Local News

  • Lessons from a cancer survivor

    Editor’s note: Evergreen resident Amy Born found cancer to be a learning experience. What follows, in her own words, are the lessons she took away from her fight against Hodgkin’s lymphoma.


    Amy J. Born

    For the Courier

  • Mailbox bashings under investigation

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office is investigating a series of mailbox bashings that occurred in Hiwan Hills on Aug 17.

    Someone damaged 15 mailboxes on Buchanan Road, Peggy Lane and Paintbrush Drive in the early-morning hours, Jeffco sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer reported.

    While each bashed mailbox was taken as a separate report, deputies believe the incidents were connected, Techmeyer said.

    Deputies are pursuing leads regarding the person or persons involved in the incident.

    — Sandy Barnes

  • Soda Creek resident seeks rezoning to continue Amish-style antique business

    Soda Creek resident Larry Gomba has an Amish-style barn filled with antiques, which he had been selling on his property until a neighbor complained to Jefferson County. Gomba also has been offering horse and buggy rides along Soda Creek Road to visitors, which neighbors also find objectionable.


    Because Gomba’s 12 acres of land have agricultural-2 zoning, his antique restoration and sales business is against county regulations. For the past year, Gomba has been working with county planning staff to find a solution.

  • Enjoying wine, food and song

     Stemmed glasses in hand, festival-goers sampled an interesting variety of Colorado wines at Bootstraps Inc.’s annual fund-raiser at the El Pinal Rodeo Grounds on Saturday afternoon.


    At the main tent, Doug Caskey, executive director of the Colorado Wine Industry Development Board, was offering festival-goers advice on choosing wines.

    ‘When you drink this wine and taste it, does it taste younger or older?” Caskey asked while holding a glass of 285 Fusion from Aspen Peak Cellars.

  • Firefighters, residents debate proposed fire training facility

    More than 100 residents and firefighters filled the Evergreen Fire/Rescue auditorium Aug. 14 to discuss the fire district’s controversial plan to build a training facility in Bergen Park, cheering and clapping at intervals.


    Residents voiced concerns with building a four-story training facility at Fire Station 2, which is near homes and an elementary school, and asked that other sites be considered.

  • Ultra-running champion going the distance in Relay for Life

    An ultra-running champion is gearing up for an all-night event at the Mountain Area Relay for Life at Conifer High School on Friday.

    Conifer resident Theresa Daus-Weber says her 50-mile goal on the high school track will be good practice for an upcoming competition while supporting a good cause.

    The Relay for Life, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, has meaning for Daus-Weber because of the loss of her father, who succumbed to the disease.

  • King-Murphy principal replaced

    Dr. Colleen Larson, the principal at King-Murphy Elementary School for the past four years, was replaced effective July 30.

    District Superintendent Todd Lancaster, who started the superintendent’s job this month, said he felt a change in leadership was needed at King-Murphy, which houses kindergarten through sixth grade.

    “In general,” he said, “I feel the leadership environment was not what I wanted in place at that school.”

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  • Myers Gulch road to be closed Thursday in Kittredge

    Myers Gulch Road in Kittredge will be closed on Thursday, Aug. 30, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. while work continues on the bridge improvement project.

    All traffic will be redirected through Avenue F to Columbine Trail on Thursday. For the remainder of the project, southbound traffic will continue using this detour. Northbound traffic will be able to continue using Myers Gulch Road.

    School bus routes are not be affected by the detour.

    The project is scheduled for completion at the end of September.

  • Democrats turn out in force for opening of Evergreen Obama office

    The opening of the Obama campaign office in Bergen Park on Aug. 7 drew more than 100 area Democrats.


    Many of those who attended the rally at a storefront in the King Soopers shopping center were signing up for phone banks and door-to-door canvassing to gather support for the president’s re-election.