Today's News

  • Foothills Rotary’s Ice Melt barrel returns to Evergreen Lake

    It’s back!

    The barrel returned to Evergreen Lake on Thursday for the 11th year — and area residents are invited to guess when it will fall into the water as part of the Evergreen Ice Melt Contest.

    Tickets are $3 for one, $5 for two or $10 for five, and each ticket requires the purchaser to guess the month, day, hour and second the barrel will fall in. As a tiebreaker, purchasers are asked to guess what the high temperature will be on the day the barrel falls in.

  • Millions expected in savings after refinancing of school bonds

    Taxpayers in Jefferson County will see an estimated $4.6 million in net savings over the next several years after Jeffco Public Schools refinanced $99 million in bonds from 2012 late last year.

  • Bills to watch for during the 2018 legislative session

    The 2018 legislative session kicked off Jan. 10 at the state Capitol in Denver, commencing the second session of the 71st General Assembly in Colorado. Over the coming weeks, the Courier will follow a number of bills introduced by legislators in an effort to keep readers informed about the issues their local lawmakers are prioritizing at the Capitol. What follows is a brief summary of bills that state representatives and state senators who serve the Evergreen, Conifer and Bailey communities are the primary sponsors of.

  • Pastor helping Evergreen church with transitional period

    After moving to the mountain area from Ohio in November 2016, Pastor Denny Whiteside has been helping Evergreen Christian Church as transitional pastor.

    The church, which has about 45 members, is in the middle of searching for a full-time pastor. Whiteside, who found the church through a search-and-call process, estimated the community will be ready to search for a full-time pastor in about a year.

    In the meantime, her role is to minister and help the congregation identify its needs as a church community.

  • EFR's longtime fire marshal to step down

    Frank Dearborn, Evergreen Fire/Rescue’s longtime fire marshal, is stepping down after 19 years with the department.

    Announcing his decision at the Evergreen fire board meeting Jan. 9, Dearborn said his resignation was for unspecified personal reasons and stressed that he would remain with the department, but in a different role.

    A search for Dearborn’s replacement will begin in the near future.

    Two EFR EMTs honored by Sons of the American Revolution

  • How to help with post office burglaries’ investigation

    While the U.S. Postal Inspection Service has had a good response from local residents affected by the recent post office burglaries, there’ve been no updates in the case.

    However, the agency is following up on several leads, Postal Inspector Eric Manuel said.

    According to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Indian Hills Post Office was burglarized sometime between end-of-day Jan. 6 and the morning of Jan. 8.

    The Idledale Post Office was burglarized after close of business on Jan. 8.


    Roofer injured in fall at the Yellow Barn

    A roofer was injured Saturday afternoon after falling from the roof of the Yellow Barn in Conifer.

    According to Michael Davis with Elk Creek Fire Protection District, the department was called about 1:25 p.m. and transported the worker to an area hospital. Davis said he was unable to share more information about the injured party, and the owners of Magpie Mercantile, which operates out of the Yellow Barn, did not respond to phone calls for comment.

  • Spodyak, Rhoads join crowded Park County sheriff’s race

    Two longtime Bailey residents have joined the 2018 Park County sheriff’s race, which has now swelled to six candidates — all running on the Republican ticket.

    Steve Spodyak, a detective corporal with the Park County Sheriff’s Office, announced his bid for sheriff late last month at a campaign kickoff dinner attended by some 60 people in Bailey.

  • Honoring those who serve

    The 2017 Leadership Evergreen class plans to honor and support area first responders during 2018 … and beyond.

    The group is selecting a group from Jefferson, Park or Clear Creek counties each month and finding ways to fill some of their needs. It’s called Hero’s Day.

    “We wanted something to encompass the mountain community, and to be continuous and long lasting,” said Leadership Evergreen member Betsy Rose, who is helping spearhead the project.

  • Broomfield sales manager joins race for Polis’ congressional seat

    Peter Yu, a Colorado native and career sales manager in Broomfield, has joined the race for Jared Polis’ 2nd Congressional District seat.

    Yu, who grew up in Loveland and attended Fort Lewis College in Durango on a football scholarship, is a first-generation American who sees politics and serving in Congress as a way to give back to a country he says gave his family every opportunity in life.