Local News

  • Rec district still seeking to gauge support for Buchanan upgrades

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District staff is recommending nearly $9 million in improvements to the Buchanan Rec Center — an amount that would require a property-tax increase.

    Ellen O’Connor, EPRD executive director, said the improvements under consideration are largely based on a survey of residents conducted by the park district in 2013.

  • 4th annual Barks and Belts promises a tail-wagging good time

     This year’s fourth annual Barks and Belts 5K race for dogs and their owners has added attractions.


    “This year we’re creating a street fair,” said Jackie Mohr, executive director of Drive Smart, which is sponsoring the event along with the Evergreen Animal Protective League.

  • County official describes human-trafficking problem

    Human trafficking of youths is taking place in Jefferson County, Lynn Johnson, Jeffco's human services director, told a town hall meeting in Evergreen last Thursday.

    Johnson said boys and girls ages 5 to 18 are being kidnapped, raped, punished and beaten by sex traffickers who coerce them into prostitution.

    “It’s all about vulnerable populations. … It is a large industry that is going to take an army to stop,” Johnson said.

  • Luxury homes on parade in Evergreen

    Whether you were shopping for a luxury home or simply seeing how the other half lives, Evergreen’s inaugural Parade of Luxury Homes was a success.

    More than 2,400 people made their way through eight homes — three near Upper Bear Creek, three in the Soda Creek area and two near El Rancho — viewing sumptuous houses with manicured lawns and eclectic art.

  • Two juveniles arrested in Evergreen burglaries

    Two male juveniles have been arrested in connection with recent burglaries at Olde's Shell station, the Stagecoach Sports Grill and Taco Bell in Evergreen, sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer reported Thursday afternoon. 

    The two teens also could be suspects in a series of break-ins in the mountain area in recent weeks, Techmeyer said.

  • Public meeting planned Thursday on hemp-growing operation in Kittredge

    More than 100 people had signed up to find out more about cannabidiol at a meeting put together by Ambary Gardens LLC in Kittredge.

    The public meeting is slated for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Evergreen Elks Club, 27972 Iris Drive. Two lobbyists, a U.S. Army veteran and a brain injury researcher are scheduled to talk about the benefits of hemp and cannabidiol at the meeting.

  • Two-year-old battling back from horrific dog bite

    Kai Bianco is a little boy with a lot of personality.

    Kai, who was bitten in the head by the family dog last year, turned 2 on May 24. While he is still behind developmentally, Kai acts pretty much like a 2-year-old should. He plays with his trucks — he calls them “go-gos” — and loves to sing, pose for photos and wave bye-bye. He knows what he wants and goes after it.

    He’s a strong-willed little boy. He’s a fighter.

  • Beaty Foundation scholarships an ace in the hole for students

    A family's love for their deceased father and husband, as well as a lifelong friendship between two golfers, has meant big benefits for area high school students in recent years.

    With help from the Bob Beaty Foundation scholarships, many of those students have graduated from college and are out in the working world.

  • Aktion Club members to participate in connector trail walk

    Several members of the Aktion Club of Blue Spruce Kiwanis are planning to participate in the celebratory walk across the new connector trail leading to Evergreen Lake on June 3.

  • Car-racing team raising money for Special Needs Program of Evergreen park district

    The Geezers Racing Team of Evergreen is dedicating this season’s races to raising funds to support the Special Needs Program of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District.

    The team’s first 12-hour endurance race is scheduled for June 6 at the High Plains Raceway in Byers, said Dan Smith, one of six drivers in the competition. He and the others on the team will take turns driving a rebuilt 1984 Toyota Corolla that is sporting a new motor. Other upcoming races are scheduled in July and September.