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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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.