Today's News

  • Rock scaling to close lanes of 285 on Monday

    A rock-scaling operation on U.S. 285 at C-470 will tie up traffic on Monday, and the Colorado Department of Transportation is urging drivers to avoid the area.
    On Oct. 24, CDOT crews will remove lose rock from the Hogback area along U.S. 285 just west of C-470.
    Scaling operations will be done from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with lane closures for 20 minutes several times each hour.
    Bob Wilson, CDOT spokesman, said the closures are a necessary inconvenience.

  • Biglen facing recall election at Elk Creek

    Elk Creek Fire Protection District board president Tim Biglen has until Monday to resign or face a recall election.

    A certification of sufficiency was provided Wednesday to the committee that initiated the recall. The committee turned in 482 signatures. Of those, 379 were determined to be valid, and 103 were rejected. The petition needed 300 valid signatures to force the recall election, according to Larry Hauser, recall effort spokesman.

    Biglen would not comment on the development.

  • Director has special connection to ‘Memoirs’

    Many of playwright Neil Simon’s award-winning plays were autobiographical in nature. The acclaimed 1983 hit “Brighton Beach Memoirs” was no exception. In the case of the upcoming Evergreen Players production, the show is semi-autobiographical not only for the playwright but for the director as well.

  • Stakes high in school board race

    A campaign flier being distributed for Jeffco school board candidate Preston Branaugh contains the following conversation.
    “DadVanHorn: So what did our sons learn in school today?
    “Son: I learned we evolved from mud.
    “Son: I learned we’ll be safer when all our firearms are confiscated.
    “Son: I learned that you don’t pay enough taxes.”

  • Squirrels bring life, activity through winter months

    When I was out on the patio to catch some of the fine fall sunshine the other day, I was sworn at with a loud, vociferous, emphatic blast of squirrel language. The western red squirrel, which has been challenging me all summer, had in just a few cold days claimed the patio as his territory with firm determination and loud raucous cussing at everyone else who thought to claim it for a few hours.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    The good news is, he managed to save his game

  • Banner signs clear Planning Commission hurdle

    The Jeffco Planning Commission voted 7-1 to endorse a proposed regulation allowing businesses to display up to one banner sign and one sandwich board per location. The decision came during a regular a meeting Oct. 12.

    The ban on banner signs, however, won't be officially over until the Board of County Commissioners votes on the issue.

    Shirley Johnson of Conifer, chair of the planning board, voted against the proposal. Voting in favor were Tim Rogers, Nancy Ferguson, Larry Anna, Richard Olson, Jack Bestall and James Price.

  • Weed-eating fish on way to Evergreen Lake

    A fish that loves to eat lake weeds and can grow to 50 pounds is being introduced to Evergreen Lake this fall in hopes that it will seriously reduce the massive vegetation problem.

    Last summer park and water district workers laboriously removed 25 truckloads, or about 25 tons, of elodea, a common lake weed that for some reason grew to massive proportions last summer.

  • Summer homes brought friends, fun to Evergreen

    Evergreen would blossom every spring shortly after the end of the school year with the opening of the summer homes that had been drained and shuttered into hibernation for the winter. Tire tracks, other than those of the Mountain Protection Association, along with the glow of porch lights, would announce the arrival of family or guests — friends who long ago came for a summer visit and have stayed for generations.

  • A sweet way to help local charities

    Frozen yogurt will be available at the Café at The Place starting this weekend, and this sweet treat provides a bonus: About half of the purchase price will go to local charities.

    Called Yogurt for a Cause, the program will allow yogurt buyers to help decide who will get some much-needed help.