Today's News

  • It’s not a snap

    A Kittredge woman who dreams of being a full-time professional photographer is a contestant on a locally produced reality show testing six budding photographers in various artistic challenges.

  • New Open Space leader outlines plans

    The new director of the Jefferson County Open Space Division looks forward to an era in which protecting existing property takes on a bigger role than acquisitions did under the previous administration.

    “We own 52,000 acres of land, and there's a lot to be done in being good stewards of that land,” said Tom Hoby, director of Jefferson County Community Resources and Open Space. Hoby became director in April, succeeding longtime chief Ralph Schell, who was named county administrator last December.

  • Few changes in park district’s 2011 budget

    The first draft of the proposed park district budget assumes that 2011 will be a lot like 2010, another recession year, with moderate belt-tightening on the agenda, unless voters decide to pass three ballot issues and force cutbacks and layoffs.

    Excluding any voter-initiated ballot amendments (60, 61 and Proposition 101), property taxes, which are the main source of park district revenue, are expected to decrease 2 percent, or $31,000. Vehicle registration revenue is projected to decline $6,900, or 2 percent.

  • Press excluded from park district’s ‘emergency’ meeting

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District board held an emergency meeting Sept. 23 without notifying the press or the public.

    The meeting reportedly was called in response to information that a group was coming to tour park facilities, and the board did not want the visitors to interfere with staff work during business hours.

    During the meeting, the board discussed a rule preventing district employees from interviewing potential employers or other individuals during regular work hours. The substance of the new policy was voted on at the Sept. 28 board meeting.

  • A field trip through time

    In an effort to re-enact the historic Lewis and Clark expedition, eighth-graders at Evergreen Middle School traversed Elk Meadow on Sept. 29 to observe plants and animals and record their findings.

    Armed with notebooks, pencils and rulers, the eighth-graders scouted the area for grasses and trees, grasshoppers and moths, and a group of students even came upon a garter snake. They took small samples of plants, drew pictures, took measurements and made notes.

  • Nuchols sets sights on new horizons


    After five years at the helm of the Evergreen Chamber of Commerce, Melanie Nuchols is stepping down to see where artistic inspiration takes her and see what it feels like to sit on the deck and read a book, among other things.

    “I just always felt my core mission was to be helping people,” Nuchols said. “I love the chamber. I love my job. I just want to have some time.”

    Nuchols has a background in fitness and used to own a workout studio.

  • Going with the grain

    Not everyone can see beauty in a stack of weather-beaten, sun-bleached wood. But in the hands of Tommy Banaszek and Jeanne Sullivan, salvaged wood turns over a new leaf and is transformed into handmade furniture.
    KnoT New WooD, located in Kittredge at 26030 Highway 74, is the brainchild of Banaszek and Sullivan, who created the business to showcase wood repurposed into elegant, rustic or highly polished custom designs.
    “People come in here and want to touch all the different woods,” said Sullivan.

  • Fleeing robbery suspects lead to lockdown at 5 Jeffco schools

    Two armed-robbery suspects remained at large Thursday following a multi-jurisdiction pursuit through Golden that led to a handful of Jeffco schools being placed on lockdown. One suspect was arrested in a Colorado Mills King Soopers, apparently as he was exiting a bathroom.
    The five schools on lockdown were Bell Middle School, Pleasantview Elementary, Golden High School, Connections Learning Center and Free Horizon Montessori. The lockdown was lifted about 2:30 p.m., said school district spokeswoman Lynn Setzer.

  • Cougars’ chance for victory slips away

    AURORA — Ethan Lederer had the ball and then he didn’t. Unfortunately for Evergreen that one miscue less than a minute into the second overtime proved to be the difference.
    Howie Samuel’s rocket shot from 30 yards out ricocheted off Lederer’s hands and trickled into the back of net, sending host Smoky Hill to a 2-1 double overtime victory over Evergreen on Sept. 25 at Legacy Stadium.

  • A view from Sylvia’s window

    As most of my friends know, I took a tumble in early August and broke my right wrist, so I have been confined to a nursing home ever since I got out of the hospital. That’s only because I can’t manage very well by myself with only one arm. However, it’s doing well and I’ll soon be out of a cast and then I can do a great deal more, I hope, even though it will still be stiff and sore.