Today's News

  • CU cross country runner Rice returns to the top at annual Freedom Run 5k

    Nathan Rice says he pretty much knows where he’s at when he’s running. The 22-year-old especially knows when he’s getting toward the end. He’ll look at his watch and kick it the last two minutes hard.

    Yet, that’s easier said than done when you’re battling injuries.

    “I just came off a knee injury, hernia surgery eight months ago. I’ve been running light to see where I was, how I’m doing,” Rice said.

  • Ban on banner signs on hold for six months

    Downtown Evergreen restaurant owner Susan Yeagley can now put up a banner advertising whatever she wants without fear of landing in court.

    On June 28, the county commissioners voted to enact a six-month moratorium on enforcement of zoning rules prohibiting certain temporary signs.

    A few months ago Yeagley, the owner of One World Cafe, started collecting signatures on a petition protesting the Jeffco zoning regulations that prohibit banner and roof signs. About 150 people signed it.

  • Traffic-signal poles replaced on Evergreen Parkway

    The Colorado Department of Transportation is replacing 12 signal poles and their bases on Evergreen Parkway from South Soda Creek Road to Highway 103 due to wear and tear.

    Three intersections on Highway 74 are getting the upgrades: Bergen Parkway North at South Soda Creek Road; Squaw Pass Road (Highway 103); and Bergen Parkway. Other intersections will be done at a later date.

  • Between rocks and a green place

     A group of Evergreen High School kids looking for a club project came up with the idea of turning the unsightly rock pile by the school's main entrance into a terrace garden full of plants, shrubs and statuary.

    Step one involved rearranging about 10 tons of rocks to make room for green things that until now have never been given a chance. As of Tuesday, June 29, one could see the makings of a dry riverbed where white rocks had been laid on the slope.

  • Humphrey Museum classes tap homemaking skills of yesteryear

    Working in the kitchen is fun when you do it with friends, learn something new, soak up a little history and somebody else does the cleaning up, as in the new series of classes offered at the Humphrey Museum in Soda Creek.

    Newly appointed museum director Angela Rayne, who has many skills, is offering classes in various aspects of homemaking for people interested in doing things the way they did them in the 1930s and ‘40s.

  • Truck hauling peaches flips on I-70

    Things were less than peachy on Interstate 70 Monday afternoon, and it required a response from the fuzz.
    Authorities were at the scene of an accident that closed the eastbound lanes of I-70 when a truck hauling peaches flipped onto its side near Lookout Mountain.
    The Colorado Department of Transportation said the accident had traffic backed up all the way to Georgetown, and CDOT was recommending that motorists use U.S. 6 to get around the closure.

  • Sheriff issues fire restrictions

    New fire restrictions have been issued for parts of unincorporated Jefferson County in an attempt to reduce human-caused wildfires.

    Jeffco Sheriff Ted Mink issued stage 1 temporary fire restrictions effective July 1 for land west of Highway 93, C-470, Highway 121 and south of C-470, according to spokesman Mark Techmeyer. Violations are punishable by a fine up to $600.

    The following activities are prohibited:

  • Xcel found not guilty in deaths at Cabin Creek plant

    By Gabrielle Porter
    For the Courier
    A jury has found Xcel Energy and Public Service Co. not guilty of violating federal workplace safety regulations in the deaths of five men in a pipe at the Cabin Creek Hydroelectric Plant in October 2007.
    The 12-person federal jury, which began deliberations last Thursday, returned not-guilty verdicts on all 10 counts against Xcel and its subsidiary. Contractor RPI Inc. and two of its executives face trial on the same charges at a later date.

  • Jazz Fest group brings revival of genre to Evergreen

    By Sterling Nelson
    For the Courier
    Patrons of the Evergreen Jazz Festival will have the opportunity to experience “the San Francisco style” of traditional jazz when the Yerba Buena Stompers set foot on stage at the Elks Ballroom at 4:15 p.m. July 29 with their “Dixieland Jazz” theme set.
    The Stompers will play three other theme sets, including “King Oliver” and “Jelly Roll Morton” (my hero), as well as four other “un-themed” sets on that Friday and during the next two days.

  • YESTERYEAR: Remembering Orrin Stransky and Evergreen’s mill-town past

    In numerous prior visits to the Stransky Ranch, I had never noticed the remnants of the mill carriage lying beside the ranch road, but today Orrin’s sawmill appeared out of the tall thatch of last season’s grass. It was easy to imagine that the “dogs” (adjustable spikes that pinned a log to the carriage) were still set for the last log Orrin cut.