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Today's News

  • Evergreen overcomes injuries, illnesses to place seventh

    THORNTON — While the 4A state gymnastics championship offered encouragement for Evergreen’s young and injury/illness-riddled team, it also presented second-year coach Tabor Cowden with a point of emphasis for next season.

    Finishing.

    The Cougars, and junior standout Jackie Fritsche in particular, couldn’t close the deal on Nov. 3, the first day of competition at Thornton High School.

  • Morrison’s interim police chief hopes to connect with community

    Name a job in law enforcement, and George Mumma likely has held it.

    The Littleton resident has worked as a patrol and SWAT officer with the Littleton Police Department and spent time on the K9 unit with the Lakewood Police Department before joining the Jefferson County District Attorney’s office as a senior investigator.

    Now, he has taken on a new role as interim chief of the Morrison Police Department. The town officially hired him Oct. 10 after former chief Rudy Sandoval retired in late September.

  • Cougars lose to Mullen in upset at regional tournament

    EVERGREEN — All year long, the Evergreen volleyball team has been rolling through one of its most successful seasons in the past few years, but it all came to an end in the high school’s gym on Saturday afternoon as the Cougars fell to Mullen in a huge upset in the regional tournament.

    In the round-robin style tourney, the ninth-seeded Cougars hosted Thompson Valley (No. 16) and Mullen (No. 28). Everybody played each other, and the team who won both of its matches would advance to the state tournament on Friday and Saturday at the Denver Coliseum.

  • Officials: EHS didn’t use ineligible player in Skyview victory

    Officials from the Colorado High School Activities Association, Evergreen High School and Jeffco Public Schools found that EHS didn’t use an ineligible player during its 10-9 varsity football victory over Skyview on Oct. 6. CHSAA received material — phone call correspondence and letters – last month from Skyview officials about the possible infraction by Evergreen High School.

    Bert Borgmann, an assistant commissioner for CHSAA, which oversees high school athletics in Colorado, said via e-mail that the issue is a matter between the schools.

  • Lobos fizzle out at the finish line

    CONIFER — For a half, the Conifer Lobos — at least on the scoreboard — showed they could hang with Skyview on Friday night at Lobo Field.

    It didn’t hurt that Conifer stopped Wolverines quarterback Michael Vigil short of the goal line as time expired in the first half.

    The second half, however, was a different story.

    Skyview took the opening drive 59 yards in just over three minutes for the first of three Deyvon Butler second-half touchdowns, and the Wolverines rolled to a 20-0 shutout of Conifer.

  • A treasure comes to town

    Pueblo-based artist Philip J. Spanier knows no bounds. As a Picasso-esque painter, surrealist, relief artist, sculptor and published author, Spanier’s work is now at Epic Estate Treasures in downtown Evergreen.

    Among this self-taught artist’s creations is his second sculpture of Liberace. The first was presented and sold to Liberace when Spanier met him in person. He also met Paul McCartney and “wowed” him with his sculpture of the Beatles.

  • Jeffco school board incumbents retain seats

     Voters Tuesday overwhelmingly re-elected incumbents Ron Mitchell, Susan Harmon and Brad Rupert to the Jeffco school board in a race that pitted the latter two against last-minute challengers Erica Shields and Matt Van Gieson. Of the more than 423,000 people registered to vote in Jefferson County, only 30.1 percent — or about 130,000 people — turned out.
    As of 10 p.m. Tuesday, results showed:
    · Rupert in District 1 won 60.4 percent of the votes, compared to rival Van Gieson, who garnered 39.6 percent.

  • Spodyak wins re-election in Platte Canyon school board election

    Incumbent Katie Spodyak will continue serving on the Platte Canyon school board after Park County residents overwhelmingly voted Tuesday to re-elect her.

    According to unofficial election results, Spodyak captured 19.69 percent of the total votes, and will be joined by newcomers Frank VanDeHey and Joe Burgett, who defeated three other challengers for seats on the school board.

    Roughly 4,300 people voted in the election, or about 30.46 percent of registered voters in Park County.

  • Idledale passes ballot issues for water and sanitation district

    Idledale residents approved both a mill levy override and bond issue for its water and sanitation district by a wide margin Tuesday night.
With all precincts reporting, the measures passed with 72 and 71 percent of voters in favor, respectively. There are 219 registered voters in the Idledale Water & Sanitation District; 106 votes were cast in the mill levy issue and 101 in the bond issue.

    Mill levy override


  • EFPD to hold public hearing for proposed 2018 budget

    The Evergreen Fire Protection District will hold a public hearing Tuesday to hear feedback on its proposed 2018 budget, which currently includes $8.45 million in projected revenue, $6 million in operational expenditures and an allocation of $467,000 for capital expenditures.

    According to the latest publicly released draft of the budget, the district expects nearly $1.45 million in increased annual revenue next year — largely due to increased property taxes from Jefferson and Clear Creek counties, as well as a slight uptick in ambulance billing revenue.