Local News

  • Survey shows ‘tight race’ in EPRD’s possible bond issue

    Support for a proposal to put up to a $34 million bond to Evergreen Park & Recreation District voters in November has about a 50/50 chance of passing, according to results of a survey sent to residents in the district.

    In addition, of the priorities given on the survey, overall, respondents chose trails as their highest priority, followed by aquatics facilities, Buchanan Recreation Center improvements, land purchase and Wulf Recreation Center improvements.

    There was a big gap between those five and ADA improvements and pickleball.

  • Lane of eastbound I-70 to be closed this week

    One lane of eastbound Interstate 70 will be closed this week in the Mount Vernon Canyon area, as traffic approaches the Dinosaur Ridge/Morrison exit.

    The lane will be blocked off as the Colorado Department of Transportation stabilizes the shoulder between mile points 257.5 and 258.5. The area is starting to be undermined by a washout below the culvert pipe, CDOT said in a release.

    The lane is expected to be closed until 3 p.m. Friday, and motorists will be notified of the closure as they approach it.

  • Trail at Matthews/Winters designated bike-only

    Jeffco Open Space has announced it will be designating two trails in its system, including the Matthews/Winters’ Dakota Ridge Trail, as bike-only starting this summer.

    The pilot program will last approximately a year, and JCOS said it will help inform how to manage designated-use and multi-use trails.


    Trial date set in Sichting, Alberga case

    An Oct. 22 trial date has been set in the case of Wynn Sichting and Daniel Alberga, the two men accused of beating and imprisoning a 21-year old man in Conifer last September.

    Sichting faces more than a dozen felony charges, including one count of first-degree attempted murder, two counts of first-degree kidnapping, assault in the second degree, menacing with a deadly weapon, robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery.

  • Robinson highlights infrastructure, education

    Jeffco schools welcome new administrators for 2018-19

    Several mountain area schools will welcome new principals and/or assistant principals this coming fall.

    New principals:

    • Valerie Pollitt, Elk Creek Elementary School

    •David Schoenhals, West Jefferson Middle School

    Assistant principals:

    • Scarlet Chopin, Evergreen High School

    • Laura Nelson, Evergreen High School

    •Christian Ramaker (assistant principal/athletic director), Evergreen High School

  • A bird’s eye view

    Evergreen Audubon board member JoAnn Hackos has a quick finger.

    Hackos hit the send button on her computer immediately when the national Audubon Society began accepting applications to bring part of the organization’s best bird photos to Evergreen. Her quick finger paid off Thursday night when 13 of the top 100 photos from the 2017 Audubon Photography Awards were displayed at Center for the Arts Evergreen.

    Evergreen Audubon is one of 500 groups in the United States.

  • Evergreen-raised songwriter, actor Odell dies

    Jackson Odell, a 20-year-old songwriter and actor formerly of Evergreen, was found unresponsive in his San Fernando Valley, Calif., home on Friday, according to multiple news reports.

    The cause of death is still under investigation.
    Odell’s family released a statement on Twitter: “He will always be a shining light and a brilliant, loving and talented soul. He had so much more to share. Our family will always carry that truth forward. Our wish is that the rest of the world who knew and loved him does as well.”

  • Investigators in Long case interested in similar incident in Missouri

    Investigators in the Maggie Long homicide case are exploring possible connections between her murder and a similar incident that occurred in rural Missouri earlier this week.

    On Sunday, Vincent P. Rist, 22, and Antonio D. Bowen, 24, were arrested on suspicion of breaking into a home in Centerview, Mo., where they allegedly bound and set a 20-year-old woman on fire after she refused to give them the combination to her gun safe.

  • Law enforcement on lookout for armed suspect in Conifer, nearby areas

    The Park County Sheriff's Office is looking for a possibly armed man who fled this morning from a traffic stop near Will O' the Wisp, just outside of Pine Junction.

    According to a Code Red emergency alert issued at 9:20 a.m., the man was wearing a maroon shirt, camouflage pants and a baseball cap, and may be armed and dangerous. While no other identifying information was released, Park County Undersheriff Dave Wohlers said the man has warrants out for his arrest and fled on foot.