Local News

  • A budding industry: Hemp-based businesses blossoming in foothills

    Editor’s note: This story is the first in a series about hemp, its many uses and its purported health benefits.


    Hemp is a plant at a crossroads.

    While it has been used for centuries for rope and fabric, hemp has come under scrutiny for its potential health benefits.

  • Concerns raised over increased taxes for EFR services

    Concerns over increased property taxes associated with last year’s passage of the Evergreen Fire Protection District’s mill-levy were brought to the Evergreen Fire board meeting on Aug. 8.

    Bob Gottsman, a longtime Evergreen resident, told the fire board that his tax bill went up 39 percent in January and questioned whether area residents were paying for the department to serve as a regional backup for other, smaller fire departments.

  • Evergreen Fire/Rescue continues implementation of community wildfire plans

    Ten years after the Evergreen Fire Protection District had a community wildfire protection plan drawn up, the district says it’s made significant progress in implementing it in areas with moderate, high and extreme risk for wildfires.

    In a presentation at the EFPD’s monthly board meeting Aug. 8, Evergreen Fire Marshal Frank Dearborn said that nearly all subdivisions in the district with extreme hazard ratings have drafted or completed a community wildfire protection plan, as well as about half of the subdivisions with high hazard ratings.

  • Jeffco slash program looking for greater outreach, efficiency

    The Jeffco Slash Program will start looking for ways to reach people who don’t know about the program or who are unmotivated or unable to bring slash in for collection.

    The Jeffco Facilities Management Team updated the county commissioners on its 2017 collections at the Aug. 8 staff meeting. Out of its 12 sites or collection weekends, 3,096 separate loads of slash have been brought in thus far, the team said.

  • CASA to host annual fund-raising gala

    Court-Appointed Special Advocates of Jefferson and Gilpin Counties is hoping to raise $120,000 at its upcoming A Night for CASA fund-raising gala, which will be at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Denver Marriott West.

    CASA volunteers help abused and neglected children have a sense of security and constancy while their cases are in the court system. During its past fiscal year, the program served 400 children with 250 active volunteers.

  • Recent rain helps put Front Range in ‘goldilocks’ conditions

    After a dry June, the National Weather Service is reporting healthy rainfall for the Front Range throughout July and early August.

    Sheriff’s offices in Clear Creek, Jefferson and Park counties enacted fire bans in late June and early July. However, the past four weeks of persistent afternoon showers have helped alleviate fire dangers throughout the region, said NWS-Boulder forecaster Kyle Fredin. Most locations are now reporting low to moderate fire danger, he explained.

  • Owners bring their cars, stories to the Bailey car show

    Behind every car is more than an engine, gears and a steering wheel. Behind every car is a story.

    At least that’s what Neal Tracy of Shawnee told curious passers-by when they stopped to look at his collection of seven classic cars this weekend.

    Tracy was one of about 60 car owners who brought their Chevys, Dodges, Fords and dozens of other classics to Bailey’s Main Street on Saturday as part of the sixth annual Platte Canyon Chamber of Commerce Car Show.

  • Open Space updates regulations on e-bikes, drones

    Jeffco Open Space will be allowing Class 1 e-bikes on its paved trails, which are only located in three parks — Crown Hill, Van Bibber and Clear Creek Trail. For now, the agency is prohibiting use of Class 2 e-bikes in these areas.

  • Local businesses wash dogs for a good cause

    By Caroline Joan Peixoto
    For the Courier

    The Evergreen community  supported the Evergreen Animal Protective League’s annual dog wash and wine event last month.
    In its seventh year, Wine, Washes and Wagging Tails is orchestrated byTallGrass Aveda Spa and Salon. Evergreen National Bank and Creekside Cellars also partnered for the successful — and adorable – fund-raiser.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Not so innocent raccoons