Local News

  • Arraignment date set for Marshdale shooting suspect

    Jefferson County Court has found probable cause to continue forward with the case of an Evergreen man accused of shooting and killing his tenant on May 20.

    David Donald Claussen, 46, has been charged with second-degree homicide in connection with the death of 33-year-old Alexander Hudspeth, who was a house tenant at the time.

    Bond was set at $75,000 cash/surety after Claussen’s first court appearance on May 21. He made bond that same day.

  • Former legislative aide chosen as HD 25 GOP candidate

        Steve Szutenbach, a former longtime legislative aide to state Sen. Tim Neville, R-Littleton, has been selected by a GOP vacancy committee to replace state Rep. Tim Leonard, R-Evergreen, as the Republican nominee for House District 25 on the November ballot.

  • Renovations underway at Mount Morrison CCC Camp

    Renovations are in progress at the Mount Morrison Civilian Conservation Corps camp, a place that provided work to young men during the Great Depression.

    The first phase of the project, which is set to be completed by fall, is part of Denver Mountain Parks’ goal to bring more people to the property and to create a historic preservation-focused campus.

  • Jeffco Sheriff’s Office pursuing pair of grants

    The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office plans to pursue two grants — one of which will help with impaired driving enforcement and another to go towards its incident management team.

    The first is a mini-grant for $5,000 or less offered by the Colorado Department of Transportation. The funds will help the Sheriff’s Office in impaired driving enforcement and will offer assistance as the department waits for funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which are scheduled to come in around the first of October.

  • Several Jeffco Democrats endorsed by Obama

    Thirteen Colorado Democrats landed a coveted endorsement from former President Barack Obama last week.

  • Providing support: Parents pick over ideas, opportunities for children programs at Roll and Read

    Parents of young children can feel lost because they have fewer ways to connect with resources, so an organization operated out of the Mountain Resource Center in Conifer is coming to the rescue.

    Parents as Teachers is a program that provides parenting support especially for children under 5, according to Chris Johnson, a Parents as Teachers parent educator.

  • Kings Valley Road interchange project included in CDOT ballot initiatives

    The Colorado Department of Transportation will seek funding for the Kings Valley Road interchange — as well as improvements on U.S. 285 between Richmond Hill and Shaffers Crossing — via ballot initiatives set to be announced this fall.

    According Jana Spiker, resident engineer with CDOT, the interchange and the improvements are expected to cost around $70 million. While Spiker didn’t specify what the ballot initiatives would look like, she said the department is also seeking additional funding from Colorado’s FASTER Safety program.

  • Prey tell: Visitors to Shadow Mountain Gallery learn about raptors’ habits from HawkQuest

    Saturday was the perfect day for bird watching in downtown Evergreen — HawkQuest raptor watching, that is.

    A half-dozen beautiful birds along with their handlers educated and entertained visitors to Shadow Mountain Gallery before the duck drop at the Dam Ducky Derby. The beautiful winged creatures mesmerized children and adults alike.

    HawkQuest is an educational group based in Parker that cares for raptors — birds of prey such as hawks, falcons, owls and eagles — that can’t be released back into the wild.

  • Jeffco Schools pondering pursuit of tax increase

    Jeffco Public Schools is poised to put a property tax increase question on the ballot this November — potentially joining a $650 million bond issue question that’s been publicly floated since at least early June.

    According to Superintendent Jason Glass, the school district is weighing the possibility of a $20 million to $40 million mill levy override that would be used for the purpose of operational needs, including increased compensation for teachers and other district staff, safety and security for schools, increased mental health supports and more.

  • EPRD board tentatively narrows bond ask to $24 million

    The Evergreen Park & Recreation board has begun winnowing the list of projects it wants to fund through a bond request on the November ballot.

    The items so far bring the total to about $24 million from a wish list totaling $34 million. However, board member Monty Estis strongly suggested that the request should be closer to $14 million to better ensure that district voters would favor the proposal.

    Board member Peg Linn suggested closer to $20 million would work.