Local News

  • Mount Evans Scenic Byway reopens

    Mountain visitors can rejoice — the road to the top of Mount Evans is finally open for summer drives.

    Not only did the road from Echo Lake to the top of the mountain reopen Aug. 4, but it's planned to stay open until the first substantial snowfall — probably in mid-October, according to Emily Wilfong, a Colorado Department of Transportation spokeswoman. The road usually closes the day after Labor Day.

  • Tom Hushen’s legacy continues with bluegrass festival

    The green hills of El Pinal will echo with fiddle and fellowship on Aug. 22 as Tom Hushen’s last great idea takes the stage at the Evergreen Rodeo Grounds.

  • Teachers, school district to resume contract talks

    Negotiators for the Jeffco school district and the teachers union will head back to the bargaining table this week after a disagreement over the contract’s length stalled bargaining for more than three weeks.

  • Charge for toll lane could be 'in $20 to $30 range'

    Toll lane charges may be "in the $20 to $30 range" on a 13-mile stretch of eastbound Interstate 70 during peak weekend periods this winter, according to a state transportation official.

    "One of the biggest shocks to the population might be the toll range — it's possible that the upper end … is in the $20 to $30 range," Peter Kozinski, the Colorado Department of Transportation official, told Clear Creek's county commissioners on July 28.

  • South Jeffco teacher continues efforts at school in Kenyan village

    Five years after a humble beginning with five students and a chicken coop for a classroom, a South Jeffco teacher has helped establish a school in Kenya that 122 youngsters now attend.

    Julie Donohue Manuel, a first-grade teacher at Shaffer Elementary School, has worked at the school during her summer break for the past five years. She also has raised funds for the school and other projects benefiting the Maasai community in Kenya.

    “What we do every year is basic,” Julie told the Pathfinders in Evergreen on July 22.

  • Mental health center offering course to help recognize problems

    The Jefferson Center for Mental Health is offering a one-day course designed to help people recognize mental health problems and assist people in crisis on Friday at the Evergreen Fire/Rescue Administration Building.

    The free eight-hour Mental Health First Aid class, which runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., will teach participants how to identify signs of mental health problems and assess crisis situations. The course will cover the impact of mental health and substance abuse disorders and provide information about local resources for assistance.

  • Realtors association launches effort to safeguard homes from wildfire

    The Colorado Association of Realtors has launched a program designed to help residents protect their homes from wildfires.

    Bonnie Smith, chair of Colorado Project Wildfire, emphasized the importance of homeowners developing an awareness of the threat and taking measures to decrease risks at a news conference at the Evergreen Fire/Rescue Administration Building on July 28.

  • Power restored to IREA, Xcel customers in foothills

    Power was restored to about 4,800 IREA and Xcel Energy customers from Tiny Town in Morrison to Bailey about 11:30 p.m. Monday.

    A fire had damaged an Xcel transmission line and pole, causing power to be lost Sunday night, according to an IREA news release. 

  • Donations being accepted for annual Grove Sale

    The annual Grove Sale at Evergreen Lutheran Church will be Saturday from 7:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.

    Organizers are accepting donations of goods for the sale, including clothing, household items, sporting goods, furniture, linens and books. Some items such as large appliances, mattresses, tires, encyclopedias, tube television sets, curtain rods, paints and stains are not accepted. 

  • Crash involving two motorcycles kills Kittredge woman

    A 45-year-old Kittredge woman died Saturday from injuries she suffered in a two-motorcycle accident on Interstate 70 near the Hidden Valley exit.

    After the 4:30 p.m. accident, Michelle Gunn was taken by helicopter to St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood, where she later died, said Trooper Nate Reid, a spokesman for the State Patrol. The Harley-Davidson on which she was a passenger collided with another Harley-Davidson motorcycle in the accident, Reid said.