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Today's News

  • Memories still scorch a year later

    A fellow editor recently referred to me as an “excrement magnet”— and those of you familiar with editors know that this phrase has been modified for a family-friendly publication. I have found myself at ground zero for stories ranging from the JonBenet Ramsey slaying to the school shootings at Columbine and Platte Canyon high schools and Deer Creek Middle School.

  • Elusive Townsend’s solitaires guard their juniper berry stash

    We moved into this house on April 19, 1965. That’s nearly 48 years ago, but many of you may recall the article I wrote about trying to find a pygmy owl that we heard calling that first night.

    Unfortunately, I do not hear pygmy owls calling as much as I used to. Their call is much more often heard than the owls are seen, for these tiny owls can disappear in a clump of pine needles or other foliage, and they are ventriloquists. They are not where you think they are.

  • Victims of Lower North Fork Fire gather at Capitol on one-year anniversary

    Victims of the Lower North Fork Fire packed the state Capitol on the blaze’s one-year anniversary to appeal to Gov. John Hickenlooper and Colorado Attorney General John Suthers for compensation for damages.

    March 26 marked the one-year anniversary of the start of the wildfire, which burned 4,100 acres, destroyed two dozen homes and claimed three lives. The fire erupted when a state-overseen prescribed burn re-ignited in high winds 6 miles south of Conifer.

  • SHERIFF'S CALLS

    Making the case for caller-ID

  • Party for Parks planned April 5 at Red Rocks

    Three organizations are joining forces to produce a public fund-raiser to support programs that connect children and families to nature. The Party for Parks will be held at the Red Rocks Visitor Center from 6 to 10 p.m. April 5. Tickets are $50 at www.jeffcooutdoors.org.  
    The Jefferson County Outdoors Foundation, the Denver Mountain Parks Association and Great Outdoors Colorado are sponsoring the gala, which celebrates multiple anniversaries. Proceeds benefit nonprofit Jeffco Outdoors,  formerly known as the Jeffco Open Space Foundation.

  • Paradise reclaimed

    When development threatened to turn their paradise into parking lots, the people of Jefferson County decided to preserve the beautiful landscapes they treasured before open land became subdivision material.

  • 'A tsunami of flames’: Residents will never forget that fateful March day, and the ferocious fire

    On March 26 of last year, hell came to 4,000 acres 6 miles south of Conifer.

    As the battle to fully control the Lower North Fork Fire continued for a week, residents waited and watched as they learned about three neighbors who lost their lives and homeowners who lost everything in a blaze that was sparked when a prescribed burn escaped in high winds.

  • One year after Lower North Fork Fire, victims still fight for restitution as area tries to heal

    One year after a state-overseen prescribed burn re-ignited in high winds and torched 4,100 acres south of Conifer, officials have made several changes to address some of the glitches in procedures and protocols that were apparent during the horrific blaze.

    But for victims of the Lower North Fork Fire last March, the changes have amounted to too little, and have come decidedly too late.

  • Couple battling to rebuild lives after losing home

    One year after a state-overseen prescribed burn re-ignited in high winds and torched 4,100 acres south of Conifer, officials have made several changes to address some of the glitches in procedures and protocols that were apparent during the horrific blaze.

    But for victims of the Lower North Fork Fire last March, the changes have amounted to too little, and have come decidedly too late.

  • The mighty Quigley: Pooch on patrol prevents fire in Evergreen

    Quigley is Evergreen Meadows’ new best friend.

    The 4-year-old soft-coated Wheaten terrier saved the subdivision along Highway 73 from a wildfire on March 18. He was honored Monday night by Evergreen firefighters for his keen sense of smell and perseverance in getting his owner to walk across the backyard and find flames in a pile of dry pine needles on a neighbor’s property. The fire ignited after ashes that weren’t completely cooled had been thrown out, and the wind re-ignited them.