Today's News

  • Xcel pitches tower for its parkway building

    Xcel Energy wants to erect a 190-foot tower on its property on Evergreen Parkway to help improve its internal network communication.

    The pole, which would be 36 inches wide at the bottom and 16 inches wide at the top, would be galvanized so light wouldn’t reflect off it and would be placed on the northwest corner of the Xcel building. At the top would be a lightning rod and a communications panel that would be 29 inches high, 8 inches wide and 5 inches deep.

  • 64A Fire in Bailey is fully contained

    A 12-acre wildfire that burned on national forest land in Bailey for two days was caused by recreational shooting, according to a representative with the United States Forest Service. 

    The fire, which began on Sunday, was fully contained by Tuesday evening. 

    “The (64A Fire) is now 100 percent contained,” Platte Canyon Fire confirmed via social media. “The evacuation orders have been lifted. All residents can return home.”

  • Former Jeffco detentions deputy pleads guilty

    The former Jefferson County jail deputy accused of having an inappropriate relationship with an inmate pleaded guilty ahead of a jury trial scheduled for next month.

    Myriah Lovato, 30, will be sentenced on Nov. 7. According to Pam Russell, spokeswoman with the Jeffco District Attorney’s Office, Lovato pleaded guilty to one felony count of introduction of contraband as well as two misdemeanors of official misconduct.

  • Jeffco solves 38-year-old cold case

    Genetic genealogical testing helped the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office solve a 38-year-old homicide cold case, and it appears to be the first instance of its kind in the state.

    “This is perhaps the first genealogical DNA match in solving a cold case crime in Colorado,” said Jeffco Sheriff Jeff Shrader.

  • Jeffco inmate diagnosed with hepatitis A

    An inmate in the Jefferson County jail has been diagnosed with hepatitis A, a highly contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus.

  • Parks briefs

    Open Space moving toward acquiring property adjacent to Meyer Ranch Park

    A 75-acre parcel near Meyer Ranch Park could soon be purchased by Jeffco Open Space and used to extend trails and protect viewsheds in the park.

    The historic property at 10298 S. Turkey Creek Road is bordered on three sides by the park and is currently owned by the Warner Family Irrevocable Trust. The Jeffco Open Space Advisory Committee unanimously recommended moving ahead with purchasing the property for $1.4 million.

  • Sheriff's Calls

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  • Evergreen's Big Chili Cook-off a September staple for attendees, volunteers

    Phil and Laura Yates of Aurora wore bags of Fritos around their necks because experience had taught them how to prepare for an event like Saturday’s.

    As they stood in line for the kids firefighter challenge with their 4-year-old Gwendolyn, they couldn’t remember how they first heard about Evergreen’s Big Chili Cook-off some 10 years ago. But they remembered anyway, and the family has been attending the event almost annually ever since.

    “We love little festivals and chili, and it’s a chance to get out of the city,” Laura said.

  • West Jeff middle schooler competes on ‘Chopped Junior’

    Adeline Pulioff moves through the kitchen in her Evergreen home with ease, pouring batter and flipping her crepes once each is sufficiently browned.

    At 12, Adeline is already an impressive young chef, and now she has the bright blue Chopped Junior apron to prove it. The West Jefferson Middle School seventh-grader competed on the Food Network show that challenges competitors to make an appetizer, entree and dessert using mystery basket ingredients.

  • EPRD getting closer to rebuilding Evergreen Lake North Trail

    Evergreen Park & Recreation District has gotten a giant leap closer to rebuilding the Evergreen Lake North Trail after being awarded a large grant, but it needs one more to make this effort a reality.

    The district received a $2.61 million federal grant through the Denver Regional Council of Governments for the project, but it still is hoping for a $550,000 Colorado the Beautiful grant from Colorado Parks & Wildlife. If the district gets that grant in January, it will have the $3.7 million necessary to begin construction on the project.