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Today's News

  • Branching out: Local treehouse enthusiasts take their projects to a whole new level

    If you can’t see the forest for the trees, maybe that’s because you’re in a treehouse.

    The Evergreen area has a wide variety of treehouses that make their owners proud — from a Hobbit-like playhouse to one with a zip-line attached to a playhouse/treehouse with a suspension bridge. Don’t forget the “Geometree,” an octagonal treehouse.

  • Coney Island relishes rebirth

    The long-awaited return of the Coney Island hot dog stand in Bailey has arrived, but frankfurter fans will now have shorter waits for a fresh dog.

    About two months after local businessman John D. Wallace entered into a lease-to-purchase agreement for the iconic eatery, the doors are open — complete with a new menu, plenty of locally sourced goods and the same black-and-white checkerboard floor.

  • Dredging work completed at Evergreen Lake

    Dredging at Evergreen Lake was completed last week, two months earlier than planned.

    ESCO Construction removed 12,000 cubic feet of sediment from the north side of the lake. Much of that sediment had flowed into the lake during the 2013 flooding. Twelve-thousand cubic feet is the equivalent of putting sediment nearly 6 feet deep onto a football field.

    The work was funded by a $1.4 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

  • Replacement of bridge at Lake Park is delayed

    The project to replace the bridge over Bear Creek at the entrance to Evergreen Lake Park has been delayed until next year.

    Ellen O’Connor, executive director of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District, confirmed that the city of Denver, which is in charge of the project, contacted EPRD and said work would be delayed until sometime in 2017. The project originally had been scheduled for this fall.

  • Local couple wed at the Vatican

    As her father walked her down the aisle, Jacqueline Davis saw her groom, Sean Toomey, and 30 family members and friends surrounded by the beautiful artwork of St. Peter’s Basilica.

    Rather than a local ceremony or a tropical destination wedding, Catholic couple Sean and Jacqueline Toomey were married at the Vatican on June 6. The honor is a rare one, as only four couples from the United States wed at the Vatican each year.

  • New Hampshire man is charged in crash that killed former Conifer resident

    A New Hampshire man has been charged with driving under the influence and vehicular homicide in connection with the accident that killed former Conifer resident and good samaritan Jana Elliott.

  • Participation in Jefferson County slash program on pace to double in ’16

    It’s been three months since Jeffco’s 2016 slash collection program began, and participation by county residents is on pace to more than double compared to last year.

  • Jeffco set for debut of ‘Up Canyon Segment’ of Peaks to Plains Trail

    This week, Jeffco Open Space will celebrate its first milestone in the broader statewide effort to promote outdoor recreation when it opens a newly constructed section of the Peaks to Plains Trail in Clear Creek Canyon.

  • Kansas photographer shares experiences

    The Great Plains in general, and Kansas in particular, might seem like a barren landscape compared to the breathtaking beauty of the Colorado Rockies. Frontier explorer Zebulon Pike certainly thought so, supposedly calling the region the “Great American Desert.”

    But photographer Jim Griggs of McPherson, Kan., says that, if photographing the Great Plains has taught him anything, it’s that “if you can take good photos there, you can take them anywhere.”

  • Meet A Ranger: John Queen

    Name: John Queen, also known as Jeffco Open Space's "Ranger No. 5"

    Originally from: Beaumont, Texas

    Stationed at: White Ranch Open Space Park

    How long have you been a ranger?

    “Five years.”

    What’s one thing you do as a ranger that people would be surprised by?

    “Swift-water rescue.”

    What’s the coolest thing you’ve seen at a park?