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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Mail thefts hit Evergreen, Morrison, Conifer, Pine Junction

    Residents in four mountain communities have been the victims of mail theft, and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents to take extra precautions against possible identity theft.

    Investigators from the sheriff’s office and the U.S. Postal Service are warning residents about a crime spree that occurred during the weekend of Dec. 15, when an unidentified suspect or suspects stole mail from at least 140 mailboxes in Morrison, Evergreen, Conifer and Pine Junction.

  • Alternative Christmas Fair drawing mainstream crowds

    The wildly popular Alternative Christmas Fair is attracting so many people to Evergreen Lutheran Church each year it’s starting to look like the “Mainstream Christmas Fair.” The eclectic bazaar has grown to fill every available square foot of the church, including the coat closet. “The items are unique things you can’t buy in local shops. Most are handmade in other countries. Plus it makes people happy to know that their gift is going to help someone else,” said Colleen Norrgard, co-chair of the fair.

  • Christmas comes early for Maren's kids

    Christmas presents fall into three basic categories — the kind people need, the kind they want, and the kind somebody else thinks they should have. Happily, the extra-thoughtful gift that Mountain and Foothills Rotary presented to Maren Schreiber last Thursday is about a ton of each, and it will provide years of merry memories for some of the mountain area’s most deserving kids.