Today's News


    Braden Olson wakes up around 6 a.m., after six hours of sleep, and does his math homework. He watches film during lunch while doing more homework. He uses his free period during school hours to complete even more homework. But he has to in order to keep up with his assiduous schedule.
    After all, Olson, a 17-year-old Evergreen High School senior, is a member of the school’s varsity football team. He’s also a defender on the boys soccer team. Oh, and he’s on the golf team as well.

  • Cougars finally get monkey off their back

    ELIZABETH — Not four straight victories to open the season. Not a combined 94 points the past two weeks. Not even making the 3A state football playoffs the year before could get the Evergreen Cougars respect.

  • Hamari, Evergreen persevere in OT win

    LAKEWOOD — Kyler Hamari had barely played in regulation. So when the Evergreen senior came on in the second overtime he was not only fresh physically, but mentally he was ready to make a difference as well.
    He did just that, and just in the nick of time, as his goal with 19 seconds left skirted past Golden backup goalkeeper Jack Nespor for a 2-1 Cougars victory on Sept. 21 at Lakewood Memorial Field.

  • Fending off the fire threat

    Living in the Red Zone is one thing. But living in a neighborhood that experts ranked "extreme" in 2007 in terms of wildfire risk is downright scary.

    The Red Zone refers to areas of high wildfire risk as determined by a 1999 study by the Colorado State Forest Service. It includes a large part of Jefferson and Clear Creek counties.

    "We are the most imperiled neighborhood in two fire districts," said longtime Echo Hills resident Jessica Jay, a conservation law attorney with her own firm, Conservation Law.

  • 'Deck-side hunter' shocks quiet neighborhood

    A clash between homeowners and a home-based hunter with a license on Sept. 10 in Evergreen Highlands has reignited the controversy over hunting in residential neighborhoods in unincorporated Jefferson County.

    Hunting elk on private property in unincorporated Jeffco is legal as long as the bullet doesn't leave the boundaries. In the last couple of years, individual elk have been bagged in Paradise Hills, Cold Springs Ranch, Hiwan Golf Club and Indian Hills.

  • Interstate 70 bike-trail bypass gets construction funds

    The long-awaited prospect of a safe bicycle path along I-70, bypassing the interstate and covering the 2-mile stretch between the Genesee and El Rancho exits, could become a reality by 2013.

    The Colorado Department of Transportation has allocated $700,000 in FASTER safety-improvement funding for a bicycle path/non-motorized bypass. Surveyors could start work on it this fall. The total cost is estimated at $1.5 million to $2 million.

  • Lookout Mountain church eyes expansion but neighbors won't give blessing

    A small church on Lookout Mountain is seeking permission from Jefferson County to expand its footprint from 5,000 to 24,000 square feet and accommodate 900 people as opposed to the current 350. But neighbors are taking a dim view of the plans.

    Any expansion still has to be considered by the planning commission and approved by the Board of County Commissioners.

    The church is currently operating as a non-conforming use in a residentially zoned area.

  • Teen suspected of attempted murder, arson

    A 13-year-old girl arrested in connection with four fires was advised of the charges against her in Jefferson County Court on Monday afternoon.
    The teen was arrested last week on suspicion of attempted murder and arson in connection with three fires in April and one in September.
    The judge cleared the courtroom to protect the girl’s identity. Her family stood with her as she heard the charges, but her name will not be released because she is a minor. Bond was set at $20,000.

  • ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ will make your heart race

    Each year as the community prepares for Halloween, store shelves are lined with sinister costumes, and our world dresses itself in a bit of the macabre. This annual tradition proves that we find a bit of pleasure in scaring ourselves silly. The latest production of “Arsenic and Old Lace” at StageDoor Theatre is much more silly than scary, but the black comedy is still dotted with the all of the spine-tingling macabre that makes this time of year so much fun.

  • Skold stuns herself, wins Liberty Bell

    LITTLETON — Sammy Skold couldn’t believe it herself. The Evergreen junior had just crossed the finish line at the Liberty Bell Invitational in 18 minutes, 51 seconds. Flanked seconds later by her teammates Erin Dobey and Maura O’Brien realization was setting in.
    Skold had won.
    “I was not expecting that at all. I just went out there and ran as hard as I wanted. I did what I wanted to do. I’m pretty proud of myself right now,” Skold said.