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Today's News

  • A look back at the year 2016: Environmental issues dominate news in Jeffco

    Environmental concerns — including high lead levels in tap water at Jeffco schools, a dangerous chemical found buried at the Lockheed-Martin plant in South Jeffco, and the effects of planned development in the Rooney Valley — dominated the headlines in Jefferson County news last year.

    Toxic waste found buried at Lockheed Martin facility

  • A look back at the year 2016

    Turmoil at a local charter school, a state representative sent to jail, and community cleanup efforts were among the top stories in the mountain area in 2016. 

    Rocky Mountain Academy finds a path forward

    Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen is moving forward after many months of discord that culminated in a protest by parents and students in October.

  • The year that was

    In many respects, 2016 was a year characterized by loss in the 285 Corridor — none perhaps felt as much as the loss of Park County sheriff’s Cpl. Nate Carrigan, who died Feb. 24 during a shoot-out after officers attempted to serve a “high-risk” eviction notice to Bailey resident Martin Wirth.

    Wirth reportedly opened fire on the officers with a legally obtained .45-caliber rifle, killing Carrigan and wounding Deputy Kolby Martin and Capt. Mark Hancock. Wirth died at the scene.

  • The Year in Review

    From a Mountain Bowl victory seven years in the making to a run to the 4A state championship game to a first state tennis title in school history, Evergreen, Conifer and Platte Canyon high schools had their fair share of sports moments in 2016. The following are 10 stories that highlighted the Canyon Courier sports scene during 2016. 

  • BUSINESS BEAT: Specialty meats shop to open this spring in Evergreen

    Evergreen is getting a specialty meats and butcher shop.

    The new owner of the Tin Star Café on the boardwalk in downtown Evergreen will renovate the place in February and early March, and the new shop will open with the moniker Salt and Meat.

    “We will make our own meats and cheeses,” owner Nate Heartman said. “We will sell local products as well, but the idea is that we want everything to be made in-house, such as marinade spice mixes. It’ll be a one-stop shop.”

  • Thieves target hidden safe in Bailey home

    The Park County Sheriff's Office is investigating what it believes was an isolated burglary last week at a home in Bailey's Deer Creek Valley Ranchos subdivision.

    Homeowner Rocky Tornabene said he came home about 5 p.m. Dec. 28 and discovered a ladder leaning against his garage. Upon entering their home, Tornabene and his wife, Salina, found that someone had attempted to break into a safe that was hidden behind drywall in one of the rooms. 

  • The final fate of Frances the goose

    Several readers of this column have inquired recently if I knew what had become of “Frances” the Canada goose that lingered at Evergreen Lake into winter. Since I had suggested that the people who were concerned about Frances should call Carol Wade, I called her last week to find out what had transpired.

  • Evergreen Lake opens for skating

    Evergreen Lake finally is open for ice skating.

    The rink opened at 8 a.m. Tuesday morning and will be open until 8 p.m., weather and ice conditions permitting.

    Warm weather prevented Evergreen Park and Recreation District officials from opening the lake earlier because the ice wasn’t thick enough. Skate the Lake was canceled on New Year’s Eve, and the Polar Plunge on New Year’s Day was postponed.

  • Rollover accident critically injures man on U.S. 285

    An elderly man was critically injured Tuesday night when his car went off northbound U.S. 285 near the Morrison Road exit.

    According to Morrison police secretary Jennifer Sponnick, the accident occurred at 7:06 p.m. after the driver suffered a medical emergency and the vehicle left the highway near mile marker 247. The car rolled several times before landing on an embankment 150 feet below the highway.

    Sponnick said the driver was taken to Swedish Medical Center in Englewood.

  • The ice men cometh

    Under a stream of glaring light, a rush of water gushed from a long hose. The spray splashed onto a colorless sheet of ice, which aided its molecular brethren in the freezing process. Two men clad in heavy gear and spiky shoes nimbly ran across the lake, moving snow out of the way and pulling the hose in the desired direction.

    One rink took a mere 10 minutes to spray down, but there were several more to go.