Today's News

  • Commissioners reject short-term vacation rentals

    The Jeffco commissioners voted 2-1 Tuesday morning against allowing homeowners to rent their homes to vacationers and visitors on a short-term basis.

    The board quickly dispatched an issue that has been a hot subject at numerous meetings since September when the planning department first proposed the idea of changing the zoning regulations.

    Unlike the county commissioners, the planning commission voted 5-2 in favor of allowing short-term rentals, with conditions, at a meeting Dec. 9.

  • Small change could prove big for Cougar football

    It’s kind of fitting that the “Get Back” was the top song the last time Evergreen made the playoffs in football.

    For the record, it was November of 2004, rapper Ludacris was top of the charts and the Cougars had extended their season by one week before getting pasted 47-2 by Niwot.

    Getting back to the playoffs in 2010 might have gotten a little easier thanks to a reshuffled leauge, know for the next two years as the Class 3A Metro South League.

  • Skate the Lake set to go at Evergreen Lake

    The 13th annual Skate the Lake Winter Festival will run from 6 p.m. to midnight on New Year’s Eve, with all proceeds benefiting Drive Smart Evergreen/Conifer.

    In addition to skating Thursday evening on Evergreen Lake, there will be food, dancing, bonfires, sleigh rides and music provided by Straykatz Production. Fireworks displays will start at 8 p.m. and at midnight.

  • Local woman kidnapped, sexually assaulted

    A housecleaner who lives in an apartment in Kittredge is facing charges of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 44-year-old local woman.


    Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies arrested Joel M. Herrin, 44, at his Kittredge apartment about 10:40 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29.

    As deputies were approaching the dwelling, the suspect opened the door and surrendered, according to a sheriff’s department news release. The man’s address was listed as 26194 Columbine Trail in Kittredge.

  • Evergreen sweeps tri-meet

    Dan Downs rarely goes down.

    The Evergreen wrestler might give up some points and look as if he’s in a spot of trouble, but he’s not the same wrestler he was this time last year.

    No, Downs thinks things are looking up with a 9-3 record this season..

    “I’m looking to make it to state,” he said. “That’s my goal. Always has been.”

  • Banner for Ice Melt contest swiped from bank

    The banner advertising the Ice Melt Barrel contest was stolen from Evergreen National Bank on Dec. 12 or 13.

    The Ice Melt contest is a benefit for local nonprofit organizations Drive Smart Evergreen-Conifer and the special needs program of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District.

    Call Maren Schreiber, coordinator of the special needs program, at 720-880-1219 with any information. 

    Contact Vicky Gits at vicky@evergreenco.com or 303-350-1042. Check www.CanyonCourier.com for updates.



  • Winter solstice heralds the coming of spring

    Looking out the window, I still see snow on the ground, and we will have snow for at least three more months. However, this past Monday, Dec. 20, was the changing point, and yesterday was the beginning of the change, the winter solstice, or the first day of winter.

    That’s the day my husband, Bill, used to call the best day of the year because it meant that from that day forward every day became a bit longer, and this meant spring was on its way. The best time of the year.

  • State budget: Here come the cuts

    Last week, the Denver Post reported that “Colorado’s budget shortfall has grown another $40 million, reaching a projected $600.6 million for the fiscal year that ends in June.” This is due in large part to declining tax revenues as a result of bad economic conditions.

    To make matters worse, in the upcoming fiscal year — which ends in July — the budget shortfall is expected to be $1.5 billion. 

    To put those numbers into perspective, the stateís operating budget for fiscal 2009-10 is just about $19 billion.

  • Va. firm to conduct community survey for rec district

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District on Dec. 8 approved the selection of Responsive Management Inc. of Harrisonburg, Va., to conduct a district-wide telephone-based community survey in 2010.

    Responsive Management is a survey research firm specializing in natural resource and outdoor recreation issues.

    The study measuring customer needs and satisfaction is to be awarded immediately contingent on an interview and signed contract based on the proposal.

  • Remembering 2009: Storms, controversy shaped year in news

    In the freak accident category, the best story of the year was an Evergreen mountain climber’s account of how he survived a direct lightning hit on 14,265-foot Quandary Peak in the middle of summer.

    Oil-and-gas lawyer T.J. Carroll and his Tibetan terrier, Zengi, were about 15 minutes from the top at about noon when the strike came out of a few harmless-looking clouds.