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Today's News

  • Attendees at community park forum raise concerns about traffic, noise

    Evergreen residents at the first community forum of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District voiced concerns about noise, traffic and overcrowding at area parks--especially during special events.

    "I sleep here, right across the street," Evergreen resident Kristina Sherwood said, referring to an event at Buchanan Park at which loud music was played. Sherwood said the music seemed to be directed toward her home.

  • Park board candidate would like to increase facility hours, services for residents

    Evergreen resident Monty Estis says he would like to contribute his combined experience in recreation and financial management as a board member of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District.

    A systems analyst in the IT area who actively participates in recreational activities, Estis is vying for one of three open seats on the park district board in the May 6 election.

    Although he says park district staff are doing an adequate job of managing the district, Estis sees room for improvement. 

  • SHERIFF'S CALLS

    From the tip line

  • Lost, then found

    Blitz is back home.

    Denverite Kate Townsend was reunited with her small black Lab on April 1 after a family in the neighborhood south of Mount Falcon took Blitz in. The dog had been lost lost for 44 days, since she chased a deer Feb. 16 while Townsend was hiking with friends at Mount Falcon Open Space.

  • Fighting the good (but staged) fight

    The sounds of groans and bodies hitting the floor emanated from Colorado Children’s Theatre on Sunday — along with a lot of laughter — as 20 young actors learned the art of stage combat.

    They learned how to fall – theatrically, of course – and how to throw a punch that looks realistic but doesn’t hurt the recipient. They also used swimming “noodles” as mock swords to learn how to perform a choreographed sword fight.

  • Teachers union declares impasse

    Talks between the school district and the teachers union ended abruptly Monday evening when the union declared an impasse and left the bargaining table.

    “It has become clear … that this year’s bargaining process is broken and is disrespecting a 45-year tradition that has made us great,” said Stephie Rossi, bargaining chair for the Jeffco Education Association. “The JCEA team cannot meet the board’s interests if we don’t know what they are.”

  • Ex-fire chief pleads guilty to 3 counts in embezzlement

    Former Inter-Canyon fire chief David MacBean pleaded guilty Monday to three charges in the theft of more than $647,000 from the fire district.

    MacBean, who was indicted last October, seven months after he was asked to step down as chief, entered guilty pleas in district court to two counts of theft and one count of embezzlement of public property. MacBean's sentencing is scheduled for June 24; he faces up to 27 years in prison.

  • Search called off for missing hikers at Mount Evans

    The search was called off last week for a Minnesota father and son reported missing April 6 after they failed to return from a hike in the Mount Evans area.

    After four days of intense searching, no sign was found of Damian McManus, 52, and Evan McManus, 19, in the Mount Evans area, said Bill Barwick, a spokesman for the Alpine Rescue Team. 

    The search was called off about 4 p.m. April 9 by the Clear Creek Sheriff's Office. At its peak, the search included about 70 rescuers from several mountain agencies.

  • Bergen Park Church breaks ground on new building

    Excavators were out Wednesday, April 2, to get the ground ready for the new $2.2 million Bergen Park Church.

    The new 11,000-square-foot structure will help the congregation grow, said Pastor Jim Demolar. It will be built on a 2.7-acre parcel at 31919 Rocky Village Drive. The new church is adjacent to the existing church, which is at 1318 County Road 65. The existing church is getting a new address, too — 31880 Rocky Village Drive.

    Bergen Park Church representatives bought the land in October 2010.

  • Phone scammer posing as Xcel rep calling businesses

    At least four businesses were victims of a recent phone scam involving someone posing as a representative of Xcel Energy, the Jeffco Sheriff's Office reported.

    The scammer would call a businesses and say its Xcel bill was past due. The caller then said that unless a payment was made immediately with a reloadable cash card, the power would be turned off, said Jeffco sheriff's spokeswoman Jacki Kelley.