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Today's News

  • Spinal scoliosis doesn’t slow down Hellard

    By Chelsy Woods Klein — For the Courier

    EVERGREEN — Water is a great source of magnification.

    Maggie Hellard, a co-captain on Evergreen’s girls swimming and diving team this season, has gone through a lot under the microscope of water while being a key cog for the two-time defending Class 4A state champions.

    Hellard, an Evergreen resident who is homeschooled, was diagnosed with spinal scoliosis — a condition characterized by an abnormal curve in the spine.

  • Former CHS teacher hopes to open charter school

    A former Conifer High teacher is hoping to establish a Conifer-area charter school for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders.

    Conifer resident Ashley Sportel said she plans to submit an application for Impact Academy — which she said would use some variation of the “expeditionary” learning model — to the Jeffco school district this year, with an eye toward opening in 2017.

  • Teachers unions played major role in recall effort

     Local and national teachers unions made major donations to the campaign to recall three conservative members of the Jeffco school board, according to financial records ordered released by a state judge.

    Recall critics have said donations from the National Education Association and the Jefferson County Education Association prove that union interests were a guiding force in the ousting of board members John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams in the November election.

  • Teachers unions played major role in recall effort

     Local and national teachers unions made major donations to the campaign to recall three conservative members of the Jeffco school board, according to financial records ordered released by a state judge.

    Recall critics have said donations from the National Education Association and the Jefferson County Education Association prove that union interests were a guiding force in the ousting of board members John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams in the November election.

  • Evergreen firefighters douse small brush fire

    Evergreen firefighters were quick to douse a small brush fire Saturday afternoon on Upper Bear Creek in Clear Creek County. 

    The blaze, in dry vegetation on a south-facing slope near Evans Ranch, was about an acre in size. Firefighters arrived minutes after the fire was reported and extinguished the flames shortly after arriving.

    “It proves that wildland fires do happen in winter,” said Evergreen Fire/Rescue spokesman Doug Saba.

    The flames reportedly were extinguished just before 2 p.m. 

  • Marshmallows and merriment mark Skate the Lake

    There’s a reason people come from throughout the Front Range to spend New Year’s Eve in Evergreen. 

    “There’s just nothing else like this,” said Randy Coleman, gently holding his 4-year-old daughter, Nikki, in an upright posture as she tested the size-nothing ice skates laced to her tiny feet. “This is our third Skate the Lake. If this wasn’t going on, I don’t think we’d do anything on New Year’s Eve.”

  • Tap water returns to normal color after firefighting effort

    Tap water in the neighborhood adjacent to the Evergreen Golf Course seems to be back to normal after firefighters tapped into two hydrants on New Year’s Day to help douse a house fire on Golf Way.

    The water became discolored, but there was no health risk, according to Dave Lighthart, general manager for the Evergreen Metropolitan District. He said the discoloration was confined to that neighborhood, and his office received seven calls from residents concerned about water safety.

  • Jeffco students outperform state on PARCC-developed tests

    While Jeffco students outperformed state results at nearly every level of PARCC-developed English and math tests last spring, most results still fell short of newly implemented expectations, although a Jeffco testing expert cautioned that data may be somewhat skewed. 

  • Christmas tree drop-off sites available in Littleton

    The city of Littleton and South Suburban Parks and Recreation are collecting and mulching Christmas trees now through Jan. 11.

    The Littleton collection site is in Cornerstone Park at the southeast corner of West Belleview Avenue and South Windermere Street. The drop-off site is in the parking lot beside the soccer fields.

    South Suburban Parks is collecting trees at the Willow Springs Service Center, 7100 S. Holly St.

    Both sites are open every day during daylight hours.

  • First phase complete at business park at C-470, West Bowles

    The first two buildings are complete in a planned 300,000-square-foot business center at C-470 and West Bowles Avenue, and construction on the project’s second phase is scheduled to begin early next year.

    Fred Baker of Ojala and Co. said 3D Systems of Golden will be the first business to occupy one 70,000-square-foot building in the Mountain West Business Center. The company, formerly known as Medical Modeling, recently was acquired by 3D Systems, a national firm, and is relocating to Littleton.