Local News

  • Jeffco begins live-streaming county commission meetings

    Jeffco has announced it will begin live-streaming county commissioners’ meetings on the Jefferson County website. 

    During the hearings, which typically take place Tuesday mornings, commissioners address public policies and issues that affect the Jeffco community. In addition to attending in person, residents can watch the hearings live online to stay informed and engaged about what is happening in the county.

  • Park district seeks $200,000 grant to redesign Lake Trail

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District has applied for a $200,000 federal grant to design and engineer a solution for the closed portion of the Evergreen Lake Trail.

    The trail on the north side of the lake has been closed since April between the dam and Upper Bear Creek Road because of instability caused by drainage and erosion issues.

    EPRD submitted the application for the Transportation Alternatives Grant on Aug. 1, and should know by November if it wins approval.

  • Wildfire burns one acre near Kerr Gulch

    A grass fire burned about an acre of private land near Kerr Gulch Road and Music Lane on Tuesday afternoon.

    Evergreen Fire Chief Mike Weege said the first call reporting the blaze came at 1:59 p.m.

    Evergreen Fire worked with the Foothills, Indian Hills and Genesee fire departments throughout the afternoon, and the fire was contained fully by 4:44 p.m, Weege said.

  • Man charged in vandalism seen on video

    A vandalism suspect is facing a misdemeanor charge after he was videotaped by a witness Saturday shortly after graffiti was spray-painted on rocks near the Buffalo Bill Museum on Lookout Mountain, the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office reported.

    Stanley Stettler, 18, of Thornton was issued a summons for defacing property, a class 2 misdemeanor, sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer said.

  • Firefighters rescue cat — and a horse, of course

    Two four-legged friends received some assistance this week from several responders at Evergreen Fire/Rescue.

    A horse stuck in the mud and a cat caught in a tree spurred calls for help on Sunday and Monday, and both animals are now safe and sound. 

    EFR spokesman Doug Saba said a call was received at 12:23 p.m. Sunday after a horse became mired in mud in a swampy area off Broce Ranch Trail. Saba said it took responders until just 12:39 to free the stranded equine. 

  • Bidder up: Signed Mickey Mantle baseball among donations to local church's silent auction

    By Judy Christie, For the Courier
    Jerry Huber of Bailey met baseball great Mickey Mantle in 1987.
    Huber, who was national sales manager for Gillette Dairy, gave the famous New York Yankees center fielder a souvenir Yankees malt cup, the kind used at ballparks.
    Mantle, a Hall of Famer and the best switch-hitter in baseball history, responded by giving Huber a signed baseball.
    A sports fan and collector of memorabilia, Huber also met Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller, who played much of his career for the Cleveland Indians and threw three no-hitters.
    Feller, too, gave Huber a signed ball.

  • Indian Hills groundwater study completed

    A long-awaited study of groundwater quality in Indian Hills was released last week, complete with new recommendations that could guide future development in the Parmalee Gulch watershed.
    The study, conducted by Dr. Margaret Hertzog, an environmental engineer with PH Associates LLC in Lakewood, was contracted last year by the Jeffco Board of Health to test groundwater in Indian Hills in the wake of nearly four decades of septic system restrictions in Parmalee Gulch.

  • Bike race participants greeted by threatening graffiti

    Bicyclists who participated in Saturday’s Red Rocks Gran Fondo race saw a mix of encouraging and threatening graffiti on Brook Forest Road in Evergreen.

    According to the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office, vandals painted messages on the road surface in multiple locations and on rocks near 9000 Black Mountain Drive sometime before the race started Saturday morning.

  • Fire district to finalize bond-issue, tax-hike amounts by month’s end

    Voters will know by the end of the month the exact amount of the proposed bond issue and tax increase for the Evergreen Fire Protection District that will appear on the November ballot.

    At the district’s monthly board meeting last week, board members said they would finalize the amounts, as well as the language of those resolutions, at a special meeting Aug. 28.

    The fire district has spent the last few months gauging public opinion on a multimillion-dollar bond issue and a proposed property-tax boost of 3.5 mills.

  • Crews extinguish small wildfire east of Kittredge

    A small wildfire burning on top of a ridge just east of Kittredge was 100 percent contained at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday.

    According to Doug Saba, spokesman for Evergreen Fire/Rescue, the blaze, which was above O'Fallon Park, was reported just after 3 p.m. and burned about half an acre. No structures were threatened.