Today's News

  • Elected officials face voters using handheld remotes

    The meeting was one of four events hosted in October and November in various locations around the county. A Nov. 16 event was scheduled to make up for one that was canceled because of weather. (See end of story for more dates.)

    About 45 people were in attendance Monday night, in addition to County Commissioners Kevin McCasky, Faye Griffin and Kathy Hartman.

  • Jeffco envisions all-encompassing land-use plan

    Public comments are due by Nov. 9. The planning commission is scheduled to take action at a meeting Dec. 9 at 6:15 p.m., during which public testimony will be taken. (The Board of County Commissioners doesn’t hold a hearing or vote on the plan.)

    The approximately 500-page document is an attempt to define the countywide rules that will govern development in unincorporated Jefferson County for years to come.

  • Crane accident halts work on treatment plant roof

    The accident forced authorities to take the machinery off line temporarily, but the tank was pumped out and the equipment was back on line and functioning as usual by Saturday.

    The truck, owned by RMS Cranes Inc. of Colorado Springs, lost its brakes, Gerry Schulte, executive director of the Evergreen Metro District, said as he surveyed the damage Friday.

    Schulte estimated the insurance claim would be about $500,000.

  • Cultural district distributes 2009 funds

    The biggest fund winners in the Evergreen area were Center for the Arts Evergreen, Evergreen Chorale and the Evergreen Players, with $27,072, $27,229 and $24,450, respectively.

    Tier III organizations in Jefferson County received $828,728 out of a total distribution of $5.2 million for all seven counties in the district.

    Tier I is defined as the leading cultural institutions, such as the Denver Art Museum. Tier II are regional organizations. Tier III includes 300 local volunteer or professional groups that apply for funding through their respective counties.

  • Meeting on short-term vacation rentals now set for Nov. 18

    The Jeffco planning commission meeting concerning short-term vacation rentals was canceled and postponed until Nov. 18 because of the scnowstorm. The board was scheduled to meet Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 3:15 p.m.

    Visit www.jeffco.us/planning for information on the Nov. 18 meeting. The purpose of Wednesday's meeting was decide on a final recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners. The public testimony portion of the hearing has been closed. The matter then goes to the commissioners in about three weeks after the planning commission makes a recommendation.

  • Snow eases; Jeffco schools to reopen Friday

    The season's first big snowstorm left up to 3 1/2 feet in some parts of Evergreen, but the precipitation eased enough Thursday night for Jeffco schools to announce they would reopen Friday.

    Scattered snow showers were expected to continue overnight. Sporadic power outages were reported throughout Evergreen during the storm, and roads alternated between merely slick and outright treacherous.

    Check our website for updates.


  • Courier offices remain closed

    The main office of Evergreen Newspapers and the Canyon Courier in Evergreen remains closed for business because of the snowstorm.

    The office will reopen as usual Friday morning.

  • Witches and bats and bears -- oh no!

    I am sorry to say that I made an error in my article of two weeks ago. In the article of Oct. 7, I wrote that grizzly bears “had been all but eliminated in the contiguous 48 states.” This is not true, and I apologize. I checked this information in the book “Bears of the World” by Lance Craighead, and assumed it to be up to date, for he is an authority on bears and it is a fairly recent publication. However, I had two phone calls this week telling me that the brown or grizzly bears are indeed still found in the lower 48 states.

  • Pressing issue or politicized climate?

    By Hannah Hayes

    Evergreen Peace has the October display “Water Wars” at the Evergreen Public Library. Water issues have already caused numerous political and economic battles. Conflicts loom large as global-warming signals, such as melting polar ice caps, heightened hurricane activity and harsher drought and flood cycles, make water increasingly precious.

  • EAA show offers many points of view

    All artists have point of view. Whether expressed with paint, in collage or with the use of clay, this perspective is the unique way in which each artist sees the world through her creative mind’s eye. For this reason, the upcoming Evergreen Artists Association fall show opening on Oct. 30 is aptly named “Points of View.”