins at 7 p.m., and the kitchen opens at 6 p.m. for hot bread and $4 gourmet soup bowls.

    Admission is $9 plus a nonperishable food item for Evergreen Christian Outreach. The Elks Lodge holds 300.

  • Bergen Meadow Field dedication is May 29

    Supporters of the Bergen Meadow field project are celebrating with a dedication and free picnic lunch on Friday, May 29. The ceremony is at noon, and the lunch is from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m., after the Bergen Meadow Elementary student Field Day.

    The field is behind Bergen Meadow Elementary School on Hiwan Drive off Bergen Parkway.

  • Big snow made squirrel population smaller

    With not much to do during the four-day power outage caused by the big snow, I had some time for squirrel watching.

    Under deep snow conditions, most of the tree squirrels stay in their treetop penthouses, sleeping away the time. However, when they become hungry, they are forced to venture out to obtain food. When the snow is light and fluffy, they sometimes just plow through it, but when it is heavy, wet snow and 3 to 4 feet deep, that is an impossibility.