Local News

  • Man arrested in Internet luring of a child

    Donald Joseph Cameron, 40, of Thornton was arrested Monday night on suspicion of Internet sexual exploitation of a child. Cameron, the editor of Ski Racing International, is alleged to have engaged in sexual online chat with someone he believed to be a teen under age 15. According to the arrest affidavit, Cameron performed sexual acts on a webcam knowing that the teen he knew to be under-aged was watching. The under-aged teen was actually an undercover district attorney’s investigator.

    The arrest marks No. 124 of the Child Internet Sex Offender unit, known as CHEEZO.

  • 73-year-old Loveland man charged with Internet luring

    A 73-year-old Loveland man was charged Nov. 20 with one count of Internet luring of a child. Elmer Eldor Ehlers was arrested by Jefferson County district attorney investigators on Nov.13.

    Ehlers is accused of having met someone he believed to be an under-aged teenage girl on the Internet and engaged in graphic sexual online “chat.” The teen actually was an undercover Jefferson County district attorney’s investigator.

    Ehlers was released from the Jefferson County Jail on $10,000 bond. He has until Nov. 29 to schedule a preliminary hearing.

  • Conference center eyed for affordable housing

    A local minister is spearheading an effort to buy the historic Evergreen Conference Center and turn it into a transitional affordable housing center for low-wage and entry-level workers who work in town but must now commute a substantial distance.The rustic conference center would continue to be open to the public as a wedding and training venue.

  • Bugged by hugs: Evergreen Middle seeks to define 'appropriate' touching

    A ubiquitous ad campaign once proclaimed: “Hugs, not drugs.”

    But hugs that apparently extended beyond cordial contact have led Evergreen Middle School to send home a pair of letters addressing the definition of appropriate and inappropriate student behavior.

    “Hugging is part of our culture, but we also have to make sure kids are protected from inappropriate behavior,” said Cindy Stevenson, superintendent of Jeffco Public Schools.


    Evergreen area voters decisively unseated two of five members of the Evergreen Fire Protection District board of directors in the Nov. 13 recall election.

    The vote to recall board President Phil Shanley was 1,504 in favor and 1,399 against.

  • Suspect reportedly fires at deputy during I-70 chase

    Suspect reportedly fires at deputy during I-70 chase

    After a 100-mph chase on I-70 from Evergreen to Idaho Springs on Thursday night, police stopped a man suspected of stealing a pickup truck during an armed robbery in Topeka, Kan., according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Barnes, Thomas win school board seats

    Jane Barnes and Dave Thomas have apparently been elected to the Jeffco Public Schools Board of Education, and voters Tuesday also voided an obsolete measure tying additional taxes to student performance.

    The outcome of two education board seats and the fate of Jeffco's “performance promise” were decided in some of the only countywide ballot issues on this year's ballot.

  • Reconstructing an icon

    Master Craftsman Norm Lubben, of Premier Specialty Contractors Inc., builds a form around the base of the statue at the Mother Cabrini Shrine on Lookout Mountain Oct. 25. The statue was damage by lightning in May and is undergoing reconstruction. The lightning broke off one of Jesus’ arms, a hand and damaged the base of the statue along with one of his feet. The statue is 22 feet tall and stands atop an 11-foot base. Next week’s UpSlope will feature updated coverage and photos of the reconstruction.

  • EHS named national Blue Ribbon School

    Well, it’s official: Evergreen High School rocks.

    The U.S. Department of Education has named Evergreen’s own Home of the Cougars a 2007 No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon School. EHS is one of three Colorado schools to be so honored, and one of 287 nationwide. The Blue and Gold earned the Blue Ribbon distinction by scoring in the top 10 percent of all schools on state math and reading assessment tests from 2003 to 2006.

  • 'Don Vito' found guilty of sex assault on a child

    Vincent Margera — widely known as Uncle Don Vito from MTV’s “Viva La Bam” — fell to the ground and screamed profanities in a Jeffco courtroom after he was found guilty Wednesday of two counts of sexual assault on a child.