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Today's News

  • Arists share stories, creations at annual Fine Arts Fest

    Judi Mitchell was sculpting a couple of wide-eyed animal creations while people walked past her booth, with the occasional few stopping to look at the finished products.

    A group of youngsters flocked toward her and asked if she might give them some clay to play with. After making sure it was OK with the parents, she smiled and passed each child a handful of clay.

  • Indian Hills Fire Rescue seeing more calls, especially mutual aid

    Calls are up for Indian Hills Fire Rescue partially due to a mutual-aid agreement signed in late 2016.

    As of the fire department’s Aug. 23 board meeting, there have been 223 calls in 2017. That is 34 more than last year and 81 more than in 2015.

    “Calls and calls and calls,” said Chief Emery Carson to board members as they reacted to the high number.

    “Yeah, we’re on a pretty good pace here,” added Marc Rosenberg, assistant chief and board member.

  • Authors share history of the area at signing

    Local history lovers gathered at Augustana Elk Run on Aug. 23 to meet local history writers.

    Fourteen books were available that tell of Evergreen’s history from Thomas Bergen, who gave Evergreen its name, to the history of Staunton State Park near Pine — and everywhere in between.

    Marisa Ritchie of Evergreen attended the book signing and authors’ presentations because she loves Colorado history.

    “It really does something for me,” she said. “It’s a dream for me to live here.”

  • Temporary fix may be in store for lake trail

    The North Evergreen Lake Trail may get a temporary fix this fall, but there’s a big if: Engineers must agree the plan is safe and the fix will last more than a few months.

    In addition, the Evergreen Metropolitan District has a plan to shore up two sections of the trail where the soil underneath has collapsed. The work must be done before winter to protect a 12-inch water pipe that runs under the trail.

    Both the Evergreen Park & Recreation District and EMD anticipate that Evergreen Parkway wouldn’t need to be closed during the construction.

  • ‘She took care of us:' Friends, family and neighbors come together to pay tribute to Jodie Stewart

    Jodie Stewart was a “wicked cool person.”

    Neighbor Heather Huntoon coined the term, and many in attendance at a memorial for Jodie on Sunday agreed. Friends, neighbors, coworkers and family packed the back room of Vintage Moose in Idaho Springs to remember the woman they lost in a car accident on Interstate 70 on July 30.

    Her beloved Harley-Davidson motorcycle, her riding jacket and her boots, filled with red roses, were displayed on one side of the room, and dozens of roses were scattered everywhere — a tribute to her love of the flower.

  • Murphy’s a comfy eatery — just like the owners’ dog

    Murphy’s Mountain Grill in downtown Evergreen has been keeping busy since it opened on May 5.

    The eatery, owned by Rand and Tiffani Packer of Evergreen, is named after the family’s 100-pound bernedoodle, Murphy.

    “Before we opened the restaurant,” Tiffani said, “we joked that we would call it Murphy’s. It’s a fun word, and it’s kind of different, kind of comfortable — just like our Murphy, cozy yet crazy.”

    The Packers also own a restaurant in Florida.

  • Platte Canyon school board votes to increase CORA processing fees to state maximum

    The Platte Canyon school board voted Aug. 14 to increase the school district’s processing fees for Colorado Open Records Act requests to the state-allowed maximum of $30 an hour for research and retrieval after the first hour.

    Discussed briefly as a change to the board’s freedom of information policy, the move stems from what district officials and board members called abuse of the state open records law.

  • Shrader seeking a second term as Jefferson County Sheriff

    Jeffco Sheriff Jeff Shrader announced Aug. 22 that he is running for re-election in 2018, in part because there’s still more community work he wants to do.

    “I’m not done yet. I’m really proud of what we’ve been able to do at the Sheriff’s Office over the last few years, but one term is not enough,” said Shrader in a phone interview.

  • Community boogies down at IMHS fund-raiser

    There is perhaps little else that so vividly calls to mind Colorado’s Old West heritage than a hoedown — cowboy boots, Stetsons, square dancing in a barn, a solid barbecue spread and, of course, a rowdy country-western band. Pair that with a fund-raiser for the local animal shelter, and you have a boisterous evening that’s certain to draw area residents.

    And draw area residents it did.

  • Conifer High School cross country shines in D’Evelyn Dash

    DENVER — The only way Conifer’s start to the 2017 cross country season would have been better is if the Lobo boys and girls had finished second and first with Jeffco League rival D’Evelyn in the fields.

    The Jaguar hosts, who compete with Conifer at the 3A level in the sport, stepped up to Division I (big schools) for the D’Evelyn Dash on Saturday, leaving Division II (small schools) open for the Lobos to dominate.

    Which they did, with the exception of the SkyView Academy boys.