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Today's News

  • Potter fired up about education

    Bob Smith — you know that name. You may not be sure from where or how many of them you actually know. Idledale boasts Robert Rainsford Smith, and I use his middle name to distinguish him, although surely his long and prolific career as a studio potter has done that already.

  • Ballot items would devastate governments

    People in civilized societies understand that we have collective needs that can be met only through the coordinated efforts of citizens. Many of those collective needs are met through the activities of governments. We expect our federal, state, local and special-district governments to do things that it makes no sense to do individually. We drive on public roads. We get water and dispose of wastewater through governmentally owned utilities. We educate our children in public schools. We protect our homes and businesses through governmental fire departments.

  • Candidates for top offices coming to Lake House

    The community is invited to a Candidates Forum featuring most of the top choices on the November ballot at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, at the Evergreen Lake House.

    Sponsored by the Evergreen Chamber of Commerce, the forum is open to the public. Questions may be submitted in advance. Each candidate will make a 7-minute presentation from 7 to 8 p.m.

  • Information for voters in general election

    .INFORMATION FOR VOTERS 

    • Oct. 1: Last day to mail notice of election ballot issues.

    • Oct. 4: Last day to register to vote in general election

    • Oct. 5 to Nov. 2: Elector may complete a sworn affidavit for a change of address in the county clerk's office stating that he/she moved within the state no later than the 30th day before the election.

    • Oct. 12: First day mail-in ballots may be sent to voters with mail-in requests.

    • Oct. 18: Early voting for general election begins.

  • 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.