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Today's News

  • Forest Service: Closing areas to shooting is sound recreational management

    A plan to close a 400,000-acre zone of land in the foothills to recreational shooting would help the U.S. Forest Service manage the sport the way it does other recreation on public lands, according to an official.

  • Submitting obituaries to the Canyon Courier

    The Courier offers paid obituaries along with a continuing option to place a free death notice in the paper.

    A free obituary can include:

    • Deceased’s full name, age, city/state of residence, one former residence, date and place of death.

    • Names of parents (deceased or living).

    • Names of survivors in immediate family. If no immediate family survive, predeceased members of the immediate family may be listed.

  • How to get your free listing in the Canyon Courier

    The Canyon Courier publishes free listings under the categories of Happenings, seniors briefs, education briefs, Neighbors/Good for You and Outdoors/Recreation. Submissions should be 125 words or less and will appear on a space-available basis. However, all listings will be carried at www.canyoncourier.com, as well as the additional categories of Meetings and Support/Assistance.

  • Proposed budget for Jeffco Open Space includes improvements to Evergreen parks

    Improvements and repairs to Evergreen parks are among capital projects included in the proposed $31 million 2015 budget for Jefferson County Open Space.
    Don Klima, administration and education services manager for Jeffco Open Space, and other staff members presented the proposed budget to the advisory committee at the July 10 meeting. Nearly $6 million is slated for capital improvements. Those in the Evergreen area include:
    • $150,000 for restroom replacement and improvements to the west trailhead at Mount Falcon Park in Indian Hills,

  • A really cool hike around an alpine lake

    Heading up the mountain to Echo Lake Park, the temperature begins dropping and the scenery becomes magnificent. Sweeping views of snow-capped mountains come into view as you travel along Highway 103 from Bergen Park to your hiking destination around a natural alpine lake.

  • Neville challenging Nicholson in Senate District 16

    Colorado Sen. Jeanne Nicholson is facing competition from challenger Republican Tim Neville for the District 16 seat in the November election.
    Neville has strong ties with the Rocky Mountain Gun Owners Political Action Committee, which is endorsing him as a candidate. His son, Joe Neville, is a lobbyist for the RMGO PAC that opposed last year’s gun control legislation.
    Democrat Nicholson has backing from the Colorado AFL-CIO and stands on her record of support for affordable health care and victims of wildland fires in the state.

  • Column: Early risers embrace Triple Bypass challenge

     It’s 5:45 a.m. on Saturday morning as I struggle to get up, get dressed and meander my way up to Bergen Park to catch a few last-minute riders and event officials. Who would think that there would be a scattering of cars working their way up into the mountains so early for a weekend getaway, much less cyclists who’ve already been on the road for nearly two hours for the first of two days of the Triple Bypass.

  • Ride holds special meaning for San Fran cyclist

    This year’s Triple Bypass was a special one for Travis Retzer. It not only was the 40-year-old San Francisco-area rider’s first Triple, but it also holds a meaning closer to his heart.

    He was going to ride it with his dad, Jim, who got him started in cycling more than 10 years ago. It was his father who started him out riding century (100 mile) rides. But last Oct. 29, at the age of 65, Jim unexpectedly passed away. A planned family vacation, including a visit to Yellowstone National Park, was now a memorial ride in honor of his late father.

  • The political deck is stacked against voters

    Editor’s note: This column is the second installment in a four-part series that will look at the divisiveness in the U.S. Congress and offer possible solutions.

    By Jim Rohrer

    Have you ever participated in any type of athletic contest in which you feel that the deck is stacked against you or your team? Maybe your opponent’s advantage is technically within the rules, but something about the advantage seems unfair. Someone pushed the rules to the limit.

  • El Paso turned the tide for Beauprez

    Leading up to the Republican gubernatorial primary June 24, the Colorado Springs Gazette ran an editorial May 19 urging candidates Mike Kopp and Scott Gessler to drop out of the race to ensure that Bob Beauprez would win the nomination over Tom Tancredo. The Gazette argued that Tancredo was not a viable candidate in the general election and that Gov. John Hickenlooper’s re-election would be a sure thing if Tancredo became the Republican nominee.