Today's News

  • Evergreen couple plead guilty to child abuse

    An Evergreen couple have pleaded guilty to child abuse charges involving their 6-year-old daughter, who was found to be suffering from long-term malnutrition.

    Jason Matthew Barton, 41, and Katherine Clark Barton, 37, were arrested in June 2015 on the charge of child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury, a class 3 felony, after medical personnel found their daughter weighed only 25 pounds.

  • Grass fire flares up again near Genesee exit

    Mountain area fire departments were forced to return to a grass fire east of the Genesee exit on Interstate 70 when it re-ignited on Monday afternoon.

    Firefighters had extinguished the blaze early Monday morning, but gusty winds apparently rekindled embers during the afternoon.

    Two lanes of westbound I-70 had been closed while firefighters conducted mop-up operations during the morning, according to a Twitter post from a spokesman for the mountain area fire districts.

  • Jeffco school district dismisses rumors about threats related to ‘creepy clowns’

    Rumors about people dressed as clowns planning violent attacks at Jeffco schools have been determined to be unfounded.

    According to a statement from Superintendent Dan McMinimee, the district has had reports at several schools over the last few days about “clowns coming to shoot up the school.” After an investigation of the threats, which McMinimee said were primarily found on social media, the district's security team and local law enforcement “found no evidence that this is a credible threat.”

  • 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.

  • Fun run at Evergreen Country Day has a serious side

    As each of the 200-plus sneaker-clad students rounded the corner of Evergreen Country Day School, they were given a quarter to place in a bucket.

    The process repeated each time the students completed a lap.

    In Brad Davies’ eyes, this was a chance for all of his students to give back to their school, and he hoped it would ultimately help them develop generosity as a habit.

    “We’re cultivating the next generation of philanthropists,” said Davies, who is the head of school.

  • County still seeking location for public shooting range

    Jeffco Open Space officials met with the county commissioners earlier this month to inform them that the search continues for a location for a public shooting range.

  • Candidates in District 2 commission race discuss issues facing Jeffco


    With the November election just six weeks away, last week the two candidates in the District 2 county commission race shared similar views about the challenges facing the county, including sensible economic development, ensuring county employee wages remain competitive, and addressing population growth without sacrificing open space. 

  • King-Murphy’s Unique Tea celebrates kids’ individuality

    Just call Ryan Sandblom “Captain One Sock.”

    According to his dad, the King-Murphy Elementary School kindergartner loses his socks so frequently that his family began referring to him by that nickname. But it’s just one of the ways in which Lee Sandblom says his son is unique.

  • Students tackle assignment right on the dot

    Parmalee Elementary was inundated with dots on Sept. 16 — dotted clothes, dot stickers, dot activities, dot assignments, dotted food, dotted walls.

    The dots had a positive message for students, faculty and staff: Even a tiny mark such as a dot can have huge positive consequences.

    “We’re just crazy with dots,” said first/second-grade teacher Julia Davis.

  • The sound of elk bugling buffets the fall landscape

    (Reprinted from Sept. 7, 2006)

    Once more it is time for the “bugling” of the bull elk to flow down the mountains. This eerie, wailing sound is part of the rutting season and as much a part of the Rocky Mountain autumn as the turning of the aspen leaves.

    The first call reported to me this year was on Saturday, Aug. 26. A bit early but not too unusual. The calling will continue through September and dwindle in October, with still a few last calls heard in November.