Local News

  • Evergreen man finds joy in helping the destitute

    James W. Jackson, founder of Centennial-based Project C.U.R.E., became a rich man by the time he was 30, but he didn’t find the wellspring of happiness until he gave up practically everything he owned except his house in Evergreen.

    In his newly published book, “The Happiest Man in the World: Life Lessons from a Cultural Economist,” Jackson, 69, explains how he came to the conclusion that divesting himself of his material possessions and $16 million in assets was something he felt compelled to do to maintain his sanity.

  • Burn planned near Cub Creek Trailhead

    Fire crews from the Clear Creek Ranger District may ignite slash piles this week near the Cub Creek Trailhead southwest of Evergreen.

    If conditions are found to be appropriate for burning, ignitions are expected to begin about 10 a.m.

    Smoke may be visible from Evergreen and in the Brook Forest area. Burning may continue for one week as conditions allow; conditions are assessed each day and throughout burning activities. Wind, fuel moisture, staffing and snow cover all are factors in where and whether ignition takes place.

  • Coney Island up for sale

    The Coney Island hot dog stand in Bailey has closed, and owner Ron Aigner hopes to find a buyer for the world-famous landmark.
    Aigner said the selling price is $500,000, which includes only the structure — plus condiments. He said he has two offers and had inquiries from as far away as Brooklyn.
    The structure, in the shape of giant hot dog, has been moved three times, from its creation in 1966 on West Colfax, to Conifer in 1970, and to Bailey in 2006. Coney Island’s next owner will decide its next location.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    An unlikely escalation

  • Double-digit, below-zero temps greet early risers

    Talk about getting off to a negative start.
    Temperatures in Evergreen and Conifer plummeted well into the minus double digits by Tuesday morning in the wake of an artic cold front that pushed into the state overnight.
    The digital thermometer in her car read negative 18 degrees at 6 a.m. as barista Stephanie Stotts was heading to work at Cafe di Lucca in the Lakepoint Center at Evergreen Lake and Upper Bear Creek Road, she said.

  • ‘Strength, will and belief’: Spencer Page’s indomitable spirit keeps him on the court during cancer treatment

    Spencer Page was in the moment, not really listening to the crowd. He could hear them chanting his name — he definitely did, and it was electric — but his focus was on the game at hand. The feeling was almost as good as the 3-pointer the 17-year-old Evergreen High School junior would make moments later.

  • Park district welcomes Bob the Dinosaur

    The park district board has given its blessing to a proposal to allow Bob the Dinosaur to become a permanent resident of Stagecoach Park at Evergreen Parkway and Stagecoach Boulevard.

    Art for the Mountain Community introduced the baby brontosaurus sculpture to the playground near El Pinal in June 2010 as part of its annual revolving sculpture exhibition. It has become a popular children's attraction.

    The group announced in December that it was raising money to purchase Bob from the artist, Greg Wasil, and keep him in Evergreen.

  • Pine beetle sickens 400,000 acres of forest in 2010

     The area affected by the mountain pine beetle grew by 400,000 acres in 2010, a decrease of 24 percent compared to the 524,000 acres infested in 2009, according to the latest aerial survey by the U.S. Forest Service and the Colorado State Forest Service. The results were released Jan. 21.

    Since the first signs of the outbreak appeared in 1996, the pine beetle has destroyed a total of 4 million acres of forest in Colorado and southern Wyoming. The lodgepole forests in counties such as Summit and Grand have been hit the worst.

  • Chamber exec concentrates on building relationships

    After only a month on the job, Lin Browning is feeling quite comfortable in her new community and her new job as president of the Evergreen Chamber of Commerce. She was named to the post after Melanie Nuchols resigned in September to pursue a career in art.

    "I've always felt at home in the mountains," Browning says from behind the antique-door desk in the chamber office in the rustic Evergreen Hotel on Main Street, a place loaded with local history.

  • Canine day-care facility seeks zoning change

    The owners of the Bergen Bark Inn at 2989 Bergen Peak Drive are seeking to change the zoning for the half-acre property that now houses a canine day-care and boarding facility to include small animal boarding, among other things.

    What started out as a veterinary clinic in 1975 eventurally grew into mainly a doggie daycare and animal boarding service, serving as many as 50 dogs a day.

    The original "Evergreen Nursing Center Official Development Plan" called for a nursing care facility, a veterinary clinic and a residential dwelling.