Local News

  • Evergreen Newspapers honored by CPA, Top of the Rockies

    Evergreen Newspapers recently won 61 awards — 47 from the Colorado Press Association, including sweepstakes honors for photography and design for the Canyon Courier and Clear Creek Courant, and 14 more from the Society of Professional Journalists’ Top of the Rockies contest.

    The Colorado Press Association awards banquet was held April 14 at The Antlers Hotel in Colorado Springs. The Top of the Rockies awards ceremony was Friday night at the Denver Press Club.

  • Glass defends multimillion bond issue conversations

    Nearly two years after Jeffco voters rejected a $535 million bond issue and $33 million property-tax increase campaigned for by Jeffco Public Schools, the school district is again considering a multi-million dollar bond issue — this time to the tune of $647 million over six years.

    Publicly discussed for the first time during the April 5 school board meeting, the district positioned the possibility of a bond issue as the answer to what it says are widespread maintenance, programming and safety issues at every Jeffco school, including charters.

  • Sichting, Alberga plead not guilty

    Wynn Ray Sichting and Daniel Alberga, the two men accused of beating and imprisoning a 21-year-old man in Conifer last September, both pleaded not guilty April 16 to charges associated with the incident.

    Sichting, of Conifer, is accused of trying to kill his nephew, Adonis Cherokee Gomez, on Sept. 11, 2017, after Gomez attempted to retrieve belongings he’d left behind after moving out of Sichting’s home in the 27000 block of Parsons Road a week before.

  • PERA, school funding driving force behind walkouts

    As teachers in Jeffco, Clear Creek and across the state plan to walk out of classrooms and demonstrate at the state Capitol later this week, many are asking why.

  • A dozen candidates running for Indian Hills Water District seats

    More candidates are vying for a spot on the Indian Hills Water District board of directors than in elections past, and many believe it’s a direct result of the district’s contentious year.

  • Eleven recognized by Kiwanis as Teachers of the Year

    Eleven area teachers were recognized on Thursday as the Teacher of the Year at their schools — an honor bestowed by Blue Spruce Kiwanis.

    While they were lauded for their work in classrooms, Wilmot Elementary principal summarized the awards presentation: “Every person has been recognized for being more than a professional educator. They are good people in all aspects of what we consider good.”

    He talked about how they were good colleagues, parents and friends — just adding to their success in their classrooms.

  • Artists challenge themselves to ‘paint in the round’ at annual Art of the Egg fundraiser for EDBA

    It’s amazing what can be done with an egg.

    This is not about omelettes or eggs Benedict or anything like that. Instead, it’s about acorn chalets, dogs, egg-vocados, and colorful aspen trees and birds — all made out of ceramic eggs by professional artists as part of the 11th annual Art of the Egg fundraiser for the Evergreen Downtown Business Association.

    “I swear the eggs are getting better and better,” said Karen Belmont, owner of Go Paint! who organizes the event. “I appreciate (the artists’) hard work.”

  • Magical ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ to energize Venue

    Take a trip back to the 1950s in Sweet Apple, Ohio, to see singing sensation Conrad Birdie serenade and kiss Kim MacAfee on the “Ed Sullivan Show.”

    It all happens in “Bye, Bye Birdie” being performed by the Senior Company at Venue Theatre in Conifer.

    The show is fun, energetic with great songs, according to director Amy Fletcher.

  • Evergreen Fire Board candidate profile: Holly Roberts

    Originally from Texas, Holly Roberts is the only non-incumbent running for the Evergreen Fire Board. This a positive, she said, because she doesn’t have any preconceived notions and is open to everyone’s opinions.

    Roberts and her family moved to Evergreen about a year ago from Maryland, but she previously lived in Colorado and worked as director of marketing for Telluride.

    She works as a real estate broker, and while she isn’t a firefighter herself, her father-in-law was a firefighter in Harlem.

  • Evergreen Fire Board candidate profile: Mike Gregory

    Mike Gregory, the current secretary of the Evergreen Fire Protection District’s Board of Directors, has served on the board since 2014. This is his first time up for re-election.

    Gregory is originally from Naperville, Ill., a suburb of Chicago. He and his wife, Diane, moved to Evergreen in February 2002. He previously worked as an electrical contractor and became a home-builder when he moved to Evergreen.

    Gregory started as a volunteer firefighter for Evergreen in 2002 because he wanted to serve his community. He retired in 2014.