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Today's News

  • Longtime West Jeff kindergarten teacher retires

    It wouldn’t be unfair to compare West Jefferson Elementary School’s kindergarten teacher Alicia Beabout to Ms. Frizzle from “The Magic School Bus.”

    She’s funny and creative; has unwavering energy and passion for teaching; and is always trying to find better ways for her students to learn both academics and how to be good people, Beabout’s co-workers describe.

    A staple of West Jeff’s kindergarten program for 23 years, Beabout will retire this month to spend more time hiking, fly-fishing and on other outdoor adventures.

  • Harris Park Shooting Range wildfire 100 percent contained

    A wildfire that burned 15 acres at the Harris Park Shooting Range in Bailey late last week is 100 percent contained after firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service and several local fire departments — including Platte Canyon, Elk Creek and Evergreen Fire/Rescue — spent more than 48 hours working to put it out. 

  • Krage to go on medical leave

    Brenda Krage, the outgoing superintendent of Platte Canyon Schools, will finish out the remainder of her contract on medical leave. Announced Monday night during the Platte Canyon school board’s regular meeting, Krage said the decision came after she and her family were “thrown a curve ball” regarding her health over the past month.

  • Armed man who died after barricading self is identified

    The armed man who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after barricading himself in a home in the 12500 block of southbound U.S. 285 last week has been identified as 37-year-old Charles Moore by the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office.

  • Learning about potential careers

    Evergreen High School seniors have learned that experience is the best way to find out about a possible career or to explore a passion.

    About 174 students used demonstrations, posters, presentations and a host of other methods to display what they learned through their capstone projects, and the possible career paths they studied were as diverse as the students’ interests: theater, 3-D animation, nursing, coaching, advertising, personal training, photography, marine biology, forensic science, real estate and veterinary medicine.

  • Campfires permanently banned at Beaver Ranch

    Visitors to Beaver Ranch Park in Conifer will no longer be allowed to have campfires after the park’s board of directors voted in March to prohibit the festivity.

    According to Jill Deem, president of the Beaver Ranch Park board, the decision stemmed from concerns about wildfires and feedback from a Conifer Area Council community survey.

  • Retiring RMAE teachers worked well together

    Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen is saying goodbye to its two second-grade teachers, who’ve been at the school almost since its inception.

    Karen Hines and Ann Hushen, who retire this month, are not only co-workers but good friends. They taught in neighboring classrooms for years, and this year, when there was only one second-grade class at the school, they decided to job share.

    Hines has been at RMAE since it opened in 2001, and Hushen joined the school in 2002. Back then, Hushen taught third grade and Hines taught second grade.

  • Jeffco, Platte Canyon schools land on top 50 list

    Six Jeffco high schools have landed on U.S. News and World Report’s annual “Best High Schools” list, which ranks the top high schools at state and national levels based on college readiness, reading and math assessment scores, graduation rates, and more.

    Announced May 9, Evergreen High School, D’Evelyn Junior/Senior High School, Chatfield High School and Bear Creek High School were among the top 50 high schools in Colorado, with Evergreen and D’Evelyn ranked among the top 10.

  • Platte Canyon releases interim superintendent job description

    Platte Canyon Schools has formally released an official job description for an interim superintendent position, which the district seeks to fill prior to the July departure of outgoing superintendent Brenda Krage.

    According to the two-page job description, which is currently posted on the school district’s main webpage, Platte Canyon is seeking an experienced educator who meets certain soft-skill requirements as opposed to hard-skill requirements, such as a masters degree or minimum number of years of experience.

  • Bikes high, pedestrians low is proposed alternative for Lake Trail

    The Evergreen Park & Recreation District’s proposed long-term solution for the Lake North Trail is to have a wider multi-use path where the current trail is and then build a natural surface path and boardwalk along the lake shore for pedestrians only.

    Since the trail first began failing two years ago, EPRD and other stakeholders have been researching both short- and long-term solutions. While there is a temporary fix in place, it’s not expected to last more than five years.