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Today's News

  • Short-term rentals run afoul of regulation

    For example, Keith and Rebecca Briggs own five houses in the Evergreen area and rent them short-term to vacationers and wedding guests. The business is labor intensive, not very lucrative and also violates existing zoning regulations in Jefferson County. But they are far from alone.

    Like the Briggses, dozens of homeowners from Upper Bear Creek to Conifer are part of a growing underground hospitality industry in which individual owners are renting out their houses on a short-term basis for profit.

  • Hiwan covenant war reaches uneasy truce

    While recent court rulings have effectively ended open hostilities in the bitter covenant dispute that has raged across Hiwan Country Club for the better part of two years, they've done little to reconcile competing theories of proper neighborhood management, and even less to mend a whole bunch of badly broken fences.

  • Event Sept. 26 will take hard-to-recycle items

    Two sites in El Rancho Town Center will be accepting drop-offs of household hazardous wastes and hard-to-recycle items on Sept. 26.

    The two sites, Evergreen Country Day School and Walmart, will accept the drop-offs between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on the designated day, said Mereth Meade, a member of the Evergreen Rotary Club’s Project Earth Committee, which is sponsoring the recycling event.

    This is Evergreen Rotary’s second annual all-inclusive event that collects hard-to-dispose-of items on the same day.

  • Denver man dies in fall near Maxwell Falls

    The man who died Wednesday near Maxwell Falls has been identified as Gregory Woodman, 48, of Denver. Woodman was with an unidentified companion when he died.

    Woodman was wearing a climbing harness when he fell about 50 feet off a cliff, said Jim Shires, spokesman for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

    The accident occurred about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, at the upper trailhead to Maxwell Falls, about 8 miles southwest of Evergreen on Brook Forest Road.

  • Snafu delays county employees’ checks

    An administrative error left hundreds of county employees without the paychecks they expected to receive on Sept. 4.

  • A lucky strike: Evergreen man survives lightning strike during hike on Quandary Peak

    It was a freak lightning strike that involved no thunder, rain or warning, except for some dark clouds. It was a cold day in the 30s, and snow began falling on the 14,000-foot peak after noon. Others in the vicinity said there was a single, terrifying bolt of lightning.

    “I was the only person there who wasn’t traumatized by the events. I couldn’t remember anything,” said T.J. Carroll, an oil and gas attorney with Kinder Morgan in Lakewood. “Everybody else was totally freaked out.”

  • Wet summer has brought new weeds to the area

    On Friday evening, Aug.14, the Weed Awareness Committee met for its last summer weed pulling at Evergreen Lake.

  • Curing an ailing health care system

    By Hannah Hayes

    After hearing the phrase “health care reform,” it’s sorely disappointing to see how shallow the thinking goes. All that’s being talked about is how to pay for exactly the same kind of health care that many Americans already have. The finances of medicine are in shambles, but true reform should go much further if the aim is to raise the quality of life.

  • Crawford happy to be with Stingers

    Zac Crawford can’t stop smiling.

    After working at the US Olympic Center in Colorado Springs, Crawford, who was living in Alabama at the time, fell in love with the Rocky Mountains and vowed that if an opportunity presented itself for him to move to the state, he would.

    That opportunity, in form of being the Stingers Soccer Club’s Developmental Director of Coaching, arose and Crawford literally jumped at the chance.

  • Maximum effort: Stout defense, timely hitting push Evergreen past Platte Canyon

    Some first games pack more intrigue than others.

    Consider the Cougars, who were young and inexperienced at the Class 4A varsity level, facing off against an experienced group from perennial 3A power Platte Canyon.

    You gotta love being young.

    “I was kind of expecting some first-game jitters, but I thought defensively we just played lights out,” Evergreen coach Scott Haebe said after the Cougars scored a well earned 7-2 nonleague season-opening victory Aug. 26.