Local News

  • School board selects negotiators without public discussion

    The Jeffco school board pushed the boundaries of the Colorado Open Meetings Law on Jan. 19, holding a closed-door meeting, for which no prior notice was given, to select two of its members to negotiate with employee unions.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Anatomy of a fender-bender

  • Motorists escape injury in head-on collision

    No one was hurt in a head-on collision involving a 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe and a 2005 Chevy Impala on Highway 74 east of Meadow Drive about 3:30 p.m. Jan. 12.

    The road was closed in both directions from 3:49 p.m. to 4:23 p.m., while the two cars were untangled.

    The driver of the Chevy, Clifton Funches, 19, of Evergreen was traveling east on Highway 74 when the vehicle crossed into the westbound lane and hit the Hyundai, driven by Zach Yearout, 16, of Golden, according to Trooper Nate Reid of the Colorado State Patrol.

  • Scores attend school board meeting to protest music cuts

    Scores of teachers, students and parents flooded the Jeffco Board of Education meeting Jan. 19 to protest cuts proposed in the district’s elementary instrumental music program, forcing the fire marshal to temporarily shut down the meeting.

  • Avalanche kills Evergreen man at Winter Park

    A 28-year-old man from Evergreen was killed in an avalanche while skiing in bounds at the Winter Park Ski Area on Jan. 22, the Denver Post reported Tuesday. Christopher Norris was found in the trees off Trestle Trail on Mary Jane Mountain after friends reported him missing at the end of the day. He was taken to Denver Health East Grand Community Clinic and Emergency Center at the base of Winter Park.

  • Morrison officer slightly injured in crash on U.S. 285

    A Morrison police officer was released from the hospital with “bumps and bruises” after his car crashed Jan. 23 on U.S. 285 in Morrison, a police official said.

    Officer Paul Osckel was driving south on U.S. 285 near Colorado 8 about 7:30 p.m. that evening, according to Morrison police Sgt. Joe Leo.

    “He was pursuing a traffic violator,” Leo said. “It appears … he just lost traction and got a little sideways.”

    Osckel’s patrol car did not go off the road, but it may be a total loss, Leo said.

  • Slope envy no more

    Evergreen is getting its own ski and snowboard mountain.
    And though the slope will be just 50 feet tall, it will be substantial enough to stage the first ever Rail Jam Ski and Snowboard competition at Evergreen Lake on Saturday, Feb. 4, in connection with the Winter Festival.

  • There’s a new deputy in town

    When it comes to law-enforcement philosophy, Del Kleinschmidt prefers talking to physical confrontation. "I would rather spend 30 minutes talking to someone than 10 minutes of rolling around on the ground," Kleinschmidt says.

    Kleinschmidt is the new captain of the Mountain Precinct of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. He is based in Evergreen at 4990 Highway 73, next to the Evergreen Public Library.

    Kleinschmidt takes the place of Capt. Rob Baker, who retired. Deputy Dale Wizieck is the crime prevention specialist based in Evergreen.

  • Nature center hires new director

    "To me, this is kind of a dream job. It's half-time, but there's a lot of room for growth," said Vanessa Hayes, 30, the new executive director of the Evergreen Nature Center, which is housed in the old warming hut on Evergreen Lake from April through October.

    Hayes joins the Nature Center following the resignation of Aly Duffy, who held the job for one season. Duffy found a permanent job with the WILD Foundation in Boulder. Hayes is the third executive director since the Nature Center was created in 2008 with Michael Stills at the helm.

  • Polis meets with possible future constituents

    Jared Polis, the Democratic U.S. congressman from Boulder, came to Evergreen on Jan. 21 to meet what he hopes will be his future constituents in Jefferson County as a result of redistricting.

    Sponsored by the Mountain Area Democrats, the Saturday meeting at the United Methodist Church attracted a packed room of about 75 people.

    "I am not your congressman yet," Polis warned the enthusiastic crowd. "You still have to hassle Mike Coffman on every vote until next January." Polis will stand for re-election to the seat this year.