Local News

  • Two-car accident shuts down I-70

    A two-car accident closed westbound Interstate 70 near Genesee on Thursday. 

    A mini-van and Subaru Impreza caught fire in the accident, which happened just after 10 a.m. It is continuing to snarl traffic on the highway. Trooper Gary Cutler with the Colorado State Patrol said initial reports indicated that there were no injuries, but a later report said there were possible injuries.

    I-70 is closed on the westbound side, and cars are being directed to exit at mile marker 256 and get back on the highway past the bridge at Genesee, Cutler said. 

  • Suspect arrested in ax attack

    A 46-year-old man was arrested on June 18 near Pine after allegedly injuring another man with an ax.

    According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, at 6:45 p.m. on June 18, deputies responded to a disturbance involving an ax at a campground in the 20600 block of Redskin Creek Road in Pine. Curtis Clark was ultimately arrested and booked into the Jeffco Jail on first-degree assault, attempted first-degree assault and felony menacing charges.

  • Tiny Town attracts visitors tall and small

    Nowadays, tiny homes are all the rage, but you haven’t seen a real tiny home — or a tiny business or a tiny school or a tiny jail — until you’ve been to Tiny Town.

    Tiny Town on South Turkey Creek Road is everything a town should be but in miniature at a scale of between one-sixth and one-twelfth of a full-size building. The attraction has been delighting visitors tall and small since 1915.

  • Finding a common thread: People Comforters a fabric in community

    Imagine making 10,000 quilts.

    That is a feat a nonprofit called People Comforters has done for the past 30 years. The group meets three times a week at the Seniors’ Resource Center in Evergreen to cut and sew fabric into quilts with every pattern imaginable.

    There’s a room in the SRC dedicated to the group, and it’s a quilter’s paradise. Two of the walls are lined with bolts of fabric, and there are four sewing machines. Just outside the door is an ironing board.

  • News briefs

    GoFundMe set up for EMS teacher who lost her home in fire

    An Evergreen Middle School teacher lost her home in a fire last week, and a GoFundMe has been set up to help her family.

    Dawn Beck, a seventh-grade science teacher, was on a trip to Iceland with Evergreen Middle School students and families when her home caught fire, according to Evergreen Middle principal Tim Vialpando. She returned to Colorado to find her home and all her belongings gone.

  • New program offers those with memory loss a chance to ‘share the moment’

    For those with memory loss, a moment can be everything. 

    And that’s exactly what Center for the Arts Evergreen hopes to convey through its “Share the Moment” program.

    The program, based on a similar one at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, is meant for those with memory loss and their caregivers but can be enjoyable for seniors without memory impairment as well.

  • South Jeffco teacher says goodbye to community in fun-packed sendoff

    It’s not every day the Denver Broncos Stampede performs at a private party. 

    But that’s exactly what happened June 1, when Dale Clark, a longtime South Jeffco teacher, danced his way into retirement alongside family and friends.

    Dancing is a theme for Clark, who ended his 47-year teaching career at Chatfield Senior High School. According to his daughter Mary Kenney, who had her dad as a teacher, he made up a new dance with his students every single day.

  • Red Barn rezoning case returns to county

    A rezoning proposal that would allow overnight lodging at the Red Barn in Marshdale is making its way through Jefferson County’s planning process again thanks to a significant change that allows the applicants to obtain a rehearing.

  • County briefs

    County looking into ballot initiatives 

    Jefferson County is exploring the possibility of a ballot measure either in 2019 or 2020.

    Although discussions are preliminary, the county met with BluePrint Strategies LLC, a Denver-based public affairs firm, during a June 11 staff briefing to talk strategy and met again with elected officials a few days later.

  • Not their first Rodeo … Parade

    Ross Seline may not have physically been there Saturday for the 53rd annual Evergreen Rodeo Parade, but his spirit was alive and well in downtown Evergreen.

    Some of Seline’s ashes traveled through the streets in the saddlebag of a horse in the parade, serving as a tribute to the Evergreen resident and longtime Rotarian and Evergreen Rodeo Association member. He died last September.

    “This meant a lot to them,” said his son Richard Seline of the rodeo festivities, minutes before the parade began.