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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.

  • 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.

  • Reprieve for the disabled: Bailey horse therapy haven caters to the physically challenged

    Twenty minutes outside of Bailey, there’s a place where every body is the same — even if some of those bodies look different on the outside, function differently on the inside, and sometimes operate with the help of wheelchairs, canes and other aids.
    It’s a place on 35 acres of private property, obscured by a grove of trees that stretch higher than high, and noticeable only by a roped-off horse arena and a shed that serves as an office.

  • County approves use of OHV for road maintenance

    Residents in unincorporated Jeffco will be permitted to use off-highway vehicles for road maintenance.

    The Jeffco Board of County Commissioners approved a resolution adopting the policy at its regular meeting on Tuesday, and staff told the commissioners the OHVs must be used for road maintenance on county-owned roads that are unpaved and haven’t been accepted for maintenance by Jeffco.

    The vehicles may only be used for road maintenance, and only in unincorporated areas, staff emphasized.

  • Evergreen family riding in Courage Classic in son’s honor

    Seven-year-old Fynn Cox fought an uphill medical battle since he was born.

    Despite dealing with lesions on his brain, autism, a genetic disorder and finally a malignant brain tumor in his short life — the youngster lived each day to the fullest.

    His fight ended on April 9, and Fynn’s family is riding bicycles in the Courage Classic July 22-23 to benefit the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s Hospital Colorado.

  • Bereaved kids find friends, support at summer camp

    Editor’s Note: The campers’ names have been changed to protect their privacy.

    One-by-one on Friday night, 53 kids took turns passing the talking stick around the circle, introducing themselves and describing who they had lost.

    “My name is Tom; my dad died,” one 6-year-old shared. “He was a great singer, and I loved him.”

  • Temporary closure of Maxwell Falls mulled

    The Evergreen Fire Protection District is joining the Elk Creek Fire Protection District in its support for at least temporarily closing access to Maxwell Falls, citing concerns over increased illegal fires in the area.
    Discussed at the monthly Evergreen fire board meeting on July 11, the issue was first brought up by Connell O’Brien, an Evergreen Fire/Rescue firefighter and president of the Evergreen Volunteer Fire Department, during his report on the department’s operations.

  • Artwork finds new homes with Summerfest attendees

    All weekend, Summerfest patrons found types of art to enjoy and appreciate.

    While some art forms were more temporary by nature — namely, live music, food and brewed refreshments — the more tactile and permanent works of art were the main attraction Saturday and Sunday at Buchanan Park.

    The 35th annual Summerfest offered attendees an opportunity to connect with artists and add unique works to their homes, yards, offices, wardrobes and jewelry collections.

  • Sprucing up history: Volunteers restore century-old shelters on trail to Mount Evans

    Imagine hiking to Mount Evans 100 years ago — and stopping at two new shelters in Clear Creek County that provide some respite from weather and wildlife along the way.

    Fast-forward to Saturday, and 15 volunteers hiked to the same spot to refurbish them, so hikers in the next century can enjoy the shelters — and the history — they provide.