Today's News

  • Fires, political districts heat up year in news


    1. Wildland fires fuel prompt home evacuations

    After high winds and dry weather culminated in three fires in the Evergreen area at about the same time on April 8, authorities called for a complete ban on open flames on both federal land and unincorporated Jefferson County.

  • Storm slams area with up to 30 inches of snow

    A row of imposing icicles hanging from a porch in Kittredge points to the unavoidable fact that winter has arrived with a vengeance in the high country, as a storm dumped up to 30 inches of snow on parts of Evergreen and Conifer overnight Wednesday.


  • To peace, perseverance and love

    I’ve never been fond of compilation columns or the laundry lists produced when deadline arrives before any decent ideas, but I’m going to indulge myself this week with a list of thank-yous amid the holidays:

  • Goldfinches in winter plumage a pleasure to find

    A pleasant surprise this past week was a letter to the Canyon Courier with photos enclosed of some American goldfinches at a feeder. The photos were taken by Bud and Sandy Madigan at their home feeder in the Upper Bear Creek area. The photos helped me identify the birds.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    At the planetarium

  • Evergreen man dies in rollover accident on Pena Boulevard

    An Evergreen man died and a passenger was taken to a hospital after a rollover traffic accident on Pena Boulevard in Denver about 10 p.m. Monday.

    Ervin Wayne Settles II, 34, died at the scene, according to an Aurora Police Department media release. The woman has not been named.

    Settles was driving a Ford F-250 crew-cab pickup north on Pena Boulevard south of East 40th Avenue when the truck sideswiped a Hyundai Sonata. The Hyundai spun off Pena Boulevard and landed in an unpaved area. None of the three people in the Hyundai were injured.

  • Ice Fest XVI a cool way to party at Evergreen Lake


    The place to be on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day is Evergreen Lake, where sponsors are staging a series of family-friendly events for the 16th year in a row under the new marketing label IceFest XVI.

    The IceFest includes three main events, beginning Dec. 31: Pond Hockey Tournament at 8 a.m., Skate the Lake at 6 p.m. (fireworks at 8 p.m. and midnight), and the entertaining Evergreen Lake Plunge on New Year’s Day for those who enjoy diving into ice water (ridiculous costumes welcome but not required).

  • Starry-eyed couple embody holiday magic

    For Erik and Frances Listou, Santa Claus isn’t just a tradition, it’s a lifestyle — especially around the holidays.


    Married for 22 years, the Listous are the Santa and Mrs. Claus of Evergreen.

    They are the real couple behind the couple that presides over the lighting of the Christmas tree at the Lake House every year. They lead the parade around Evergreen Lake on foot and head for the Ice House, where they patiently pose and be impossibly charming while 200 children have their pictures taken in about three hours.

  • Park district ponders $920,000 in energy upgrades

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District is poised to hire a contractor to perform a list of recommended building improvements, mainly at its two recreation centers, in attempt to conserve energy and reduce utility bills.

    If the contract is approved, the renovations would be financed through a program that uses future energy-savings dollars to pay for improvements done with today's dollars. Potential annual energy savings are projected at $47,000 a year, according to the energy service company McKinstry of Golden.

  • Community garden backers appeal to park district for space, support

     A nonprofit environmental group is seeking permission to establish an elk-proofed, fenced, demonstration garden with 28 plots on one-third acre south of the EPRD administration building in Buchanan Park.

    About eight of the plots would be set aside for various community groups, and the rest would be available to members of the public.

    Rachel Emmer, president of EASY, gave a presentation on community gardens at the regular monthly meeting of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District board on Dec. 13.