Local News

  • Home buyers, sellers tell their stories

    Homeowners and buyers have stories to tell about finding houses that were right for them. The Courier looks at four families.

    Checking the past
    Sometimes a bit of ingenuity has helped homebuyers get a home.
    Rocco Canonica sold his house in Evergreen as part of a divorce, and he needed to find a new place to live.
    “I was convinced I wasn’t going to find anything,” Canonica said. “When I would get to a house, five or six buyers were already waiting in line.”

  • Clear Creek in Jeffco closed to recreational activities

    Streams are running so high and unpredictable that officials have closed Clear Creek in Jefferson County to most activity until further notice.

    People with inner tubes, belly boats and small rafts are not allowed in the creek, according to an announcement Friday by the Jeffco Sheriff's Office and the Golden Police Department. Swimmers and "body surfers" also are not permitted in the creek, the announcement said.

  • Fund-raiser planned at Wild Game for Nepali quake victims

    Evergreen’s bonds to Nepal and its earthquake victims will be highlighted again on Thursday, June 18, when Namlo International holds a fund-raiser at The Wild Game in Bergen Park.

    Evergreen filmmaker Tom Taplin, 61, was killed in an avalanche on Mount Everest on April 25 when the earthquake hit the country. In a Facebook post, Jeffco teacher Jane Manly said her brother Woody also was on Mount Everest at the time of the avalanche. Manly did not return requests for comment. 

  • Metro District warns against connecting sump pumps to sewer system

    The Evergreen Metro District’s wastewater facilities continue to experience increased daily flows because of the wet spring. And the system also is being taxed by illegal sump-pump connections to the sanitary sewer system, the district warns. 

    A recent news release from EMD reminds residents that sump pumps should be discharged into the yard or a storm sewer, not into the sanitary sewer.  

  • Resident faces assault, harassment charges in Hiwan Hills incident

    An Evergreen man who was taken into custody June 9 at his home in Hiwan Hills has been charged with third-degree assault and harassment, both in relation to alleged domestic violence, and prohibited use of a weapon, according to a sheriff’s spokesman.

    Deputies arrested Hans Eric Hansen, 52, late in the afternoon after responding to a domestic disturbance call, according to sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer.

  • One-car accident on Brook Forest Road kills Aurora woman

    An Aurora woman died Saturday in a one-car accident on Brook Forest Road, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

    Melissa P. Pearson, 62, was driving a 2001 Subaru Outback south on Brook Forest Road about 8:45 p.m. Saturday when the accident occurred, the patrol said. The car traveled across the northbound lane, spun counterclockwise, went off the road, collided with a fence and partially rolled, said Trooper Nate Reid, a patrol spokesman.

  • Bergen Village in receivership

    Bergen Village LLC is in receivership and could be sold at auction at the end of July.

    The restaurants and shops that rent space in the shopping center are not expected to be affected by the impending negotiation, said Kathy Ellman, a listing broker at Terra Firma Real Estate & Development LLC who manages the property at 1240 to 1262 Bergen Parkway.

    Bergen Village includes restaurants such as Cuisine of the Himalayas and Beau Thai, stores such as Hearthfire Books and Treats, and a Chase Bank branch.

  • Evergreen Christian Outreach needs volunteers

    Evergreen Christian Outreach is seeking volunteers to help with the services it provides in the community.

    "We have a very loyal core group," says Mary Petrich, EChO volunteer services director. "But during summer, we have a seasonal downturn. Our staffing always diminishes in the summer."

    Currently, the primary need is for volunteers to staff the EChO food pantry and Resale Shop, she said. Between 16 and 20 volunteers work at the Resale Shop, and more than 12 help at the food bank.

  • Jeffco planners OK expansion of El Rancho storage facility

    Jeffco planners have recommended approval of a rezoning request for property in El Rancho to permit expansion of a storage facility — despite concerns of nearby residents about increased traffic on a private access road. 

    Nob Hill residents attending the rezoning hearing June 3 said they did not object to the expansion plan for A Storage Place on Industrial Way. However, they voiced concerns about increased traffic on Divide View Road, a narrow private road.

  • Suspects sought in vehicle break-in at Red Rocks

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office is looking for two suspects who broke into a car left overnight at Red Rocks Park last month.

    The car was in Red Rocks' lower north parking lot on May 24. The owner returned the next day and found the back window broken; an iPad, watch and purse containing credit cards and cash were stolen.