Local News

  • A gathering of gardeners

    Plans for gardens at Wilmot Elementary and Evergreen High schools have blossomed into one collaborative, community effort with assistance from Evergreen’s Alliance for Sustainability.

    Wilmot Elementary parent Shawn Hamam has been planning an educational garden at her children’s school while Cheri Skipp, a special education teacher at Evergreen High, was looking for a spot to grow vegetables and herbs at her school.

  • Park district hires new human resources manager

    Evergreen resident Heather McBroome has been hired by the Evergreen Park and Recreation District to serve as part-time human resources manager, Ellen O’Connor, EPRD executive director, announced last Thursday.

    McBroome is replacing former HR manager Chris Jeffery, who left the district in January to accept a full-time position.

  • Heritage Square announces closing on Dec. 31

    Heritage Square Family Entertainment Center will close on Dec. 31, said Peter Bovis, property manager for the Victorian-themed park in Golden. 

    The closure includes the alpine slide and all shops and businesses. The amusement park and Victorian Event Center, which are independently operated businesses, will remain open as stand-alone operations, Bovis said.

    Bovis, who has served as manager of the park for the past three years, cited economic factors in the decision to close the main portion of it. 

  • Work on connector trail at Evergreen Lake dam to begin in April

    Construction on the long-anticipated connector trail at the Evergreen Lake dam is scheduled to begin the second week of April, said Dean Dalvit of the Downtown Evergreen Economic District.

    The 200-foot trail connection, which has been in planning stages for several years, will provide an alternative to the steep metal stairs leading from the base of the dam to the lake trail. The project is a collaborative effort involving DEED and the Evergreen Park and Recreation District.

  • Snow days

    A snowstorm in the foothills — whether 6 inches or 60 inches — brings a series of rituals that include both outdoor and indoor activities.

    As Evergreen and Conifer prepared on Friday for a snowy blast over the weekend, one of the first rituals for many was a trip to the grocery store to stock up on supplies, with reports of long lines at checkout stands and empty shelves after the onslaught.

  • Winter ice-skating season ends at Evergreen Lake

    The only people on the ice at Evergreen Lake last week were a few fishermen and workers who were cleaning the frozen surface.

    Warm weather mixed with intermittent snow created unstable conditions on the ice, prompting the Evergreen Park and Recreation District to close the skating rinks for the season.

    Ellen O'Connor, EPRD executive director, said that a collaborative decision had been made after conferring with Brad Bednar, Evergreen Lake House supervisor, and Heart Cameron, EPRD operations manager.

  • All about bears, squirrels, gophers

    “Do mice hibernate?” 4½-year-old Maia Maestas asked volunteer naturalist Connie Hauver.

    Maia and other youngsters were gathered around Hauver for a Preschool Nature Nuts program at Lookout Mountain Nature Center last Thursday.

    Mice don’t hibernate like bears and other creatures during the wintertime, Hauver said.

  • Names of teachers involved in sick-outs won't be released, for now

    An injunction will temporarily prevent Jeffco Public Schools from releasing the names of teachers who participated in “sick-outs” last fall pending a court hearing requested by the teachers union, which claims that disclosing the information would violate teachers’ medical privacy.

    The Jefferson County Education Association’s Feb. 18 filing in District Court claims that even when sick-leave records do not contain specific health data, disclosing the records to the public could indirectly reveal private information.

  • Jeffco Open Space working with Arvada to develop public shooting range

    Jeffco Open Space is working with the city of Arvada in hopes of creating a county shooting range on property owned by the municipality.

    “What we’re saying is that we’d like to be at the table,” said Amy Ito, Jeffco Open Space's manager of planning and development. 

    “The timing seems ideal. This was our No. 1 site,” Ito said.

  • Everything’s coming up talent in fund-raising show

    Facing West, the popular sister duo, will headline the third annual Evergreen’s Got Talent show on Saturday at the Muddy Buck.

    “They’ve been with us from the very beginning,” said Schaunon Winter Gilman, organizer of the event. “We have a slate of returning and new people.”

    The talent show is a fund-raiser for Operation Homefront, an organization that provides assistance to military families and wounded veterans in need, Gilman said.