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Local News

  • Business customers of IREA targeted by phone scam

    Scammers are targeting business customers of the Intermountain Rural Electric Association again — this time with over-the-phone threats to shut off service.

    According to IREA spokesman Josh Liss, scammers are calling businesses and threatening to immediately disconnect power unless a payment is made using a pre-paid credit or debit card.

  • Smoke in Evergreen, Conifer areas attributed to wildfire near Meeker

    Smoke reported in Evergreen, Conifer and surrounding areas Thursday night has been attributed to the Lost Solar Fire near Meeker, which is about 150 to 200 miles to the northeast.

    According to Michael Davis, spokesman for the Elk Creek Fire Protection District, the department received several reports of heavy smoke after 5 p.m.

  • Jeffco sheriff lifts fire restrictions

    The Jeffco sheriff has lifted the temporary fire restriction for all areas of unincorporated Jefferson County, including all federal lands, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release. Current and predicted weather conditions have reduced the danger of wildfire, the release stated. However, residents are encouraged to be vigilant, as fire danger is always present in the high country.

  • Jeffco sheriff warns residents about parking ticket scam

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office is warning residents about a parking ticket scam.

    Last week a woman tried to pay the fine for a fake parking ticket at the Jefferson County courthouse. The ticket cited a violation of “inconsiderate parking for others” with a fine of $401.08. The “violation” was "issued" Aug. 30 in the 11000 block of West Sixth Avenue.

  • Three vehicles hit elk on Evergreen Parkway

    Three vehicles struck an elk Wednesday evening on Evergreen Parkway, leaving one of the drivers with injuries.

    Trooper Nate Reid of the State Patrol said the accident, which was reported about 8 p.m., involved a 2006 Acura, a Ram pickup and a Toyota sport utility vehicle.

    Reid said the driver of the Acura went to a hospital on their own for treatment. 

    A reporter who drove by the scene said at least one lane was closed, and that multiple agencies had responded.

  • String of burglaries reported in mountain area over long weekend

    Authorities are investigating a string of burglaries at Evergreen and Conifer businesses that occurred over the Labor Day weekend.

    Jeffco sheriff's spokeswoman Jenny Fulton said at least 10 businesses in the mountain area were broken into, and it's believed the crimes could be connected.

  • Music and flavorful fun on menu at Big Chili Cook-off

    With summer fading, the leaves changing and the air turning crisper, autumn is a time for football, jackets and — of course — chili.

    Evergreen’s Buchanan Park will host the 15th annual Big Chili Cook-off on Saturday, Sept. 10, to benefit six mountain area fire departments: Elk Creek, Evergreen, Foothills, Inter-Canyon, North Fork and Platte Canyon. The event is produced by Big Chili Inc., and is sponsored by Blue Spruce Kiwanis and many local businesses.

  • Rec district takes look at 2017 budget

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District took a very preliminary look at its possible 2017 budget at a work session Sept. 30.

    Executive Director Ellen O’Connor, financial controller Jason Leslie and human resources manager Heather Facer presented EPRD’s five board members with items the staff would like to include in next year’s budget — particularly, improvements in employee compensation. The staff members will present a more detailed budget draft at the next board meeting on Sept. 27.

  • State wildlife agency hunts for solutions to budget woes

    Colorado Parks and Wildlife is asking for suggestions and feedback from hunters, fishermen and the public on how best to address its budget challenges.

    Representatives from the wildlife division, which is operated on a separate financial basis from the parks division, hosted a meeting at Evergreen Fire/Rescue’s administration building Aug. 31. About three dozen people attended, the majority of whom were Evergreen or Conifer area hunters or anglers.

  • Jeffco Public Health announces syringe exchange program

    Jeffco Public Health has opened the newest state-approved syringe exchange program in Colorado, joining locations in Boulder County, Denver, Fort Collins, Pueblo and Grand Junction, according to a county news release.