Today's News

  • State race full of surprises

    FORT COLLINS — Rob Wright has learned to expect the unexpected when it comes to the biggest race of the fall prep season.

    Still, it’s tough to imagine that anyone thought the Cougars would have one runner go to the hospital, and another stop mid-race to get sick during the Class 4A state cross-country championships on Nov. 7 at Fossil Ridge High School.

    Afterwards, the veteran coach was pragmatic.

    “You know, stuff like that just happens,” he said.

  • Wah Keeney developer reaches accord with county

    In an effort to clear land for a condo development, Barbachano cut down several hundred trees and built a road in the vicinity of 3066 Yucca Lane and Spruce Road on the eastern edge of Wah Keeney.

    Under terms of the agreement signed Oct. 27, Barbachano agreed to the following:

    • To install additional erosion-control fence around the newly extended portion of the access on the property.

  • Idledale water storage tank to be retired after 30 years

    The Idledale Water and Sanitation District is ready to begin work this winter on building a new 250,000-gallon water tank to supply the 125 homeowners in the district west of Morrison.

    The existing concrete tank isn’t leaking but is “at the end of its useful life,” said AJ Beckman, district manager with Special District Management Services of Lakewood, a consulting firm that handles 35 special districts.

  • Park district budget shows no increases in wages

    Under the preliminary park district budget for 2010, there will be no furlough days or reduced hours, but district employees are getting no raises or cost-of-living increases. The district has about 35 full-time employees and about 60 contract employees.

    The new budget assumes the Evergreen Park and Recreation District will take in nearly $5 million from taxes and operations, an increase of 2 percent compared to $4.85 million in 2009.

    The hourly charge to use Marshdale fields, which was proposed in the last draft, has been eliminated, but per-player charges will rise.

  • Fire destroys house in Brook Forest Estates

    A two-story wood-frame house at 3 Ute Trail in Brook Forest Estates, about 9 miles southwest of downtown Evergreen, was destroyed after a fire broke out about 3 p.m. Wednesday.

    Two dogs were in the house and died in the blaze. The owners weren’t home at the time of the fire.

    Evergreen Fire/Rescue responded to the scene, which was in the Clear Creek County part of the Evergreen fire district, near the Pike National Forest, at the end of a dirt road. About 15 firefighters responded with about five large trucks.

  • Epic production comes to StageDoor

    “Les Miserables” is an epic theatrical production. A grand story that recounts a struggle against adversity in 19th-century France, it has a soaring musical score with some of the most famous songs to come from the stage in the last 30 years. It has an astounding history — the national tour was one of the longest-running musicals of all time. How is it possible to capture all of this epic-ness in the intimate setting of a mountain theater? StageDoor Theatre in Aspen Park is about to show the theater community how.

  • Wet summer, cold snaps stole tree colors

    The last three weeks have been strange for October. It has been cold. We have had snowstorms about once a week that have kept it cold. Even when the storms have moved on and we have had blue skies and sunshine, the snow on the ground and he wind off the mountains have kept it cold — not at all the warm dry October weather that I consider normal.

  • Marinelli defeated in school board race

    Evergreen resident Sue Marinelli lost her seat on the Jeffco school board in Tuesday's election.

    Challenger Laura Boggs, a business consultant, captured 51.4 percent of the vote to 48.6 percent for Marinelli for the District 2 seat. Marinelli is a former teacher and the current board president.

    In District 5 in South Jeffco, Paula Noonan defeated incumbent Richard Rush 52.4 percent to 47.6 percent. Noonan operates two legislative-related websites.

  • Jeffco voters reject bid for term-limit extensions

    Jeffco voters soundly rejected the idea of letting elected officials run for three consecutive terms.

    Allowing every elected official in Jeffco besides the county commissioners to run for three consecutive terms instead of the current two was broken into two questions on the Nov. 3 ballot. The district attorney's position was listed by itself, and voters rejected that proposal by nearly 20 percentage points, with 58 percent of voters saying no and 41 percent approving.

  • Cute pet contest deadline is Nov. 11

    Would your pet win a cute pet contest?

    Of course your pet is the best, and the Canyon Courier is sponsoring a cute pet contest. All proceeds benefit the Newspapers In Education Program, which helps promote literacy in our local schools. Awards will be given for first, second and third places.