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Today's News

  • Early Thanksgiving meal brings ‘seniors together’

    The Evergreen Lake House on Friday was filled with smiles — from both Rotary volunteers and the senior citizens who filled themselves with a Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings.

    The fifth annual Thanksgiving meal fed 180 people at two seatings.

  • County commissioners approve $586.4 million budget

    Last week, the Jeffco commissioners approved a $586.4 million budget that looks largely the same as it did about a month ago when it was first presented publicly.

    Salaries and benefits continue to be the primary expense for the county. At $268.5 million, the category marks a 4 percent increase from last year. Furthermore, this amount has gone up since the first public hearing on Oct. 16 in large part due to the addition of six full-time deputy district attorneys in the budget for the DA’s office.

  • Students, staff at Evergreen Middle celebrate principal’s birthday with a flash mob

    It’s rare that Evergreen Middle School principal Tim Vialpando cries to start the school day.

    But that was his reaction when more than 700 of his students joined in a flash mob Friday morning to wish him a happy 39th birthday.

    “I’m overwhelmed by these kids — as I always am,” Vialpando said as students filed out of the gymnasium after their dance. “All I needed was that. I feel very lucky to be here.”

  • Tree thinning continues at Conifer’s Flying J Ranch

    Jefferson County Open Space is continuing with a project to thin trees at Flying J Ranch in Conifer to provide more wildlife habitat, to make the area more resistant to wildfire and to make the area look nicer.

    Some trails will be closed temporarily while work is taking place, Drew Rayburn, Jeffco Open Space’s natural resources supervisor, told area residents at an open house about the project on Nov. 14. The work must be done by December 2020.

  • WJMS students tackle issues as part of Social Change Day

    Eighth-graders at West Jefferson Middle School learned firsthand that they can express their ideas about social issues.

    Students participated in Social Change Day after they chose topics, researched them and then came to conclusions on how to make the world a better place. Their topics ranged from teen suicide to ocean pollution to child abuse to homelessness.

  • Morrison working on ‘clean up’ annexation

    Morrison is working on two annexation projects, one of which could provide jurisdictional clarity and include a small piece of property on Highway 8 into town limits.

    If approved, the Highway 8 annexation project, which has been in the works since 2006, would include the portion of the road from the new Town of Morrison sign and moving east toward the Conoco gas station near the C-470 intersection.

  • Jeffco Briefs

    JCOS receives Starburst Award

    Jeffco Open Space received a Starburst Award for its work on the segment of the Peaks to Plain Trail that’s in Clear Creek Canyon.

    The award, which was presented during the Jeffco commissioners’ Nov. 13 hearing, is given by the Colorado Lottery. The Colorado Lottery Starburst Awards recognize entities making good use of lottery proceeds in outdoor recreation and conservation to enhance a community’s environment. Clear Creek County Open Space also won the award for the joint project.

  • Wilmot Elementary School students honor those who served during ceremony

    The Wilmot Elementary School Veterans Day event Monday was more than honoring the veterans who attended — it was a way for students to practice.

    Principal Matt Cormier told students that they would have the opportunity to thank the veterans for their service during the event, which was practice for thanking other veterans.

    “Any time you see a veteran,” Cormier told the students at an assembly, “say, ‘Thank you for your service’ or just say ‘Thank you.’ Today is a day to practice that.”

  • Officials euthanize mountain lion found in downtown Evergreen

    A mountain lion found in downtown Evergreen on Monday afternoon after it killed a small dog has been euthanized because it was emaciated, and wildlife authorities believed it wouldn’t survive the winter.

  • EHS students raise funds to help victims of Hurricane Michael

    By Daniel Williams

    For the Courier

    Like so many others, all she could do was watch the devastation from afar, wishing she could help.

    Rebecca Venema, a history teacher at Evergreen High School, could only pray that her friends and loved ones were safe, and their homes and belongings were spared as Hurricane Michael ravaged her home state of Florida.