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Today's News

  • Community pulls together — but needs answers

    Heartbreak and fear are among the emotions that are smoldering in the wake of the Lower North Fork Fire, which took three lives and 27 homes after a controlled burn exploded into a 4,100-acre maelstrom 6 miles south of Conifer.

  • Wake-up call for mountain residents

    More than 23 years ago, my husband and I were house hunting in Evergreen. We spent one day looking at six homes. I walked in the front door of house No. 2, stood there a moment and said quite matter-of-factly, “This is my house.”
    After wandering through the entire place, Bob agreed.
    I love the warm, rust-colored beetle-kill pine, the large moss-rock fireplace, the cathedral ceiling that allows us to have really tall trees at Christmas. I love my kitchen, my laundry room, my pantry.
    I love my house.

  • Poll gauges views on Open Space parks

    The most visited of the 25 parks in the Jeffco Open Space system are Crown Hill Park in unincorporated Jeffco between Lakewood and Wheat Ridge and Lair o’ the Bear Park on Bear Creek.

    For those seeking peace, quiet and solitude, it might be interesting to know the least frequently visited open space areas are Pine Valley Ranch, Windy Saddle and Centennial Cone parks.

    Children are most likely to be visiting Lair o’ the Bear, Deer Creek Canyon and Apex parks.

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  • Kittredge bridge repairs set for summer

    Bridge repairs are in the works this summer for the Myers Gulch Road bridge over Bear Creek at Kittredge. Built in 1963, the span is due for an upgrade.

    The new bridge will be 37 feet wide instead of 32 feet. It will have a new concrete deck, and guardrails will be installed on the sides.

    The bridge is expected to be closed occasionally during the day during construction, but there will be an alternate route through the neighborhood at Welch Avenue and Avenue F.

  • Forecasters expect normal to below-normal precipitation

    The weather outlook for April, May and June calls for more than a 1-in-3 chance for below-average precipitation for the entire state, according to the National Weather Service.

    "The long range is hard to judge, especially in the spring," said Scott Entrekin, a NOAA meteorologist in Boulder. "We are coming into more of a neutral condition. I wouldn't put a bet on being a lot warmer or a lot more dry. It's just going to be kind of normal."

  • Five finalists remain for Evergreen fire chief

    The fire chief selection committee has narrowed the number of candidates to five and is working on setting up in-person interviews with the finalists in May.

    The names of the finalists have not been released.

    At some point, the committee will announce the finalists, and they are expected to be interviewed by the entire board of the directors of the Evergreen Fire Protection District.

  • 42-acre additon proposed for Reynolds Park

    Jeffco Open Space will purchase 42 acres on Foxton Road as an addition to Reynolds Park, pending approval by the county commissioners.

    The Jefferson County Open Space Advisory Committee approved the staff proposal to buy the property from Willard Kent Faller Trust for $255,905.

    The decision came at a regular meeting of the committee March 1. The authorization approving negotiations was June 4, 2009.

  • Reverse-911 glitches fixed, county reports

    Glitches in the emergency notification system that caused a number of homes that were supposed to be evacuated during the Lower North Fork Fire to be passed over for reverse-911 calls have now been fixed, a Jefferson County official said.

    Problems with FirstCall Network, the emergency notification company that Jeffco uses, caused fewer than 120 homes in the evacuation area not to receive the evacuation call, according to Jeff Irvin, executive director of the Jefferson County Emergency Communications Authority.

  • Seniors' Resource Center seeking volunteers amid national observance

    By Sandy Barnes

    For the Courier

    The Seniors' Resource Center in Evergreen is highlighting the need for volunteers to assist older residents with home repairs and other services during National Volunteer Week beginning April 15.

    "We're looking to serve the needy seniors," said SRC-Evergreen director Jane Weinberger. "A lot of people don't realize that many older people don't have the resources to get things done."