Local News

  • Fire ban eased; stage-1 restrictions now in place

     The Jefferson County Sheriff has rescinded the temporary stage-2 fire ban and reinstated stage-1 fire restrictions for Jefferson County.

    While recent and forecasted weather helps reduce the risk of wildland fires, conditions still dictate the need for continued fire restrictions and caution, particularly with any outdoor cooking and campfires as permissible under stage 1, according to a release from the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office.

    The following activities are prohibited under stage-1 fire restrictions:

  • Recent rains, snow save mountain area from March 2012-like dryness

    Before some well-timed storms swept through the mountain area last weekend, March 2017 was shaping up to be just as dry as March 2012.

    According to the National Weather Service in Boulder, March 2012 was the driest March on record in the Denver area with 0.03 inches of precipitation.

    It was also the driest March on record for Evergreen with 0.06 inches. NWS-Boulder stated that the average for Evergreen in March is 1.61 inches. The service does not have a recording station in Conifer.

  • Home and garden show set for Conifer

    The 2017 Mountain Area Home and Garden Show, organized by the Evergreen and Conifer Rotary Clubs, is scheduled for April 22-23 at Conifer High School. The show draws an average of 2,000 people.

    The show will feature dozens of vendors for all types of supplies, services and resources that one would need to build, remodel or furnish a home and/or garden. There also will be free seminars on various home and garden topics.

    Organizers confirm that all the vendors service the mountain area with many being local companies.

  • Elk Creek students adhere principal to pillar, pelt him with sponges

    Dozens of Elk Creek Elementary students stood in the school’s courtyard on March 22, egging on their compatriots who were throwing sponges at principal Ryan Lucas. Before long, a chant started: “In the face! In the face!”

    The students cheered anytime the wet sponge flew close to Lucas’ face, as he was strapped to a pillar by colorful duct tape.

  • Firefighters volunteer to patch burned roof on Bluebell Lane

    After helping to put out a roof fire on Bluebell Lane on March 19, Evergreen firefighters returned to the house two days later to put a temporary fix on the roof.

    A house fire in the 5900 block of Bluebell Lane was spotted by some keen-eyed bicyclists on the road. Evergreen Fire/Rescue arrived and called Elk Creek Fire Department for mutual aid. In total, 13 pieces of apparatus were used to fight the fire and haul water to the scene. Everyone in the house was evacuated.

  • Highway 74 to be partially closed for North Lake Trail study

    Crews are preparing to collect core samples from the soil underneath Highway 74 as part of the preliminary engineering study on north trail around Evergreen Lake.

    Chris Vogelsang of OV Consulting informed the Evergreen Park & Recreation District Board of Directors at its regular meeting March 21 that the samplings are needed to determine the stability of retaining wall along the trail.

  • Blodgett acquitted on vehicular homicide charges

    Curtis Blodgett, the New Hampshire man accused of causing the crash that killed former Conifer resident Jana Elliott last July, was found not guilty of vehicular homicide on Thursday.

    Following a two-day trial that began March 21, jury members acquitted Blodgett of the felony charge but deadlocked on a second charge of driving under the influence — resulting in a partial mistrial; Blodgett was also charged with driving without insurance, a count he pleaded guilty to before the trial commenced.

  • School district cuts music teacher position at Fitzsimmons Middle

    Less than two weeks after Superintendent Brenda Krage announced that Platte Canyon Schools would consider budget cuts and layoffs for the 2018-19 school year, the school district has confirmed that it will eliminate at least one teaching position next year.

  • CHS grad makes grand jeté with Cleo Parker Robinson tour stop

    Lauren Ader-Cumpston was 3 years old when she walked through the doors of Peak Academy of Dance in Conifer, intent on getting into a tutu and ballet slippers. She was about 14 when she left Peak Academy to study classical ballet in Denver under the guidance of Nikoloz Makhateli and Anastasiya Buechele.

    Three years later, she was Conifer High School’s valedictorian and headed for the University of Colorado at Denver — all while continuing her ballet studies on the side.

    But Ader-Cumpston isn’t your typical ballerina.

  • Real estate prices not negatively affected by fire

    Two real estate agents working in the Kuehster Road area say home prices in the Lower North Fork Fire area were not hugely impacted by the devastating fire.

    That is due in part to the tight housing market and the type of properties in the area. The properties tend to be large — 40 acres or more —are more rangeland, not subdivisions.

    “The market has been crazy because the industry is so tight,” said Robert Martin with RE/MAX in Conifer. “That helps everybody.”