Today's News

  • South Jeffco’s Flerlage touts his fiscal approach

      South Jeffco Democrat John Flerlage began his lengthy campaign to unseat U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman in early 2009, only months after the newly elected congressman had taken office. With the general election now just four months away, Flerlage is confident he can sway voters in the historically Republican 6th District — despite having raised a fraction of the funds that Coffman has.

    The key to Flerlage’s approach, not surprisingly, is campaigning on ideas rather than divisive platforms, at least on fiscal issues.

  • Douglas fir got its name from fervent botanist

    The Douglas fir, pseudotsuga menziesii, is one of our loveliest trees. It is probably the largest tree growing in our forests today. It has a fascinating history that is closely woven with the man for whom it was named, David Douglas.

  • We can say no to negative ads

    Negative attacks, they say, have long been part of politics. In “Going Dirty: the Art of Negative Campaigning” by David Mark, we’re told that in the 1828 presidential election, Andrew Jackson’s political allies nicknamed John Quincy Adams “the Pimp,” a reference to “a rumor that while he was ambassador to Russia a decade earlier, he had coerced a young woman into having an affair with a czar.”

  • Senior Schillingburg talk of Evergreen golf team

    Taylor Schillingburg, by his own admission, is a compulsive talker. He’s not a bragger or anything like that, but the Evergreen senior is known to talk a time or two on the golf course.

  • Haave makes her way back home

    Tanya Haave, no matter where life has taken her, still called Colorado home. The 1980 Evergreen graduate still owned a home in Lafayette in spite of spending the past four years as head women’s basketball coach at the University of San Francisco.

  • Driver who hit cyclist released to probation

    The Evergreen man who was driving drunk when he hit a cyclist on Evergreen Parkway last August is being allowed to leave prison after 120 days.

    Jeffrey Detlefs, 58, will be on probation for nine years and is forbidden to either drink or drive.

    The victim of the accident, Rex Hegyi, was thrown 125 feet and landed on the pavement. He spent 26 days in the hospital with five broken vertebrae, 15 broken bones, a shattered shoulder and a broken pelvis.

  • House cat in Pine dies of bubonic plague

    A 6-year-old domestic cat from Pine died July 28 of a confirmed case of bubonic plague.

    “It’s not a very common thing. I’ve never seen it before,” said Dr. Kevin Inman of Family Veterinary Hospital at 3951 Evergreen Parkway. The owners brought the cat to the clinic on July 26 after it was found unconscious on their back steps.

  • Open Space plans meeting to consider fence alternatives

    The Jeffco Open Space Division has decided not to build a mile-long fence in Evergreen Park Estates and instead will solicit more input from community members before making a final decision.

    One alternative is to install boundary markers every 300 feet, Open Space Director Tom Hoby said in an Aug. 6 letter to the neighborhood. The original plan was to start building a fence at the end of July.

    Tom Hoby said he walked the fence line Aug. 4 and observed the conditions.

  • District to unveil results of needs survey Aug. 17

    The survey is the first of its kind the district has conducted. Many residents are looking forward to the results to get an idea of the extent of public support for a standalone arts center building and other projects inside Buchanan Park.

    The meeting is at 6 p.m. at the Buchanan Park Recreation Center, 32003 Ellingwood Trail.

  • Safety seats now mandatory for children under 8

    Jackie Mohr, a mother of three and the executive director of Drive Smart Evergreen/Conifer, is happy to know that more children will be protected by seat belts and booster seats after a new state law took effect.

    As of Aug. 1, any child under age 8 has to be protected in a car by a child safety seat. The previous age was 6. Failure to obey the law could result in a minimum $82 fine. Law enforcement officers can pull over a vehicle if they see a child not safely restrained in a child car safety seat.