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  • Windblown trees create hiking hazards in Mount Evans Wilderness

    The Clear Creek Ranger District is advising trail users to use caution when hiking in areas where there are downed trees. Strong winds last winter left thousands of trees down and dangling over trails in the northern Mount Evans Wilderness area.

    Sections of trails in Lost Creek, Cub Creek, Beartracks, Summit Flats, Roosevelt Lakes near Beartrack Lake, and Captain Mountain have not been cleared.

  • Meeting set Aug. 28 on rezoning for Messiah Mountain Retreat Center

    Jefferson County Planning and Zoning staff will host a community meeting
    Aug. 28 to discuss the possible rezoning of the Messiah Mountain Retreat
    Center in Indian Hills.
    The meeting, from 6 to 7 p.m., will be held at the center at 5200 Parmalee
    Gulch Road. The rezoning would allow the center to continue using its land
    for camp and retreat purposes.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Brew abuse

  • Fine Arts Fest brings 100 artists to Heritage Grove

    Artists from all over the country are making the trek back to their winter homes after a summer spent on the road at arts festivals. As fine artists migrate toward the warmer climes of Santa Fe or Florida, many spend their last summer weekend in the in the cool reprieve of Heritage Grove Park at the Hiwan Homestead Museum. More than 100 artists, both local and from afar, will congregate in Evergreen on Aug. 25 and 26 at the Evergreen Artists Association Fine Arts Festival.

  • DA’s Safety Awareness Day planned at fairgrounds

    If you have a pesky box of old documents that needs shredding or a bottle of pills you’ve been meaning to dispose of, you might want to visit the district attorney’s Community Safety Awareness Day on Saturday.

    The event offers Jeffco residents “a one-stop safety shop,” said Cary Johnson, director of crime prevention for the DA’s office and safety fair event director.

    Community Safety Awareness Day will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds 15200 W. Sixth Ave. in Golden.

  • Lessons from a cancer survivor

    Editor’s note: Evergreen resident Amy Born found cancer to be a learning experience. What follows, in her own words, are the lessons she took away from her fight against Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

     

    Amy J. Born

    For the Courier

  • Mailbox bashings under investigation

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office is investigating a series of mailbox bashings that occurred in Hiwan Hills on Aug 17.

    Someone damaged 15 mailboxes on Buchanan Road, Peggy Lane and Paintbrush Drive in the early-morning hours, Jeffco sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer reported.

    While each bashed mailbox was taken as a separate report, deputies believe the incidents were connected, Techmeyer said.

    Deputies are pursuing leads regarding the person or persons involved in the incident.

    — Sandy Barnes

  • Soda Creek resident seeks rezoning to continue Amish-style antique business

    Soda Creek resident Larry Gomba has an Amish-style barn filled with antiques, which he had been selling on his property until a neighbor complained to Jefferson County. Gomba also has been offering horse and buggy rides along Soda Creek Road to visitors, which neighbors also find objectionable.

     

    Because Gomba’s 12 acres of land have agricultural-2 zoning, his antique restoration and sales business is against county regulations. For the past year, Gomba has been working with county planning staff to find a solution.

  • Enjoying wine, food and song

     Stemmed glasses in hand, festival-goers sampled an interesting variety of Colorado wines at Bootstraps Inc.’s annual fund-raiser at the El Pinal Rodeo Grounds on Saturday afternoon.

     

    At the main tent, Doug Caskey, executive director of the Colorado Wine Industry Development Board, was offering festival-goers advice on choosing wines.

    ‘When you drink this wine and taste it, does it taste younger or older?” Caskey asked while holding a glass of 285 Fusion from Aspen Peak Cellars.

  • Firefighters, residents debate proposed fire training facility

    More than 100 residents and firefighters filled the Evergreen Fire/Rescue auditorium Aug. 14 to discuss the fire district’s controversial plan to build a training facility in Bergen Park, cheering and clapping at intervals.

     

    Residents voiced concerns with building a four-story training facility at Fire Station 2, which is near homes and an elementary school, and asked that other sites be considered.