Today's News

  • Reagan reflects on rewards of involvement with Habitat for Humanity

    Evergreen resident Pandora Reagan has spent the past five years supporting Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity with her marketing and fund-raising skills.


    Although she is leaving the Evergreen organization this week, Reagan will continue working with Habitat for Humanity in Denver, where she will help coordinate the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project event in October. 

    “I’m lucky to get to work my passion,” she said.

  • DEED seeking GOCO grants for trails planning

    A walk along Highway 74 leading to downtown Evergreen is a venture fraught with potential hazards, as vehicles zoom past wary pedestrians.

    Evergreen High students face similar challenges if they decide to hoof it from the school to the Evergreen Library.

    The Downtown Evergreen Economic District is hoping to make the area more accessible to pedestrians with connecting trails. But first, a plan needs to be created. To begin the process, DEED has applied for a Great Outdoors Colorado planning grant, which the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners has endorsed.

  • Recall candidate Kesten served with New York fire department

    As a candidate in the recall election of four Evergreen Fire Protection District board members, Evergreen resident Jodi Kesten brings more than six years experience as a volunteer firefighter and EMT with a New York fire department.


    Along with her firefighter training, Kesten is certified for rescue operations, including the use of jaws-of-life, having received emergency medical education at a New York hospital. 

  • Fire board president says he believes in training facility

    George Kling, president of the board of the Evergreen Fire Protection District, says the fire training facility in progress at Fire Station 2 is a long-term goal that is being realized.


    “We still believe that this is the right decision for the community,” Kling said. “This has been on the book since 1995.”

    Since the fire board first started considering the project, it has been reduced from a $1.2 million expenditure to $500,000, he said.

  • Denver Parks retains management of golf course

    When the Evergreen Golf Course reopens in the spring, Denver Parks will still be managing it. 


    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District was among bidders that lost the opportunity to oversee the golf course beside Evergreen Lake. Denver City and County Parks sought requests for proposals on Jan. 1, but then decided to keep the golf course within its division.

    “We’re really disappointed,” said Scott Robson, EPRD executive director, who championed the effort.

  • Horse recovering after falling into icy pond

    Evergreen and Indian Hills fire rescue crews pulled a horse from an icy pond near Parmalee Gulch Road early Saturday morning.

  • Limited slash-collection opportunities a hot topic

    With the prospect of another hot, dry summer looming and the Rooney Road Recycling Center no longer accepting slash, mountain area residents are wondering what to do with the annual byproduct of their fire-mitigation efforts.

    “The fact that Jeffco Open Space let us use the site for two years and granted a two-year extension was great,” said James McCarthy, a member of the Rooney Road Authority board. “Unfortunately, the long-term use of the Rooney site doesn’t fit with Open Space’s policies.”

  • Don’t make a big stink — think pink

    During the first couple months of this year’s legislative session, I supported a bill on which the opponents didn’t feel at all constrained by either the truth or any kind of ethical behavior. And while my policy not to write about things I work on will spare you the details, it reminded me of a learning experience I had early in my career.

  • School board gets briefing on school-finance legislation

    Legislation that would overhaul the way Colorado’s public schools are funded was the main topic during a meeting of the Jeffco school board on Feb. 28.

    The district’s lobbyist at the state legislature, Ed Bowditch, reported on a bill by state Sen. Mike Johnston, D-Denver, that is designed to allocate state funds more equitably among school districts.

    “It’s really too early to fully talk about it because everything (with the bill) is just now taking shape,” Bowditch told the board.

  • Scouts collect quarters for World Friendship Fund

    Evergreen Girl Scouts collected 1,440 quarters recently at World Thinking Day.

    That’s a big pile of quarters, and all of them — amounting to $360 — are being donated to the Juliette Low World Friendship Fun, which helps pay for Scouts to participate in events around the world.