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Local News

  • Accident involving bus closes I-70

    A Greyhound bus and two other vehicles were involved in an accident Thursday night that closed Interstate 70 near Genesee.

    The State Patrol said the crash occurred about 7:30 p.m. amid snow-packed conditions and blowing snow.

    One lane of westbound I-70 between mile markers 254 and 256 reopened around 10:10 p.m. Troopers said 54 passengers were on the bus, and four people were taken to local hospitals with minor injuries.

    The Greyhound passengers were transferred to another bus.

    Troopers said the lengthy closure was necessary to remove the wreckage.

  • 2 arrested in area mail thefts

    Two people arrested Saturday in connection with mail thefts in the mountain area may also be linked to recent residential burglaries in Conifer, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

    Jeffco deputies arrested 27-year-old Michael Pantera of Denver and Sophie Shafer, 18, of Bailey without incident on Dec. 22 in the 27000 block of Richmond Hill Road.

    More than 375 pieces of mail, including gift cards, cash, wine and a box of homemade cookies, were recovered during the arrest, according to the Jeffco sheriff’s report.

  • Baroque Folke to perform at Center/Stage

    The eclectic ensemble Baroque Folke will be back on Sunday, Dec. 23, for performances of old and older holiday music.

    Ann and Mike Moore, Sally Ochsner, Hopi Moore-Sargent, and Rebecca Beshore (returning from last year) now welcome talented new members Susan Osborne, Paul Ahlquist and Susan Tillotson.

    Baroque Folke's lively, candlelit assortment of music for voices and recorder/harpsichord consort will be heard at Center/Stage Evergreen. The concert is sponsored by the Evergreen Chorale as a gift to the community.

  • Mail thefts hit Evergreen, Morrison, Conifer, Pine Junction

    Residents in four mountain communities have been the victims of mail theft, and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents to take extra precautions against possible identity theft.

    Investigators from the sheriff’s office and the U.S. Postal Service are warning residents about a crime spree that occurred during the weekend of Dec. 15, when an unidentified suspect or suspects stole mail from at least 140 mailboxes in Morrison, Evergreen, Conifer and Pine Junction.

  • Alternative Christmas Fair drawing mainstream crowds

    The wildly popular Alternative Christmas Fair is attracting so many people to Evergreen Lutheran Church each year it’s starting to look like the “Mainstream Christmas Fair.” The eclectic bazaar has grown to fill every available square foot of the church, including the coat closet. “The items are unique things you can’t buy in local shops. Most are handmade in other countries. Plus it makes people happy to know that their gift is going to help someone else,” said Colleen Norrgard, co-chair of the fair.

  • Christmas comes early for Maren's kids

    Christmas presents fall into three basic categories — the kind people need, the kind they want, and the kind somebody else thinks they should have. Happily, the extra-thoughtful gift that Mountain and Foothills Rotary presented to Maren Schreiber last Thursday is about a ton of each, and it will provide years of merry memories for some of the mountain area’s most deserving kids.

  • Pedestrian killed on Evergreen Parkway

    An Evergreen pedestrian was killed Monday evening while trying to cross Evergreen Parkway at Brookline Road.

    James Steele, 65, was fatally struck by a northbound vehicle about 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 as he crossed the busy highway in the direction of Hiwan Country Club. According to a Colorado State Patrol report, Steele walked into the path a 1990 Mazda MX-6 driven by Conifer resident Nathan Meader, 23, who sustained minor injuries in the accident. Steele was pronounced dead at the scene.

  • Former Courier publisher Brad Bradberry dies

    Ask anyone who had the good fortune to work with former Evergreen Newspapers publisher Brad Bradberry about their old boss, and they’ll tell you about the best boss they ever had.

    “He always had faith in his employees,” says graphic designer Jeanne Ehmsen. “If you had a good idea, he’d let you run with it, and that’s pretty rare in this business. In a lot of ways, he was more like a father figure than a boss.”

  • Clear Creek confirms vote in favor of Eclipse Snow Park

    In a suspenseful three-hour meeting, Clear Creek County commissioners voted 2-1 Tuesday night in favor of re-approving a request to rezone 287 acres on Fall River Road for a future snowboard and ski park

    About 35 people braved blowing snow and a fierce headwind to be in the audience at the Georgetown Community Center.

    The vote split along the same lines as a previous vote, with Commissioners Harry Dale and Kevin O’Malley voting to approve and Joan Drury voting against changing the zoning from residential to commercial-recreational.

  • Safety of Evergreen, Genesee dams touted

    Neither the Evergreen Dam nor Genesee Dam No. 2 is remotely capable of failing under the pressure of the kind of storm that happens only once in a hundred years, according to state dam safety engineers.

    The Friends of Bear Creek, a local watershed protection group, organized a meeting Nov. 29 at the Morrison Town Hall to address members’ concerns about the safety of the new Genessee Dam No. 2, which went into service in September.