Today's News

  • Cougars benefit from CHS’ miscues

    CONIFER -- Ethan Murphy swung his bat, and what could have been a snowball sailed through the fog in the seventh inning and landed on the other side of the fence in center field.

    You had to be a little jealous of Murphy. Not only did the Evergreen junior catcher punctuate the Cougars’ 17-7 victory May 6 over the rival Lobos, but he also got to run around the bases and stay warm.

  • Serving those who serve: RMAE class assembles care packages for GIs in distant lands

    Colton Meyers lives in Conifer and attends Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen, but his heart and mind are far away with the service men and women whose feet tread the sandy soil of distant lands.

    Colton has learned a lot about the military and the hardship soldiers face through his brothers, Army Spc. Jesse Bavender and Marine Sgt. Joshua Bavender, both 22. The twins are Colton’s half brothers.

  • Callahan, Footer, Darrow elected to EPRD board

    Two new faces will join the Evergreen Park and Recreation District board, and incumbent Kit Darrow will return, based on unofficial election results late Tuesday.

    About 10:15 p.m. Tuesday, the unofficial results showed the biggest vote getter was Pat Callahan, with 980 votes. Mark Footer was second with 972 votes. Kit Darrow was third with 896 votes. The three were elected to four-year terms.

  • Make boxes to stop birds from nesting in your homes

    Today has been a cold, damp, miserable day. After a week of unusually warm April weather, it was a blow to have a big low pressure area move in that brought together cold arctic air from the north and warm, wet Gulf Coast air from the south right over Colorado.

    This is typical of April in Colorado. If anything can be called typical of our spring weather, it is the pendulum swing, back and forth, from cold to hot without warning.

  • A look at the EPRD candidates

    An important election May 4 will determine the direction the Evergreen Park and Recreation District takes in future years, and may affect property taxes. Property taxes provide 41 percent of the current EPRD operating budget. The other 59 percent comes from user fees, grants, etc. EPRD costs will likely remain stable or increase. Tax revenue is projected to decline for the next two years. We consider key issues to be dealing with finances, determining the broad needs of the district (not special interests), and Buchanan Park development.

  • Important lessons in government spending

    Two weeks ago, my kids returned home from school with new backpacks. The green bags — which more resembled re-usable grocery totes — touted the U.S. census, proclaiming “Be counted” in several languages, with a backdrop of multi-colored hands. 

  • Cleanup continues on day after fire in Conifer

    On Tuesday, Blackhawk Drive was ablaze with activity; on Wednesday, mop-up operations were slowly continuing after a wildfire that charred 10 to 12 acres in the Conifer Meadows subdivision.

    The blaze ignited late Tuesday morning near Blackhawk Drive, which is off Foxton Road about 3 miles south of U.S. 285.

    Jacki Kelley, spokeswoman for the Jeffco Sheriff's Office, said the fire was 100 percent contained and that power had been restored to residents.

  • Incumbents win in West Jeff Metro District board election

    An unofficial count showed Tuesday night that voters in the West Jefferson County Metro District elected three incumbents to additional four-year terms as members of the district board of directors from a slate of four candidates.

    The winners, with vote totals in parentheses, are Robert J. Zavodsky (380), J. Kelly Garrod (307) and Scott W. Smith (301). Guy M. Santo took 158 votes.

  • County hosts primer on Colorado's Open Meetings Law

    Jeffco’s elected officials and volunteers who serve on the county’s 28 boards and commissions were treated to a primer on Colorado’s Open Meetings Law on April 28.

    Media attorney Steven Zansberg presented the program, which the county agreed to host after two commissioners violated the Open Meetings Law last summer when they discussed public business via e-mail.

  • Destination ImagiNation team takes skit to Earth Day Fair

    Helping the environment is an Evergreen priority, and five Bergen Valley Elementary School students have incorporated that priority into a skit to teach others about caring for the planet.