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Today's News

  • Hazmat spill at Evergreen home forces evacuation

    The Evergreen Fire Department and West Metro/Arvada hazmat teams responded to a chemical spill at 2785 Lemaster Drive in Evergreen on Monday evening that forced an evacuation of about 12 homes.

    By about 8:30 p.m., authorities had determined the spill contained nitric acid used for stripping furniture, Evergreen Fire Chief Garry DeJong said.

    The residents who were evacuated were able to return to their homes; some had gathered at Alderfer/Three Sisters Park.

    A private company was hired to clean up the site on

  • Repairs under way on Mount Evans Scenic Byway

    State highway crews will be smoothing out bumps and finishing repair work on the Mount Evans Highway Scenic Byway near Summit Lake from Aug. 18 to 20.

    Weather permitting, the road to the top will continue to be open, with lane closures in various places, CDOT spokesman Bob Wilson said Friday.

    Although the weather was cold and rainy Friday, the scenic drive to summit was still open as of noon, according to CDOT’s traffic operations center in Denver.

  • Be careful what you wish for as presidential politics turn nasty

    Be careful what you wish for! For as long as I can remember, Coloradans of all political persuasions have lamented the fact that we weren’t players in presidential politics. We weren’t players in the nominating process because of our timing and relatively few delegates. We weren’t players in general elections because we were such a lock for the Republican nominee. A Democrat hasn’t had the majority of presidential votes in Colorado since I started voting.

  • Negative ads a consequence of failed 'reforms'

    With primary season ending and the general election ramping up, we’re once again being inundated with political advertisements on television and radio. These ads have a predictable style and rhythm, depending on their source and whether they are for or against a candidate.

    The most common type is the positive ad from the candidate — well-lit, focused and upbeat. Mountains are often visible in the background. There may be some general discussion about issues, but it’s usually vague.

  • Eastern fence lizards frequent our area

    A few weeks ago a lady named Elizabeth phoned to tell me she had seen a lizard in her yard on Old Squaw Pass Road. She was delighted to have this new resident sharing her garden but wondered what kind it was and why she had never seen one before.

    The answer to what kind of lizard it is: It probably is an eastern fence lizard, since they are the only species likely to be seen here.

  • Half-marathon delivers full challenge

    IDAHO SPRINGS — Wayne Cousineau can run a half-marathon as good as most anyone his age.

    His only problem is finishing the race in a way that doesn’t resemble Lazarus.

    Cousineau crossed the finish line of the Georgetown to Idaho Springs Half-Marathon on Aug. 9, before crumpling to the ground with legs that no longer worked and a distant gaze.

    And that was progress for the Boulder runner.

  • Habitat readies for a fast and furious fall

    September promises to be a memorable month for two deserving Evergreen families, and, over at Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity, excitement is building.

    “We’re going to build two homes in nine days,” says Blue Spruce development director Pandora Reagan. “Nationally, the Home Builders Blitz is sort of a Habitat tradition, but this is our first one.”

  • Indian Hills woman pulling together DNC's opening act

    Exactly how Indian Hills resident Kerry Kurt found herself responsible for about half of Denver’s most coveted outdoor venue on the one day in history when much of the world’s attention will be focused there makes for a curious tale.

    “It was not a simple, straightforward process,” says Kurt, 44. “It’s kind of amazing, when you think about it. I think it’s a spirit thing: energy, force, grace — whatever you want to call it.”

  • Heat is off: Mark Davidson retires after three decades as a firefighter

    During his 29 years as a volunteer firefighter in Evergreen, Mark Davidson was something of a superman, logging the equivalent hours of a professional firefighter doing the job practically full time.

    At his peak, Davidson responded to 500 to 600 calls per year for five years. When he got married, he cut back to only about 400 and still had time to raise two boys and hold down a job running the family insurance company, Davidson Insurance Agency.

  • Coffman wins GOP congressional primary, Jeffco vote

    Colorado Secretary of State Mike Coffman defeated three fellow Republicans in the Aug. 12 primary to replace outgoing 6th District Congressman Tom Tancredo. In Jefferson County returns, Coffman bested businessman Wil Armstrong by roughly 10 percentage points.

    In overall final results, Coffman tallied 40.1 percent of the vote, compared to 32.8 percent for Armstrong, a business leader and son of former Sen. Bill Armstrong. Highlands Ranch state Sen. Ted Harvey was in third place with 15.3 percent, and Centennial state Sen. Steve Ward had 11.8 percent.