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Today's News

  • New director of PeaceWorks has big plans for organization

    When Lori Cuno started her career more than a decade ago, she planned to go into elementary education. A love for helping those in need even led her to take on a couple of long-term substitute positions in the world of special education while completing her master’s degree in counseling.

  • New trails opened at Staunton State Park

    Hikers at Staunton State Park now have two new trails to explore after more than three years of planning, and both ultimately provide up-close of Elk Falls.

    Launched in mid-September with a ribbon cutting, the Chimney Rock and Elk Falls trails both begin about 5 miles from Staunton’s main parking lot, with the latter trail being an offshoot of the first. According to park manager Zach Taylor, both trails have been envisioned since the 1990s but were not formalized until 2010.

  • Benchmark: Record set for world's longest picnic table

    At 810 feet, 8 and 3/8 inches, the world’s longest picnic table could seat a theoretical family of more than 800 people. A person sitting at one end would have to spend more than three minutes walking 300 steps to see her relatives at the other.

    And this theoretical family was, briefly, a reality as the Evergreen community came together to celebrate the Guinness Book of World Records’ confirmed longest picnic table ever.

  • Raising funds, awareness to fight cancer

    Do 30 clean-and-jerks by lifting a barbell to your chest and then over your head.

    Do it with 95 pounds if you’re a woman, or 135 if you’re a man.

    Now, do it while wearing a hot-pink bra.

    This is “Grace” — a CrossFit workout that has become the staple challenge for the “Barbells for Boobs” event.

  • Volunteer poop patrol cleans up popular off-leash area

    Volunteers cleaned up 430 pounds of dog waste at the Elk Meadow off-leash park on Saturday as part of Jeffco Open Space’s National Public Lands Day event.

    The park, which Open Space employees said is “being loved to death,” has seen a lot of traffic in recent months, with many visitors not monitoring where their dogs go or what they do — or doo — while off-leash.

  • Burgeoning traffic bringing tourists — and dollars — up I-70

    During a trip up Interstate 70 on any summer weekend, an observant motorist with a list of the 50 states could cross off half the names before reaching the Eisenhower Tunnel.

    Vehicles bearing license plates from across the country — from Texas to Alaska and Indiana to California — make their way up the mountains alongside Denver area residents looking to escape the heat and the city.

  • Hit-run cyclist injures 86-year-old on trail at Lair o' the Bear

    An 86-year-old hiker was injured early on Sept. 10 at Lair o' the Bear Park when he was struck by a bicyclist who continued on his way after the incident.  

  • Trees, rocks tagged with graffiti at O'Fallon Park

    Several rocks and trees in O'Fallon Park near Kittredge have been tagged with graffiti.

    According to Jeffco sheriff's spokesman Mark Techmeyer, the graffiti is a quarter-mile from the trailhead along the Mead Park Trail. The graffiti likely was spray-painted sometime late Wednesday or early Thursday because a park ranger reported it to the Sheriff's Office on Thursday morning, Techmeyer said.

  • Evergreen cat confirmed to have plague

    Jefferson County Public Health has confirmed that a domestic cat in the Evergreen area has tested positive for plague. The cat is now under the care of a veterinarian.

    Public Health said it is not uncommon for cats to become infected with plague in an environment where the disease is circulating.

  • SRC plans Wurstfest fund-raiser

    Chow down on a bratwurst, sip a beer and help raise money for the Seniors’ Resource Center.

    The SRC on Saturday will host Wurstfest, an event reminiscent of Germany’s Oktoberfest that serves as the senior center’s sole fund-raiser of the year.

    In its second year, the event has a distinct fund-raising goal: to raise $30,000 for a fire alarm system for the on-site senior activity program.

    “It’s a lofty goal,” said Lori Joslin, the SRC’s executive director.