Local News

  • Jefferson Conservation District cancels election

    The Jefferson Conservation District has canceled its May 8 election after it received no self-nomination forms and the number of other candidates did not exceed to number of board seats to be filled. According to Emily M. Zeller, district manager, board members Janet Bell, Julio Iturreria, Gayle Gordon and Celia Greenman will retain their seats for another four years.

    Contact reporter Sal Christ at sal@evergreenco.com or at 303-350-1035. Follow her on Twitter at @decriture.

  • U.S. Forest Service considering prescribed burn near Bailey

    A 300-acre prescribed burn in Bailey’s Harris Park area is under consideration by the U.S. Forest Service for later this month.

    Discussed at a public meeting April 30, the burn could potentially take place sometime in May if the weather conditions are right. According to Joe Sean Kennedy, district fire management officer for the U.S. Forest Service, the prescribed burn would be conducted in conjunction with the Platte Canyon Fire Department and would involve an area surrounded by the Harris Park “loop road” adjacent to the Harris Park Shooting Range.

  • West Jeff eighth-graders re-enact Ellis Island immigration

     West Jefferson Middle School eighth-graders transformed into the tired, the poor and the huddled masses of 1892, yearning to cross the threshold of the United States and breathe free.

  • Bergen Valley fifth-graders enjoy inaugural Comic Con

    Supergirl and Harley Quinn sat next to each other in the cafeteria, playing bingo. Joining them were a couple of First Order Stormtroopers, Black Panther, Thor and other caped crusaders.

    Each of them was eagerly waiting to hear which superhero their teacher, Alice in Wonderland, would call out next in the hopes that they would win Superhero Bingo.

  • Jeffco Sheriff's Office dedicating unit to family crimes

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office, in addition to increased response from its victim advocates, has established a Family Crimes Unit.

    Sheriff Jeff Shrader presented the first-quarter 2018 Law Enforcement Authority report at the Board of County Commissioners’ May 1 hearing, stating that the unit became fully functional in January. It has four investigators and a sergeant dedicated to handling crimes involving domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault by a family member or acquaintance, human trafficking and elder abuse.

  • Are you and your neighbors prepared for wildfires?

    The Evergreen/Conifer area is due for a burn, historically, conjectured Paul Amundson of Evergreen Fire/Rescue. And the more mountain residents are prepared, the more it will pay in dividends down the road, he said.

    To that end, local businesspeople and the U.S. Forest Service teamed up with fire mitigation and safety experts to host the Community Wildfire Preparedness Summit on May 2 at Hiwan Golf Club. More than 80 people, many representing their Homeowners Associations, attended.

  • Blue Creek residents oppose proposed event center

    Most of the 60 concerned neighbors who attended a community meeting about a proposed wedding venue/event center along Blue Creek Road strongly opposed the venture, saying they were concerned about traffic, noise, drainage issues, fire risks and light pollution.

    “We’re not saying: ‘Don’t come and live here.’ What you’re hearing is: ‘We like it the way it is,’” one man said.

  • Developers propose townhomes, commercial development near Evergreen's tennis bubble

    Residents near the tennis bubble in Evergreen said a new proposal to develop the land there was better than the last proposal, but it might not be good enough.

    Nearly 70 people attended a community meeting on May 1 to learn about the new plan, which would put a dozen townhomes on the east end of the eight-acre property, a refurbished tennis facility, and a three-story building with some retail including a restaurant with as many as 30 to 40 apartments above it.

  • RMAE on the upswing after a tumultuous period

    Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen has turned a corner and is moving in a positive direction, according to school officials.

    The school, which was in turmoil during the fall semester of 2016, now is seeing enrollment growth and a positive school culture among parents, staff and students.

    “It’s been an extremely busy but amazing year for us as a school community,” said Amy Broxterman, president of the school’s board of directors. “We are doing well, and the future is extremely bright. … We are not in crisis mode.”

  • A not-so-hairy situation for EHS principal Brekke

    Evergreen High School principal Brandon Brekke did what he termed an “insignificant thing” — shaving his head — Friday night to honor those with significant illnesses.

    “It’s insignificant for me but a big deal for a good cause,” Brekke said before his head was shaved as part of a fundraiser for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which funds research to end childhood cancer. “I couldn’t say no.”