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Local News

  • Mountain area fire departments ratifying mutual-aid agreement

    Thanks to a new intergovernmental agreement, residents in Evergreen, Conifer and surrounding areas soon will have the benefit of multiple agencies being notified of and responding to medical and fire emergencies.

  • Evergreen cat confirmed to have plague

    Jefferson County Public Health has confirmed that a domestic cat in the Evergreen area has tested positive for plague. The cat is now under the care of a veterinarian.

    Public Health said it is not uncommon for cats to become infected with plague in an environment where the disease is circulating.

  • Mountain Bowls fund-raiser gears up for eighth year

    It’s time to set free your inner artist as area residents paint bowls for the eighth annual Mountain Bowls fund-raiser for the Mountain Resource Center.

    The bowls will become gifts at the meals to thank participants for helping provide food for area families in need.

    MRC officials hope more than 200 bowls will be painted between now and Oct. 9, which is the last day to decorate a bowl. More than 400 bowls are already prepared for the event, now in its eighth year.

  • Tractor-trailer crashes into Aspen Peak Cellars

    A tractor-trailer crashed into a Bailey winery early Tuesday morning, rendering the building a total loss.

    According to State Patrol Trooper Nate Reid, a truck carrying bottled water was traveling south on U.S. 285 and failed to negotiate the turn at Crow Hill. It crossed the northbound lane and slammed into Aspen Peak Cellars just after midnight.

  • I-70 bike trail to open Friday

    The bike trail along I-70 from Genesee to Evergreen is expected to open this week.

    Colorado Department of Transportation spokeswoman Emily Wilfong said the trail is expected to open on or around Friday. The construction crew has built a path, including a pedestrian bridge, along the north side of I-70 near the Buffalo Overlook that connects to Evergreen Parkway.

    In this way, Wilfong said, bicyclists will not have to use the I-70 shoulder to travel between Genesee and the parkway.

  • Business customers of IREA targeted by phone scam

    Scammers are targeting business customers of the Intermountain Rural Electric Association again — this time with over-the-phone threats to shut off service.

    According to IREA spokesman Josh Liss, scammers are calling businesses and threatening to immediately disconnect power unless a payment is made using a pre-paid credit or debit card.

  • Smoke in Evergreen, Conifer areas attributed to wildfire near Meeker

    Smoke reported in Evergreen, Conifer and surrounding areas Thursday night has been attributed to the Lost Solar Fire near Meeker, which is about 150 to 200 miles to the northeast.

    According to Michael Davis, spokesman for the Elk Creek Fire Protection District, the department received several reports of heavy smoke after 5 p.m.

  • Jeffco sheriff lifts fire restrictions

    The Jeffco sheriff has lifted the temporary fire restriction for all areas of unincorporated Jefferson County, including all federal lands, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release. Current and predicted weather conditions have reduced the danger of wildfire, the release stated. However, residents are encouraged to be vigilant, as fire danger is always present in the high country.

  • Jeffco sheriff warns residents about parking ticket scam

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office is warning residents about a parking ticket scam.

    Last week a woman tried to pay the fine for a fake parking ticket at the Jefferson County courthouse. The ticket cited a violation of “inconsiderate parking for others” with a fine of $401.08. The “violation” was "issued" Aug. 30 in the 11000 block of West Sixth Avenue.

  • Three vehicles hit elk on Evergreen Parkway

    Three vehicles struck an elk Wednesday evening on Evergreen Parkway, leaving one of the drivers with injuries.

    Trooper Nate Reid of the State Patrol said the accident, which was reported about 8 p.m., involved a 2006 Acura, a Ram pickup and a Toyota sport utility vehicle.

    Reid said the driver of the Acura went to a hospital on their own for treatment. 

    A reporter who drove by the scene said at least one lane was closed, and that multiple agencies had responded.