Today's News

  • Dogs saved from burning home near Shadow Mountain

    Elk Creek firefighters saved two dogs from a house fire near Shadow Mountain on Wednesday afternoon.

    According to Elk Creek spokesman Michael Davis, the department received a report of a structure fire at 8899 Black Mountain Drive at 5:02 p.m. Jan. 25, and upon arrival firefighters discovered heavy smoke coming from the rear of the home.

    While the home was unoccupied at the time, two dogs were found and removed from the house before firefighters extinguished the flames.

  • Jeffco district proposes closing five elementary schools

    Jeffco Public Schools has proposed closing five elementary schools later this year, including Stober Elementary in Lakewood and Pleasant View Elementary in Golden. In addition, the district wants to begin moving sixth-graders to middle schools in several articulation areas as early as this fall, including Chatfield, Columbine and Dakota Ridge.

  • Local businesses see pros, cons in higher minimum wage

    Last November, Colorado voters overwhelmingly approved Amendment 70, a measure to steadily increase the state’s minimum wage from $8.31 per hour to $12 an hour by 2020. Now, two months later, local employers are contending with the challenges the current boost to $9.30 an hour is imposing on their ability to staff and run their businesses.

    For many, the recent wage increase has had mixed effects on immediate operations.

  • Church renovations lead to pew giveaway

    Apparently, traditional pews are not ideal for a forward-thinking house of worship — or at least not for Evergreen’s Ascent Church.

    About a year after the 60-year-old Baptist church underwent a name change to better reflect greater openness to any and all who pass through its doors, renovations are under way, and they include trading decades-old pews for the flexibility of chairs.

  • Jeffco residents join Women's March in Denver

    A divorced mother of two. 

    A veteran and member of the first class of women to graduate from West Point.

    A breast cancer survivor. 

    A Jewish native of Florida. 

    An LGBT woman. 

    Some are passionate about the environment; others feel strongly about human rights or health care or education. 

  • Teaching new dogs old tricks

    Friday night, five students at Wulf Rec Center learned to sit patiently on their circular mats and wait for their teachers’ instructions. When the students succeeded, they were rewarded with food.

    Despite all the noise and distractions of new people in the room, the students learned to “find the face” by paying attention to their teachers and nothing else.

  • Balanced attack sparks short-handed Lady Diggers

    No Samantha O’Brien and no Jac Harvey proved to be no problem for the Clear Creek Lady Golddiggers. Missing their starting point guard (sprained ankle) and a key reserve (disciplinary reasons) had little effect on CCHS, which had three players score in double figures and 10 score in all in a 66-23 rout of Platte Canyon on Jan. 21 at Clear Creek High School.

  • Diggers fend off slow start, roll in 2nd half

    When Platte Canyon’s boys’ basketball team opened its Jan. 21 road game at Clear Creek on a 12-1 run, the host Golddiggers had to question what exactly they were doing. They knew they had to settle down and play their game, and that’s exactly what they did.

    A 14-0 CCHS run between the first and second quarters turned the tables and a later 18-3 surge between the third and fourth quarters opened the floodgates as the Golddiggers pulled away for a 78-59 victory.

  • Golden hands EHS first loss of the year

    One could name any number of reasons for second-ranked Evergreen’s first loss of the season, a 43-41 setback to No. 5 Golden on Jan. 20 at Lo Hunter Gymnasium at EHS. There was the early foul trouble for sophomore standout Claudia Dillon. There could be the lack of outside shooting. There could be a second-quarter scoring drought that benefitted the Lady Demons’ early success.

  • Cougars’ balance, zone add up to upset

    The challenge in front of them, namely 6-foot-6 Adam Thistlewood and 6-5 Kayden Sund, stood tall, but the Evergreen Cougars weren’t intimidated. If anything, they embraced the daunting task and tackled it head on Jan. 20 at Lo Hunter Gymnasium at EHS.