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Today's News

  • Morrison police chief set to retire

    Morrison Police Chief Rudy Sandoval is retiring from his position at the end of September, and the town is moving forward with plans to hire his replacement.

    Sandoval, who has worked in the profession for more than 47 years, sent his letter of resignation to the town at the end of August.

    “It has been a real pleasure working with all the officers and town employees that were here when I was hired and those officers and employees that were hired since my appointment,” he wrote in the letter.

  • Lake bridge replacement delayed until spring 2018

    The replacement for the bridge over Bear Creek leading to the Lake House has been delayed once again and is now being projected for spring 2018.

    While the City and County of Denver had approached both the Evergreen Metropolitan District and Evergreen Park & Recreation District to help with cost overruns, Denver now has withdrawn this request.

    According to EPRD Executive Director Ellen O’Connor, Denver has told the district that the Colorado Department of Transportation will be covering the majority of the cost overruns, alongside Denver.

  • Morrison takes first peek at ‘18 budget

    The Morrison town board is taking an initial look at its 2018 budget, which is set for approval in November.

    Currently, the town is outlining a nearly $5.4 million spending plan that relies heavily on sales tax and court fines for revenue. In total, the two bring in about $1.4 million for the town.

    The budget plans for general-fund spending of $3.98 million and another $1.38 million for the town’s utility fund. For the general fund, Morrison would require approximately $464,000 from its reserves.

  • Friends of Evergreen Dog Park staying active in the community

    Even though the dog park in Evergreen is closed, the dogs — and, more importantly, their friends — aren’t content to stay indoors.

    Since the Elk Meadow dog park was closed last spring, the Friends of Evergreen Dog Park are staying active, both on the political level and within the mountain community.

  • Denver man faces felony charges for fatal accident

    Charges have been filed against a Denver man accused of causing an Aug. 28 crash on U.S. 285 that killed a 53-year-old motorcyclist.  
    Ian Fitzgerald O’Connor, 32, is facing felony charges of leaving the scene with death, vehicular homicide and reckless vehicular homicide, as well as a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence and several traffic infractions, including reckless driving, no proof of insurance, fictitious plates and more. The charges were filed by the Jeffco DA’s office.

  • EHS softball coach placed on administrative leave

    The Evergreen High School varsity softball coach has been put on administrative leave while district officials investigate a parent complaint of “unprofessional conduct involving students,” a district official said.

    “I have been put on administrative leave. It is completely unjustified,” coach Della Mitchel said in an e-mail statement to the Courier. “I am obtaining legal counsel to resolve this issue.”

  • Conifer man charged with attempted murder, kidnapping

     A 59-year-old Conifer man has been arrested and charged with first-degree attempted murder and six other felony counts in connection with a Sept. 11 incident involving the beating of his adult nephew.

  • Wildfires are a reset button for nature

    Several years have elapsed since Colorado’s foothills have seen significant fires, but the haze that persisted over our skies reminds us that the danger of forest fires is real. We worry about homes, pets and memories. But with wildfire as the most serious threat to our state, what happens to the wild animals when the fires ignite and begin rapidly spreading along with its acrid smoke and extreme heat?
    For pets and livestock, there are plans in place.

  • Importance of a nonpartisan school board race

    Jason Glass

  • Widening the great divide

    John Newkirk