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Today's News

  • Meadows come alive with wildflower colors

    June is such an amazing month. Everything is making record growth and suddenly seems so full.

    The valleys that were bare all winter are now full of green willow leaves. Aspen are in full leaf; suddenly everything appears over-stuffed. It is a pleasure to see the spring green, which makes everything come alive.

  • Sentencing of former Inter-Canyon fire chief rescheduled for Aug. 1

    The sentencing of former Inter-Canyon fire chief David MacBean, who pleaded guilty to three counts in the theft of $647,000 from the district, has been rescheduled for 1 p.m. Aug. 1.

  • 56 Western artists in town for art show, auction

    For the fourth consecutive year, Evergreen Fine Art Gallery will host a group of 56 of the country’s most celebrated Western artists. The Weekend in the West Art Show and Auction is an invitational event that welcomes painters and sculptors from across the Mountain West, giving art-lovers a rare opportunity to watch those talents at work and take home a masterpiece created before their eyes.

  • Open Space committee looks at potential properties for acquisition

    The Jefferson County Open Space Advisory Committee explored the potential of two properties offered by private landowners during a field trip last Thursday afternoon.

    Traveling to a field near Boulder and to Douglas Mountain near Gilpin County, OSAC members and Jeffco Open Space staff walked the properties and learned about the owners’ interest in selling them.

  • Evergreen residents selected for Jeffco sustainability commission

    Evergreen residents Rachel Emmer and Erich Harris and Genesee resident Steve Brown are among nine founding members on the recently formed sustainability commission in Jefferson County.

    A vision of Jeffco Commissioner Casey Tighe, the commission is designed to assist businesses and county agencies by providing expertise and resources for them.

    “We are hoping to be able to partner with businesses,” said Emmer.

    The commission will serve as a clearinghouse of information on best practices for sustainability, she said.

  • Evergreen Lake getting new boardwalk

    While kids play in a grassy field by Evergreen Lake, workers saw and place planks of wood for a new boardwalk at the park.

     

    “This time around, we're replacing the entire boardwalk,” said Scott Robson, executive director of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District.

    “We're removing it completely down to the foundation,” he added.

    Although the flooding last fall did some minor damage to the structure, its 20-year age and the wear and tear on the walkway made the replacement necessary, Robson said.

  • Forest Service considering ban on recreational shooting

    U.S. Forest Service officials are considering closing all public land to recreational shooting in a zone called the “wildland-urban interface.”

    The 400,000-acre wildfire zone — mostly along Colorado's Front Range and Interstate 70 — is an area where homes and other manmade improvements are close to natural terrain and flammable vegetation, according to information on a Colorado State University website.

  • Site for shooting range still under discussion

    A working group continues to discuss potential locations in Jeffco for a county-owned public shooting range, and open-space land appears to be a possibility. 

    For the past two months, Jeffco Parks and Open Space Director Tom Hoby, county planning staff, a mediator and others have been discussing a possible location for a shooting range and its costs.

    “It’s a delicate issue,” Hoby said. 

  • Fire district delays audit release to reflect new radio equipment

    The Evergreen Fire Protection District now plans to release its annual audit in July so that auditors have time to properly account for new radio equipment, Fire Chief Mike Weege said.

    The district has been using the new two-way radio equipment since September. The audit was first scheduled to be released on May 13.

  • Lower speed limit eyed near dog park

    A new “advisory” speed limit of 30 mph on Stagecoach Boulevard near the Elk Meadow Open Space dog park is being considered after a dog was killed on the road there recently.

    The county has added several safety measures at the spot over the years, said Kevin French, director of Jeffco's Transportation and Engineering Division. The division is considering the new speed limit, which would be 10 mph lower than the current 40-mph limit, French said.