Today's News

  • Between rocks and a green place

     A group of Evergreen High School kids looking for a club project came up with the idea of turning the unsightly rock pile by the school's main entrance into a terrace garden full of plants, shrubs and statuary.

    Step one involved rearranging about 10 tons of rocks to make room for green things that until now have never been given a chance. As of Tuesday, June 29, one could see the makings of a dry riverbed where white rocks had been laid on the slope.

  • Humphrey Museum classes tap homemaking skills of yesteryear

    Working in the kitchen is fun when you do it with friends, learn something new, soak up a little history and somebody else does the cleaning up, as in the new series of classes offered at the Humphrey Museum in Soda Creek.

    Newly appointed museum director Angela Rayne, who has many skills, is offering classes in various aspects of homemaking for people interested in doing things the way they did them in the 1930s and ‘40s.

  • Truck hauling peaches flips on I-70

    Things were less than peachy on Interstate 70 Monday afternoon, and it required a response from the fuzz.
    Authorities were at the scene of an accident that closed the eastbound lanes of I-70 when a truck hauling peaches flipped onto its side near Lookout Mountain.
    The Colorado Department of Transportation said the accident had traffic backed up all the way to Georgetown, and CDOT was recommending that motorists use U.S. 6 to get around the closure.

  • Sheriff issues fire restrictions

    New fire restrictions have been issued for parts of unincorporated Jefferson County in an attempt to reduce human-caused wildfires.

    Jeffco Sheriff Ted Mink issued stage 1 temporary fire restrictions effective July 1 for land west of Highway 93, C-470, Highway 121 and south of C-470, according to spokesman Mark Techmeyer. Violations are punishable by a fine up to $600.

    The following activities are prohibited:

  • Xcel found not guilty in deaths at Cabin Creek plant

    By Gabrielle Porter
    For the Courier
    A jury has found Xcel Energy and Public Service Co. not guilty of violating federal workplace safety regulations in the deaths of five men in a pipe at the Cabin Creek Hydroelectric Plant in October 2007.
    The 12-person federal jury, which began deliberations last Thursday, returned not-guilty verdicts on all 10 counts against Xcel and its subsidiary. Contractor RPI Inc. and two of its executives face trial on the same charges at a later date.

  • Jazz Fest group brings revival of genre to Evergreen

    By Sterling Nelson
    For the Courier
    Patrons of the Evergreen Jazz Festival will have the opportunity to experience “the San Francisco style” of traditional jazz when the Yerba Buena Stompers set foot on stage at the Elks Ballroom at 4:15 p.m. July 29 with their “Dixieland Jazz” theme set.
    The Stompers will play three other theme sets, including “King Oliver” and “Jelly Roll Morton” (my hero), as well as four other “un-themed” sets on that Friday and during the next two days.

  • YESTERYEAR: Remembering Orrin Stransky and Evergreen’s mill-town past

    In numerous prior visits to the Stransky Ranch, I had never noticed the remnants of the mill carriage lying beside the ranch road, but today Orrin’s sawmill appeared out of the tall thatch of last season’s grass. It was easy to imagine that the “dogs” (adjustable spikes that pinned a log to the carriage) were still set for the last log Orrin cut.

  • Ice House barista set to serve up laughs

    Kristina Hall has lived in Evergreen for almost three years. During her days as a barista and bartender at the Ice House coffee shop on Main Street, she meets the finest and the quirkiest of our mountain town.

  • July 4th celebrations and fireworks

    • Evergreen: Evergreen Music Festival starting at 10 a.m. National Repertory Orchestra at 3 p.m. under the tent at Evergreen Lake. Kids Fishing Clinic, 10 a.m. Visit www.evergreenmusicfestival.org.

    • Indian Hills: Parade at 11 a.m. Fireworks at 9:20 p.m. at the Indian Hills Fire Station.

    • Georgetown: Parade at 11 a.m. Pit-roasted barbecue in City Park at noon. Fireworks at dusk.

    • Idaho Springs: Fireworks over Bridal Veil Falls and Tayler Water Wheel at dusk.

  • Elk Creek names Page interim administrative coordinator

    The Elk Creek Fire District has hired its training safety officer, Joe Page, to be temporary administrative coordinator, after embattled former fire chief Bill Dolan decided not to take the position.

    The district committee that reviews the administrative coordinator position and Dolan agreed that he would not take the job, said interim fire chief Pete Igel. Igel said it’s in the best interest of the district that Dolan stop doing the work as a volunteer and not take the paid position.