Local News

  • Jeffco presents balanced budget

    Initial 2019 budget considerations in Jefferson County show a $586.2 million spending plan, a balanced budget that is some $30 million more than was approved for 2018.

  • Friends of Evergreen Dog Park propose Elk Meadow reopening

    Although it has been more than a year since the county closed Elk Meadow Dog Off-Leash Area, Friends of Evergreen Dog Park and Jefferson County Open Space have yet to settle on a solution for a new park.

    In light of this, the nonprofit organization came before the Jeffco commissioners on Oct. 9 with a plan to reopen the dog park in its old location at Elk Meadow. During public comment, various members of the Evergreen-based group proposed changes that they believe would help mitigate some of the key issues surrounding the off-leash area’s closure.

  • Arraignment pushed for identity theft ring suspects

    The joint arraignment for seven people arrested for allegedly operating an identity theft ring in Jefferson County and elsewhere in the metro area has been postponed.

    Four men and four women are accused of operating the ring, which affected at least 26 merchants and 14 victims, according to the indictment. Of the eight, one suspect — Faith Knight — remains at large.

    The following individuals have been arrested:

    • Jacob Westfall, 20

    • Matthew Lane, 42

    • Michael John Mancuso, 28

  • Jeffco EDC on track to meet goals for 2018

    As the year nears a close, the Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation reports reaching or exceeding a number of its goals surrounding job creation, supporting existing businesses and working to attract new businesses to the area.

    “We are actually quite pleased with where we are today,” said Kristi Pollard, president of the EDC, during an Oct. 9 staff briefing with the Jeffco commissioners. “By the end of third quarter, we have surpassed our goals in a number of places.”

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  • 285 Backpack Project takes care of kids along the Corridor

    On Oct. 10, four women unloaded boxes of food, set them up on a table and in assembly-line fashion, they walked around the table filling plastic grocery bags with food.

    The women set up at Elk Creek Elementary near Pine, while their counterparts were at Deer Creek Elementary in Bailey — putting together bags of food for area kids needing extra help over the weekend.

  • Mountain Backpacks program, in its sixth year, fills about 150 backpacks weekly for kids


    One in five children in Colorado goes hungry because parents can’t afford food.

    And, according to the Feeding America website, 22 million children receive free or reduced-priced breakfasts and lunches at their schools through national meal programs.

    While kids get two meals a day at school, what about on the weekends?

  • Generations: Not too many busier seniors than the Gadekens

    I came to know the Gadekens about 10 years ago in a most inauspicious way. I was walking my dog Chelsea, who decided to make a deposit in their side yard.

    I had no “poop bags” with me, so I asked the man who was busy building a swing set if he might have one I could have. He did indeed and we chatted for a while.

  • Spotlight shines bright on 13 area artists at Design Center

    The Evergreen Design Center was packed with art aficionados on Friday night for the second annual artists reception.

    The work of 13 area artists was spotlighted around the center on Meadow Drive, with artists chatting about their work with art lovers.

    Mountain Home owner Kay LaMontagne — who created the multi-business Evergreen Design Center — explained that the impetus for the event was supporting Sculpture Evergreen, with part of the art sales proceeds going to the organization.

  • Jeffco’s ghost towns provide look into the county’s history

    By Daniel Williams

    For the Courier

    While John Steinle’s presentation on Ghost Towns of Jefferson Country wasn’t spooky, it certainly did leave many in the room speechless.

    Local historian Steinle entertained and sometimes wowed the capacity crowd Sunday at The Little White Schoolhouse in Bradford Junction.