Today's News

  • Investigation continues in Bailey home explosion

    Almost one month after a home in Bailey exploded and injured three adults, Park County officials have yet to fully determine the cause of the blast.

    On March 10, the Platte Canyon fire department was called to a home in the 4100 block of South Ridge Road around 8 p.m. for what was initially reported as a structure fire. However, upon arrival, responders from the Platte Canyon and Elk Creek fire departments found the home fully engulfed and a .35-acre wildland fire burning nearby.

  • ‘Entire fire stands out’

    Five years ago, Bill McLaughlin was just five weeks into his tenure as fire chief of the Elk Creek Fire Protection District. A longtime resident of Washington state, McLaughlin had recently moved from Bellingham, Wash., to Conifer after beating out more than 100 other applicants for the fire chief job.

    While McLaughlin had experience leading a similarly-sized fire department in Washington and more than 20 years of firefighting experience in areas including Kodiak, Alaska, nothing prepared him for how he would be tested during the Lower North Fork Fire in 2012.

  • Evergreen Monsters make noise at middle school state tournament

    It was eight years ago when Evergreen began a youth wrestling program known as the Evergreen Monsters with Ross Willson at the helm. 

    When Willson began, the team consisted of around 10 athletes, now Willson leads more than 30.

  • Neighbors generally positive about proposed hemp oil-extraction facility

    Reaction was generally favorable to plans for a hemp oil-extraction business proposed for a building on Bryant Drive in Evergreen, though business owners said they would address any concerns at a community meeting about the project.

    Most neighbors at the meeting, conducted by Hammer Enterprises Integrated Solutions and Jeffco Planning and Zoning on March 28, had positive comments about the proposal. However, two neighbors were concerned about impact to the area, and the Evergreen Metropolitan District was concerned about whether chemicals might go into the sewer system.

  • Babb shares experience, message with EHS students

    Tom Babb’s homecoming at Evergreen High School recently was warm and heartfelt from students and teachers when he spoke at an assembly about perseverance and living every day to its fullest.

    Babb, 20, a 2015 EHS graduate, was in a freak accident while on a family vacation in Hawaii in December 2015 and is now paralyzed from the chest down. This was his first visit to the school since the accident.

    While some would say, “Poor Tom,” Babb doesn’t see it that way — and that was his message to students.

  • Teaching ‘unconditional love’

    Ellece Murphy was many things: an area old-timer, a lover of theater, a real estate developer, a civil servant, a philanthropist — and the matriarch of the King and Murphy families.

    Her family and friends described her as a character, a tough negotiator, a shrewd businesswoman, someone who threw over-the-top parties, a life force, a nurturer and someone who loved unconditionally.

  • Green Ridge Meadows apartments get energy updates

    Green Ridge Meadows is greener.

    Jeffco Housing Authority and Energy Outreach Colorado have collaborated to weatherize 79 units and make other energy-efficient changes to the apartment building on John Wallace Road in Evergreen. Most residents are low-income seniors.

    The two entities have finished the bulk of the updates, with only the boiler room left to replace by the end of May.

  • Elks Lodge celebrates, remembers 50-year history

    No matter how much the world has changed in the past 20 or 50 years, the Evergreen Elks Lodge has remained. And, in 20, 25 or 50 years, its current members hope that new ones still will be carrying on its traditions of charity, justice, brotherly love and fidelity.

  • 108-acre park to open on Floyd Hill

    Floyd Hill will get an open space park on the north side of Interstate 70, thanks to efforts by multiple agencies to purchase the 108-acre parcel for about $1 million.

    The Jeffco and Clear Creek Open Space offices hope the park will be open — albeit in a temporary, unfinished way — this summer.

  • Multi-car crash shuts down U.S. 285

    A multi-car crash closed north- and southbound U.S. 285 Wednesday morning to make room for a helicopter landing and Flight for Life transport.
    The wreck rerouted traffic onto a nearby frontage road. Since then, the southbound side of the highway has reopened, but one lane of northbound U.S. 285 remains closed, according to information from CDOT.
    CDOT received a call about the crash around 9:11 a.m., said Trooper Nate Reid.