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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Turning 35: Intermountain Humane Society has a need to grow as it educates the public about pets

    The mantra from the 2005 Blue Sky Studios’ movie Robots — “See a need, fill a need,” was never truer for Greg and M.C. Johnson.

    The couple, who lived in Bailey 35 years ago, put in countless hours with a core of volunteers to help create what is now the Intermountain Humane Society. In fact, of all the things he’s done in his life, Greg Johnson says he’s most proud of helping start the organization.

    The animal shelter was created in 1982 when Park County closed its animal control department.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Outdoors columnist Sylvia Brockner publishes birding book

    Anyone wanting to learn about area birds need look no further than Sylvia Brockner’s new book.

    Brockner, who was the Canyon Courier’s outdoors columnist for more than 45 years, has published “Mountain Birds of Colorado: A Layman’s Guide to Birdwatching in Colorado’s Mountain Areas.” The 104-page book is compiled using parts of the more than 2,200 columns she wrote for the paper.

  • Just hangin’ around: Tree Climbing Colorado hopes to shape perspective through recreational tree climbing

    Way up in a tree, among the leaves, branches and bark, many find a changed perspective.

    That’s part of the reason why Harv Teitelbaum of Tree Climbing Colorado climbs, and it’s that very sense of connectivity and perspective that he hopes to convey to those who climb with his company.

    “It’s the perspective,” he said. “We know a tree from a couple feet up usually. You get up there, and it opens up this whole other country in the canopy.”

  • Fitness on the Rocks draws a crowd to Red Rocks

    Up and down. Up and down. Up and down.
    Seven up-and-downs made 1 mile for those participating in the mile run up the stairs of Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre during Saturday’s annual Fitness on the Rocks event.
    Along the way, there was blood, sweat and maybe even some tears. Many called it quits before completing the trek. But not Nikita Cordier. The 18-year-old runner from Denver came in first in the male division with a time of 5 minutes, 40 seconds.

  • Coming Up: Events of interest to our readers

    Evergreen Jazz Festival

    July 28-30

    The 16th annual Evergreen Jazz Festival runs for three days this weekend, bringing jazz lovers a variety of jazz types.

    Eleven bands from New York to California will perform, including local favorites the Queen City Jazz Band, the Gypsy Swing Revue, Joe Smith and the Spicy Pickles, and Tight Like That.

    Four venues will be used for the festival: The Evergreen Lake House, Evergreen Christian Church, Evergreen Elks Lodge and Rocky Mountain High Restaurant.

  • Preliminary hearing set in Brooks case

    A preliminary hearing will be held 9 a.m. on Aug. 15 for the woman accused of driving erratically and starting a police chase that shut down southbound U.S. 285 for about an hour recently.
    Around noon on July 10, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office received reports of a green Jeep Cherokee swerving in northbound traffic near Wagon Trail. Deputies Gary Whitesides and Brian Spery were dispatched to the scene. Whitesides began following the vehicle at South Turkey Creek Road, where the driver made an abrupt U-turn and began traveling southbound.

  • Former Morrison officer arrested, facing 29 counts of theft, forgery

    A former Morrison police officer was arrested July 18 after being indicted on 29 counts of theft, attempt to influence a public servant, embezzlement and forgery.
    Between December 2010 and February 2016, Anthony Joiner, 38, is accused of stealing more than $132,000 from the Town of Morrison through a private fund he created called the “5280 Police Motors Memorial Fund,” according to a news release from the Jefferson County District Attorney’s office.