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Today's News

  • ‘Yellow peril’ makes its June appearance

    Have you been miserable the past two weeks? If you are allergic to pine pollen, you probably have been most uncomfortable for this has been a very heavy pollen year.

    We have jokingly called it the “yellow peril.”

    The warm, dry weather produced an abundant crop of pollen, which blew around until we finally had two rainstorms in our area that washed most of it down to the ground where it seems to stay.

  • Ballot items: Consider the source

    By any account, Colorado has a robust citizen initiative process. Both by law and practice, we are asked to vote on more proposed constitutional amendments and initiated laws than people in other states.

  • County bans medical marijuana dispensaries

    Jeffco officials on Tuesday morning approved an outright ban on medical marijuana dispensaries, voting unanimously to keep the businesses out of unincorporated areas of the county.

    The move came weeks after the passage of state legislation that granted autonomy to local governments in either regulating medical marijuana businesses or prohibiting them altogether.

  • Mustangs rally late to topple Cougars

     

  • Brand takes swimming act from the pool into coaching

     

    Andrew Brand can’t recall why exactly he got into swimming. All he knows is that he likes it.

  • Familiar faces finish first in annual 5k

     

    Hunter Markey doesn’t have the experience that Bob Weiner or Brandy Erholtz have when it comes to running. But there’s a reason for that. The Fourth of July Freedom 5k was his first race.

  • Ballot measures assailed at local gathering

    Colorado would be in more economic trouble than it already is if voters pass the three tax-slashing measures on the November ballot, a political consultant told a group recently at Mount Vernon Country Club.

    Amendment 60 would cancel voter-authorized TABOR tax-limit overrides and require public entities like airports and state colleges to pay property tax. Amendment 61 limits municipal borrowing to 10 percent of real property assessed value, among other things, and Proposition 101 virtually eliminates vehicle fees and telephone taxes.

  • Evergreen man arrested after trash workers are menaced

    A local man was arrested June 30 on charges that he fired a shot from a handgun while trying to block a trash truck from leaving the driveway of a home on Gratitude Lane in Evergreen.

    Clifford Herman Farrell, 75, was charged with felony menacing and false imprisonment and released the next day on a personal recognizance bond. Farrell lives at 28998 Fleming Road in Evergreen, west of Highway 73 near South Blue Creek Road, north of the Flying J Ranch.

  • Park district hires supervisor of rec centers

     At 53, Bob Schmitz brings more than 30 years of experience to his new job of supervisor of facilities for the Evergreen Park and Recreation District.

    Schmitz has an office at Buchanan Rec center but is officially in charge of the Wulf Recreation Center as well.

    Schmitz oversees the front-desk operations, registration, room set-up, cleanliness, plumbing, heating, cooling and maintenance.

  • A fabulous Fourth

    There’s nothing better than a small-town Fourth of July celebration, and the Indian Hills Fire Department knows how to put on a really big pyrotechnics show.

    About 40 community members and volunteer firefighters helped make possible the day’s events, which included a pancake breakfast, parade, an AirLife helicopter landing, live music and, of course, the fireworks display.