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Today's News

  • Burn ban in effect for all of Park County

    A burn ban affecting all fire districts in Park County went into effect Monday morning at 10 a.m. due to red flag warnings from the U.S. National Weather Service and critical to extreme fire danger associated with dry conditions, warm temperatures and high winds.

    According to an alert from the county, the burn ban is in effect until further notice and may last throughout the week. No burning of any kind is allowed.

  • Evergreen Newspapers honored by CPA, Top of the Rockies

    Evergreen Newspapers recently won 61 awards — 47 from the Colorado Press Association, including sweepstakes honors for photography and design for the Canyon Courier and Clear Creek Courant, and 14 more from the Society of Professional Journalists’ Top of the Rockies contest.

    The Colorado Press Association awards banquet was held April 14 at The Antlers Hotel in Colorado Springs. The Top of the Rockies awards ceremony was Friday night at the Denver Press Club.

  • Jeffco schools funding for next year

    By Dr. Jason Glass

    Jeffco Public Schools superintendent

    Springtime for schools also means budget season. In this column, we’ll take a look at the budget process for the next school year and how that’s shaping up.

  • A degree doesn't define effective leadership

    By Joe Webb

    Jefferson County Republican Party chairman

  • Why we do what we do

    Journalists usually are not good at tooting their own horns. Shoot, in a lot of ways, it doesn’t feel right to do so. But this time, we are.

    We’re a small, but dedicated staff at Evergreen Newspapers. The past two weekends have been a bit surreal for us as our peers paid tribute to our diligent work during the past 12 months.

    First, the Colorado Press Association honored our staff with 47 awards, including a pair of sweepstakes awards for photography and design for the Canyon Courier and Clear Creek Courant.

  • Glass defends multimillion bond issue conversations

    Nearly two years after Jeffco voters rejected a $535 million bond issue and $33 million property-tax increase campaigned for by Jeffco Public Schools, the school district is again considering a multi-million dollar bond issue — this time to the tune of $647 million over six years.

    Publicly discussed for the first time during the April 5 school board meeting, the district positioned the possibility of a bond issue as the answer to what it says are widespread maintenance, programming and safety issues at every Jeffco school, including charters.

  • Sichting, Alberga plead not guilty

    Wynn Ray Sichting and Daniel Alberga, the two men accused of beating and imprisoning a 21-year-old man in Conifer last September, both pleaded not guilty April 16 to charges associated with the incident.

    Sichting, of Conifer, is accused of trying to kill his nephew, Adonis Cherokee Gomez, on Sept. 11, 2017, after Gomez attempted to retrieve belongings he’d left behind after moving out of Sichting’s home in the 27000 block of Parsons Road a week before.

  • PERA, school funding driving force behind walkouts

    As teachers in Jeffco, Clear Creek and across the state plan to walk out of classrooms and demonstrate at the state Capitol later this week, many are asking why.

  • A dozen candidates running for Indian Hills Water District seats

    More candidates are vying for a spot on the Indian Hills Water District board of directors than in elections past, and many believe it’s a direct result of the district’s contentious year.

  • Eleven recognized by Kiwanis as Teachers of the Year

    Eleven area teachers were recognized on Thursday as the Teacher of the Year at their schools — an honor bestowed by Blue Spruce Kiwanis.

    While they were lauded for their work in classrooms, Wilmot Elementary principal summarized the awards presentation: “Every person has been recognized for being more than a professional educator. They are good people in all aspects of what we consider good.”

    He talked about how they were good colleagues, parents and friends — just adding to their success in their classrooms.