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Today's News

  • A happy tail: 9-day search for missing blue heeler ends with joyous reunion

    When a dog goes missing in unfamiliar territory during an arctic cold wave, the odds of his survival can dim the hopes of an anguished owner.

    However, after nine days of searching — and lots of help from mountain area residents and community organizations — Steve Gilligan of Chicago found Kid, his beloved blue heeler, on Dec. 30.

  • ‘A leader of men’: Earl Clark, 95, a key figure in the 10th Mountain Division’s legacy

    Earl Clark, 95, was among the last of a breed.

    The World War II veteran — the first president of the 10th Mountain Division National Association and a member of the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame — died Dec. 28 at his home in Littleton.

  • ‘An angel stopped to help — and gave his life’

    Chauncey and Kenny Tate knew Jeffco sheriff’s Sgt. Sean Renfro for just a few minutes, but they will never forget him.

    Renfro stopped to help the Denver brother and sister Saturday after their car crashed on U.S. 285, and he was struck by another vehicle and killed. Chauncey’s 9-month-old son, Angus, also was in their car.

    Renfro, a 15-year veteran of the department, was off duty when he pulled over at the accident scene on southbound U.S. 285 near Windy Point during a severe snowstorm. 

  • Nighttime closures for I-70 bridge work postponed indefinitely

    The foul weather that moved into the area last week put an indefinite hold on construction of the new Colorado 103 bridge in Idaho Springs, according to a state transportation official.

    Interstate 70 at Exit 240 had been planned to be closed for four nights so pre-made girders could be set in place as a final step toward reopening the bridge. The planned reopening date was Jan. 15. Motorists would have been directed to off-ramps and on-ramps surrounding the bridge from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. every night through Jan. 6.

  • A frosty but fun evening at Skate the Lake

    Temperatures in the single digits didn't discourage the hundreds of celebrants who thronged Evergreen Lake to watch fireworks and welcome the new year.

    The annual Skate the Lake event, which benefits DriveSmart Evergreen-Conifer, didn't disappoint, with ice skating, general merriment and two rounds of pyrotechnics.

  • Avalanche kills man on Torreys Peak

    A male snowshoer died after being buried in an avalanche Wednesday morning on the Kelso Ridge route up Torreys Peak, according to Clear Creek County sheriff’s Maj. Rick Albers.

    Two snowshoers — a female and a male — who reported the avalanche attempted CPR on the buried man but didn’t find any sign of life, according to a news release sent by the sheriff’s department.

  • Pygmy nuthatches regularly flutter around feeders

    The birdfeeder below my window is still bringing a variety of birds into view. One of these is the tiny, beloved pygmy nuthatch. Almost daily, a few of these tiny guys are busy gleaning the ponderosa pine above the feeder, gathering insects, which keeps the pines healthy as well as the birds.

  • The Year in Review

    2014 was quite the year for athletics in Evergreen. State championships were won, and teams went on amazing runs. A pitcher was drafted to the majors, and a legendary coach was honored. Though some of those journeys came up short in the end, they will be memorable nevertheless. Without further ado, let’s take a look back on the year that was 2014.

  • Pine native returns home wiser after four years in the Peace Corps

    Ethan Vimont sums up what he learned during his two consecutive terms as a Peace Corps volunteer in one word.

    “Patience,” he said. 

    The 27-year-old Pine native returned to the U.S. in December after stints working in Mali and then Nepal.

  • Commissioners allocate $1.5 million in extra raises

    Jeffco's county commissioners have given initial approval to the distribution of $1.5 million in raises for county employees in several departments. 

    The $1.5 million, equal to a 1 percent raise, was included in the 2015 budget to address a rising attrition rate among county employees. The money is in addition to a 2 percent merit-based pay increase in the 2015 budget.