Local News

  • Bear Creek stream flow below average

    Despite statewide reports of snowpack levels well above average for 2011, the Upper Bear Creek Watershed is flowing at about half of average this year due to an unfavorable snow pattern that affected the east slope of Mount Evans.

    "We have never, ever been this out of whack with the rest of the state before," said Gerry Schulte, general manager of the Evergreen Metro District for 29 years. "We're part of the South Platte Basin, but all the snow stopped on the north and west side. We got very little."

  • Chopper transports injured cyclist to hospital

    A bicyclist was seriously injured on Lookout Mountain Road about 5:45 p.m. June 21 and had to be transported to the hospital by helicopter.

    A Jefferson County sheriff's deputy found the man lying in a pool of blood in the middle of the road below the hairpin turn above Windy Saddle, according to the Sheriff's Office report.

    About 6 p.m., Highlands Rescue personnel arrived and called for a helicopter. Other personnel from Foothills Fire and Rescue assisted in placing the injured man on a backboard and into the ambulance.

  • State ethics commission will investigate McCasky

    The Colorado Independent Ethics Commission has initiated a full investigation into the hiring of former Jeffco commissioner Kevin McCasky by an economic council to which he voted to direct county funds while being considered for the council’s high-paying top job.

    McCasky, now president of the Jefferson Economic Council, was hired by the nonprofit in January, shortly after he proposed increasing the county’s annual general-fund contribution to the council from $380,000 to $400,000.

  • Dolan to sever ties with Elk Creek

    Embattled former Elk Creek fire chief Bill Dolan apparently has agreed not to accept the latest paid position created for him with the district.

    Interim fire chief Pete Igel said Dolan agreed to remove himself from consideration for the recently created administrative coordinator post at a meeting last Friday that included district board members Len Wisneski and Alec Schwartz, Dolan and Igel.

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  • Windy Saddle land offered to Jeffco Open Space

    A local conservation group has offered to Jeffco Open Space a key piece of vacant view property consisting of 2.3 acres bordering Windy Saddle Park on Lookout Mountain.

    The land is zoned MR-1, or low-density mountain residential, and contains the abandoned foundation of a house.

    In 2008, the Clear Creek Land Conservancy acquired a conservation easement on the property, which is a quarter mile from the Lookout Mountain Nature Center. In 2010, it acquired fee title, or ownership, of the property.

  • Banding together: Students from other schools march with EHS band in Rodeo Parade

    Decked out in white T-shirts, red bandanas and jeans, members of the Evergreen High Cougar Pride Marching Band — with the help of a handful of musicians from other area schools — stepped through Evergreen in rhythmic unison in Saturday’s Rodeo Parade.

    It has been at least a dozen years since the marching band participated in the procession, which sported 93 entries this year from businesses, nonprofits, schools and politicians. The annual parade wound its way through downtown Evergreen to cheers from thousands of sun-splashed spectators.

  • Rodeo Parade award winners

    Youth organization

    1. Evergreen Schools Marching Band

    2. Cub Scout Pack No. 119

    3. Evergreen High School Poms

    Nonprofit/service club

    1. Evergreen Elks Club No. 2363

    2. Evergreen Rotary Club

  • County still weighing OK on vacation rentals

    The Jeffco commissioners inched closer to approving short-term vacation rentals June 14, directing staff to initiate the long process of changing zoning regulations.

  • Speaker warns of coming U.S. currency crisis

    A former financial adviser turned radio talk-show host and public speaker told an Evergreen audience that Americans are facing the collapse of their currency, confiscation of their IRA accounts, hyperinflationary depression, and worldwide rejection of the U.S. dollar, among other things.

    It will be, basically, "the end of the world as we know it," said John Michael Chambers, who is now based in Clearwater, Fla., but lived in Grand Junction and Ouray for eight years.