Today's News

  • Watchdog group files complaints against groups pushing recall

    A Colorado Springs-based watchdog organization has accused groups involved in instigating the recall of three Jeffco school members of violating state campaign finance laws in two lawsuits that will go before Colorado’s Office of Administrative Courts.

  • McMinimee earns 24% of possible bonuses in first year

    Jeffco schools Superintendent Dan McMinimee met benchmarks to qualify for about $9,500 in performance bonuses after his first year on the job.

    McMinimee’s contract allowed for up to $40,000 in bonuses if he met a number of goals set by the district and the school board.

  • Journey pastor's hearing before Securities Board rescheduled

    A Colorado Securities Board hearing for a former Conifer pastor in connection with allegations of securities fraud has been rescheduled for Nov. 17, and parties may come to an agreement before the hearing, according to a state investigator.

    Former Conifer resident and pastor Michael Cheshire was ordered to appear before the Colorado Securities Board in connection with allegations of securities fraud that date to his time leading Journey Community Church.

  • The molten gold of autumn in the foothills

    A few weeks ago, the aspen were spectacular in the high country. We could see great rivers of molten gold flowing down every valley. Aspen seem to require a bit of extra moisture, so they tend to follow river valleys.

    Just as it appeared that we were settling in to a long golden fall, we had a rainy day with high gusty winds that stripped the aspen trees of their crop of gold. Then we settled into nearly a week of rainy weather. The additional weight of water-soaked leaves and a few gusts of wind brought most of the remaining leaves down.

  • A familiar haunt in Evergreen

    Saturday was a night for screams and terror — and some fun, too — at the Haunting in Evergreen haunted house at Church of the Transfiguration.

    From the ghost and spider inviting visitors into the parking lot to the 9-foot-tall goblin available for photographs outside, to the Frankenstein, werewolf and other beasties inside, the haunted house had something to terrify everyone.

  • Superheroes have a super time at library event

    Iron Man attended the Superhero Training Academy on Oct. 21 at the Evergreen Library.

    Portrayed by 5-year-old Declan Van Praag of Evergreen, Iron Man was ready to save the world in his mask, cape and cuff, which he designed at the training academy to enhance his superpowers.

    Declan’s Iron Man character was definitely his take on the superhero: His Iron Man ironed clothes. He ran around the library meeting room, holding his hand up and pretending to iron the clothes of the people he saved.

  • BYOD program at Evergreen Middle has students bringing their own devices

    Evergreen Middle School is planning to start a program called BYOD — bring your own device — in January that will have students bring tablet-like electronic devices to school every day for use in classes.

    “This doesn’t mean that they will use the tablets in every class every minute of the day,” said principal Joelle Broberg. “It means the technology will be available when it is appropriate in the classroom.”

  • BUSINESS BEAT: Garden totems a growing sideline

    Evergreen garden designer Kathryn Boylston has learned if she can’t find something she needs, she just has to make it herself.

    Boylston, who works at Sundance by Design on Meadow Drive, wanted a feature that would provide what she calls “vertical interest” in gardens she was designing.

    She went to ceramic artists she knew, but they didn’t make what she was looking for. So she creates ceramic totems as part of ceramics classes she takes at the Arvada Center.

  • Game marathon to benefit Children’s Hospital

    Evergreen resident Rick Spies is planning a second annual fund-raiser with a fun twist to benefit Children’s Hospital Colorado on Nov. 7.

    “We’re inviting people to come and play computer games,” he said.

    After last year’s success with the event sponsored by Extra Life, an online gaming community that gathers funds for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals, Spies is eager to host another event.

  • Pathfinders salute law enforcement officers, firefighters

    The Evergreen Pathfinders paid tribute to law enforcement officers and firefighters at an event attended by more than 160 people on Oct. 20.

    Jim Gorman, longtime leader of the civic organization, said he wanted to formally thank Jeffco Sheriff Jeff Shrader, his deputies and Evergreen Fire/Rescue volunteers and staff in a public forum.

    “They are the people who are there for us,” Gorman said at the Lake House event. “These people are just amazing. They put themselves on the line for you every day.”