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  • Low-cost firewood permits selling out

     

    Area residents who want to obtain low-cost firewood and help Denver Mountain Parks reduce wildfire fuels on park lands can still participate in a firewood sale offered by the Colorado State Forest Service. CSFS Golden district forester Allen Gallamore says anyone interested should request a permit soon.

    “Permits are still available, but are now limited in number because interest has really picked up with the cooler weather,” Gallamore said.

  • Big Chili Cook-off bigger than ever

    The September 2011 Big Chili Cook-off was more about Sept. 11, 2001, and only partly about the more than 100 kinds of chili on parade for the thousands of participants who attended the annual event benefiting five area fire districts.

    An estimated 5,000 people attended the event this year, up from 4,000 last year, although final figures weren't available at press time. Some 300 volunteers helped make it all happen.

    "We ran out of ballots, wrist bands and everything," said event director Kristin Witt.

  • Off-leash area at Elk Meadow will celebrate 10 (dog) years with party

    Jeffco Open Space is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the Elk Meadow Bark Park, as well as the completion of a major makeover, with a birthday party for the dog park at noon Sunday, Sept. 18. The public and all their dogs are welcome.

    The Open Space Division is providing birthday cake and dog treats, and ranger Jason Hamburg will talk about the park. Parking is limited, and carpooling is advised.

  • Grant to help pay for bike racks on Lariat Loop

    With the Pro Cycling Challenge in particular and cycling in general both in the limelight, the Lariat Loop successfully obtained $25,000 to install 25 bike racks at various points along the 40-mile-long National Scenic Byway.

    The grant requires a matching fund contribution of $6,000. The money comes through the Colorado Department of Transportation from the Federal Highway Administration, which is responsible for the Scenic Byways Program.

  • Firefighter won't face charges in Soda Creek blaze

    The West Metro firefighter who was burning slash as a caretaker in the forest off Soda Creek Road three days before a fire broke out is no longer facing charges.

    The Jefferson County district attorney’s office dropped the charges against Joel Worley, 37, during a motions hearing Sept. 1. Worley previously said he would rather face trial than accept a plea bargain or plead guilty.

  • Designer bird houses make benefit sing

    The stars of the second annual Bird House Bash, a benefit for Evergreen Audubon's Nature Center on Sept. 7, did not disappoint.

    Artistic creativity was exceptional among 19 professionally decorated and fabricated birdhouses available for auction at the evening affair, which included drinks at the Nature Center (or the Warming Hut in the winter) and dinner at the Lake House.

  • Falling rocks injure seven at Red Rocks

    Investigators have not identified a reason for the rock fall at Red Rocks Amphitheatre that injured seven people at a concert by Sound Tribe Sector 9 after midnight on Saturday.

    Four people were taken to hospitals after seven were hit by rocks that fell from Creation Rock on the north side of the amphitheater about 1 a.m. Sunday. The monolith is 300 feet tall.

    There were unconfirmed reports of people climbing illegally on the rocks in that area, which can trigger a $999 fine.

    The rocks came down between rows 20 and 40.

  • Couple issue statement in deck collapse

    A couple who were involved in the deck collapse at the house on Lookout Mountain on Aug. 27 have issued a written statement in response to press inquiries.

    Two people were critically injured when a deck collapsed with about 25 people on it during gathering of close friends at the house built in 1978. The age of the structure is considered the likely cause of the accident.

    The statement is as follows:

  • Blue Spruce Habitat signs lease on park-district building

    Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity is moving from an office building on Buffalo Park Road to the former Blue Creek Family Medicine and Urgent Care building at 1520 Evergreen Parkway.

    Beginning Oct. 1, the nonprofit will occupy the 1,700-square-foot ground floor of the facility, which has been vacant since March 2010. The rental rate is $1,050 a month, according to the draft 2012 park district budget.