Today's News

  • Evergreen couple invent a place in nautical history

    Celebrated know-something Ralph Waldo Emerson once famously declared that, if you build a better mousetrap, the world will beat a path to your door.

    What Evergreen residents Art and Sharon Onweller invented isn’t a mousetrap, exactly, but it’s a mighty step forward in the art of confounding rodents, and the nautical world has definitely begun to take notice. It’s called the OFFBoard Vermin Shield, a deceptively simple white disc that’s giving modern seafarers a needed edge in the 4,000-year-old fight to keep mice and rats on shore and out of the galley.

  • Some days the bark is worse than the bite

    There are days, and then there are days. I had a day last Saturday.

    It all started with my grandson’s 6th birthday party. My wife, who takes such things very seriously, spent at least two days running around finding party favors, candy, decorations and other assorted junk. By Saturday morning, you would swear we were in the home party business.

  • Bugged by hugs: Evergreen Middle seeks to define 'appropriate' touching

    A ubiquitous ad campaign once proclaimed: “Hugs, not drugs.”

    But hugs that apparently extended beyond cordial contact have led Evergreen Middle School to send home a pair of letters addressing the definition of appropriate and inappropriate student behavior.

    “Hugging is part of our culture, but we also have to make sure kids are protected from inappropriate behavior,” said Cindy Stevenson, superintendent of Jeffco Public Schools.


    Evergreen area voters decisively unseated two of five members of the Evergreen Fire Protection District board of directors in the Nov. 13 recall election.

    The vote to recall board President Phil Shanley was 1,504 in favor and 1,399 against.

  • Suspect reportedly fires at deputy during I-70 chase

    Suspect reportedly fires at deputy during I-70 chase

    After a 100-mph chase on I-70 from Evergreen to Idaho Springs on Thursday night, police stopped a man suspected of stealing a pickup truck during an armed robbery in Topeka, Kan., according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Presuming guilt in a media-driven age

    Seldom is the force of government more concentrated than at the moment a district attorney decides whether to pursue a case against a defendant. We hope our prosecutors are men and women of sound judgment and unimpeachable integrity, and for the most part they are. But every so often a case exposes how vulnerable our system can be to an unprincipled individual.

  • Ritter's union move will be divisive

    It’s getting tougher and tougher to write this column. Not because I have cancer, but because I simply don’t get around much anymore. I seldom stop by the newspaper, so I have little idea of what’s going on ee you know, the background stuff. Oh, I still read the paper, but nothing beats hanging around the newsroom, or talking with friends. That’s where the really good ideas come from.

  • Barnes, Thomas win school board seats

    Jane Barnes and Dave Thomas have apparently been elected to the Jeffco Public Schools Board of Education, and voters Tuesday also voided an obsolete measure tying additional taxes to student performance.

    The outcome of two education board seats and the fate of Jeffco's “performance promise” were decided in some of the only countywide ballot issues on this year's ballot.

  • Reconstructing an icon

    Master Craftsman Norm Lubben, of Premier Specialty Contractors Inc., builds a form around the base of the statue at the Mother Cabrini Shrine on Lookout Mountain Oct. 25. The statue was damage by lightning in May and is undergoing reconstruction. The lightning broke off one of Jesus’ arms, a hand and damaged the base of the statue along with one of his feet. The statue is 22 feet tall and stands atop an 11-foot base. Next week’s UpSlope will feature updated coverage and photos of the reconstruction.

  • EHS named national Blue Ribbon School

    Well, it’s official: Evergreen High School rocks.

    The U.S. Department of Education has named Evergreen’s own Home of the Cougars a 2007 No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon School. EHS is one of three Colorado schools to be so honored, and one of 287 nationwide. The Blue and Gold earned the Blue Ribbon distinction by scoring in the top 10 percent of all schools on state math and reading assessment tests from 2003 to 2006.