Local News

  • PCHS principal, Jeffco schools exec among finalists for superintendent job

    Three finalists have been named in Platte Canyon Schools’ search for an interim superintendent for next year: Mike Schmidt, principal at Platte Canyon High School; Karen Quanbeck, interim chief of schools (elementary) for Jeffco Public Schools; and John Marchino Jr., principal of Hotchkiss K-8.

    The finalists were culled from a pool of 24 applicants for the job and were announced by the Platte Canyon school board after more than eight hours of interviews on May 22 following the application deadline May 18.

  • Compensation takes precedence in Jeffco Schools $991M budget

    Following a lengthy planning process, Jeffco Public Schools is moving forward with a proposed $991 million budget that highlights pay increases for educators, continuation of student-based budgeting dollars at all of the district’s 157 schools and dozens of budget requests recommended by the district’s cabinet for the 2018-19 fiscal year.

  • Ex-EHS AD out after mishandling student drinking incident

    Ryan Alsup, Evergreen High School’s former athletic director, will not be returning to the school after the district terminated his employment due to mishandling a disciplinary incident with an EHS football player.

    Alsup, who was EHS principal from 2013 to 2016, took on the athletic director role in fall 2016.

  • Morrison differs from Lakewood on RR Ranch rezoning

    Morrison Town Board hosted a public hearing to discuss Red Rocks Ranch last Thursday, and it sounded quite a bit different than the Rooney Valley Commission hearings of weeks past.

  • ‘A place of lifelong experiences’

    When Susan and Gail Shermack say goodbye to Shadow Wild, a lifetime of experiences will remain on the 164-acre plot of land in Indian Hills.

    The land, which includes three historic cabins named MaryLin, Nutshell and Jackstraws, has been in the Shermack family for decades. The two sisters live full-time in a house they built on the property in the early 2000s, but they grew up spending every summer in the Shadow Wild cabins. Furniture, appliances and decorations that predate the Shermack family remain in each of the cabins.

  • Tree of Life honors Kings, Murphys

    King-Murphy Elementary students paid tribute to the school’s founding families — the Kings and the Murphys — with a sculpture installation on May 22.

    Called the Memorial Tree of Life, the 8-foot-tall metal sculpture is attached to the front of the building, and each student created one of the nearly 140 ceramic leaves “as a perfect way to mingle the legacy of Mrs. King-Murphy and our current students,” principal Tony Pascoe said.

    A plaque simply states: “In honor of Ellece King-Murphy 2018.”

  • Platte Canyon Class of 2018 carried on through trials and tribulations

    Resilient was the word used to describe the 2018 Platte Canyon High School graduating class.

    “I can’t think of a better word to describe you,” school board president Katie Spodyak told the 60 graduates at Saturday’s outdoor commencement ceremony. “You will always be connected. … You have grown up as a family, and you will still be a family.”

    The senior class navigated high school’s typical trials and tribulations but had the added burden of losing classmate Maggie Long, who was killed on Dec. 1.

  • Red Barn lodging rezoning denied

    The Jeffco Board of County Commissioners unanimously voted May 22 to deny a rezoning proposal to allow overnight lodging at the Red Barn in Marshdale.

    The case had been continued from March 20 because the commissioners wanted more information on water usage and monitoring. They said that the water issue was the main reason for their denial.

    “I didn’t want to send you down a primrose path. At the end of the day, it’s not sustainable,” Commissioner Casey Tighe said.

  • Elks members commemorate veterans, loved ones in Field of Honor

    There was a name attached to each flag — the names of parents, spouses, children and friends.

    And next to each one was another, greater name — that of their country and one of its military branches.

    On Sunday afternoon, the Evergreen Elks Lodge raised a Field of Honor, consisting of about 40 flags. Each was in memory of one or more deceased loved ones, almost all of whom had served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

  • EPRD board members uneasy about bond ask

    Evergreen Park & Recreation District board members are wondering whether asking voters in November for an additional $34 million for district improvements and to support operations is too much, and they hope a survey sent to homeowners plus input at community forums will help.