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Today's News

  • The day the ducks came down

    The second annual Dam Ducky Derby in Evergreen got off to a flying start on Saturday with a dramatic aerial drop of nearly 7,000 orange bath toys into Bear Creek below the Evergreen Lake dam.

    Instead of the float-and-release strategy of last year's event, organizers recruited Evergreen Fire/Rescue to do the honor of kicking off the big duck race from a bulging net suspended about 35 feet in the air over the water.

  • Planning board frowns on legalizing short-term rentals

    The Jeffco Planning Commission voted 6-1 Wednesday night to reject a recommendation in favor of legalizing short-term vacation-rental houses in unincorporated Jefferson County.

    During the three-hour hearing, 14 parties spoke against and three people spoke in favor of the proposal, which included some moderate restrictions. Opponents included a couple of HOAs from Littleton and numerous residents of Evergreen.

  • Two-man exhibition at Mirada soars

    William Butler Yeats wrote, “I know that I shall meet my fate somewhere among the clouds above.” Although Yeats was referring to an Irish airman, the same can be said for the latest exhibition at Mirada Fine Arts Gallery, “in the CLOUDS.” In this innovative show, Mirada has combined the talents of two disparate artists to create a show that is full of color and whimsy, as well as those moments of emotional reflection that can be found in the clouds above.

  • Jefferson County should reconstitute audit committee

    The Candid Curmudgeon

  • Words and dreams can set the caged bird free

    “There is nothing like dream to create the future. Utopia today, flesh and blood tomorrow.”
    ­— Victor Hugo, “Les Miserables”

  • Ronald Reagan is not my hero

    Courier columnist Rob Witwer whet my appetite for a little repartee on politics with his recent comment that the next election cycle needs a leader like Ronald Reagan.
    Granola and soy milk spewed all over the breakfast table as I guffawed. Ronald Reagan? Really? Whose American hero is he?
    Reagan’s popularity soared when an insane would-be assassin with weak ties to Evergreen gunned him down. Some wish to credit Reagan with the fall of the Berlin Wall, but history favors Mikhail Gorbachev on that one.

  • Gentians, bugling elk signal the end of summer

    The full rich days of August bring the flowering of fringed gentians, the departure of some summer birds and gambling teenage elk enjoying their first taste of independence. The incredibly beautiful fringed gentians are the dominant wildflower in South Park in August.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    A false economy

  • Fire Chief DeJong leaving Evergreen for Idaho

    After four years as chief of Evergreen Fire/Rescue, Garry DeJong is leaving to become fire chief of the Lewiston Fire Department in Lewiston, Idaho. His last day will be Oct. 7, when his current contract ends.

    Members of the Evergreen Fire Protection District board told the fire chief in June that his services were no longer needed and that they wanted to take the department in another direction, DeJong said.

    The idea of hiring a district manager instead of a new fire chief was mentioned, DeJong said.

  • 16 county businesses caught selling liquor to minors

     

    Sixteen Jeffco liquor providers were cited for providing alcohol to a minor in a recent large-scale sting operation, marking a significant increase in the percentage of stores cited over previous years.

    Two of the establishments are in the Evergreen area: the Bradley station at 10800 Highway 73 and Fruit of the Vine Spirits & Wine at 19423 North Turkey Creek Road.

    As part of the yearly sting operation, underage sheriff’s cadets attempted to purchase beer without providing identification at 70 county businesses.