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Today's News

  • Lobos squeeze out Cougars’ hopes

    CONIFER — Boy, what a difference a couple of weeks makes.

    Unlike their first meeting this season, in which Evergreen won a pitchers’ duel 3-2 courtesy of a two-out walk-off home run by Daniel Gibbins, the regular-season finale May 3 with rival Conifer was a slugfest from the get-go. But just like the previous meeting, the home team found a little magic in the bottom of the seventh.

  • 200 flock to Mountain Area Job Fair

    More than 200 job seekers attended the Mountain Area Job Fair at Aspen Ridge Church on May 1, hoping to find employment close to home.

    “The fair is really convenient in that I don’t have to drive around to all these places to see if they’re hiring,” said Sommer Randol of Conifer. “I’m excited to see what happens. There were a lot of different types of employers.”

  • School board OKs new math curriculum

    The Jeffco school board unanimously approved a $4.3 million purchase of the Math Expressions curriculum for next school year at its May 1 meeting.

    Math Expressions will replace Math Investigations, the math curriculum Jeffco had used for the last nine years.

    A panel of 10 district employees gave a presentation on Math Expressions before the board took a vote. District staff said the new curriculum aligns with new Colorado academic standards and that Investigations has run its course in the district.

  • Rare plant, falcon nest discovered at Staunton State Park

    During a recent study of plant and animal life at Staunton State Park, the rare budding monkey flower was found on the Black Mountain parcel, along with a peregrine falcon nest.

    Raquel Wertsbaugh, coordinator of the Colorado Natural Areas Program, talked about the discoveries during a presentation at the Jeffco Open Space Advisory Committee meeting May 1.

    Areas of exposed Precambrian granite also have been identified on Black Mountain, Wertsbaugh said. Rock climbing on the mountain could imperil the rare plants and the falcon nest, she remarked.

  • Former governor Lamm to speak at Rotary Club meeting

    The community is invited to the May 9 meeting of the Rotary Club of Evergreen, when former governor Richard Lamm will be the guest speaker. Lamm will speak from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. Friday at Evergreen Country Day School.

    Lamm was elected to three terms as governor, serving from 1975 to 1987. He was the longest-serving governor in the history of Colorado to that date.

  • Zoning change would facilitate caretaker dwellings

    Aging adults who would like to stay in their homes rather than move to retirement communities may need assistance from a caretaker who lives on the premises.

    To make it easier to build an accessory dwelling unit for a care provider, a revision to current regulations is being proposed by the Jeffco Planning and Zoning Division. Instead of requiring a Board of Adjustment hearing for an accessory dwelling unit, a decision would be made by planning staff. 

  • Park district exploring expansion of Buchanan Rec Center

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District has hired a design firm to conduct a feasibility study for possible additions to Buchanan Recreation Center.

    "We heard from a number of residents a fairly strong desire to expand Buchanan Recreation Center," Scott Robson, EPRD executive director, said during his presentation to board members at the April 22 meeting.

  • Youngsters at fishing camp learn art of casting, fly-tying

    A few days after stocking ponds at Buchanan Park with 300 pounds of rainbow trout, members of Evergreen Trout Unlimited were teaching youngsters how to catch them.

    From casting lines to tying flies, kids at the fishing camp were caught up in the learning curve on Saturday. 

    After reeling in a 17-inch trout earlier in the morning, 5-year-old Addison Kerper was among those watching Dr. Leonard Wheaton wind thread around a vise as he crafted a fly for trout.

  • $18 million in claims set to be approved for Lower North Fork Fire victims

    State legislators were expected to approve nearly $18 million in payouts to victims of the Lower North Fork Fire this week.

    “We’ve made history, but, more importantly, we’ve taken care of something we needed,” said state Rep. Cheri Gerou, R-Evergreen, one of the bill’s sponsors. “I’m really pleased.”

    Gov. John Hickenlooper is expected to sign the bill this week.

  • Retiring volunteer firefighter values camaraderie

    For firefighter Craig O’Connell, working as a volunteer for the Evergreen Fire Department was all about the camaraderie.

    While it might sound like a cliché, the friendship and loyalty kindled among volunteer firefighters can’t be beat, said O’Connell, who was honored April 28 for serving for 26 years as a volunteer firefighter, including three as volunteer chief of the department. He currently works as a paid staffer and paramedic at South Metro Fire Rescue in Littleton.