Today's News

  • School district staffers: Facilities needs are ‘urgent’

    The facility needs at Jeffco Public Schools are urgent, and a plan to open a new school in the northern part of the district won’t keep pace with anticipated growth in that area, district COO Steve Bell told school board members at an Aug. 27 meeting.

  • 12 candidates running for 5 seats on board

    Jeffco residents could see a slate of 12 candidates for five school board seats this fall, as three current board members who are the target of a recall face off against five challengers, and four other candidates vie for the two seats up for regular election.

  • Bond refinancing saving Evergreen park district $1.3 million

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District is expected to save about $1.3 million in bond debt over the next 10 years by refinancing $9,444,00 in bonds.

    This anticipated savings will be passed on to district residents by decreasing the mill levy for the bond debt dating from 2006, said Jason Leslie, EPRD financial controller. The exact amount of the mill-levy decrease will be determined when the park district has complete information about its revenue from property taxes, he said.

  • BUSINESS BEAT: Sisters and Company comes to downtown Evergreen

    Downtown Evergreen now has a boutique that is all about re-accessorizing — whether it’s your home or yourself.

    Sisters and Company, which opened at the beginning of August, offers an eclectic mix of home furnishings, clothing and accessories. Owners and good friends Karen Carter, Jane Kelso and Valerie Strandquist bring their artistic design and retail sales talents to the shop across the street from Java Groove.

  • Repair projects dating from 2013 flood still in progress

    Concrete barriers along the eroded creek bank in downtown Evergreen are still in place nearly two years after the 2013 flood that caused the damage.

    Evergreen businessman Jeff Bradley, manager of the property, said he has obtained a permit from Jefferson County for the project, and has plans to restore the bank. Bradley said he also needs a permit from the federal government, although the project does not involve funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

  • Center for the Arts narrows search for new space

    After more than a year of searching, the Center for the Arts Evergreen is getting close to finding a new space for its expanding programs and exhibits, said Steve Sumner, CAE executive director.

    Unlike areas of Denver where there are warehouses that can be used as space for arts centers, Evergreen does not have much available property, Sumner noted.

  • A hike for a strike

    Greg Royal, center for Evergreen High School’s football team, employs his long-snapping style at a bowling fund-raiser at The Wild Game on Sunday. Proceeds will be used for more stadium lighting, seating and a permanent concession stand at the high school field.

  • Goldfinches shy away from feeders, foraging for themselves

    Many years ago, I saw my first lesser goldfinch in a yard in Idledale. When I first saw this little yellow-and-black bird, it was acting like a new warbler. That’s what I thought it was.

    I could not find any warbler that looked like it, and then noticed its thick finch-like beak. This sent me to the yellow finches, and there it was among the many goldfinches that occur here: the lesser black-backed goldfinch.

  • School board candidate Ron Mitchell, District 5

    Veteran Jeffco principal and teacher Ron Mitchell said he would bring an understanding of Jeffco’s various communities, an emphasis on respect and years of problem-solving to the school board if he is elected.

    Mitchell, a Lakewood resident, is running for the board seat in District 5 currently held by Ken Witt, one of the targets of a recall effort. Former school board member Paula Noonan is also vying for the District 5 seat.

  • Lease renewal for Alderfer property stirs debate on park board

    Evergreen park district board members are challenging the terms of a proposed lease agreement for 5.4 acres 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 current lease expires in November, and Jeffco has offered the park district a 50-year lease with terms similar to the current one.