Local News

  • New name for EPRD’s special needs program

    The Evergreen Park & Recreation District’s special needs program has a new name: INSPIRE.
    INSPIRE is an acronym for:
    INcorporating opportunities for
    Physical and
    Rec district executive director Ellen O’Connor initiated the change because programs for people with special needs in other places have names that incorporate what the programs are about.

  • Indian Hills looking into potential ballot questions

    Indian Hills Fire is joining other mountain-area fire departments in taking the initial first steps to move forward with a ballot measure in the November general election.

    Much like other local departments — including Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District and Evergreen Fire/Rescue — Indian Hills is forced to take a hard look at the financial implications of the Gallagher Amendment, which is likely to cause a residential assessment rate reduction in 2019. That will lower the amount of property taxes the district receives.

  • Parks briefs

    Restoring Elk Meadow

    Jeffco Open Space is applying for a habitat restoration grant through Great Outdoors Colorado to begin restoring the former dog off-leash area in Evergreen’s Elk Meadow Park.

    If approved, the $100,000 grant would be matched by Jeffco Open Space with a $75,000 cash match and an additional $7,724 in-kind match. Planning and site preparation work are already underway and will count for $58,629 of the cash match.

    Applications are due Aug. 31. If the grant is approved, work would begin in 2019.

  • Jeffco DMV locations consider shortening hours

    Jefferson County Motor Vehicle Department is looking to shorten its hours at all locations due to an overload of work and a lack of customers in the early morning and late evening business hours.
    The change, which wouldn’t be enacted until the start of 2019, wasn’t without critique but ultimately was supported by all three commissioners during their staff briefing on July 24.

  • Experts: Residents need to be prepared for wildfires

    By Alex Purcell

    For the Courier

    Recent rains may have eased the immediate fear of wildfire in the Evergreen-Conifer area, but residents should always be prepared because a fire event could be just around the corner, experts said at a surviving wildfire presentation on Thursday.

    The presentation at the Evergreen Fire & Rescue Administration Building was a crash course in protecting life and property from the ever-present threat of wildfire.

  • Elevation Celebration ends first day with a pirate-themed festivities

    By Tayler Shaw

    For the Courier

    Equipped with bandanas, a pirate hat, drawn-on mustaches and a red wagon sporting a homemade skull flag, twins Blaze and Daisy Crivello — not surprisingly — became winners of the Elevation Celebration’s pirate costume contest on Saturday.

    Mom Cathy Martin of Bailey came with the twins to celebrate the community and each other.

  • Four mountain lions make their presence known at Conifer residence

    Mountain lion sightings in the foothills are somewhat uncommon, but imagine looking up from your morning cup of coffee to find not one, but four large cats on your deck.

    Andy Davis did just that.

    On July 25 at about 6 a.m., he was drinking coffee and preparing for a run at his parents’ home on Richmond Hill when he looked up to find a mountain lion on the deck, staring in the sliding glass door.

  • EHS alums join together to share photos, stories and their history

    The Walker kids made a strong showing at the Evergreen High School alumni reunion on Saturday.

    Four of the five siblings — EHS graduates between 1955 and 1964 — attended the reunion. While Dee Walker, ‘64, now lives in her parents’ home in Pine Junction where they grew up, Larry and Del came from Texas to meet with old friends at the annual event at Evergreen Lutheran Church.

  • 17th annual Jazz Festival brings Evergreen alive with the happy sounds of traditional jazz

    Toes were tapping, fingers were snapping and hands were clapping last weekend during the 17th annual Evergreen Jazz Festival, which brings 2,000 music lovers here to listen to traditional jazz music in all its forms.

    The music is endless at five venues with bands coming from across the country and locally to entertain audiences and teach young people the sass, joy and heart of hot jazz.

  • Emergency services will be unhindered by bike race

    Even though major roads in the mountain area will be closed for the third leg of the Colorado Classic bike race Aug. 18, and motorists will have to find alternate routes, emergency services are working with race coordinators to ensure responding to calls will be unimpeded.

    About 90 male cyclists will traverse through Golden, Morrison, Kittredge, Evergreen, Conifer and Indian Hills during the late morning and early afternoon on Aug. 18.