Local News

  • Idledale: a hidden treasure in the heart of the Foothills

    Driving from Morrison to Evergreen on Highway 74, people pass through the blink-and-you-miss-it community of Idledale — home to a church, a fire station, a post office and a hundred or so homes.

    But after venturing off the highway to see the stunning vistas from the top of Grapevine Road and to hear the melodious Bear Creek along Shady Lane, it becomes apparent that Idledale is, instead, a treasure hidden in plain sight.

  • Volume, geography make I-70 problematic

    Between high volumes of traffic, 6 percent grade declines, vehicles exceeding the speed limit and poor weather conditions, Interstate 70 eastbound from El Rancho toward Denver seems to be a magnet for accidents. The westbound lanes are equally problematic.

    According to Colorado State Patrol, between I-70 mile marker 252 at the El Rancho exit and mile marker 259 at the Morrison/Dinosaur Ridge exit, the agency covered 144 accidents in 2014; 163 in 2015; and 156 last year.

  • ELID sales tax vote may miss November ballot

    The county commissioners are concerned the proposal for the Evergreen Local Improvement District will not be submitted to the county in time for the LID’s possible sales tax creation to be on the November ballot.

    While the vote on creating the district itself lies with the Jeffco Board of County Commissioners, ELID residents would vote whether to approve a 1 percent sales tax that would go toward funding projects in the district’s service plan, such as sidewalks and road improvements.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    BOLO for Jane Rustle

  • New app set to benefit Colorado anglers

    Colorado anglers soon will have a new resource to find fishing spots, learn state regulations and keep track of their personal progress.  
    CPW Fishing, an app being developed by Littleton-based Crestone Digital, is set to launch in early August. It is the brainchild of Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

  • Active shooter training planned at Evergreen High

    An active shooter training exercise will take place next month at Evergreen High School. Announced at the Evergreen Fire Protection District’s monthly board meeting July 11, the training exercise will occur Aug. 5 and will draw responders from various agencies, including Evergreen Fire/Rescue and the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office.

  • Inter-Canyon Fire District switching financial institutions

    The Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District will switch financial institutions in an attempt to stop fraudulent withdrawals from the district’s Wells Fargo checking account.
    Although Wells Fargo reimbursed all of the money, Inter-Canyon’s board of directors determined it had no choice but to make a change.  
    “The account is definitely contaminated,” Karl Firor, Inter-Canyon’s treasurer, said of the Wells Fargo account. “(The bank) caught them. We obviously stopped them, but we need to stop this account.”

  • Temporary closure of Maxwell Falls mulled

    The Evergreen Fire Protection District is joining the Elk Creek Fire Protection District in its support for at least temporarily closing access to Maxwell Falls, citing concerns over increased illegal fires in the area.
    Discussed at the monthly Evergreen fire board meeting on July 11, the issue was first brought up by Connell O’Brien, an Evergreen Fire/Rescue firefighter and president of the Evergreen Volunteer Fire Department, during his report on the department’s operations.

  • Reprieve for the disabled: Bailey horse therapy haven caters to the physically challenged

    Twenty minutes outside of Bailey, there’s a place where every body is the same — even if some of those bodies look different on the outside, function differently on the inside, and sometimes operate with the help of wheelchairs, canes and other aids.
    It’s a place on 35 acres of private property, obscured by a grove of trees that stretch higher than high, and noticeable only by a roped-off horse arena and a shed that serves as an office.

  • Community turns out to meet Jeffco’s new superintendent

    Ten days into his tenure as Jeffco Public Schools’ new superintendent, Jason Glass hit the ground running July 10 with a whirlwind of hour-long community meetings across the entirety of Jeffco.

    Aimed at giving the public an opportunity to meet Glass and ask questions town hall-style, the tour began at a Westminster Village Inn restaurant and wound down at The Wild Game in Evergreen.