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Today's News

  • Polar Plunge a hot time at Evergreen Lake

    Drive Smart Evergreen-Conifer’s first-ever Polar Plunge into Evergreen Lake on New Year’s Day was a triumph — a triumph of human will over brute nature; of soaring optimism over winter blues; of warm hearts over icy waters; of madness over reason.

    Starting at noon, a thick crowd of spectators coldly looked on as, one by one and two by two, Evergreen’s most spirited maniacs walked to their watery doom — and loved it.

  • Moving day

    A school can be a zany place under the best of circumstances, but on Dec. 21, Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen was off the hook. In the best possible way.

    That’s the great and glorious day — and it was a long time coming — that the charter school moved out of its Bryant Drive digs and into fancy new ones on Bergen Peak Road.

  • E-mail, phone scam uses Jeffco Credit Union logo

    Jeffco Credit Union of Lakewood on Friday temporarily halted online bank transactions after being deluged since Thursday with reports of phony e-mails and phone calls trying to get customers to disclose their credit card numbers. The scam is known as “phishing.”

    The credit union has disabled transferrals and withdrawals in an effort to prevent customers’ losses, 9News said Friday night. Account viewing is still allowed. Many people who are not members of the credit union are receiving the e-mails and phone calls.

  • Planners reject size, scope of Village at Elk Rest

    A proposed retail-restaurant-condo development in the El Rancho area must be drastically downsized to meet zoning guidelines, the Jefferson County Planning and Zoning Department has concluded.

    Instead of 45 residential units as requested, planners indicate the property could accommodate a maximum of 10 multifamily units totaling 14,000 square feet and up to 20,000 square feet of commercial office space, or 34,000 square feet, on 7.1 acres.

  • Accident involving bus closes I-70

    A Greyhound bus and two other vehicles were involved in an accident Thursday night that closed Interstate 70 near Genesee.

    The State Patrol said the crash occurred about 7:30 p.m. amid snow-packed conditions and blowing snow.

    One lane of westbound I-70 between mile markers 254 and 256 reopened around 10:10 p.m. Troopers said 54 passengers were on the bus, and four people were taken to local hospitals with minor injuries.

    The Greyhound passengers were transferred to another bus.

    Troopers said the lengthy closure was necessary to remove the wreckage.

  • Do the dinosaurs still have a mission?

    I was a teenage dinosaur.

    Actually, I was in my early 20s when an old-school managing editor by the name of Gale Baldwin told me I’d just become the editor of a weekly section that would target readers in the 6-to-11 age bracket.

  • 2 arrested in area mail thefts

    Two people arrested Saturday in connection with mail thefts in the mountain area may also be linked to recent residential burglaries in Conifer, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

    Jeffco deputies arrested 27-year-old Michael Pantera of Denver and Sophie Shafer, 18, of Bailey without incident on Dec. 22 in the 27000 block of Richmond Hill Road.

    More than 375 pieces of mail, including gift cards, cash, wine and a box of homemade cookies, were recovered during the arrest, according to the Jeffco sheriff’s report.

  • Results from the 2007 Christmas Bird Count

    This year’s Evergreen-Idaho Springs Christmas Bird Count dawned bright and clear. The temperature did not rise much above freezing all day, but with the sun out and little wind, except at higher elevations, it was not unpleasant to be afield. We certainly have had much colder counts (6 degrees below zero one year) and much warmer counts (70 degrees at noon another year), which is typical of Colorado’s variable weather.

  • Kinnikinnick, and winter in the woods

    Winter seems to have settled in with a fairly stable blanket of white. However, it is not too deep for walking in most of our area, and all but the back roads are fairly passable. This makes it possible for most anyone to get out to see what winter has in store.

  • Baroque Folke to perform at Center/Stage

    The eclectic ensemble Baroque Folke will be back on Sunday, Dec. 23, for performances of old and older holiday music.

    Ann and Mike Moore, Sally Ochsner, Hopi Moore-Sargent, and Rebecca Beshore (returning from last year) now welcome talented new members Susan Osborne, Paul Ahlquist and Susan Tillotson.

    Baroque Folke's lively, candlelit assortment of music for voices and recorder/harpsichord consort will be heard at Center/Stage Evergreen. The concert is sponsored by the Evergreen Chorale as a gift to the community.