Local News

  • Evergreen says goodbye to popular outdoors lover

     Friends and family members described Mike Strunk as a person who was constantly in motion, almost always outdoors, bouncing around the badlands in his Jeep and shooting pictures everywhere he went.

    Photography could be his undoing. One time Strunk was in Utah, where he was documenting the famous Outlaw Trail until late in the day, said friend Mel Andrew, a former member of the board of directors of the Mountain Area Land Trust.

  • Couple to discuss North Korea

     Sam Jaffe and Myung Oak Kim, an Evergreen couple who have visited North Korea will speak at a lecture Friday, Dec. 17, at Judaism in the Foothills, 3959 Ponderosa Lane, across from Safeway.

    Jaffe is a former business journalist who works as a consultant in the alternative energy industry. He co-authored a book, "Jewish Wisdom for Business Success" with Rabbi Levi Brackman of JITF. Myung is a former investigative journalist for the Rocky Mountain News. She is communications director for Gov. Bill Ritter.

  • Foothills Fire Rescue outgrows 1972 garage

    Foothills Fire Rescue launched the second stage of its Rainbow Hill building project Nov. 18 with the demolition of the cinder-block garage originally built in 1972.

    A new, larger and taller garage is expected to be in place by the end of January, before a new fire truck arrives.

    The garage building and the new training wing almost double Foothills Fire's presence on Rainbow Hill in El Rancho next to the Alpine Rescue Team building at the Evergreen Parkway exit of Interstate 70.

  • Evergreen twins compete in top ranks of Irish dance

    A young brother and sister, who happen to be twins, have fallen in love with Irish step-dancing and competing in the dance.
    Both have done so well they qualified separately for the world championships in Dublin in April and the North American Nationals in July 2011.
    Nate and Maggie Schutte, who both will turn 11 in December, are the son and daughter of an Evergreen couple who have no background in performing arts or dance. Both, however, are at least of half-Irish ancestry.

  • Documentary details pressures on students

    The pressure on kids to succeed in school has reached the point where kids are on a collision course to fail, or worse, according to a documentary shown at Montessori School of Evergreen on Dec. 2.
    Kids feel the pressure from all sides: parents, educators, colleges and from within themselves. Ways must be found to reduce the pressure on kids so they can be, simply, kids.

  • Open Space funds may buy Boulder’s cooperation on toll road

    Jefferson County is hoping to spend $5 million in Open Space funds in exchange for the city and county of Boulder dropping their opposition to construction of the Jefferson Parkway, the Denver area beltway’s final link and the key to lucrative development in northwest Jeffco.  
    The land deal proposed recently by Jeffco would leverage the Open Space funds to gain Boulder’s acquiescence in construction of the toll road, an idea to which the Boulder City Council apparently is warming.

  • School bus, SUV in fender-bender

    A Jeffco school bus collided with a Volkswagen SUV at Upper Bear Creek Road and Evergreen Parkway about 4:30 p.m. Monday in a minor fender-bender. 

    There were no children in the school bus, and no one was injured, said Chief Garry DeJong of Evergreen Fire/Rescue. The bus driver, the SUV driver and the passenger in the SUV were not injured. No one was taken to the hospital.

  • Colorado Children's Theatre plans annual showcase

    The Colorado Children's Theatre annual holiday showcase, These Are the Special Times, will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14.

    General admission is $15, children ages 2 to 10 are $8. Tickets available at www.coloradochildrenstheatre.org, at the door, or by calling 720-255-1228.

    The production is being staged at Montessori School of Evergreen in Marshdale. For tickets or more info, visit www.coloradochildrenstheatre.org or call 720-255-1228.

  • Missouri man arrested in ’05 slaying in Aspen Park

    An arrest has been made in the 2005 slaying of Aspen Park resident Patrick Housand.

    Jeffco sheriff’s investigators arrested Sheldon Lee Herrington, the victim’s former son-in-law, in Taney County, Mo., on Dec. 2, according to Jeffco sheriff’s spokeswoman Jacki Kelley.

    Herrington was initially hiding at a friend’s house when investigators arrived but eventually surrendered to the police.

  • A happy Hiwan Christmas

    While many people were strolling along Main Street during Friday’s annual Holiday Walk, others took a respite from the hustle and bustle to spend time in the Hiwan Homestead a short walk away.
    They were treated to a tour of the home, cookies, cider and even chestnuts roasting on an open fire.
    Rod Matlock, bundled up to keep out the cold, was cooking chestnuts outside the homestead on a wood grill. He said he’s spent 18 years cooking chestnuts for the event, and he remembers much chillier — and stormier — nights.