Local News

  • Board denies parking waiver for proposed restaurant in downtown Evergreen

    The former NAPA Auto Parts building in downtown Evergreen may not have a chance to become a restaurant because of parking issues.

    The Jefferson County Board of Adjustment voted 4-1 on Aug. 7 to deny a request from owners Judy and Ken Jeronimus for a variance to allow them to modify the requirement that the proposed restaurant must have 43 parking spaces. Board member Joseph Jehn dissented.

  • Board allows home on infill property in Forest Heights

    Despite protests from neighbors, a home can be built on a triangular-shaped lot at 4901 S. Amaro Road in Evergreen’s Forest Heights subdivision.

    The Jefferson County Board of Adjustment unanimously voted on Aug. 7 to allow a variance for Douglas Small of Golden to build a house, even though the lot is smaller than zoning regulations require. Jeffco staff had recommended approving the request to allow a lot size of 14,227 square feet when 17,400 square feet is required.

    If residents want to appeal the decision, they must file a lawsuit in court.

  • One killed, two injured in three-vehicle crash

    One person died while two others were transported with injuries on Aug. 7 after a fatal car accident on U.S. 285 near Richmond Hill that closed both sides of the highway.

    Bernard Bell, 70, of Cortez died at the scene as the result of his injuries. Another person was uninjured.

    According to Trooper Gary Cutler with the Colorado State Patrol, a call about the three-vehicle crash came in at 5:06 p.m. The accident involved three Toyota Tacoma pickup trucks.

  • Two mountain lions euthanized in connection with attack

    Two mountain lions, including one that’s believed to have seriously injured an 8-year-old boy from Bailey, were euthanized Thursday.

    Wildlife officers with Colorado Parks and Wildlife found the mountain lions after a homeowner reported spotting them following the discovering that a goat was missing. CPW said the homeowner reported seeing the lions “within a mile as the crow flies” from the original attack site in Bailey’s Burland Ranchettes subdivision.

  • Sculpture Evergreen commissioning a sculpture linked to Peggy Fleming to be placed at the Evergreen Lake House

    Evergreen Lake will have a piece of 1968 Olympic gold medalist Peggy Fleming figuratively speaking.

    Sculpture Evergreen has commissioned an eight-foot bronze sculpture that will be permanently placed near the Lake House depicting the skater, who was the only member of the skating team in Grenoble, France, to win a gold medal. Fleming has five U.S. titles and three world titles in addition to the Olympic gold medal.

  • Conifer resident leads class to share benefits of juggling with community

    Will Devine was 14 years old when he taught himself to juggle. He was grounded and recalls learning in the time it took to make it through both sides of Thin Lizzy’s “Jailbreak” album.

  • Brooks Place Tavern in Conifer changes ownership

    The Brooks may be leaving their place in Conifer, but lovers of Brooks Place Tavern shouldn’t expect too much to change at the Aspen Park eatery.

    The restaurant, which prides itself on its tavern fare and impressive beer selection, has changed hands. Janice and Steve Brooks are retiring to Arizona, and Brooks Place officially has been taken over by Nicole Garcia and David Schaefer, lifelong mountain-area residents and longtime employees of Brooks Place.

  • Jeffco schools, union reach accord

    Months after the Jeffco Board of Education adopted its budget, the district and the Jefferson County Education Association have reached an agreement on contract negotiations for educators’ pay and benefits. 

    Among other things, the agreement approves a 2.5 percent increase to each cell on the salary schedule, step and lane movement for existing employees, and additional longevity pay for employees who took a pay freeze during the recession.

  • Sheriff's Calls


  • Making nature accessible to all: Staunton track chair program continues to grow

    After-dinner walks were a ritual for the Atkins family. The family of four from Golden loved time spent being active, exploring nature and connecting with one another.

    But everything changed when Zeb Atkins was diagnosed with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis. One day, he was fine; the next, he could barely use his legs.

    “It’s a complete and total readjustment of life,” said Stacy Atkins, Zeb’s wife.