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Today's News

  • Horsin’ around: Pleasant Park 4-H’s gymkhana lets riders practice skills, ride fast

    Horseback riders of all ages gathered at McKeever Arena in Conifer to both race and have a good time on Aug. 5.

    The Pleasant Park 4-H gymkhana for riders from 8 to adult hosts eight events — everything from barrel racing to pole bending, during which riders weave their horses through poles.

    Because this is not a full-fledged horse show, the competition is more relaxed, and it’s a chance for riders to train their horses.

    Thirty-six riders participated, primarily from Jefferson and Park counties.

  • Miller wins opening 4A golf tournament

    ARVADA — After finishing second at state last year and losing two top guns on the roster, the Evergreen boys golf team had high expectations heading into this season.

    The Cougars answered the call.

    At West Woods Golf Course on Monday, the Cougars, led by senior standout Nolan Miller, earned a second-place team finish with a collective 317 score, narrowly losing out to first-place Golden, who shot a 315.

    Miller shot a 71, one-under par, to earn an individual first-place finish.

  • Evergreen firefighters extinguish 3/4-acre grass fire

    Evergreen firefighters extinguished a grass fire that quickly grew to ¾ of an acre at around noon Saturday near the Evergreen Rodeo grounds, evidence that conditions in the area are ripe for wildfires.

    The fire, which was started accidentally, was put out by 25 firefighters and seven fire trucks in less than 30 minutes. The fire was within 20 feet of a home. Firefighters continued to monitor the area that afternoon and evening.

    The person who started the fire was cited with misdemeanor arson, according to the EFR Twitter feed.

  • Commissioners approve rezoning property behind Safeway for 70 homes

    Jefferson County commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved rezoning property behind the Evergreen Safeway for 70 homes.

    The 12.5 acres that also runs north behind Valentine Seevers & Associates and Bank of the West was rezoned from Commercial 1 to Planned Development. The development will be called Pinecrest Mountain Village.

    Commissioners pulled the request from the consent agenda to discuss concerns about trash and debris on the property, but Jeffco Planning and Zoning staff said everything had been resolved.

  • Commissioners deny El Rancho proposal

    After nearly four hours of discussion Tuesday morning, the Jefferson County commissioners unanimously denied a proposal that would have allowed 100 multifamily units in El Rancho.
    The developers wanted to amend the Planned Development zoning for seven acres at Swede Gulch and El Rancho roads.
    The Planning Commission had voted 4-3 to recommend the request for the development, which was to be called the Village at Elk Rest Meadows.

  • Man found in Elk Meadow Park died by suicide

    Law enforcement officials conducting a death investigation at Elk Meadow Park in Evergreen have identified the victim as an adult male who died by suicide. According to Jeffco Sheriff's spokeswoman Jenny Fulton, the department is refraining from publicly identifying the man "out of respect for the family's privacy."

  • CDOT paving Evergreen’s Main Street

    Evergreen’s Main Street is getting a much need facelift with the Colorado Department of Transportation paving a half-mile portion of the road.
    The section of road was milled earlier this week to take off about 2 inches of asphalt, and it will be repaved Sunday and Monday night. Traffic can still get through the traffic light in downtown Evergreen.
    Officials are thrilled that the work is finally being done, especially after Evergreen Parkway from King Soopers to just north of Evergreen Lake was paved two years ago.

  • Jeffco GOP labels Polis a ‘brown shirt’ in anti-Semitic Facebook post

    The Jefferson County Republican Party has joined an increasing number of people and groups employing Nazi references and/or anti-Semitic rhetoric to attack politicians and policies they dislike — this time targeting U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, the Democratic nominee for Colorado governor.

  • Jeffco Schools joins lawsuit over education bill

    Jeffco Public Schools, along with five other school districts and two education industry organizations, has filed a lawsuit against the State of Colorado, Gov. John Hickenlooper and two others over the passage earlier this year of legislation aimed at better meeting the needs of students in foster care.

  • Jeffco hires new chief of communications

    Jeffco Superintendent Jason Glass has hired Tammy Schiff, his former colleague at Eagle County Schools, as the new chief communications officer for Jeffco Public Schools.

    In an e-mail exchange and phone call on Aug. 3, Glass said the decision to hire Schiff occurred in July and stemmed from a desire to round out the school district’s communications team — namely in terms of marketing, design, “impactful publications” and branding.