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Today's News

  • Tall Grass employee honored as hometown hero

    For the past few years, Deb Dickinson has been working with other employees at TallGrass Aveda Spa and Salon on the Soldier Box Project, a charitable effort for which she recently received KMGH-TV’s 7Everyday Hero Award.

    “It was definitely one of the highlights of my life,” Dickinson said of the honor, presented in December.

    Dickinson coordinates the shipment of care packages to men and women serving in the military in Afghanistan during the Christmas holiday and between Mother’s and Father’s days.

  • Evergreen environmental group plans second community garden

    Evergreen’s Alliance for Sustainability is planning a second community garden at Wilmot Elementary School.

  • New recreation manager supports plans for Buchanan Rec Center

    Since beginning in his new position as recreation manager for the Evergreen Park and Recreation District last Thursday, Brian Tucker has been getting to know staff and settling into his office at Buchanan Rec Center.

    Against a wall in his office is a design for potential improvements to the rec center, for which Tucker expresses enthusiasm. The opportunity to add a turf field, gymnasium and expand the swimming pool at Buchanan is “exciting and great for the district,” he says.

  • Park district looking at ways to ensure safety of ice at Evergreen Lake

    The fatal accident Jan. 22 at Evergreen Lake has led the Evergreen Park and Recreation District to cancel all events planned this winter on unmaintained areas of the ice while exploring ways to ensure the safety of those venturing onto the frozen surface.

    Idledale resident Greg Henika was grooming ice for the Ice Golf Tournament sponsored by Blue Spruce Kiwanis when the ATV on which he was riding fell through an area of thin ice.

  • Jeffco's newest commissioner sworn in

    Jeffco once again has three county commissioners.

    Former Republican state representative Libby Szabo was sworn in Friday as the newest commissioner. Szabo will serve the final two years of the term of Faye Griffin, who resigned after she was elected clerk and recorder in November.

  • Ice fishing event for vets moved to Georgetown Lake

    A free ice fishing event for veterans and soldiers this Saturday has been moved to Georgetown Lake from Evergreen Lake after the death of Greg Henika, who fell through the ice Jan. 22 on Evergreen Lake.

    The third annual Vets on Ice event and hot dog lunch is hosted by Golden VFW Post 4171, the Just One Day veterans nonprofit group and other veteran organizations. It's scheduled for 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Georgetown Lake. Last year, the event had about 80 participants; this year, organizers expect 180 or more.

    All participants over the age of 16 must have a fishing license.

  • Residents reporting encounters with mountain lions

    Clear Creek residents along Witter Gulch Road and west of Idaho Springs have had run-ins with mountain lions in recent weeks.

    The EMERGE homeowners association, located in the Upper Bear Creek region of the county, alerted residents that a mountain lion was spotted in the Old Squaw Pass, Echo Hills, Snyder Mountain and King-Murphy neighborhoods.

    The e-mail alert said the lion was attacking dogs and displaying threatening behavior to people. Residents are also sharing photos of a mountain lion roaming their backyards at night.

  • Keeping their noses in books

    It’s apparent what many Wilmot Elementary School students did over winter break: read.

    More than half the students met the school’s reading challenge, reading at least 200 minutes for the younger kids or 300 minutes for the older kids.  Many exceeded the goal — and some went way beyond expectations, reading for 2,000 minutes.

    One student went on a family road trip and listened to books on tape, which counted for the challenge.

  • Mountain alders produce seeds relished by winter birds

    The famous January thaw seems to be well known in most of the winter areas. It certainly is here. Several days last week were very spring-like with 50 degrees, warm southeast winds and mostly sunny skies.

    This made everyone feel like spring was coming, and we had spring fever in the middle of winter. This is one of the things that makes year-round life in the foothills bearable and gives us courage for the long winters that we do have. Real spring doesn’t arrive here until May, so it is these spring-like days that make it possible for us to survive.

  • A big hairy myth? True believers say no

    Whether called Sasquatch, the Missouri monster, skunk ape or forest devil, a large, hairy creature has been sighted repeatedly around Bailey over the years.
    Bigfoot lives — at least in the hearts and minds of people who report sightings to Jim Myers, owner of the Bailey Country Store and Sasquatch Outpost.
    Myers has organized a loosely knit group of people interested in researching the creature that many believe is a myth. But those who have seen it swear they weren’t dreaming.