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Today's News

  • 1:1 Chromebooks initiative will allow students to ‘thrive in a digitally connected world’

    Wilmot Elementary School fifth-graders were excited Thursday to receive district Chromebooks that they will be able to use in every class and take home.

    Wilmot is the only foothills area school to be in phase 1 of Jeffco Public Schools’ rollout of the 1:1 Chromebooks initiative that will provide technology to all students in fifth through 12th grades in the next four years.

  • Evergreen Golf Course crew makes daily rounds to keep surroundings immaculate

    Neither elk nor bear nor flocks of geese deter the grounds crew at Evergreen Golf Course from its appointed rounds.

    The crew of nine — most of whom are retired — mow the lawns, fairways and greens in addition to other duties at the course on Upper Bear Creek Road starting at 5 a.m. nearly every day from April to October, and for them, seeing the wildlife first thing in the morning is part of the job’s allure.

  • Conifer resident leads class to share benefits of juggling with community

    Will Devine was 14 years old when he taught himself to juggle. He was grounded and recalls learning in the time it took to make it through both sides of Thin Lizzy’s “Jailbreak” album.

  • Evergreen man arrested after bomb scare in El Rancho area

    A 61-year-old Evergreen man was arrested Sunday after a bomb scare in the El Rancho area.

    Michael Longfellow is being held on suspicion of felony false reporting of explosives, weapons or harmful substances, according to the arrest affidavit.

    He appeared in court Monday morning, during which time his bond was set at $2,000, and he was appointed a public defender. He will be back in court on Aug. 23 to be advised of charges against him, according to Pam Russell, Jeffco district attorney’s office spokeswoman.

  • Officials working to find way to open lake to watercraft

    Officials continue to discuss whether Evergreen Lake can be reopened to private watercraft.

    The Evergreen Metropolitan District and the Evergreen Park & Recreation District closed the lake to private boats, kayaks, paddle boards and the like last weekend for two reasons:

    • EPRD is concerned about safety issues because no one is there to monitor the vessels and make sure people are wearing life vests, which is a liability for those responsible for the lake.

  • Jeffco schools, union reach accord

    Months after the Jeffco Board of Education adopted its budget, the district and the Jefferson County Education Association have reached an agreement on contract negotiations for educators’ pay and benefits. 

    Among other things, the agreement approves a 2.5 percent increase to each cell on the salary schedule, step and lane movement for existing employees, and additional longevity pay for employees who took a pay freeze during the recession.

  • Sculpture Evergreen commissioning a sculpture linked to Peggy Fleming to be placed at the Evergreen Lake House

    Evergreen Lake will have a piece of 1968 Olympic gold medalist Peggy Fleming figuratively speaking.

    Sculpture Evergreen has commissioned an eight-foot bronze sculpture that will be permanently placed near the Lake House depicting the skater, who was the only member of the skating team in Grenoble, France, to win a gold medal. Fleming has five U.S. titles and three world titles in addition to the Olympic gold medal.

  • Performers of all ages audition for Evergreen Talent Showcase

    Evergreen youth showed off their talents Saturday as they auditioned to be part of the Evergreen Talent Showcase.

    The talent show will be at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at Evergreen High School, and auditions on Saturday were brisk. However, organizers continue to look for more acts of all ages to round out the 20 that will be selected.

    The showcase is a collaboration between Blue Spruce Kiwanis and Evergreen Players, and it’s been in the works for a few years, according to Kiwanian Beth Foster.

  • Dear Creek Canyon fire 100 percent contained

    Firefighters have contained a 20-acre fire in Deer Creek Canyon Park that began Thursday evening and called for evacuations of more than 300 homes. 

    Fire officials made the announcement around 1 p.m. Friday, although firefighters remain on-scene to take care of hot spots. There are no reported injuries and no structures lost because of the fire. 

  • Brooks Place Tavern in Conifer changes ownership

    The Brooks may be leaving their place in Conifer, but lovers of Brooks Place Tavern shouldn’t expect too much to change at the Aspen Park eatery.

    The restaurant, which prides itself on its tavern fare and impressive beer selection, has changed hands. Janice and Steve Brooks are retiring to Arizona, and Brooks Place officially has been taken over by Nicole Garcia and David Schaefer, lifelong mountain-area residents and longtime employees of Brooks Place.