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Today's News

  • EFR urging safety precautions after house fire on Edelweiss Circle

    After a potbelly stove ignited the ceiling of a home on Edelweiss Circle last week, Evergreen Fire/Rescue is reminding area residents to have their chimneys cleaned and to verify that all smoke detectors and fire alarms are in working order.

    According to EFR spokeswoman Stacy Martin, the department was called about the house fire on Edelweiss Circle at 3:15 a.m. Jan. 2 after the homeowners smelled smoke. 

  • Interfaith service ushers out Hanukkah, welcomes the new year

    To observe the culmination of Hanukkah and begin 2017, Conifer’s St. Laurence Episcopal Church and Congregation Beth Evergreen hosted an interfaith spiritual renewal celebration on Dec. 31.

    The celebration, which was at Congregation Beth Evergreen, was an opportunity to resolve, recommit and renew before the new year.

    The Rev. Nancy Malloy and Rabbi Jamie Arnold said the two congregations had been trying to coordinate a join ceremony, and said the last night of Hanukkah and New Year’s Eve “thematically fit together.”

  • Opponents of Rooney Valley development planning protest

    Opponents of the proposed rezoning at the northwest corner of C-470 and Alameda Parkway near Dinosaur Ridge are organizing a protest ahead of a Jan. 17 vote by Jeffco’s county commissioners.

    According to Eric Brown, a leader of the opposition group Save Dinosaur Ridge, the protest will take place outside the Jeffco courthouse from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Jan. 11 and is the group’s latest effort to head off approval of the rezoning, which will bring auto dealerships, hotels and more retail to the scenic Rooney Valley.

  • Celebrants fill saloons, empty glasses to welcome 2017

    Champagne toasts. Kisses and hugs. Cheers and noisemakers. Balloon drops. Music.

    Mountain area residents and visitors rang in 2017 at local watering holes in the absence of Skate the Lake, which was scuttled by inadequate ice conditions. Some patrons stayed until the big moment at midnight; others headed home early. But either way, many said they were excited to ring in the new year surrounded by family and friends.

    8 p.m., the Little Bear

  • A look back at the year 2016: Environmental issues dominate news in Jeffco

    Environmental concerns — including high lead levels in tap water at Jeffco schools, a dangerous chemical found buried at the Lockheed-Martin plant in South Jeffco, and the effects of planned development in the Rooney Valley — dominated the headlines in Jefferson County news last year.

    Toxic waste found buried at Lockheed Martin facility

  • A look back at the year 2016

    Turmoil at a local charter school, a state representative sent to jail, and community cleanup efforts were among the top stories in the mountain area in 2016. 

    Rocky Mountain Academy finds a path forward

    Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen is moving forward after many months of discord that culminated in a protest by parents and students in October.

  • The year that was

    In many respects, 2016 was a year characterized by loss in the 285 Corridor — none perhaps felt as much as the loss of Park County sheriff’s Cpl. Nate Carrigan, who died Feb. 24 during a shoot-out after officers attempted to serve a “high-risk” eviction notice to Bailey resident Martin Wirth.

    Wirth reportedly opened fire on the officers with a legally obtained .45-caliber rifle, killing Carrigan and wounding Deputy Kolby Martin and Capt. Mark Hancock. Wirth died at the scene.

  • Former Jeffco DA Scott Storey arrested on suspicion of DUI

    Former Jeffco district attorney Scott Storey was arrested early Saturday on suspicion of driving under the influence.

    About 12:30 a.m. that night, Storey, 69, of Littleton was exiting the parking lot of the Platte River Bar & Grill, 5995 S. Santa Fe Drive, when his vehicle collided with another car, according to court records. Littleton police responded and spoke with Story at the scene. 

  • The Year in Review

    From a Mountain Bowl victory seven years in the making to a run to the 4A state championship game to a first state tennis title in school history, Evergreen, Conifer and Platte Canyon high schools had their fair share of sports moments in 2016. The following are 10 stories that highlighted the Canyon Courier sports scene during 2016. 

  • Wildlife board game offers wild time for young players

    Take the following quiz:

    • Koalas are most closely related to: bears, kangaroos or raccoons.

    • How many hours a day do koalas usually sleep? 6, 10 or 20.

    • What is the protection status of koalas?

    If you answered kangaroos, 20 and threatened, not only do you know a lot about koalas, but you can answer all three levels of questions about them in a new board game called Traveling Animals.