Local News

  • Community gathers to remember beloved EMS teacher

    Evergreen Middle School teacher Dale Lidicker loved to talk about politics, music and a host of other topics, but his eyes softened when he talked about his students who were so dear to his heart.

    “He was all about the kids,” principal Tim Vialpando told EMS community members who gathered Saturday to celebrate the legacy of Lidicker, who died Dec. 24 of a heart attack. “He loved his kids as only a soul like Dale could.”

  • No snow, no problem

    As the adage goes: When there’s a will, there’s a way.

    On Saturday before the snowstorm, Mount Vernon Canyon Club still managed to have its snowless Winter Fun Day with some creative ways for families to enjoy themselves outdoors.

    “Mother Nature is not going to defeat me,” Leatha LeBlanc, the club’s director of recreation and activities, said of holding the event despite the dearth of the white stuff covering the ground. “Mother Nature wasn’t going to help us out, so we had to do something else.”


    Roofer injured in fall at the Yellow Barn

    A roofer was injured Saturday afternoon after falling from the roof of the Yellow Barn in Conifer.

    According to Michael Davis with Elk Creek Fire Protection District, the department was called about 1:25 p.m. and transported the worker to an area hospital. Davis said he was unable to share more information about the injured party, and the owners of Magpie Mercantile, which operates out of the Yellow Barn, did not respond to phone calls for comment.

  • Bills to watch for during the 2018 legislative session

    The 2018 legislative session kicked off Jan. 10 at the state Capitol in Denver, commencing the second session of the 71st General Assembly in Colorado. Over the coming weeks, the Courier will follow a number of bills introduced by legislators in an effort to keep readers informed about the issues their local lawmakers are prioritizing at the Capitol. What follows is a brief summary of bills that state representatives and state senators who serve the Evergreen, Conifer and Bailey communities are the primary sponsors of.

  • EFR's longtime fire marshal to step down

    Frank Dearborn, Evergreen Fire/Rescue’s longtime fire marshal, is stepping down after 19 years with the department.

    Announcing his decision at the Evergreen fire board meeting Jan. 9, Dearborn said his resignation was for unspecified personal reasons and stressed that he would remain with the department, but in a different role.

    A search for Dearborn’s replacement will begin in the near future.

    Two EFR EMTs honored by Sons of the American Revolution

  • Millions expected in savings after refinancing of school bonds

    Taxpayers in Jefferson County will see an estimated $4.6 million in net savings over the next several years after Jeffco Public Schools refinanced $99 million in bonds from 2012 late last year.

  • How to help with post office burglaries investigation

    While the U.S. Postal Inspection Service has had a good response from local residents affected by the recent post office burglaries, there’ve been no updates in the case.

    However, the agency is following up on several leads, Postal Inspector Eric Manuel said.

    According to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Indian Hills Post Office was burglarized sometime between end-of-day Jan. 6 and the morning of Jan. 8.

    The Idledale Post Office was burglarized after close of business on Jan. 8.

  • Pastor helping Evergreen church with transitional period

    After moving to the mountain area from Ohio in November 2016, Pastor Denny Whiteside has been helping Evergreen Christian Church as transitional pastor.

    The church, which has about 45 members, is in the middle of searching for a full-time pastor. Whiteside, who found the church through a search-and-call process, estimated the community will be ready to search for a full-time pastor in about a year.

    In the meantime, her role is to minister and help the congregation identify its needs as a church community.

  • Three injured in single-car rollover in Evergreen

    Three people were injured in a single-vehicle rollover crash in Evergreen on Saturday night. According to Colorado State Patrol Sgt. Rob Madden, a silver 2000 Chevy was traveling on Highway 74 near Divide View Road when the car went out of control and rolled. One of the passengers was immediately transported to St. Anthony Hospital in Englewood with serious injuries and two others were transported with minor injuries.

    As of Sunday morning, the condition of the first passenger was unknown, and the cause of the crash remains under investigation.

  • Head-on collision near Pine causes traffic delays

    A head-on collision on U.S. 285 between Pine Junction and Elk Creek Road caused traffic delays for about an hour Sunday morning. According to Colorado State Patrol Sgt. Rob Madden, two vehicles collided on southbound U.S. 285 at about 10:35 a.m. While injuries were reported, Madden said that none were life-threatening.