Today's News

  • Supporters of separate library district sue Jeffco

    A group of petitioners seeking to create a separate Jeffco library district filed a lawsuit Feb. 24 against the county, alleging that the Board of Commissioners acted outside of the law when it voted to exclude the county from such a system.
    The plaintiff, former library board member Tom Atkins, represents 1,300 residents who earlier signed a petition in favor of a new district. Atkins said the issue could be put before voters this fall.

  • Jeffco school district announces $40 million in cuts

    Nearly $40 million in budget cuts were proposed Friday by Jeffco Public Schools, including closure of two elementary schools, the elimination of 212 jobs and a halt to the sixth-grade Outdoor Lab program.
    All district employees would also face a 3 percent pay cut during the 2011-12 school year, achieved through six furlough days.
    Also proposed are increased fees for transportation and athletic activities.

  • Park board to hold work session Tuesday

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District board will hold a work session at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, at the Buchanan Park Rec Center, 32003 Ellingwood Trail. The announcement was posted March 9. 

    The purpose of the work session is to meet with GreenPlay LLC to provide feedback on the focus group questions and to ask additional questions to prepare for the next stage of the EPRD master-planning process. No motion or vote will be considered. The public is invited to attend.

  • 2011 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship

    Five area youth contestants were winners in the local competition of the annual Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship held Feb. 19 at the Wulf Recreation Center.

    They were Christian Markey (boys age 10), Jack Patterson (boys age 11), Kara Coughlin (girls age 12), Steven Belrose (boys age 12) and Keenan O’Hearn (boys age 13). As champions, they earned the right to compete at the state contest on Saturday, March 19, at the St. Thomas More Gym in Centennial.

  • Clock ticking on ice-melt contest

    The end is near for the fifth annual Mountain Foot Hills Rotary club’s Ice Melt Contest, and some fortunate ticket holder will walk away with the first place prize of $1,000.
    Other prizes include $500, $250 and $125 for second, third and fourth place. The official ticket sales deadline is March 17, but the end could come sooner if Mother Nature floats the barrel on Evergreen Lake.   That has occurred in past years as early as March 5 and as late as April 12. The trick is to guess when it will happen this year.

  • Police seek suspect in alleged sex assault at church

    The Jeffco Sheriff's Office is seeking help in finding a man suspected of entering Evergreen Lutheran Church at 5980 Highway 73 and sexually assaulting a female worker on March 7. The man entered the church about 10 a.m. and told a female employee that he lived nearby but was walking and needed a place to get warm.

    The man went farther into the church, and the employee lost sight of him. About 11 a.m., she noticed he was still in the church. Then she returned to her work and lost sight of him again.

  • Torturers must face punishment

    George W. Bush creeps back into the news occasionally. Recently it was because he chose to cancel a speaking engagement in Switzerland rather than face a Swiss legal obligation to investigate if a torturer is on their soil. Bush has incomprehensibly managed to avoid an inquiry at home as the current administration continues to ignore U.S. law by not prosecuting him. The consequences of giving immunity to torturers are real, with cascading repercussions. When torture is ignored, it continues.

  • Session has a long way to go

    Saturday will mark the halfway point of the Colorado General Assembly’s 120-day session. As expected, budget issues have dominated the first half of the session. Beyond that, the tenor of the session has been decidedly contradictory.

  • Evergreen skiers earn their shot

    Zach Strande wasn’t supposed to be here. The Evergreen sophomore was on the outside looking in as one of 10 alternates for the 2011 Freestyle Junior Olympics in Steamboat Springs.

    The United State Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) only takes the top 60 skiers in moguls for the week-long event, which kicks off competition on March 9 and runs through the 13. Strande, however, was 64th in the standings. But one by one participants started to drop out and the next thing the 15-year-old knew was that not only was he going to Steamboat Springs, but he was competing.

  • Songs of spring heard in the hills

    Reprinted from March 15, 2006


    March came in like a lamb, but it was a very frisky one. The day was warm, blue and spring-like, but that little lamb kicked up its heels, creating a considerable amount of wind. Since then, March has been as fickle as usual, with warm near-70-degree days spiced with spring snow and typical wind.