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  • Celebrants fill saloons, empty glasses to welcome 2017

    Champagne toasts. Kisses and hugs. Cheers and noisemakers. Balloon drops. Music.

    Mountain area residents and visitors rang in 2017 at local watering holes in the absence of Skate the Lake, which was scuttled by inadequate ice conditions. Some patrons stayed until the big moment at midnight; others headed home early. But either way, many said they were excited to ring in the new year surrounded by family and friends.

    8 p.m., the Little Bear

  • Former Jeffco DA Scott Storey arrested on suspicion of DUI

    Former Jeffco district attorney Scott Storey was arrested early Saturday on suspicion of driving under the influence.

    About 12:30 a.m. that night, Storey, 69, of Littleton was exiting the parking lot of the Platte River Bar & Grill, 5995 S. Santa Fe Drive, when his vehicle collided with another car, according to court records. Littleton police responded and spoke with Story at the scene. 

  • Wildlife board game offers wild time for young players

    Take the following quiz:

    • Koalas are most closely related to: bears, kangaroos or raccoons.

    • How many hours a day do koalas usually sleep? 6, 10 or 20.

    • What is the protection status of koalas?

    If you answered kangaroos, 20 and threatened, not only do you know a lot about koalas, but you can answer all three levels of questions about them in a new board game called Traveling Animals.

  • Thieves target hidden safe in Bailey home

    The Park County Sheriff's Office is investigating what it believes was an isolated burglary last week at a home in Bailey's Deer Creek Valley Ranchos subdivision.

    Homeowner Rocky Tornabene said he came home about 5 p.m. Dec. 28 and discovered a ladder leaning against his garage. Upon entering their home, Tornabene and his wife, Salina, found that someone had attempted to break into a safe that was hidden behind drywall in one of the rooms. 

  • Evergreen Lake opens for skating

    Evergreen Lake finally is open for ice skating.

    The rink opened at 8 a.m. Tuesday morning and will be open until 8 p.m., weather and ice conditions permitting.

    Warm weather prevented Evergreen Park and Recreation District officials from opening the lake earlier because the ice wasn’t thick enough. Skate the Lake was canceled on New Year’s Eve, and the Polar Plunge on New Year’s Day was postponed.

  • Sheriff’s ‘Santa Cops’ deliver gifts to underprivileged kids in Jeffco

    Several hundred underprivileged Jeffco children experienced a merry Christmas this year thanks to the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office and its participation in the annual Christmas Crusade for Children.

  • Rollover accident critically injures man on U.S. 285

    An elderly man was critically injured Tuesday night when his car went off northbound U.S. 285 near the Morrison Road exit.

    According to Morrison police secretary Jennifer Sponnick, the accident occurred at 7:06 p.m. after the driver suffered a medical emergency and the vehicle left the highway near mile marker 247. The car rolled several times before landing on an embankment 150 feet below the highway.

    Sponnick said the driver was taken to Swedish Medical Center in Englewood.

  • Hands of the carpenter

    Most people see a chair as merely a place to sit. Jonathan Gerspach, though, has a deep-seated tendency to view chairs — and other pieces of furniture — as works of art.

    For Gerspach, a single chair can represent hours of work — designing, measuring, building, crafting and finishing.

  • Winter break programs at rec district, library keep kids occupied, engaged

    Even though most of Evergreen was covered in snow, at least one group of children decided to spend Friday inside. But, rather than playing video games or watching movies, these youngsters were playing ping-pong, rock-climbing and swimming.

    The 13 kids spent Dec. 23 at Buchanan Recreation Center as part of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District’s winter break camp. This year the camp runs through Jan. 6 and offers children an opportunity to spend their winter break doing a variety of activities, including going on field trips.

  • Warm weather, poor ice conditions scuttle Skate the Lake 2016

    Skate the Lake, the popular New Year’s Eve celebration that features fireworks, music, broomball and other amusements, has been canceled because of recent warm temperatures and poor ice conditions at Evergreen Lake.

    Event sponsor Drive Smart and the Evergreen Park and Rec District announced Tuesday afternoon that, despite the best efforts of EPRD’s ice-grooming crew, conditions on the lake surface would not permit the show to go on Saturday night.