Local News

  • Dedication of soldier statue touches Evergreen residents at Memorial Day service

    After a hushed silence, more than 200 people at the Memorial Day service at Buchanan Park stood and applauded as a bronze statue of a kneeling soldier was unveiled on Monday afternoon.

    Titled "The Sentry," the life-size sculpture was placed within the wall of the Veterans Commemorative Walk in remembrance of those who died in war. The infantryman depicted in the work is holding a rifle, and appears to be gazing at pavers dedicated to soldiers killed in action.

  • Evergreen residents walk through plans for connecting trails

    During an open house May 20 for a trails master plan, Evergreen residents Jennifer and Troy Berens said they would like to see a connecting trail from their Hiwan Hills neighborhood to downtown Evergreen.

    Other suggestions from residents included closing the downtown area to traffic to increase walkability and creating a walking and biking path from Evergreen to Conifer.

  • Clear Creek school board fires superintendent

    Clear Creek Schools Superintendent Todd Lancaster was fired on a split vote at the school board's May 20 meeting, and the sentiment for ousting Lancaster became unanimous at a hastily scheduled executive session three days later. 

    Lancaster and the board had been at odds at times over some issues, but that friction apparently had grown to include teachers disgruntled over changes planned in the district's administrative structure. 

  • Latest plan to move Community Corrections abandoned

    Jeffco has decided to abandon its latest idea for relocating the Community Corrections facility after hearing from angry neighbors of a potential site near the Jeffco Fairgrounds.

    The county had identified a property near the fairgrounds and Foothills Animal Shelter at 15650 W. Sixth Ave. as a potential new home for Community Corrections. The current facility, commonly referred to as the New York Building, is on Kendall Street between West 16th and 17th avenues.

  • Teachers approve initial agreement with district

    Members of the teachers union have overwhelmingly approved a contract agreement reached May 8 with the school district’s bargaining team, but teachers voted on a version of the pact that did not include a later addition from the district.

    Just hours after bargaining teams reached the original agreement, the district added the stipulation that non-probationary teachers rated as not effective or partially effective would not be eligible for raises.

  • Niece of former Yankees baseball star going the distance for cancer society fund-raiser

    Evergreen resident DeDe Murcer Moffet remembers her uncle, former New York Yankees all-star Bobby Murcer, as a fun and kind person.“He was a fabulous human being,” she said.

    Murcer died of a cancerous brain tumor in 2008 at age 62, less than two years after his diagnosis.

  • Can-do attitude leads to charitable senior prank

    The term “senior prank” no longer has a negative connotation at Evergreen High School.

    While pranks the last few years have damaged the school, this year’s prank helped dozens of Evergreen families who need food assistance.

    A group of seniors collected 600 cans of food — weighing 781 pounds — and formed them in “2014” in 80-foot high numerals on the school’s football field. To make the cans stand out, each had a piece of colorful paper underneath.

  • Honoring military veterans and families of those who serve

    Longtime Evergreen resident Gerald Olde and his sons Larry and Richard Olde were among those honored for their military service at the Blue Star Salute on Sunday afternoon.

    The elder Olde, who served in World War II, has been a Legionnaire for 70 years, Vern Stelzer of American Legion Post 2001 said during his presentation. Larry Olde was in the Navy from 1965 to 1971, and Richard Olde served in the Marines in the late 1960s.

  • Statue of soldier to be dedicated at veterans walk on May 26

    A bronze statue of a solider will be dedicated at the Veterans Commemorative Walk during a Memorial Day ceremony at Buchanan Park on May 26. The sculpture, named “The Sentry,” depicts a Vietnam-era infantryman holding a rifle.

    Working with American Legion Post 2001, five area Rotary clubs raised funds for the statue, which the Evergreen Park and Recreation District approved last year.

  • Affordable housing is focus of AT HOME in Evergreen

    Opening minds and hearts to the housing needs of people is the goal of interfaith group AT HOME in Evergreen, Rabbi Jamie Arnold said during a presentation at Congregation Beth Evergreen on Sunday afternoon.

    “In Evergreen, the lack of affordable housing is pretty clear,” Arnold said.  

    People who work at restaurants, care for the elderly and teach in local schools are among those who can’t afford to live in the community where they work, he said. Single mothers and divorced women also have difficulty finding housing they can afford.