Local News

  • At 7 a.m. Sunday, things were heating up

    Soon after the sun rose over Evergreen Lake on Sunday, the stillness of the morning was shattered by 50 groups of people moving mini-kitchens into the parking lot.

    Coolers, stoves, cases of food, cooking utensils, tents, tables, chairs — everything was organized chaos as teams began at 7 a.m. to prepare to cook 100 different chilis for Evergreen’s ninth annual Big Chili Cookoff.

    The aroma of sautéed garlic mixed with browning pork was irresistible as the cooks and their helpers prepared to set up, stir up and dish up chili to about 4,000 attendees.

  • OktoberPets 2010 auction brings hundreds to Elks Lodge

    The 2010 version of OktoberPets, an annual fundraiser for the Evergreen Animal Protective League, brought a lively crowd of animal lovers to the comfortable ambience of the Elks Lodge in Evergreen for brats, beer and more.

    The Elks served some 330 attendees, about the same number as last year, said Ginny Reiss, the event director.

  • Jeffco enacts fire ban

    The Jeffco sheriff ordered a temporary fire ban for all areas of unincorporated Jefferson County, including federal lands, as of 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14, to reduce the likelihood of human-caused wildfires. The ban is in effect until further notice.

    Extremely dry weather and low humidity in the foothills in general for the last month have dried out trees and grasses. The fire danger in Jefferson County continues to be high.

  • Cody Park subdivision creates fire escape route

    The knowledge that there is only one way in and out of your neighborhood — which is rated at high risk for wildfire — can give some folks the whim-whams.

    Such was the daily fear faced by residents of the Cody Park subdivision until they figured out how to create an escape route — with a lot of sweat equity and virtually no money.

    Foothills Fire Chief John Kilpatrick came up with the of idea of using the right of eminent domain, a legal principle that allows the fire agency to effectively take control of private property in an emergency.

  • Governor candidates collide in three-way debate

    Three candidates for governor faced off in the first televised, three-way debate leading up to the Nov. 2 election, and the question of the day turned out to be whether or not Republican Dan Maes of Evergreen would stay in the race after several important Republican supporters such as Hank Brown, John Andrews, among others, had called for his immediate exit.

    In the two weeks leading up to the debate, Maes had been the subject of front-page articles questioning his honesty and trustworthiness.

    As expected, Maes did not back down under the pressure.

  • Town hall meetings to address ballot issues

    The public is invited to a series of town hall meetings on upcoming ballot issues facing voters in the Nov. 2 general election.

    State Rep. Cheri Gerou, R-Evergreen, has scheduled meetings across House District 25 to discuss the state budget and answer questions on Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101. Times are 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., all dates.

    The meeting dates and locations are as follows:

    • Sept. 16, Parmalee Gulch Elementary

    • Sep. 22, Red Rocks Elementary

    • Sep. 28, West Jeff Middle School

  • Alderfer Ranch House at a crossroads

    As a symbol of Evergreen’s ranching past, the Alderfer Ranch House complex on Buffalo Road is a priceless landmark, but to the Evergreen Park and Recreation District, it has become an expensive responsibility.

    With the prospect of the 25-year lease with Jeffco Open Space expiring in November 2015 and a new 10-year rec district master plan in the works, the board decided at its regular meeting Sept. 24 to form a task force.

  • Triple threat: Evergreen climber writes off three ‘highest’ lists with Mount Elbert ascent

    With a relatively easy hike up Mount Elbert on Aug. 21, an Evergreen man not only finished his quest to climb the 54 Colorado 14ers, he also reached the highest points in 50 states and the tops of all 64 counties in Colorado — or 168 destinations in eight years.

  • Rendezvous features mountain men, tall tales, fun

    A campfire crackles, and the smell of castoreum, used in beaver trapping, wafts through the air. In the distance you hear drums and see a man dressed in buckskin and a pelt hat. In the trapper’s tent, a few steps away, sleek beaver pelts hang above a table filled with powder horns, Native American beadwork and painted hides. Welcome to the world of Rendezvous.

  • Park district kicks off 10-year district-wide master plan process

    The Evergreen park district is asking for proposals to compile a district-wide, 10-year master plan in which the public is expected to be involved. The last master plan was completed in 2004. The new study should be completed in 2011.

    The board set aside $45,000 in the 2010 budget to pay for the study, which is expected to build on the recently completed 2010 community needs survey, unveiled Aug. 17.