Local News

  • Snowpack Taproom debuts in Conifer

    Snowpack Taproom isn’t the place to find mass-produced alcoholic beverages. And you can also forget grease-laden bar-food standards.

    Conifer’s newest beer hall instead offers a rotating 16-tap spread of craft and microbrews, hard cider, and a selection of wine and liquor from U.S. distillers — all of which is primarily Colorado-produced. Add to that a small menu of fresh sandwiches, soups and salads, a dog-friendly patio and a bar made from beetle-kill pine, and you have what feels more like a community center than a pub.

  • Wildland fire near Corwina Park burns 2.5 acres

    Mountain area firefighters have contained a wildland fire Thursday south of Genesee and north of Corwina Park, along Highway 74 east of Kittredge.

    A helicopter and crews will remain on scene to help with hot spots, confirmed Stacee Martin, spokesperson for Evergreen Fire/Rescue.

    The fire was first reported near Cold Springs Gulch Road, which is north of Corwina Park, around 1:30 p.m. It was reported at 100 percent contained at 3:40 p.m. The fire has been estimated at approximately 2.5 acres, Martin said.

  • Firefighters contain grass fire in Conifer

    Firefighters from three area departments contained a small grass fire Wednesday afternoon that threatened structures on Noah Avenue in Conifer.

    According to Elk Creek Deputy Fire Chief Jacob Ware, the fire was first reported at 12:44 p.m. and initially threatened two homes in the 26000 block of Noah Avenue, just off Main Street. Firefighters from the Elk Creek, Inter-Canyon and Platte Canyon fire departments responded and fully contained the fire by 2:30 p.m.

  • Kiwanis Club puts books in kids' hands

    As your eyes scan this sentence, tiny sparks of comprehension are firing off in your brain.

    The joy, the wonder and sometimes the frustration of making little symbols on a page mean something is, perhaps, best understood by young students learning to read.

    In this regard, third grade is critical — if students don’t learn to enjoy reading by the time they finish third grade, there’s very little chance they ever will, said Joe Wheeler of the Conifer Kiwanis.

  • Firefighters discuss suspicious fires with Green Mountain residents

    Last week, West Metro Fire officials met with about 100 people at Green Mountain United Methodist Church to tell them they are still investigating a string of seven suspicious fires but have not yet determined a cause or identified a suspect.

  • Pine residents seeking county approval to use recreational vehicles for road maintenance

    Residents of the Mountain View Lakes subdivision in Pine are seeking a change to Jeffco’s off-highway vehicle regulations to allow neighbors to legally perform their own snow removal and road maintenance.

  • Evergreen Golf Course will open Friday

    The Evergreen Golf Course will open for the season this Friday.

    Head pro Susie Helmerich said the course usually opens between March 10 and 20. While the course’s busiest months are in the summer and early fall, Helmerich said “a lot of locals” play in March and April.

    “(The course) is not in peak season in terms of conditions, but it’s an opportunity for people to get out and hit the ball without having to go down the hill,” Helmerich said.

  • EPRD board discusses dog waste at parks, pool use

    With the impending partial closure of the Elk Meadow off-leash area, the Evergreen Park and Recreation District board anticipates more people might abuse the district’s parks by allowing their dogs to run and not picking up their waste.

    During a Feb. 28 meeting at Wulf Recreation Center, board member Bill May said he already had noticed more off-leash dogs at both Buchanan and Marshdale parks, and feared there would be more after the majority of the Elk Meadow dog park closes in April.

  • Dog-park fans still mad over partial closure

    Last week, several Evergreen residents — including members of a recently established local nonprofit — hammered members of Jeffco Open Space about its decision to close most of the Elk Meadow dog park despite a deal to maintain about 6 acres for off-leash use.

  • BUSINESS BEAT: Mountain Books has a mascot to crow about

    While dogs and cats are pretty typical store mascots, Mountain Books in Aspen Park has a chicken.

    Yes, a chicken named Boo Boo. She wears a diaper.

    Boo Boo the buff Orpington hen struts around the used bookstore as if she owns the place. She doesn’t, but her owner, Jesse Jasinski of Bailey, does.

    Boo Boo, who is named after the reality-TV show “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” is a spring chicken — only 4 years old.