Today's News

  • Wamblee Trail wildfire 100 percent contained

    The Wamblee Trail wildfire in Conifer is 100 percent contained after firefighters from four different departments spent nearly 24 hours working to extinguish it on Friday and Saturday.

    The fire, which ignited near 13800 Wamblee Trail after a lightning strike late Friday afternoon, burned between 2.5 and 3 acres and initially led the Jeffco Sheriff's Office to issue evacuation notices for 20 homes in area around 5 p.m. The evacuation notices led to an emergency shelter being opened at Conifer High School before residents were allowed to return home just after 7 p.m.

  • Investigators in Long case interested in similar incident in Missouri

    Investigators in the Maggie Long homicide case are exploring possible connections between her murder and a similar incident that occurred in rural Missouri earlier this week.

    On Sunday, Vincent P. Rist, 22, and Antonio D. Bowen, 24, were arrested on suspicion of breaking into a home in Centerview, Mo., where they allegedly bound and set a 20-year-old woman on fire after she refused to give them the combination to her gun safe.

  • Evergreen-raised songwriter, actor Odell dies

    Jackson Odell, a 20-year-old songwriter and actor formerly of Evergreen, was found unresponsive in his San Fernando Valley, Calif., home on Friday, according to multiple news reports.

    The cause of death is still under investigation.
    Odell’s family released a statement on Twitter: “He will always be a shining light and a brilliant, loving and talented soul. He had so much more to share. Our family will always carry that truth forward. Our wish is that the rest of the world who knew and loved him does as well.”

  • RTD proposes eliminating mountain area's routes to Federal Center

    RTD is considering eliminating Evergreen and Conifer bus routes that stop at the Federal Center on their way to and from Denver to save money, but local riders say they’re willing to pay more for their passes or add the stop to other routes.

    “By eliminating the ES/CS (routes), you’re eliminating an opportunity for these people to access the Light Rail system,” said Dean Miller, who’s been riding the bus from Evergreen for 21 years. “... You’re going to be putting people in cars, basically.”

  • Inter-Canyon considering property tax increase

    Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District is inching closer to asking its residents for a property tax increase or to de-Gallagher-ize the district in the November election.

    The first option would increase property taxes for Inter-Canyon’s 6,000 residents. The latter would lock the district in at its current residential assessment rate of 7.2 percent and help it avoid the impact of the Gallagher Amendment.

  • Morrison repeals more stringent noise ordinance

    For several months, the Morrison Police Department has actively enforced the town’s noise ordinance. So far, it’s working.

    So much so that Chief George Mumma on June 5 asked the board to repeal a more stringent noise ordinance that was enacted in March and set to go into effect last Sunday if enforcement of its current ordinance proved unsuccessful.

    The board listened and unanimously repealed the ordinance with the understanding that noise enforcement will continue.

  • Kids learn lightsaber dueling, fencing at recreational camp

    For over a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic. Now, the torch has been passed to the next generation — the youth of Evergreen.

    Last week, the Evergreen Park & Recreation District hosted a Jedi/fencing camp for 8- to 14-year-olds at the Miller House next to Buchanan Recreation Center. The camp allowed student to learn how to fight with lightsabers in a broadsword style, traditional fencing moves, or both.


    Trial date set in Sichting, Alberga case

    An Oct. 22 trial date has been set in the case of Wynn Sichting and Daniel Alberga, the two men accused of beating and imprisoning a 21-year old man in Conifer last September.

    Sichting faces more than a dozen felony charges, including one count of first-degree attempted murder, two counts of first-degree kidnapping, assault in the second degree, menacing with a deadly weapon, robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery.

  • Evergreen Parkway in El Rancho reopened after motorcycle accident

    One motorcyclist was transported with serious injuries but non-life threatening injuries after a motorcycle accident in El Rancho Thursday morning.

    Brian Lynch, 65, of Denver and another cyclist — Byron Dormire, 65, of Windsor — were traveling northbound on Evergreen Parkway around 10:50 a.m. and approaching the intersection with Swede Gulch Road, Trooper Gary Cutler of Colorado State Patrol said.

    At the intersection, Lynch stopped and Dormire's Harley Davidson slammed into the back of Lynch's Yamaha.


    Jeffco schools welcome new administrators for 2018-19

    Several mountain area schools will welcome new principals and/or assistant principals this coming fall.

    New principals:

    • Valerie Pollitt, Elk Creek Elementary School

    •David Schoenhals, West Jefferson Middle School

    Assistant principals:

    • Scarlet Chopin, Evergreen High School

    • Laura Nelson, Evergreen High School

    •Christian Ramaker (assistant principal/athletic director), Evergreen High School