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Local News

  • Jeffco Libraries working with funds from mill levy increase

    Less than two years after voters agreed to a one-mill property-tax increase, the Jefferson County Public Library System is making good on its promises to library patrons — and has plans to continue doing so.
    A citizens’ advisory committee was organized to help guide plans for the library system’s new funds. Members of the committee, as well as some 5,000 Jeffco residents, asked library officials to:
    • Restore core services.
    • Provide more books and materials.
    • Restore open hours.

  • Polarization comes from lack of listening

    Over the last several years. I’ve often written about the polarization in our country. I truly believe it is destructive. Lincoln said that a country divided can not stand. We can clearly see that the shooting of Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise was a product of political hatred. The shooter had a list of Republicans in his pocket when he fired on a ball field of Republican legislators. At least in the short term, we are talking about being less hateful towards those on the other side. That’s a good thing, but how can that really happen.

  • Training wraps up for Inter-Canyon Fire recruits

    Last Saturday was a busy day for the 11 Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District recruits. The group concluded its fire academy and became official members of the fire service.

  • Burn ban enacted in Park County

        A burn ban affecting all public and private land in Park County went into effect Wednesday due to dry conditions and warm temperatures.

  • Staunton State Park breaks ground for new visitor center

    Four years after it officially opened, Staunton State Park is finally getting a visitor center — complete with an education room and requisite gift shop.

    According to Zach Taylor, Staunton’s park manager, the nearly 5,000-square-foot visitor center has been in the works for several years and will include a large multi-purpose education room, a retail space, an office and four employee offices to support Colorado Parks and Wildlife employees, as well as game wardens that serve districts along the 285 Corridor and Idaho Springs.

  • EFR wins prestigious EMS award for 4th year

    The American Heart Association has awarded Evergreen Fire/Rescue a Mission: Lifeline Bronze Level EMS Recognition Award for its identification of and response over the last year to patients experiencing an ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), otherwise known as a serious heart attack.

  • Platte Canyon Schools finalizes $13.9 million budget

    The Platte Canyon school board formally approved the school district’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2017-18 after hearing community feedback during two budget hearings — one on June 12 and a previous hearing on May 15.

  • Racial discrimination complaints under investigation at Wilmot Elementary

    The U.S. Department of Educations Office for Civil Rights is investigating allegations of racial discrimination at Wilmot Elementary in Evergreen.

    In response to a June 13 Freedom of Information Act request wherein the Courier asked for the OCR’s investigation report, findings and resolution related to allegations that a Hispanic and Native Americans employee at the school was racially discriminated against during the 2016-17 school year, the office said it had no responsive documents as the complaint is an active investigation.

  • Neville, Leonard discuss health care, other topics

    Health care reform, as well as education and immigration concerns, held center stage at a town hall meeting conducted by Colorado Sen. Tim Neville, R-Littleton, and State Rep. Tim Leonard, R-Evegreen, last Friday at Evergreen Fire/Rescue’s Station 2.

    Drawing a crowd of about two dozen people, the legislators gave an overview of the legislative process before highlighting key bills they supported in the most recent legislative session, which adjourned May 10.

  • County commissioners approve rezoning El Rancho lot

    The county commissioners have approved rezoning a lot in El Rancho so that it will still be zoned for mixed use but is no longer required to have 25 percent commercial activity.

    The decision about 1055 El Rancho Road, which is owned by George DeMarsico and is presently undeveloped, was brought before the Board of County Commissioners at its June 20 meeting.