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Today's News

  • Five years after a horrific accident, Kai Bianco is thriving as a kindergartner at Wilmot Elementary

    Kai Bianco is a typical 5-year-old: an outgoing, talkative, imaginative, happy kindergartner at Wilmot Elementary School who his teacher calls an ambassador for the class.

    “He is a gift to our classroom,” teacher Kristin Manley said of Kai, who was bitten in the head by the family dog when he was 9 months old. “He greets everybody: kids, teachers, parents. He is the essence of friendship. He notices when kids are sad, and he takes the time to greet you, say “hi,” and remember things about you.”

  • Sculpture Evergreen raising funds to keep animal sculpture in the area

    Evergreen is a community that needs a horse — a horse sculpture, that is.

    That’s the mission of members of Sculpture Evergreen, who want to raise the $20,000 needed to keep Oliver the horse sculpture that stands at the corner of Evergreen Parkway and Stagecoach Boulevard.

  • Crime briefs

    Two men sentenced in 2017 Pine Junction bar fight

    The two men accused of assaulting a father and endangering his daughter at a Pine Junction bar in January 2018 were sentenced to prison on Friday.

  • County manager working to create understanding between vets and local governments

    In nearly two years as Jefferson County manager, Don Davis has made it his mission to bridge the gap between veterans and government workers.

    There’s a special understanding shared by veterans and a special set of skills that make most uniquely qualified for a position in local government. Davis, a former colonel in the United States Marine Corps, understands this better than most, and it’s this perspective that makes him effective in his role as county manager.

  • Area organizations lend a hand to furloughed federal employees

    As the government shutdown enters into its fourth week, local agencies are stepping up to provide help for furloughed federal employees in the mountain area.

    During a government shutdown, federal agencies must discontinue all non-essential discretionary functions until new funding legislation is passed and signed into law, according to information from the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. Because of this, some 800,000 government employees are without work and without a paycheck and a number of local entities are pitching in to help those in need.

  • Snow much fun: People of all ages enjoy sledding at Meyer Ranch

    Last Friday marked the first big snow of the season, and excitement was in the air the following day as people of all ages packed Meyer Ranch Park with sleds in hand.

    According to the National Weather Service, Conifer had approximately 11 inches of snow by Saturday morning. For many park goers, it was their first trip to the Meyer Ranch sledding hill this season. The parking lot was packed, and dozens trudged through the thick snow hoping for a day of cold weather fun.

  • West Metro trains for surface ice rescues

    A man yells for help from a hole in the ice on Bear Creek Lake. He’s clinging to the ice shelf; his body is cold; he cannot hoist himself out.

    This situation is one that the West Metro Fire Rescue dive team knows how to handle. In fact, it’s precisely what they train for.

  • Locals make annual plunge for good cause

    While the water in Evergreen Lake was technically warmer than the near-zero temperature standing on the shore, not everyone surrounding the Lake House on New Year’s Day was cannonball-ing and belly-flopping into the water.
    About 160 people made the yearly Evergreen Lake Plunge, and the reasons behind their decisions were almost as unique as their outfits.
    One family was celebrating the dad’s birthday; one group of friends did it as a bonding activity; one man was thrown in and another plunged — accidentally — while throwing him.

  • Revelers take to Evergreen Lake for annual Skate the Lake festivities

    A throng of revelers gathered at Evergreen Lake on New Year’s Eve to ring in the new year during the 23rd annual Skate the Lake.

    Most of the 1,600 participants weren’t deterred by the frigid temperature, and they quickly donned skates and got on the ice. An ice sculpture heralded in 2019, and many stopped to take photos there. Fire pits were stationed around the rink, so participants could stop to warm up and roast marshmallows.

  • Beautiful weather draws a crowd for monthly nature hike at Bear Creek Lake Park

    Not even a week after a New Year’s Eve snow, a warm, blue-skied day welcomed hikers to Bear Creek Lake Park.
    “Oh, Colorado,” said Michael Watson of South Jeffco as a group departed the Coyote Crossing picnic ground and ventured on a nature hike led by park ranger naturalist Lindsay Gillis.
    Last Saturday’s event attracted more than a dozen people of all ages. By Gillis’ estimation, it was the largest group to ever attend one of her nature hikes — perhaps it was the weather or a New Year’s resolution.