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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Jeffco sheriff joins countywide auto theft task force

    Car thieves in Jeffco now must combat a much more organized police presence.

    The Jefferson County Regional Auto Theft Task Force, which launched July 1, teams car-theft investigators from the Jeffco Sheriff's Office and police from Arvada, Lakewood and Wheat Ridge.

  • Church raising funds for football bleachers

    This October, Evergreen High School might be able to host a home football game for the first time since 1978.

    The school, whose current bleachers seat a little over 300, may be getting larger, portable bleachers with the help of Journey Community Church, Conifer High School and the Jefferson County school district.

    Conifer and Evergreen high schools will share the bleachers, which can seat 2,000 people.

  • County to seek legislation granting more power to regulate bicyclists

    Amid the controversy over a proposed charity bicycle event on Deer Creek Canyon Road, the Jeffco commissioners will propose state legislation that would give them more authority to bar cyclists from some county roads altogether.

  • Girl and dog enjoy first race together

    EVERGREEN — Running, or any form of exercise, is typically more enjoyable when you have someone to share the experience with.

    Abby Bond likes to run. She also likes her 11 year-old dog, Sasha.

    About a month ago, the 14 year-old Bond combined her two interests. The results were magic.

    The duo set out a couple of times a week on runs that would go around three miles. On the non-running days, Bond and her trusty sidekick made sure to at least get in a quality walk.