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Today's News

  • Cougars finish second to one

    LITTLETON — On the one hand, Brandon Swenson and Weston Donati-Leach could look at their performances at the 39th annual Liberty Bell and be quite content with it. But then there’s the other hand.

  • I-70 bike trail to open Friday

    The bike trail along I-70 from Genesee to Evergreen is expected to open this week.

    Colorado Department of Transportation spokeswoman Emily Wilfong said the trail is expected to open on or around Friday. The construction crew has built a path, including a pedestrian bridge, along the north side of I-70 near the Buffalo Overlook that connects to Evergreen Parkway.

    In this way, Wilfong said, bicyclists will not have to use the I-70 shoulder to travel between Genesee and the parkway.

  • Smoke in Evergreen, Conifer areas attributed to wildfire near Meeker

    Smoke reported in Evergreen, Conifer and surrounding areas Thursday night has been attributed to the Lost Solar Fire near Meeker, which is about 150 to 200 miles to the northeast.

    According to Michael Davis, spokesman for the Elk Creek Fire Protection District, the department received several reports of heavy smoke after 5 p.m.

  • Jeffco sheriff warns residents about parking ticket scam

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office is warning residents about a parking ticket scam.

    Last week a woman tried to pay the fine for a fake parking ticket at the Jefferson County courthouse. The ticket cited a violation of “inconsiderate parking for others” with a fine of $401.08. The “violation” was "issued" Aug. 30 in the 11000 block of West Sixth Avenue.

  • Time for us to reclaim nominating process

    In all presidential elections, there are voters who have unfavorable opinions of both candidates. In 1996 it was 7 percent; then 5 percent in 2000, 6 percent in 2004, and 5 percent in 2012. This time the number is 35 percent. Wow, that’s over a third of voters who are not impressed with either candidate. In fact, I predict that a record number of Americans will vote for someone other than the candidates nominated by the two parties. So the big question is, how did we nominate two candidates we don’t like and who aren’t likely to get our vote?

  • Three vehicles hit elk on Evergreen Parkway

    Three vehicles struck an elk Wednesday evening on Evergreen Parkway, leaving one of the drivers with injuries.

    Trooper Nate Reid of the State Patrol said the accident, which was reported about 8 p.m., involved a 2006 Acura, a Ram pickup and a Toyota sport utility vehicle.

    Reid said the driver of the Acura went to a hospital on their own for treatment. 

    A reporter who drove by the scene said at least one lane was closed, and that multiple agencies had responded.

  • Don’t vote to change rules for primaries

    Upon resigning from the Friar’s Club, Groucho Marx famously said, “I don’t want to belong to any club that would have me as a member.” That reasoning seems to be consistent with two ballot measures before us this fall concerning primary elections.

  • Music and flavorful fun on menu at Big Chili Cook-off

    With summer fading, the leaves changing and the air turning crisper, autumn is a time for football, jackets and — of course — chili.

    Evergreen’s Buchanan Park will host the 15th annual Big Chili Cook-off on Saturday, Sept. 10, to benefit six mountain area fire departments: Elk Creek, Evergreen, Foothills, Inter-Canyon, North Fork and Platte Canyon. The event is produced by Big Chili Inc., and is sponsored by Blue Spruce Kiwanis and many local businesses.

  • Jeffco Public Health announces syringe exchange program

    Jeffco Public Health has opened the newest state-approved syringe exchange program in Colorado, joining locations in Boulder County, Denver, Fort Collins, Pueblo and Grand Junction, according to a county news release.

  • Jeffco Open Space eyes land purchase — in Clear Creek County

    The Jeffco Open Space staff is working on a land acquisition many involved think could be unprecedented for the county.

    Last month, Open Space Director Tom Hoby met with the county commissioners to present his agency’s second-quarter update. The meeting included highlights of eight projects Hoby wants the commission to approve, the most interesting of which is a potential land deal across the county line in Clear Creek.