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Today's News

  • Big Chili Cook-off turns on the heat for year nine

     

    The ninth Big Chili Cook-Off attracted about 4,000 people to Evergreen Lake on Sunday to help area firefighters, about twice as many as last year, based on a preliminary estimate.

    This year's cook-off got a boost from the heightened fire consciousness generated by the catastrophic Fourmile Canyon Fire in the Boulder foothills. With the temperature in the 80s and mostly cloudless skies, the weather couldn't have been more perfect for an outdoor festival.

  • Family builds dream home with volunteers’ help

    Tammy Marshall was struggling to pay her rent, supporting two kids and working three jobs seven days a week. She thought about owning her own home, but as a divorced mom, it was an impossible dream.

    “I never in a million years thought I could do it,” Marshall said. “I never looked into it.”

    “I probably could have gone to Denver, but all my kids have ever known is up here. And I didn’t want to put them through any more pain.”

  • Open Space wins grant to remove trees in Elk Meadow Park

    Jefferson County Open Space’s natural resource management department is working on an $80,000 wildfire prevention project in Elk Meadow Park.

    In July, Open Space won a $40,000 grant from the federal Wildland Urban Interface grant program, which is administered locally by the Colorado State Forest Service. Open Space pays another $40,000 in matching funds.

  • Family finds unmarked grave of famous relative

    Indian Hills resident Sharon Stackhouse went on a quest to find her great-grandfather’s missing grave and unearthed the story of a respected federal Secret Service agent who was murdered in the line of duty.

    The shocking death of Stackhouse’s great-grandfather, Joseph A. Walker, 51, in Hesperus on Nov. 3, 1907, made huge headlines from Durango to Washington, D.C. But the story was largely lost to the generations of family that came after him.

  • Taming the wildfire threat

    In an effort to save hundreds of homes and lives from a devastating wildfire, members of the sheriff’s department are cutting down thousands of diseased and dying trees in the overgrown forest on the extreme western edge of Jefferson County.

    In June, this battle was being waged on the massive, privately owned Stransky Ranch, 5 miles west of Highway 73 off Brook Forest Road, at an altitude of about 9,000 feet. The Stransky Ranch has been largely preserved in a natural state.

  • Fuel buildup fuels wildfire threat

    Many of the loveliest places to live along the Front Range are located in the wildland-urban interface, the very places where wildfire is the biggest threat.

    These are lushly forested hamlets such as Evergreen, Conifer, Idaho Springs and Georgetown, or any number of mountain communities adorned with majestic trees and stunning rock outcroppings.

  • At 7 a.m. Sunday, things were heating up

    Soon after the sun rose over Evergreen Lake on Sunday, the stillness of the morning was shattered by 50 groups of people moving mini-kitchens into the parking lot.

    Coolers, stoves, cases of food, cooking utensils, tents, tables, chairs — everything was organized chaos as teams began at 7 a.m. to prepare to cook 100 different chilis for Evergreen’s ninth annual Big Chili Cookoff.

    The aroma of sautéed garlic mixed with browning pork was irresistible as the cooks and their helpers prepared to set up, stir up and dish up chili to about 4,000 attendees.

  • Davis places 5th as Cougars capture Columbine Invite

    LITTLETON — Amanda Davis took fifth place overall and Cori Graves won the bars competition as Evergreen won the Columbine Invitational on Sept. 11.

  • Theil's 81 leads Cougars to 5th place

     

     

    WESTMINSTER — Sam Theil had his fair share of issues at Hyland Hills Golf Course on Sept. 10. Be it the recently aerated greens that had been sanded down just the day before or the Par-5 holes on the Par-72 course, the Evergreen golfer ran into some issues.

  • OktoberPets 2010 auction brings hundreds to Elks Lodge

    The 2010 version of OktoberPets, an annual fundraiser for the Evergreen Animal Protective League, brought a lively crowd of animal lovers to the comfortable ambience of the Elks Lodge in Evergreen for brats, beer and more.

    The Elks served some 330 attendees, about the same number as last year, said Ginny Reiss, the event director.