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Today's News

  • Fire briefs

    Lightning strike takes out Inter-Canyon tower

    Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District is working to replace its radio tower in Hilldale Pines after a direct lightning strike damaged it three weeks ago.

    “... It knocked the whole tower out. We lost our microwave. We lost PolyPhasers. … It just took everything out,” said Chief Skip Shirlaw during an Aug. 14 board meeting.

  • Jeffco schools, union reach accord

    Months after the Jeffco Board of Education adopted its budget, the district and the Jefferson County Education Association have reached an agreement on contract negotiations for educators’ pay and benefits. 

    Among other things, the agreement approves a 2.5 percent increase to each cell on the salary schedule, step and lane movement for existing employees, and additional longevity pay for employees who took a pay freeze during the recession.

  • 1:1 Chromebooks initiative will allow students to ‘thrive in a digitally connected world’

    Wilmot Elementary School fifth-graders were excited Thursday to receive district Chromebooks that they will be able to use in every class and take home.

    Wilmot is the only foothills area school to be in phase 1 of Jeffco Public Schools’ rollout of the 1:1 Chromebooks initiative that will provide technology to all students in fifth through 12th grades in the next four years.

  • Kids triathlon draws over 100 competitors

    EVERGREEN — Nothing quite says “community” like a kids triathlon.

    On Sunday morning at the Buchanan Park Recreation Center, 120 local kids aged 5 to 10 got to experience the three-pronged sport firsthand as they enjoyed the outdoors. The distances for the swim, bike and run varied by age group, shorter for the young ones and longer for the older ones.

  • Evergreen gymnast rising through ranks

     By Alissa Noe 

    Sports Editor

    Sometimes, the youngest athletes can have the brightest future.

    Cambry Haynes, a 10-year-old out of Evergreen, is working her way up through the national gymnastics ranks with the hopes of one day becoming an Olympic athlete. Already, she’s off to a great start.

  • Evergreen man arrested after bomb scare in El Rancho area

    A 61-year-old Evergreen man was arrested Sunday after a bomb scare in the El Rancho area.

    Michael Longfellow is being held on suspicion of felony false reporting of explosives, weapons or harmful substances, according to the arrest affidavit.

    He appeared in court Monday morning, during which time his bond was set at $2,000, and he was appointed a public defender. He will be back in court on Aug. 23 to be advised of charges against him, according to Pam Russell, Jeffco district attorney’s office spokeswoman.

  • Dear Creek Canyon fire 100 percent contained

    Firefighters have contained a 20-acre fire in Deer Creek Canyon Park that began Thursday evening and called for evacuations of more than 300 homes. 

    Fire officials made the announcement around 1 p.m. Friday, although firefighters remain on-scene to take care of hot spots. There are no reported injuries and no structures lost because of the fire. 

  • Glass: Back to school

    August means back-to-school for students in Jeffco. Teachers, principals and staff have been hard at work for weeks getting ready for this coming school year, and students report back Aug. 14.

    Thanks to Jeffco voters, who passed construction bond question 5B in 2018, there are also some exciting changes coming to Jeffco schools this school year. Construction crews have been busy across our community this summer, hard at work on the first wave of projects and improvements.

  • Rohrer: It’s not the economy, stupid

    People are feeling better about the economy, and there is an incumbent president in the race for 2020. It’s just our nature to feel good about a president when the economy is good, but is that a fact-based approach?

    While presidents often receive the blame or credit, economists believe that the availability of capital and labor and technological advancement drive our economy. The two most important measures of our economic state are the number of jobs being created and the resulting unemployment rate. What is the true economic story of our country?

  • Sheriff's Calls

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