Today's News

  • Candidates for district attorney both favor use of specialty courts

    The two candidates vying for district attorney in Jeffco might be from different political parties, but both say they are committed to reform in the criminal justice system through expanding the use of specialty courts.

    Incumbent DA Pete Weir, a Republican, and his Democratic challenger, Jake Lilly of Evergreen, agree that Jeffco’s specialized problem-solving courts, including dedicated drug, adult mental health and veterans courts, provide a better and more tailored approach.

  • Bike path opens from Genesee to El Rancho

    While CDOT Executive Director Shailen Bhatt was in the midst of his speech, a cyclist zipped up the trail behind him to join his fellow bikers in the crowd. It was hard to blame the eager cyclist; after all, the trail he'd just biked had been almost 11 years in the making.

    The Colorado Department of Transportation and other organizations commemorated the official opening of the Interstate 70 bike path from the Genesee buffalo overlook to El Rancho on Sept. 28.

  • HD 25 hopefuls debate budget, ballot items

    In addition to hearing from candidates for the Jeffco commission, residents who attended an election forum Sept. 27 at Center/Stage Theatre in Evergreen also heard from Tim Leonard and Tammy Story, who are vying for the state House District 25 seat.

  • Candidates for county commission debate land use, affordable housing

    Weighing economic development versus affordable housing needs, addressing Jeffco’s rapidly increasing population and moving to 100 percent renewable energy were some of the topics raised Sept. 27 during an election forum at Center/Stage Theatre in Evergreen.

  • Inmate dies at Jeffco jail

    An inmate at the Jeffco jail died Wednesday after being found unresponsive, according to a news release from the Sheriff's Office.

    Deputies began CPR and called for additional medical assistance after finding inmate David Little unresponsive and with a ligature around his neck at 4 p.m., the release said. Little was pronounced dead at 5:28 p.m.

  • Pro, con sides on EFR tax hike heard at forum

    The cost of providing emergency medical services is growing, and an increase in property taxes isn't a realistic way of covering those increasing expenses — at least that was the message opponents of Evergreen Fire/Rescue's proposed mill levy delivered at a candidates' forum at Evergreen's Center/Stage Theatre last week.

    John Putt, a former volunteer firefighter and communications manager for EFR, spoke about why he thinks the community should vote against the ballot measure and instead spend more time exploring other options.

  • Jeffco students named National Merit semifinalists

    Nearly two dozen Jeffco high-schoolers have been named as semifinalists in the National Merit Scholar Program, including two mountain area students and 10 students at high schools in the South Jeffco area.

  • Former member of board questions tax increase, bond

    Jeffco Public Schools faced some staunch opposition last week to the bond and mill levy it hopes voters will approve on Election Day in November.

    At an election forum held at Center/Stage Theatre in Evergreen on Sept. 27, former school board member Laura Boggs highlighted what she sees as long-term financial ramifications of the proposed $535 million bond issue and $33 million property-tax increase intended to go toward facilities upgrades, compensation and other needs in the district.

  • Families donate snacks for deputies

    A Lookout Mountain family last week organized a community drive to collect snacks, sports drinks and other goodies for the Jeffco County Sheriff’s Office.

    Britt Gaskell and her three children decided that, in the wake of recent violence toward police officers across the country, they wanted to show their appreciation and “recognize all of you (officers) for your dedication and compassion to our community.”

  • KEEPING THE FAITH: At Beth Evergreen, Rabbi Arnold strives to offer ‘welcome, friendship’

    To get his students’ attention, Rabbi Jamie Arnold starts singing a catchy, simple song. Within a few seconds, the 20 or so classmates interrupt their conversations and join in. Then the group pauses for reflection.

    “Take a breath like it’s your first,” Arnold tells them. “Enjoy the breath like it’s your last.”