Local News

  • Hiking safety a priority

    The Alpine Rescue Team’s Safety Day on Saturday was a win-win for both attendees and rescuers.

    Attendees learned about backcountry safety and were able to attend seminars on cell phones and personal locator beacons, mountain weather and avalanche safety. They checked out the vehicles used in search-and-rescue operations and met with rescuers. There were also games to entertain the kids, a visit by a Flight for Life helicopter, and search-and-rescue dogs to meet.

  • Fire restrictions in place for unincorporated Jeffco

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office has issued stage 1 fire restrictions for all of unincorporated Jefferson County, effective at 6 p.m. Wednesday. 

    According to a statement, the restrictions are being enacted due to “current dry conditions favorable for the possibility of a wildfire, and limited availability of fire control resources.” 

  • Food pantry celebrates five years at MRC

    By Kevin M. Smith, For the Courier

    Volunteers at Leigh’s Pantry in Conifer know the clients.

    They’re on a first-name basis with many of them and know their struggles beyond food needs.

    The food pantry has had a consistent base of 11 volunteers since opening in the Mountain Resource Center five years ago this past September.

  • Pine couple bring to life personalities from the past

    Storytellers use all sorts of devices to convey their tales — visual aids, sound effects, lighting and shadows. But few storytellers actually become the story themselves.

    For biographical actors R.D. and Barb Melfi of Pine, this is the essence of their work — not merely acting the role, but living it.

    The Melfis have portrayed William “Buffalo Bill” Cody and Annie Oakley, as well as other historical figures, across the country at schools, festivals, shows and conventions, and in movies and commercials.

  • A fine fall tradition: In gourds we trust

    Every fall, families across the mountain area welcome their old friend Jack — Jack O. Lantern, that is.

    Of course, to find Jack, many trek to their local pumpkin patch to pick out exactly what he will look like this year. Among rows of pumpkins and gourds, visitors young and old decide: taller or smaller; more round or more flat; yellow, orange, red or white.

    Many Evergreen residents, such as Jamie Brand and her children Gus, 9, and Anna, 7, have visited or will visit JP Total’s Pumpkin Patch as part of their annual fall tradition.

  • Rocky Mountain Academy holds community meeting in wake of firings, protest

    The tone of Saturday’s community meeting at Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen to search for new board members was more upbeat and positive — despite a week that saw seven board members resign; the school’s executive director fire six faculty members; and parents and students protesting in front of the school.

  • Charitable effort creating warm feelings

    A bin filled with two dozen clothes hangers sat on a table outside the Conifer King Soopers on Sunday, a sign that Susannah’s Hope is making a difference.

    The empty hangers signified that two dozen coats had been given away to people who needed or wanted them.

    Susannah’s Hope is the pet project of Mary Black that has turned into a ministry at Risen Lord Lutheran Church in Conifer. Black’s goal is simple: keep people warm.

  • IREA reporting power outage in Conifer

    Extremely high winds have knocked out power for residents in Conifer and Woodland Park.

    According to the Intermountain Rural Electric Association, several power outages in those areas were reported early Monday afternoon. In a statement on Facebook, the organization said: “Our crews are working as quickly as possible to restore service.” But it gave no estimated time as to when power would return. 

  • Suspect in I-70 hit-and-run enters not-guilty pleas

    The motorist accused of hitting a sheriff's deputy along I-70 during a March snowstorm pleaded not guilty earlier this week.

    Robert Landsperg, a former Colorado resident now living in California, entered innocent pleas to four charges: leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident, careless driving, and careless driving resulting in injury.

    District attorney's spokeswoman Pam Russell said Landsperg has a pretrial conference scheduled for early November, and remains free on $10,000 bond.

  • Indian Hills residents hear suggestions from 2015 groundwater study

    Recommendations from the 2015 Indian Hills groundwater study drew mixed reactions last week as representatives of Jeffco Public Health met with the Indian Hills community.

    No final decisions or policies were announced at the town hall meeting last week. Instead, Jeffco officials hoped to share the results of the study and receive feedback from residents in Indian Hills, a community of approximately 1,200 people.