Today's News

  • Landowner objects to proposed NEAT Trail route

    A property owner whose land is in the path of the upcoming extension to the NEAT trail system is worried the route is too close to Bergen Parkway and could put pedestrians, especially children, in danger.

    "I'm not worried about giving up a little sliver of land or the aesthetics of it. I'm worried about safety, pure and simple," said Richard Phelps, a retired golf course architect who has had an office in a small brown house at 1522 Bergen Parkway, north of the Blue Quill Angler, since 1986.

  • Lakepoint Center rezoning request clears one hurdle


    The Lakepoint Center at Evergreen Lake has received the go-ahead from the county planning commission to put an awning over the patio of Willow Creek restaurant, among other things.

    The commission approved the owners' request at a regular meeting Jan. 5 in the consent agenda. The Jeffco commissioners will make the final decision at their Jan. 25 meeting.

  • Evergreen man arrested on Internet sex charges


    An Evergreen man has been arrested on suspicion of Internet luring of a minor.

    Ryan Michael Lafferty, 33, was arrested by Jefferson County district attorney investigators Jan. 10 and charged with Internet luring of a child and attempted sexual assault on a child. Lafferty posted $1,500 bond the next day. A preliminary hearing is set for Feb. 11.

    According to the arrest affidavit, Lafferty was arrested after allegedly communicating by Internet with Jefferson County investigators who were posing as a 14-year-old girl from Littleton.

  • Brook Forest Inn coming back to life under new owners

    A couple with ambition, imagination and a healthy supply of entrepreneurial instinct have purchased the historic Brook Forest Inn and are determined to turn it into a destination hotel, restaurant and wedding venue.

    Jon and Melissa Barton of Barrington, Ill., 41 and 40, became the new owners of the national historic location on Aug. 9 and immediately closed it for two months and began a massive kitchen renovation.

  • Evergreen’s shooting sinks Conifer

    CONIFER — Scott Haebe, prior to Evergreen’s rivalry game with Conifer on Jan. 7, thought the Cougars’ 3-point shooting would be a strength. But it hadn’t played out that way to start the season.

    It certainly did against the host Lobos, though.

    Evergreen hit four 3-pointers in the first quarter and three in the first four minutes as the Cougars opened up a 13-point lead and never looked back in a 51-38 win at Conifer High School.

  • Gorrell, Lobos will way to victory

    CONIFER — Alison Gorrell wanted it. At least that’s what the public address announcer at Conifer High School unequivocally stated as the clock was winding down in the fourth quarter of the Lady Lobos’ rivalry game with Evergreen on Jan. 7.

    And, he ever right.

  • A visionary path to seeing things clearly

    The demands on our eyes changed dramatically in the previous decade. Stress came from reading with backlighting online as opposed to reading books where light is reflected off the page. Talking with Dr. Marisa Kruger of Evergreen, I learned a lot about Vision Transformation, her behavioral optometry practice.

  • Legislature gets down to work

    Your Colorado legislature convenes today for the first regular session of the 68th General Assembly. Legislators will join new Gov. John Hickenlooper to do the public’s business and must complete their work by May 11 to comply with the 120 days voters have provided them to do their work.

  • Lobos take 3rd at dual tourney

    CONIFER — Conifer 285-pounder Don Fuller was one of four Lobos to go undefeated as the host team placed third in the 10-team Conifer Duals Tournament on Jan. 8 at CHS.

    One of Fuller’s wins was a victory over Ralston Valley’s Conner Dressel, who handed Fuller one of his two losses earlier this season.

    Also going undefeated for Conifer were 125-pounder Hunter Shively, 130-pounder Dylan Shively and 152-pounder Travis Himmelman.

  • Starlings are more interesting than people think

    Nearly every winter just after a snow storm, people call me to ask about a beautiful bird at their feeder. It is described in several ways, but usually along the lines that it is mostly black with a lot of purple and green on it, and its whole body is spattered with white stars. When I tell them it sounds like a starling, almost without exception, they reply, “Why, no, it’s not a starling. It’s beautiful.”