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Today's News

  • Seniors’ Resource Center offers home cleaning service for elderly

    The Seniors’ Resource Center in Evergreen is offering a home cleaning service called CHORES for elderly people who need occasional assistance. The program, which is free of charge, can be used three times a year for home projects such as deep cleaning, organizing closets, and trash cleanup and removal at residences.

    The only requirement for eligibility for the CHORES program is that a person be at least 60 years old. 

  • Plans delayed for retreat center in Marshdale

    Plans for creating a retreat center at the former Grandma’s Mountain Home on Highway 73 have been delayed. 

    The current owners of the property, Luke and Renda Beard, have canceled scheduled hearings for a rezoning required to move forward with the project, said Alan Tiefenbach, a Jefferson County planner who is managing the case. The Beards want more time to work on the proposal before continuing with it, he said.

    Both the hearing for the Jeffco Planning and Zoning Commission and one scheduled for the county commissioners have been canceled.

  • Bootstraps annual Western Winefest to raise funds for scholarships

    The fifth annual Western Winefest on Aug. 16 is an opportunity to sample Colorado wines and enjoy catered foods while helping college students in need of financial assistance.

    The event is the major fund-raiser for Bootstraps, an organization that provides scholarships and loans for area students. 

    In addition to selections from 18 wineries on the Front Range and Western Slope, admission to the festival includes live entertainment by BooDaddy.

    Evergreen caterer Fresh Tracks has been selected to provide food for purchase.

  • Jeffco Open Space plan promotes increased use of social media

    Expanding the use of social media is a key strategy of the communications and community plan for Jeffco Open Space, which Thea Rock presented to the Open Space Advisory Committee last Thursday.  

    “We have 3,000 people who follow us on Facebook. We would like to increase that to 7,000,” Rock said. 

    Expanding Twitter followers from 1,300 to 5,000 also is in the plan, she said.

    “They reach a different demographic,” Rock remarked.

  • Mountain Area Land Trust expanding stewardship to neighboring counties

    The Mountain Area Land Trust is expanding its conservation efforts in the Front Range area, Brian Ballard, president of the Evergreen-based organization, said at the organization’s annual Night in the Park event on Saturday.

    “We’re measuring our success by the connectivity it creates,” Ballard said.

    Among recent accomplishments is the acquisition of 92 acres in the Pennsylvania Mountain Natural Area near Fairplay, said Ballard. The entire 500-acre property has rich biodiversity that university scientists are studying.

  • Missing woman suffering from Alzheimer's found safe

    An Evergreen woman suffering from Alzheimer’s disease who was missing overnight was found safe Thursday morning at the Bradley station at Meadow Drive and Highway 74.

    A neighbor driving to work spotted the missing woman and called authorities. She was “a little chilly” but unharmed after going missing at 7 p.m. Wednesday from her home on Troutdale Village Drive, said sheriff’s spokeswoman Jacki Kelley.

  • Missing girl found in Marshdale

    Jefferson County deputies and area fire personnel worked together to locate a 10-year-old girl who was reported missing in Marshdale late Wednesday morning, said Jeffco sheriff's spokesperson Jacki Kelley.

    While with her family at The Bistro, the girl reportedly left the restaurant on her bicycle. 

    She was found about an hour and a half later, Kelley said.

  • Caps and trade: Mushroom workshop at Flying J puts the fun in fungi

    Several a-fungi-anados gathered at Flying J Ranch last Friday morning to learn about mushrooms in the mountain area of Jefferson County.

    “We have between 2,000 and 3,000 mushroom species just in this area,” said Mary Beth Carpenter, a volunteer with the Lookout Mountain Nature Center.

    About a dozen people showed up for “Beyond Pizza: What Everyone Should Know About Mushrooms.” Carpenter led the talk on families of fungus.

  • Bowlen went from booed to beloved

    When metro area voters were being asked to extend the sales tax that had been established to build Coors Field in 1998 so a new football stadium could be built to replace aging Mile High Stadium for the Broncos, the polling showed something fascinating. One of the biggest obstacles to passage of the proposal was voters’ personal animosity toward Broncos owner Pat Bowlen.

  • Gentians, bugling elk signal end of summer

    Reprinted from Aug. 3, 2011

    The full rich days of August bring the flowering of fringed gentians, the departure of some summer birds and gangly teenage elk enjoying their first taste of independence. The incredibly beautiful fringed gentians are the dominant wildflower in South Park in August.