Local News

  • CFF awards grants for community wellness

    Over the past two years, the Community First Foundation awarded $1.75 million in grants to various Jefferson County organizations working to improve community wellness.

    According to its website, the Arvada-based nonprofit works to improve the quality of life and create positive change in Jefferson County by helping donors and nonprofits join forces.

    “Investing in the health of Jefferson County is really important,” said Beth McConkey, director of communications with Community First.

  • News Briefs

    Soldier Box donations being accepted

    It’s time again to start collecting donations for Soldier Boxes.

    The boxes, which are shipped to soldiers overseas during the holidays, are the pet project of Gail Sharp, owner of TallGrass Aveda Spa & Salon. She’s on a mission to fill 250 boxes, which will provide travel-size toiletries and other items to 2,500 soldiers. Each box contains 10 of everything. Last year, the effort filled 227 boxes.

  • Ultra-runner sacrifices success to help competitor

    Kindness can be found in unusual places.

    Steven Palmer of Evergreen, an ultra-runner, decided to stop while in the 96th mile of the 104-mile Run Rabbit Run ultra-marathon in Steamboat Springs in September to help another runner who had shin splints so bad that he couldn’t walk.

    Steven knew he probably wouldn’t make the next checkpoint to continue the race anyway — a requirement for ultra-marathons — but he decided to ensure that result by stopping to help, making sure the other racer got the medical attention he needed.

  • Evergreen native Ethel Snowbarger celebrates her 100th birthday

    A 10-carat diamond exemplifies a 100th anniversary because the gemstone is enduring, and that describes Ethel Elmgreen Snowbarger, who celebrated her centennial birthday over the weekend.

    Family members called her a legend with a great wit, a contagious laugh and a big heart at her birthday party Saturday at Life Care Center of Evergreen attended by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

    “She was always fair,” grandson Robb Snowbarger said. “If one of us (grandkids) got $20, all of us got $20. She is just the sweetest lady.”


    WJES among Jeffco schools named ‘Healthy School Champions’

    West Jefferson Elementary School in Conifer is one of three Jeffco schools named by the Colorado Education Initiative as a 2018 “Healthy School Champion.”

    Awarded annually and publicly announced at the Jeffco school board meeting on Thursday, the honor recognizes schools that have worked to create “healthy school environments” and implemented “effective school health efforts.”

  • Community task force asks Jeffco Schools to study possibility of arming teachers

    Parents and other Jeffco community members have asked Jeffco Public Schools to study whether arming teachers and other staff would improve the safety and security of the district’s 155 schools and the roughly 86,000 students that pass through those doors almost every day.

  • Slick roads lead to multiple accidents on U.S. 285

    Slick and icy roads were to blame for multiple crashes on U.S. 285 on Wednesday morning, including a multi-car pileup involving two RTD buses.

    According to Colorado State Patrol, the call about the accident, which involved seven vehicles and happened on southbound U.S. 285 near South Turkey Creek Road, came in just after 7 a.m. There were a total of 30 passengers on the two RTD buses, but there were no injuries.

  • Three-vehicle accident causing traffic delays near Turkey Creek Canyon

    A multi-vehicle accident on southbound U.S. 285 is causing traffic delays near Turkey Creek Canyon.

    According to State Trooper Gary Cutler, the crash was reported at 4:16 p.m. Tuesday afternoon on southbound U.S. 285 at the RTD Park-n-Ride at mile marker 245 and involved three vehicles. 

    As of 5 p.m., Cutler did not know how many people were involved in the accident or if there were injuries. While the cause of the crash remains under investigation, Cutler said heavy fog in the area may have been a factor.

  • The 1970s: The Sjoden brothers call the decade a ‘raucous time’

    Evergreen’s Main Street might as well be Memory Lane for brothers Kerry and Scott Sjoden, as it was a central part of their childhood and adolescence.

    Walking down the sidewalk, the two pointed to various businesses and reminisced about bygone haunts. The movie theater. The gas stations. The grocery store.

    But, the most meaningful locale was the current CenturyLink building — the site of their former childhood home. The two even pointed to a tree and said that their backyard trampoline had once been next to it.

  • Jeffco Sheriff’s Office investigating homicide in Morrison

    The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a death at a Morrison residence as a homicide.

    According a press release from the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a home in the 5200 block of Pintail Court in Morrison around 5:30 p.m. on Sunday after receiving reports of a gunshot wound. Upon arrival, they found an adult female who had been shot. The female, who was later pronounced dead at the scene, has not been identified pending notification of family.