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  • EPRD moving forward with two-trail proposal for lake

    The Evergreen Park & Recreation District and other stakeholders are planning to move forward with a two-trail system around the north side of Evergreen Lake with the design phase beginning later this year.

    Under this aggressive schedule, construction could begin in 2021 or 2022, according to Chris Vogelsang of OV Consulting.

  • JCOS, Boulder plan to acquire property near county line

    Jefferson and Boulder counties are planning to acquire 442 acres along the county line for open space.

    Sale of Lippincott Ranch, which is south of Eldorado Springs, has been negotiated for $7.75 million — split evenly between Jeffco and the City of Boulder. The price would either be paid in full at closing, or over a 20-year finance period with a 3.5 percent interest rate.

    The current owners, the Lippincotts, are leaning toward the 20-year financing option, Jeffco Parks Director Tom Hoby said, noting that the interest would go to the Lippincotts.

  • Volunteers to help manage invasive species on Mount Evans

    The Friends of Mount Evans and Lost Creek Wildernesses received about $10,000 in grant funding to complete an inventory of invasive species around Mount Evans.

    The nonprofit received the funding from the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance and has used it to hire an intern to complete a 10-week study of invasive species in the Mount Evans Wilderness Area.

  • Morrison kickstarts process of extending commercial district

    Morrison officially kickstarted a process that could amend the town’s comprehensive plan and extend the commercial zone district.

    The town board on July 3 unanimously approved a motion to spend approximately $7,022 on the comprehensive plan amendment project, which includes costs for community outreach and adoption.

    “It will be a whole public process — public meetings, public outreach,” Town Manager Kara Winters told the board.

  • Red Rocks wedding chapel rezoned for running store

    Goodbye, weddings; hello, running.

    The Chapel at Red Rocks was sold in April, and it’s on its way to becoming a specialty running store after the Morrison Town Board approved rezoning the property from agricultural to planned development in its July 3 meeting.

    Avid runners Ken Pliska and Deb Spence purchased the spot with plans to turn the existing space into a specialty running store, much like Runners High, the store they already own in Golden.

  • New JCPL executive director won’t have to travel far

    For Donna Walker, there’s just something special about a library.

    She was first drawn to libraries as a kid. They became a familiar place to spend time with a good book. As a young adult and mother, libraries became an accessible place filled with important resources.

    Now, as the newly hired executive director for Jefferson County Public Library system — the third-largest in Colorado — she continues to recognize the important role libraries play in a community.

  • Man missing from Buffalo Creek area found safe in Colorado Springs

    The man missing from a Buffalo Creek-area campsite has been found safe in Colorado Springs.

    Travis Dickson, 22, was camping with his sister and brother-in-law near Forest Road 552 and the Buck Gulch Trail this past weekend. According to Jeffco Sheriff's spokeswoman Jenny Fulton, Dickson got into a disagreement with his sister and walked away from the campsite Sunday around 6:15 p.m.

    His sister and brother-in-law followed Dickson a short ways before losing sight of him. They continued looking for him for about an hour before contacting authorities.

  • Westbound I-70 reopened after RV fire near Lookout Mountain

    Westbound Interstate 70 is reopened from Golden/Morrison exit to Genesee after a vehicle fire early Tuesday afternoon.

    A call came in at 11:40 a.m. that an RV pulling a Jeep was on fire. As of 12:15 p.m., no injuries had been reported, Trooper Josh Lewis of Colorado State Patrol said.

    During the closure, traffic was backed up along westbound Interstate 70 and traffic exiting C-470 was affected as well.

    This is a developing story. The Courier will provide updates as more information becomes available.

  • Evergreen woman charged with attempted murder after allegedly shooting husband

    A 59-year-old Evergreen woman has been charged with attempted murder, third-degree assault and prohibited use of a firearm after she allegedly shot her husband on July 5.

    Julie Bird was arrested in the early hours of July 5 after deputies were called to her home in the 2300 block of Columbine Lane and found her husband with a gunshot wound to his back. The call came in at 12:10 a.m.

    The husband was transported to the hospital with serious injuries. His condition has since stabilized, according to a statement from the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office on July 7.

  • EMD imposes water-usage restrictions because of drought

    Due to worsening drought conditions, the Evergreen Metropolitan District has declared a Level 2 drought status, which restricts water usage for all residents and businesses within the district.

    Those who have their own wells are not subject to the restrictions but are advised to also conserve water.

    Those living in the district are restricted to watering three days per week, and two days per week is preferred. Watering must be done before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m.