Today's News

  • Snow, cold, books and snowberries

    Light snows and bitter cold weather have been the trend in January. It is the kind of weather that makes me want to curl up by the fireplace and read. Since this is the kind of weather we have had for over a month, I should be caught up with my reading, but I’m not.

    There are just so many good new books out that I can’t find enough time. However, there are a few books I’ve read or have read about lately that I fell many readers of this column may find interesting.

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  • 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.

  • Car break-ins prompt wider alert

    The Jeffco Sheriff's Office is urging citizens to be alert to criminal activity after evidence of a number of car break-ins and possible garage thefts surfaced over the weekend of Jan. 8-9 in the North Evergreen area.
    Judging by footprints in the snow, it appeared that some 20 homes had been approached by suspects with the intention of entering garages through unlocked doors, according to Dale Wizieck, crime prevention deputy with the Mountain Precinct.

  • Landowner protests proposed route of NEAT trail extension

    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.

  • Tackling Echo Mountain

     IDAHO SPRINGS — Like many native Coloradans, I went through the right of passage and learned to ski at an early age. But then I switched to the dark-side — I became a snowboarder.

    In all my years snowboarding I had always wanted to try the half-pipe and terrain park, but was to nervous that I would wipe out and get seriously hurt or ridiculed beyond belief, or worse — both.

  • 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.

  • Fire board refining employee time-off policies

    The Evergreen Fire Protection District board is examining the district’s holiday, sick-pay and leave-without-pay policies as part of an ongoing revision of the employee handbook.
    The board held a regular meeting Jan. 11 at the fire administration building. Board members Jeff Dedisse, Charles Simons, Chick Dykeman, George Kling and David Christensen were present.

  • Girls’ business aims to help polar bears

    The spirit of entrepreneurship and philanthropy is alive and well in two Evergreen girls who have started a business whose profits go to help save polar bears.

  • Cougars tennis players help out

    Garrett Smith remembers Dec. 20 clearly. The Evergreen High tennis player and former lacrosse player was at a party, attended by other players. It was there that Smith found out about the passing of 36-year-old boys lacrosse coach Toby Plank, who lost his battle with carcenoid cancer.

    “Everyone was bummed. We all just went home. A couple of people were crying,” Smith said. “We thought we could get through it. We thought maybe he could get through it, too. But it took a turn for the worst.”