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Today's News

  • School district negotiating groups raise questions regarding Open Meetings Law

    The recent move by Jeffco Public Schools and the teachers union to take portions of contract negotiations behind closed doors falls into a murky area of Colorado’s Open Meetings Law.

    The district and the Jefferson County Education Association opened negotiations this month, and both sides agreed early on to break into small study groups and examine several priority topics. The two groups announced last week that meetings of the small groups would not be open to the public.

  • Betty Casserole offers hot dishes delivered to your door

    Are you in the mood for a casserole for dinner, one you don’t have to fix yourself?

    Then you may want to consider Betty Casserole. 

    It’s a new service based in Kittredge that delivers a casserole to your door — either hot and ready for the dinner table or cold but ready to be warmed up later.

    While the concept and even the name sound like something out of a “Leave It to Beaver” television script, this business is more than that.

  • Fire destroys home in Evergreen subdivision

    Fire destroyed a house in the Blue Valley subdivision in Evergreen on Tuesday afternoon, after the home's residents were forced to evacuate.

    No injuries occurred in the blaze at 101 Bluebell Lane, which was reported about 2:15 p.m. The house was engulfed in flames when firefighters from the Clear Creek Fire Authority and Evergreen Fire/Rescue arrived, the Clear Creek Sheriff's Office reported.

  • Sports briefs

    BASEBALL
    Cougars score a pair of road wins to open the 2015 season
    PARKER — Evergreen High has opened the Steve Jones era on a good note, winning its first two games of the 2015 season. The Cougars pounded out a 17-8 road win at Ponderosa on March 19.

    Evergreen opened the season with a 2-1 win in 10 innings over Erie three days earlier.

    Dylan Schmoker had two of the Cougars’ five hits in the win over Erie. Alec Moens, who had one of the other three hits, picked up the win.

  • EHS handles uniqueness of Jeffco Relays

    LAKEWOOD — Camille Morales called the 4x1,600-meter run a “good mental workout.” It is that indeed. It’s also a grind.

    The unique run — four consecutive runners tackling the track at Jeffco Stadium four times around — is not one of the more common events on the track and field slate. As a matter of fact, March 18 will probably be the only time this season that Morales, Caitlin Schmitt, Sydney Grob and Carolyn Graven will run it. But they ran it faster than anyone else at the 4A Jeffco League Relays.

  • Holley picks up where she left off

    GOLDEN — Applewood Golf Course is sort of a special place for Natalie Holley. Last year, as a freshman, the Evergreen golfer made her high school varsity debut here. 

    She didn’t play as well as she would March 18 in the 4A Jeffco League season opener, but it was a great learning experience.

  • First spring migrants appear in foothills

    As March draws to a close, it feels more like spring every day. I love this time of year when winter slowly loses its grip on the land, and spring gets closer every day.

    Some days when the sky is blue and the temperature rises well above 60 degrees, you feel like spring is already here. Those of us who have lived here for awhile know better; we also know it may snow tomorrow, and it will be a long time still before Elk Meadow looks green instead of grayish-tan.

  • Pottery exhibit reflects history of Indian Hills

    The Pottery of Indian Hills exhibit at the Hiwan Homestead Museum in Evergreen reflects an era when a pueblo flourished in the mountain community.

    The brightly glazed works in hues of turquoise and brown were created at the abandoned NaTeSo Pueblo in Indian Hills, which Willard Spence of Denver purchased in 1949. After attempting to revive the pueblo that George Olinger, a developer of Indian Hills, established as a tourist attraction in the early 1920s, Spence began making pottery at the site. 

  • Updating Kittredge's community plan

    As Bear Creek flows through Kittredge, the stream defines and shapes the community, residents pointed out at a meeting hosted by Jeffco planners on March 17.

    Most commercial development in Kittredge is near the creek, which borders Highway 74.

    Many residences, including the Sun Ridge subdivision, are built high on a ridge above the stream, which flows from the community down Bear Creek Canyon into Morrison.

  • Park district may relinquish management of Alderfer property

    For the past 25 years the Evergreen Park and Recreation District has been responsible for maintaining the house and barn at Alderfer/Three Sisters Park through a lease agreement with Jeffco Open Space, which owns the property.

    The lease on the 5.4-acre Alderfer property is expiring in November. And EPRD staff and board members are weighing the option of non-renewal because of the expenses involved in managing the aging structures.