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Local News

  • County talks wildfire risk, prevention

    When it comes to fire risk, the mountain area of Jefferson County tops the list. To protect the Front Range, fire chiefs and county officials agree it’s going to take a collaborative effort. 

  • Morrison holding off on criminal ordinances

    After going back and forth on the issue for several months, the Morrison Town Board decided to delay a decision on enacting ordinances that would have allowed the town’s police force to address minor criminal offenses.

  • Art, Elevated: Evergreen artist honors animals through recycled leather projects

    The story came to him as if in a dream. 

    As Ron Isaacson sat in his mountain studio, the mystical birds appeared before him, imploring him to share their message of hope and rejuvenation with the world.

    And thus, the Amazar Avians were born. The intricate, colorful birds, made from leather and other found objects, are the latest in a lifelong series of artistic endeavors for Isaacson, an Evergreen-based leather artist.

  • A day of remembrance

    Veteran Mike Lynch began to choke up while remembering his fallen comrades and sharing a hug with family members of those lost.

    Among those recognized were veterans Tonia Osborne and her son, Eric, who recently passed away. Two new bricks at the Commemorative Walk now pay tribute to the pair’s military service.

  • Forest Service briefs

    South Platte Ranger District eyeing spots for shooting ranges
    The South Platte Ranger District is considering spots in the Buffalo Creek and Harris Park areas for official outdoor shooting ranges on national forest land.

    Recognizing that the issue is bigger than any one entity, district ranger Brian Banks said the ranger district formed the southern shooting partnership in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service, Jefferson County, Douglas County, Colorado Parks & Wildlife and more.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Doody calls

  • Forest service briefs

    South Platte Ranger District eyeing spots for shooting ranges

    The South Platte Ranger District is considering spots in the Buffalo Creek and Harris Park areas for official outdoor shooting ranges on national forest land.

    Recognizing that the issue is bigger than any one entity, district ranger Brian Banks said the ranger district formed the southern shooting partnership in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service, Jefferson County, Douglas County, Colorado Parks & Wildlife and more.

  • Couple working to reopen historic Blue Jay Inn

    Ron Sarrasin first rode past the Blue Jay Inn near Buffalo Creek more than a decade ago, and the historic building immediately caught his eye.

    With its green siding, towering trees and beautiful mountain backdrop, Ron couldn’t get the property out of his mind.

    “We just kept driving by … thinking about it always,” he said.

  • Staunton unveils new visitors center

    May 19 was a day a long time in the making for most of those gathered at Staunton State Park.

    Sunday marked the day the state park’s new visitors center finally opened its doors to the public. The park, which officially opened in 2013, has been looking to construct a visitors center for years. The first 1,720-acre parcel of Staunton State Park land was donated to Colorado State Parks in 1986 by Frances Hornbrook Staunton.

  • County continues budget talks

    While Jefferson County continues to face across-the-board budget reductions in 2020, the commissioners hope to include the public in the conversation before deciding a way forward.