Local News

  • Sheriff issues fire restrictions

    New fire restrictions have been issued for parts of unincorporated Jefferson County in an attempt to reduce human-caused wildfires.

    Jeffco Sheriff Ted Mink issued stage 1 temporary fire restrictions effective July 1 for land west of Highway 93, C-470, Highway 121 and south of C-470, according to spokesman Mark Techmeyer. Violations are punishable by a fine up to $600.

    The following activities are prohibited:

  • Xcel found not guilty in deaths at Cabin Creek plant

    By Gabrielle Porter
    For the Courier
    A jury has found Xcel Energy and Public Service Co. not guilty of violating federal workplace safety regulations in the deaths of five men in a pipe at the Cabin Creek Hydroelectric Plant in October 2007.
    The 12-person federal jury, which began deliberations last Thursday, returned not-guilty verdicts on all 10 counts against Xcel and its subsidiary. Contractor RPI Inc. and two of its executives face trial on the same charges at a later date.

  • July 4th celebrations and fireworks

    • Evergreen: Evergreen Music Festival starting at 10 a.m. National Repertory Orchestra at 3 p.m. under the tent at Evergreen Lake. Kids Fishing Clinic, 10 a.m. Visit www.evergreenmusicfestival.org.

    • Indian Hills: Parade at 11 a.m. Fireworks at 9:20 p.m. at the Indian Hills Fire Station.

    • Georgetown: Parade at 11 a.m. Pit-roasted barbecue in City Park at noon. Fireworks at dusk.

    • Idaho Springs: Fireworks over Bridal Veil Falls and Tayler Water Wheel at dusk.

  • Elk Creek names Page interim administrative coordinator

    The Elk Creek Fire District has hired its training safety officer, Joe Page, to be temporary administrative coordinator, after embattled former fire chief Bill Dolan decided not to take the position.

    The district committee that reviews the administrative coordinator position and Dolan agreed that he would not take the job, said interim fire chief Pete Igel. Igel said it’s in the best interest of the district that Dolan stop doing the work as a volunteer and not take the paid position.

  • Evergreen Fine Art hosts mane event

    Horse lovers and art lovers combined forces on Friday to attend “The Horse Show” art exhibit at Evergreen Fine Art and to raise money for three horse rescue organizations.

    Several hundred people toured the art gallery to look at horse paintings and sculptures from 26 artists, most of whom don’t normally create equine art. They also spoke with many of the artists and with representatives from the three nonprofits.

  • New rules would open door to short-term vacation rentals

     The Jeffco planning commission is scheduled to discuss a proposed amendment to zoning regulations that would allow short-term vacation rentals in all residential districts as long as the properties abide by the same rules that apply to residential houses in general.

    The planning commission has a hearing on the matter scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 3, at 6:15 p.m. The Board of County Commissioners will have a hearing on Tuesday, Aug. 23, at 8 a.m.

  • Seniors warned of plethora of scams targeting the unaware


    What is the first clue that you are about to be scammed?

    "Someone tells you to wire the money. If someone tells you to wire the money, do nothing further. Hang up. Don't be afraid to be rude. These are not nice people," said Karen Bliss, a fraud investigator with the Jeffco Sheriff's Office.

    Bliss was speaking at a lunch meeting organized mainly for seniors at the Evergreen Lake House on Thursday, June 16, but she had plenty of advice for people of all ages.

  • Music under the big tent defines Evergreen Fourth

    Celebrate July Fourth with the Evergreen Music Festival, an inexpensive day of family fun, food and art at Evergreen Lake, plus classical and pop music under the big white tent with the National Repertory Orchestra.

    Tickets are $10 for over 12 and free for everyone 12 and under. All of the proceeds go to benefit the event. Attendees are invited to bring a chair and sit under the tent or spread a blanket on the lawn. Gates open at 10 a.m.

  • 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., Highland 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.

  • 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."