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Today's News

  • Kansas photographer shares experiences

    The Great Plains in general, and Kansas in particular, might seem like a barren landscape compared to the breathtaking beauty of the Colorado Rockies. Frontier explorer Zebulon Pike certainly thought so, supposedly calling the region the “Great American Desert.”

    But photographer Jim Griggs of McPherson, Kan., says that, if photographing the Great Plains has taught him anything, it’s that “if you can take good photos there, you can take them anywhere.”

  • Morrison man dies in motorcycle crash on U.S. 285

    A Morrison resident was killed Tuesday night when his motorcycle went out of control and hit a guardrail on U.S. 285 at Windy Point.

    William Salanty, 57, was southbound about 8:41 p.m. when the 1990 Harley-Davidson Softail he was driving failed to negotiate a right-hand curve.

  • Meet A Ranger: John Queen

    Name: John Queen, also known as Jeffco Open Space's "Ranger No. 5"

    Originally from: Beaumont, Texas

    Stationed at: White Ranch Open Space Park

    How long have you been a ranger?

    “Five years.”

    What’s one thing you do as a ranger that people would be surprised by?

    “Swift-water rescue.”

    What’s the coolest thing you’ve seen at a park?

  • Local couple wed at the Vatican

    As her father walked her down the aisle, Jacqueline Davis saw her groom, Sean Toomey, and 30 family members and friends surrounded by the beautiful artwork of St. Peter’s Basilica.

    Rather than a local ceremony or a tropical destination wedding, Catholic couple Sean and Jacqueline Toomey were married at the Vatican on June 6. The honor is a rare one, as only four couples from the United States wed at the Vatican each year.

  • Coney Island relishes rebirth

    The long-awaited return of the Coney Island hot dog stand in Bailey has arrived, but frankfurter fans will now have shorter waits for a fresh dog.

    About two months after local businessman John D. Wallace entered into a lease-to-purchase agreement for the iconic eatery, the doors are open — complete with a new menu, plenty of locally sourced goods and the same black-and-white checkerboard floor.

  • Strangers on a train find friendship

    It was the last train out of Paris during a summer of discontent. The Euro 2016 soccer championship — a temporary distraction from the impending Brexit vote — made the French capital the focal point of Europe as rail workers, taxi drivers, sanitation staff, air-traffic controllers and petrol workers took full advantage by declaring near-simultaneous labor strikes. The River Seine, in an apparent protest of her own, overflowed along the Quai d’Orsay as if attempting to wash away the gathering gloom.

  • Jeffco set for debut of ‘Up Canyon Segment’ of Peaks to Plains Trail

    This week, Jeffco Open Space will celebrate its first milestone in the broader statewide effort to promote outdoor recreation when it opens a newly constructed section of the Peaks to Plains Trail in Clear Creek Canyon.

  • New Hampshire man is charged in crash that killed former Conifer resident

    A New Hampshire man has been charged with driving under the influence and vehicular homicide in connection with the accident that killed former Conifer resident and good samaritan Jana Elliott.

  • Participation in Jefferson County slash program on pace to double in ’16

    It’s been three months since Jeffco’s 2016 slash collection program began, and participation by county residents is on pace to more than double compared to last year.

  • Dredging work completed at Evergreen Lake

    Dredging at Evergreen Lake was completed last week, two months earlier than planned.

    ESCO Construction removed 12,000 cubic feet of sediment from the north side of the lake. Much of that sediment had flowed into the lake during the 2013 flooding. Twelve-thousand cubic feet is the equivalent of putting sediment nearly 6 feet deep onto a football field.

    The work was funded by a $1.4 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.