Local News

  • Ice Melt Barrel takes the plunge

    The Ice Melt Barrel on Evergreen Lake splashed into the water at 1:04:41 p.m. Saturday, March 24 — about two days later than last year. In the six years since the contest was inaugurated, the ice has melted as early as March 22 and as late as April 12.

    The $1,000 winner was Sophia Pallane, with a time of 12:57:42 p.m. Second place ($500) went to Fountaine Lentz, 12:55:59 p.m. Mike Hummell won third ($250) with a time of 1:17:06 p.m. Shawn Ellis won fourth ($125) with 12:49:31 p.m.

  • Evergreen firefighters rescue dog from pit near Kittredge

    A team of Evergreen Fire/Rescue firefighters saved a dog about 3:30 p.m. Monday after the animal fell into a 25-foot-deep pit near Troublesome Gulch Road and Highway 74 in Kittredge.

    The dog's owner, Gino Barone, was out walking in the woods on the side of the hill across from his house on Troublesome Gulch Road when his dog Chief bolted after a sound in the trees and disappeared.

  • Remaining evacuees return to homes as weather deals final blow to deadly Lower North Fork Fire

    With containment of the deadly Lower North Fork Fire at 100 percent and wetter weather answering the prayers of residents and firefighters, the remaining evacuated residents were headed back to their homes on Monday —a week after the wildfire brought fear and devastation to a massive area south of Conifer. 


    Kuehster Road, where the most damage was done, was open to residents only on Monday, Jeffco sheriff’s spokeswoman Jacki Kelley said. All pre-evacuation notices also were lifted April 2.

  • Flight student who died in Longmont crash was Evergreen resident

    An Evergreen man was one of two people who died Friday when two small planes collided over Longmont, published reports said.

    Edward Omohundro, 64, of Evergreen, a flight student, died along with instructor Ryan Brungardt when their single-engine Cessna crashed a mile south of Colorado 119. The plane had reportedly collided in midair with a single-engine Cessna 180.

  • Red-flag warning in effect in Jefferson County

    The National Weather Service issued a red-flag warning, citing low relative humidity (5 to 15 percent), from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday as the weather continued to be windy and unseasonably warm. Under the conditions, a single spark from a cigarette butt can start a wildfire, the weather service said.

    The warning was in effect for Jefferson and west Douglas counties above 6,000 feet; Larimer and Boulder counties between 6,000 and 9,000 feet; and parts of Gilpin, Clear Creek and northeast Park counties.

  • Fire district receives 76 applications for chief job

    The selection committee charged with helping to select a new chief of Evergreen Fire/Rescue has narrowed down the number of candidates from 76 applicants to 12 semifinalists.
    In-person interviews are expected to take place in April, after the committee meets to decide which of the 12 candidates to question in depth.
    At some point, the committee will announce the finalists, and those finalists are expected to be interviewed by the entire board of directors of the Evergreen Fire Protection District, said human resources manager Eva Whitehead. The number of finalists has not been determined.

  • Free CPR classes to help Evergreen become heart safe

    Several local groups want to make Evergreen a heart-safe community by teaching CPR to as many people as possible.
    Evergreen Fire/Rescue and local nonprofit Evergreen Public Access Defibrillation, or EPAD, will teach free CPR classes throughout the year. The Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce is helping with publicity, and St. Anthony Hospital is helping to pay for advertising.

  • A century of fortitude

    When you live to be 100, and you live most of your life in Evergreen, several things are a given:

    • You remember a time when horses and buggies outnumbered cars.
    • You remember when Evergreen was largely a tourist town, with very few people staying during the winter.
    • You lived through the Depression, when growing your own vegetables and finding ways to earn a few pennies were very important.

  • Chimney fire extinguished at Upper Bear house

    Evergreen Fire/Rescue extinguished a chimney fire at a house at 4450 Upper Bear Creek Road on Tuesday afternoon after getting a call at 1:30 p.m.
    The fire was out by about 2:15 p.m. The extent of the damage was unknown; no injuries were reported. The location is about 7 miles west of Evergreen Lake.

  • Tin Star owner pleads guilty to sexual-contact charge

    An Evergreen man received a deferred judgment after pleading guilty in Jefferson County District Court to the charge of unlawful sexual contact without consent, a misdemeanor.

    The charges were filed after a teenager reported alleged inappropriate sexual behavior to a counseling agency and the agency reported the charges to the police.

    The name of the teenager does not occur in the court records.