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Today's News

  • Burning rubber, money

    MORRISON — Drag racing is always about the numbers.

    How many seconds does it take to cross the finish line, what is the top speed and was it all better than the car running next to you?

    So with that simple and relatively pure way to look at things, some of the numbers hanging around this sport, which saw the top drivers and crews in the nation make their annual pilgrimage to the Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway this past weekend, are quite sobering.

  • Nothing says fun like a Triple Bypass

    CLEAR CREEK COUNTY — Missy Carlisle spent a decade away from the Triple Bypass, which means she had plenty of time to come up with a good excuse not to come back.

    She had well over 3,000 days in fact, to think about how much she enjoyed not cranking up Squaw, Loveland and Vail passes, or how much she enjoyed not having to ride west from Georgetown, along a congested I-70. Or just how safer it was to be at home rather than worry if it would rain that July day, or if the winds would be too harsh.

  • Evergreen Jazz Fest to offer all that and more

    Toes will be tapping, venues will be packed and Evergreen will get a bit more hip for three days as the town welcomes back the Evergreen Jazz Festival July 24-26.

    The extravaganza will feature more than 70 hours of live music and 10 performing ensembles ranging in genre from Dixieland to swing to ragtime. Each day will feature free dance lessons, and the festival will kick off with an educational clinic given by the Carl Sonny Leyland Trio along with saxophonist and vocalist Anita Thomas.

  • Howell takes reins at Evergreen Gallery

    The Evergreen Gallery, in existence for over 20 years, has found a bustling home tucked amongst the businesses of downtown Evergreen.

    The gallery, founded in 1987 by Meryl Sabeff, is packed with unique art and has developed a following for its themed shows, during which Colorado artists create two- and three-dimensional pieces that fit a particular topic. Now, as the gallery enters its third decade, exciting changes are on the horizon.

  • Wildflowers dot the landscape, but only for a while

    The wildflowers have been spectacular this year. I can’t quite get used to the peak bloom being in June, for I am accustomed to the peak of spring bloom being in May, for that is when the broad-leafed deciduous forests of western New York are carpeted in bloom. I had forgotten that the peak of bloom is in June in Colorado. What a glorious month it has been. Not only is it green from all the rain we now have had, but now all that verdant green is splattered with the color of various wildflowers.

  • Sharing the road works for bikes and cars

    Do Colorado roads sometimes feel like the Wild, Wild West? A new law seeks safer roads and happy trails for all, here in Jeffco and throughout Colorado.

    Gov. Bill Ritter signed into law Senate Bill 148, the Bicycle Safety Bill, clarifying our state’s rules on how bicycles and motor vehicles share public roads. Sponsors Sen. Greg Brophy, R-Wray, and Rep. Michael Merrifield, D-Manitou Springs, worked with fellow legislators to find common-sense approaches that enhance road safety for everyone. The new law takes effect on Aug. 5.

  • An Act of Patriotism? Or fear?

    By Hannah Hayes

    The Earth has shifted, and days are already getting shorter. The passage of time seems to accelerate, and change is happening at breakneck speed.

  • President of Inter-Canyon fire board dies in July 4 plane crash

    Bob Chamberlain of Morrison died doing what he loved to do — flying airplanes.

    The 62-year-old pilot, and president of the Inter-Canyon Fire District board of directors, was in a restored military-style training aircraft with two other planes doing a test run for a July 4 fly-over in Tehachapi, Calif. The plane left the formation and crashed in a nearby field about 12:30 p.m.

    Chamberlain and David Zweigle, who also was in the plane, died instantly, according to Dan Hatlestad, spokesman for the Inter-Canyon Fire District.

  • Jeffco has Colorado's first 2009 case of West Nile virus

    The first confirmed case of the West Nile virus in Colorado in 2009 was confirmed last week in Jefferson County, according to the county health department.

    Jeffco public health spokeswoman Kodi Bryant said the case was confirmed in late June in an Arvada man who is recovering at home and expected to make a full recovery.

  • Postmaster shuffle in mountain area

    The Evergreen and Conifer post offices are playing musical chairs with their postmasters.

    When Evergreen postmaster Sid Henderson left to become postmaster in Parker, Lisa Mantey left the Conifer postmaster position to become the temporary Evergreen postmaster, known as the officer in charge.

    Trudy Finan, who has been Eagle’s postmaster, is filling in as Conifer’s officer in charge while Mantey is at the Evergreen post office.