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Today's News

  • Man dies in Golden house fire

    A 67-year-old man died in a house fire in Golden on Thursday night.

    According to the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office, firefighters from Golden and Pleasant View responded about 10:48 p.m. to a fire at 1415 Isabell St.

    Neighbors had reported they could smell smoke and saw flames on the roof. Firefighters found the man’s body inside; he reportedly was the only occupant of the home at the time of the blaze.

    The fire is under investigation; the Sheriff’s Office said foul play is not suspected. 

  • County cuts $688,000 from funding to social services nonprofits

    Three Jeffco nonprofits are facing sizable cuts in funding due to tightened budgets at the county, state and federal levels.

    In its 2013 budget, Jefferson County cut $688,000 from the amount it provides to Family Tree, the Jefferson Center for Mental Health and the Seniors’Resource Center.

  • Obama’s end-of-year list should include pardons

    End-of-the-year lists are filling my in box. Here are a few examples: 10 Things Republicans Don’t Want You to Know About the “Fiscal Cliff”; the 10 Worst Ways your Children are Being Poisoned Right Now: vaccines, food, video games and more; and 12 Things You Should Always Haggle Over. There are several best album evaluators. Best films. Best tweets. Well, to me, the best tweet is no tweet at all.

  • Is this an argument we need to have?

    By Greg Dobbs

  • Finding our way to actual solutions

    Readers might be wondering why this week’s Courier has no stories with local reaction to the massacre in Newtown, Conn. — and that’s a fair question.

  • Gambel’s oak is a rare sighting in the foothills

    When I go down Little Cub Creek Road, I always look for a small cluster of Gambel’s oak, which grows on a scruffy southwest-facing slope just south of Mountain Park Road. It is a clump of small trees. Although they have single trunks and are tree shaped, they are little more than shrubs.

  • Sheriff's Calls

     

    Sound not thy klaxon

  • Loanbright owner gives gift that keeps giving

    Russell Straub has a big heart.

    His Christmas gift to his 37 employees at Loanbright.com on Meadow Drive not only made the season bright for them, but also for downtown Evergreen businesses.

    Straub gave his employees each $100 with orders that the money must be spent at downtown stores. If they spent all the money, he would give them another $100. Add to that lunch at One World Café.

    “This really isn’t about me,” Straub said, “but I wanted to do something fun, something memorable.”

  • A holiday tradition that thrills like the Dickens

    This is the time of year when holiday traditions are forged. For many of us, an annual performance of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” is part of our scrapbook of holiday memories. For several years, a small group of Evergreen Players veterans have created their own yuletide tradition by offering up heartfelt and oftentimes hilarious staged readings of the holiday classic at Center/Stage.

  • Lack of business prompts closure of El Rancho restaurant

    The historic El Rancho restaurant has closed, and it remains uncertain whether it will reopen under new operators.

    Mark Johnston, who has leased the restaurant from property owner Doug Antonoff, closed the establishment in November because of financial losses.

    “There just wasn’t enough business to sustain it,” said Johnston, who lives in Detroit. “We were doing about $1,000 in business a day with $3,000 in costs. You can do the math. I just couldn’t go any longer.” About 20 employees were laid off as a result of the closure.