Local News

  • Open Space wins grant to remove trees in Elk Meadow Park

    Jefferson County Open Space’s natural resource management department is working on an $80,000 wildfire prevention project in Elk Meadow Park.

    In July, Open Space won a $40,000 grant from the federal Wildland Urban Interface grant program, which is administered locally by the Colorado State Forest Service. Open Space pays another $40,000 in matching funds.

  • Family finds unmarked grave of famous relative

    Indian Hills resident Sharon Stackhouse went on a quest to find her great-grandfather’s missing grave and unearthed the story of a respected federal Secret Service agent who was murdered in the line of duty.

    The shocking death of Stackhouse’s great-grandfather, Joseph A. Walker, 51, in Hesperus on Nov. 3, 1907, made huge headlines from Durango to Washington, D.C. But the story was largely lost to the generations of family that came after him.

  • Taming the wildfire threat

    In an effort to save hundreds of homes and lives from a devastating wildfire, members of the sheriff’s department are cutting down thousands of diseased and dying trees in the overgrown forest on the extreme western edge of Jefferson County.

    In June, this battle was being waged on the massive, privately owned Stransky Ranch, 5 miles west of Highway 73 off Brook Forest Road, at an altitude of about 9,000 feet. The Stransky Ranch has been largely preserved in a natural state.

  • Fuel buildup fuels wildfire threat

    Many of the loveliest places to live along the Front Range are located in the wildland-urban interface, the very places where wildfire is the biggest threat.

    These are lushly forested hamlets such as Evergreen, Conifer, Idaho Springs and Georgetown, or any number of mountain communities adorned with majestic trees and stunning rock outcroppings.

  • At 7 a.m. Sunday, things were heating up

    Soon after the sun rose over Evergreen Lake on Sunday, the stillness of the morning was shattered by 50 groups of people moving mini-kitchens into the parking lot.

    Coolers, stoves, cases of food, cooking utensils, tents, tables, chairs — everything was organized chaos as teams began at 7 a.m. to prepare to cook 100 different chilis for Evergreen’s ninth annual Big Chili Cookoff.

    The aroma of sautéed garlic mixed with browning pork was irresistible as the cooks and their helpers prepared to set up, stir up and dish up chili to about 4,000 attendees.

  • OktoberPets 2010 auction brings hundreds to Elks Lodge

    The 2010 version of OktoberPets, an annual fundraiser for the Evergreen Animal Protective League, brought a lively crowd of animal lovers to the comfortable ambience of the Elks Lodge in Evergreen for brats, beer and more.

    The Elks served some 330 attendees, about the same number as last year, said Ginny Reiss, the event director.

  • Jeffco enacts fire ban

    The Jeffco sheriff ordered a temporary fire ban for all areas of unincorporated Jefferson County, including federal lands, as of 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14, to reduce the likelihood of human-caused wildfires. The ban is in effect until further notice.

    Extremely dry weather and low humidity in the foothills in general for the last month have dried out trees and grasses. The fire danger in Jefferson County continues to be high.

  • Cody Park subdivision creates fire escape route

    The knowledge that there is only one way in and out of your neighborhood — which is rated at high risk for wildfire — can give some folks the whim-whams.

    Such was the daily fear faced by residents of the Cody Park subdivision until they figured out how to create an escape route — with a lot of sweat equity and virtually no money.

    Foothills Fire Chief John Kilpatrick came up with the of idea of using the right of eminent domain, a legal principle that allows the fire agency to effectively take control of private property in an emergency.

  • Governor candidates collide in three-way debate

    Three candidates for governor faced off in the first televised, three-way debate leading up to the Nov. 2 election, and the question of the day turned out to be whether or not Republican Dan Maes of Evergreen would stay in the race after several important Republican supporters such as Hank Brown, John Andrews, among others, had called for his immediate exit.

    In the two weeks leading up to the debate, Maes had been the subject of front-page articles questioning his honesty and trustworthiness.

    As expected, Maes did not back down under the pressure.

  • Town hall meetings to address ballot issues

    The public is invited to a series of town hall meetings on upcoming ballot issues facing voters in the Nov. 2 general election.

    State Rep. Cheri Gerou, R-Evergreen, has scheduled meetings across House District 25 to discuss the state budget and answer questions on Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101. Times are 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., all dates.

    The meeting dates and locations are as follows:

    • Sept. 16, Parmalee Gulch Elementary

    • Sep. 22, Red Rocks Elementary

    • Sep. 28, West Jeff Middle School