Local News

  • E. coli infections traced to elk droppings

    The E. coli infections in eight local children have been traced to elk droppings in the Evergreen area.

    The state health department reported that specimens obtained from elk droppings in the Evergreen area have tested positive for the same strain of E. coli O157 bacteria that was identified in the children.

    Eight children ages 4 to 12 tested positive with E. coli from July through late October. The children do not attend the same school.

  • Gerou defeats Scripter in House District 25

    In the race for House District 25, first-time candidate Cheri Gerou of Evergreen won 49 percent of the vote, or 22,408 votes, compared to Andrew Scripter of Arvada, with 18,131 votes, or 39 percent, in the unofficial final total as of Wednesday morning.

    Gerou, a Republican, was reluctant to declare a victory until every vote was counted.

    “I want to see that check mark by my name first,” she said Tuesday night.

  • Local kids bear down on buckling up

    Like most middle-school kids chosen to help introduce fun and furry Buckle Bear to their youngest classmates, seventh-grader Maggie May considered it a chance to do good.

    “It’s neat,” she said. “It’s like you’re helping people.”

  • Jeffco schools to feel squeeze after rejection of 3A/3B

    Fewer teachers, less new technology and a virtual freeze on new construction and remodeling are in store for Jeffco schools in the wake of the failure of ballot issues 3A and 3B on Nov. 4.

    The companion bond and mill-levy issues were defeated by narrow 3 percent margins, indicating how deeply the county was divided. It was a stark reversal compared to 2004, in which similar school measures passed with 60 percent of the vote.

  • Rec district embarks on reorganization

    With the departure of longtime chief Dick Wulf as head of the district, the arrival of a new executive director and the election of a new board, the Evergreen Park and Recreation District is facing a year of changes. (Wulf continues on the staff as a consultant.)

    Executive director John Skeel, with the endorsement of the board, has outlined a sweeping reorganization plan that promises to shift the job descriptions of at least nine of the 36 full-time staff members.

  • Rec district to hold hearing on draft budget Nov. 18

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District will present its draft 2009 budget at its regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, at the Buchanan Park Recreation Center. The public is welcome to attend and to make comments.

    John Skeel, executive director, will present the budget information and discuss activities for 2009.

    The draft budget is the product of many work sessions involving the district management and the board of directors. The deadline for the final budget submission to the state is Dec. 15.

  • Mulch ado about something

    The Evergreen Metropolitan District and Denver Mountain Parks are studying a proposal that uses the Evergreen trash transfer station to bring back the compost operation that the district operated in conjunction with Green Acres Nursery in Golden for 10 years.

    Composting is a way to re-use tree material that would otherwise go into a landfill and turn it into mulch appropriate for general garden applications. The joint venture with Green Acres ended five or six years ago.

  • Fire district dedicates Station 3 to Davidson

    About 50 firefighters gathered in Marshdale on Nov. 10 to celebrate the dedication of Station 3 in honor of Mark Davidson, an Evergreen volunteer firefighter and officer for 29 years.

    Located at Highway 73 and Turkey Creek Road, Station 3 serves south Evergreen.

    Davidson was a member of the fire department since 1979 and was chief officer for 22 years, including assistant, operations, training and rescue chief. He was known for his leadership ability and dedication to teaching.

  • McCasky re-elected; Griffin tops Windels



    There will be only one new Jefferson County commissioner, and she won't have to move far in January.

    Faye Griffin, Jeffco's Republican treasurer, won a close race in District 1 against term-limited state Sen. Sue Windels, an Arvada Democrat.

    Griffin beat Windels by almost 4 percent, or about 10,100 votes, according to Jeffco elections data.

  • Griffin joins McCasky, Hartman on commission

    The new Jefferson County commissioner won't have to move far in January.

    Faye Griffin, Jeffco's Republican treasurer, won a close race in District 1 against term-limited state Sen. Sue Windels, an Arvada Democrat.

    "I was pleased I won," Griffin said. "That's always pretty neat."

    Griffin said she's been attending budget hearings since her election victory. The 2009 budget will be tough for the commissioners, and Griffin will have to get up to speed quickly.