Local News

  • Commissioners vote to allow short-term rentals

    The Jefferson County commissioners voted 2-1 Tuesday to allow short-term vacation rentals on 1-acre or larger properties. Each rental home will require approval of the Board of Adjustment and oversight of the Planning and Zoning Division.

    The lone no vote came from Commissioner Faye Griffin, who also voted against the proposal almost two years ago. Commissioners Don Rosier and John Odom voted in favor of allowing short-term rentals (fewer than 30 days’ stay) on the condition that most of the restrictions suggested by the planning commission stay in place.

  • Local museum wins award for Civil War display

    The Hiwan Homestead Museum has received a History Colorado Caroline Bancroft Award for its ongoing exhibit, "Fateful Lightning: Colorado and the Civil War, 1861-1865." The exhibit continues through Nov. 20.

    The exhibit consists of 12 glass cases of artifacts, guns, bullets, letters, daily necessities and Confederate money, assembled from Denver area private collections.

    The title, "Fateful Lightning," comes from "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," which was published in 1862 and popular during the Civil War.

  • Neighbors turn hostile cheek to church expansion plan

    Church leaders tried their best to pacify the packed assembly room, but a crowd of about 200 community members angrily voiced their opposition to the Activation Ministry Center's expansion plans at a meeting Nov. 2. at the church on Lookout Mountain Road.

  • Man accused of careless hunting in subdivision

    The Division of Wildlife has cited an Evergreen Highlands man with a misdemeanor for allegedly hunting and shooting a trophy bull elk in a careless manner against state law, according to court documents.

    On Sept. 10, the day the elk was killed, Henry P. Austin, 57, of 6726 Jungfrau Drive, had the correct hunting license for muzzleloader season; the season was open as of the same day, and he was on private property.

    Reached by phone, Austin said he had no comment on the pending citation. He is set to appear in court on Nov. 14.

  • Blaze destroys home above Kittredge

    An intense and fast-moving fire destroyed a home Monday afternoon at Meadow View Drive and Pine Valley Drive in Kittredge.

    The cause had not been determined by press time.

    The blaze broke out about 1:30 p.m., and 28 firefighters from Evergreen Fire/Rescue responded, along with wildland firefighters who extinguished flames as the fire jumped to nearby trees.

    The flames were doused by 2 p.m., but the home was a total loss. Some outbuildings were saved.

  • Neville selected to fill vacant state Senate seat

    A Republican vacancy committee on Nov. 3 appointed South Jeffco resident Tim Neville to succeed state Sen. Mike Kopp, who announced his resignation from District 22 last month.

    Under new reapportionment boundaries, Evergreen will be moving into District 22.

    Neville, who was vying for the seat along with current House District 28 Rep. Jim Kerr, won by only two votes. Among the 118 votes cast in the Ken Caryl Ranch House by the district’s Republican central committee, 60 voted for Neville and 58 voted for Kerr.

  • Fellman, Dahlkemper elected to school board

    Jeffco school board candidates Lesley Dahlkemper and Jill Fellman claimed an early victory Tuesday night, leading by substantial margins.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Not to nitpick, but did anybody pay for dinner?

  • Justice supplied: Colorado Supreme Court brings judicial lessons to Evergreen High

    What better way to learn than to watch something unfold right before your eyes?


    That was how Evergreen High School seniors learned about the justice system last Thursday when the school’s auditorium was turned into a courtroom so the Colorado Supreme Court could hear arguments for two cases.

  • 9Cares food drive to benefit EChO

    The 9Cares Colorado Shares Food Drive to benefit Evergreen Christian Outreach is scheduled from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at the King Soopers in Bergen Park.

    Residents can help feed hungry families by donating non-perishable food, grocery gift cards or cash. EChO helped 435 households between January and August 2011. Of that, 108 were new families.

    Suggested donations include toothpaste, shampoo, toilet paper, detergent, dish soap, juice, dried milk, ketchup, mustard, salad dressing and canned goods, including beans, tuna, meats, vegetables and fruit.