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Today's News

  • Greater roadrunner a great find for birders

    An unusual visitor has for months been leaving diminutive footprints next to the massive famed Iguanodon track fossils on Dinosaur Ridge.

    A greater roadrunner, whom museum staff has named Rascal, was first spotted in early fall, at least 130 miles from the terrestrial bird’s nearest known habitat. The sighting, which has since spurred numerous confirmations by enthusiastic local birdwatchers, prompted Colorado groups to issue rare-bird alerts.

  • Park district wins $150,000 to spruce up Wulf Park

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District was awarded a $150,000 grant from by the Jefferson County Open Space Division to renovate and replace the playground at the Wulf Recreation Center.

    The money goes to supplement a proposed $400,000 improvement project, encompassing basketball, skateboarding and tennis at Wulf Park.

    The grants still have to be approved by the county commissioners.

  • Family fun center may replace Bergen 7 Theaters

    A group of local investors has purchased the former AMC movie theater complex at 1204 Bergen Parkway and plans to expand and remodel it into a family fun center, including bowling alleys, an arcade, billiards and a sports bar.

    A new funplex could give an economic boost to the businesses in the nearby Bergen Village Shopping Center, which now has the large empty movie theater building at its gateway.

  • Heated debate over Bear Creek water temperature

     Bear Creek, the waterway that feeds the Evergreen area from Mount Evans to Kittredge and beyond, is back on the list of the state’s impaired streams after water-quality authorities examined data showing the temperature levels were above the limit on two occasions in 2010.

    In one case, the increase exceeded the standard by 0.01 degree Celsius, and in the other case it was 0.41 degree Celsius, both of which are less than 1 degree Fahrenheit. Both cases were based on a weekly average, one ending July 27 and one ending Aug. 2 in 2010.

  • County seeks citizen input on elections

    The Jeffco clerk and recorder is seeking public comment about whether the 2012 primary election should be held as an all-mail election. The public comment period ends Jan. 30. There will be a public hearing before the Board of County Commissioners on Jan. 31.

    The 2010 primary was the first primary conducted by mail ballot in Jefferson County. It resulted in a record-breaking turnout and cost half a million dollars less than the previous polling place election in 2008.

    In 2008, 94 percent of the voters chose to vote by mail.

  • Maestros of the ropes

    Men and women who enjoy dangling on ropes from extremely high and dangerous places like wind turbines came to Evergreen on Saturday for the fifth annual Rope Access Olympics.

     

    Staged in the Alpine Rescue Team headquarters building and the Foothills Fire/Rescue vehicle barn, the event featured some 28 competitors who vied to solve various complicated rope problems.

    The first involved transferring a 220-pound, crash-test dummy to safety while suspended in midair from a spider web of ropes, carabiners and various implements.

  • Eastbound I-70 cleared at Chief Hosa

    All  lanes going east at Chief Hosa near milemarker 253 were open at 3 p.m. following an accident at 1:37 p.m.

  • Echo Mountain seeing record attendance

    Echo Mountain ski resort is having a record year.
    Sales of daily lift tickets are up 81 percent, and enrollment in the ski and ride school is up 71 percent over this time last year, according to resort officials. In addition, rentals have increased 77 percent and retail sales 42 percent.

  • ‘Orbit’ a high point for two theater mainstays in Evergreen

    Witnessing the birth of a new theatrical work is a rare gift. It is especially rare when the director and playwright are both local residents and the premiere is taking place right in Evergreen. Theater-goers won’t want to miss this creative collaboration between two mainstays of the Evergreen theater world, playwright Scott Gibson and director Len Matheo. Mark your calendars for opening night of the Evergreen Players’ production of “Remaining in Orbit.”

  • Marshdale Elementary partners with foundation for fund-raising

    Marshdale Elementary School has found another way to raise money by becoming a partner with the Jefferson Foundation.
    Anyone who makes a donation to the school through the foundation gets a tax deduction, and school officials hope that will create more incentive to help the school pay for things that are not being funded because of budget cuts.
    The Jefferson Foundation is the nonprofit fund-raising arm of Jefferson County Public Schools.