Local News

  • Teen escapes injury after falling down mineshaft

    A 16-year-old Texas boy was rescued uninjured from an abandoned mineshaft in Kittredge on July 13 after falling down the opening while hiking with his brother.

    “He should’ve been dead,” said Jeffco sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer. “He was uninjured — unbelievable.”

    The boy and his 15-year-old brother, who were visiting family in Colorado, were hiking near Troublesome Gulch Road and came across a hole in the ground.

    “It ended up being an abandoned mineshaft,” Techmeyer said. 

  • Teams forming for Aug. 24 Relay for Life

    “I’m getting a team together,” said Evergreen resident Connie Ireland, who attended the July 10 kickoff party for the upcoming Mountain Area Relay for Life.

    Ireland attended the event to sign up for the American Cancer Society fund-raiser on Aug. 24. Like many others gathered that night at Mountain Home in Evergreen, cancer has taken its toll on Ireland’s family. Her father died of cancer, and Ireland’s two sisters and two brothers all have been cancer patients. 

  • Wildfires create surge in smoke-check calls

    Evergreen Fire/Rescue received 53 smoke-check calls in June, many of which are coming in the middle of the night, said dispatch supervisor Christy McCormick.

    A lot of the late-night calls were from residents who were seeing smoke pushing down from area wildfires, Evergreen Fire Chief Mike Weege said in his report to the fire district board at its July 10 meeting.

    The smoke-check calls last month are almost half of last year’s total of 112, noted McCormick. “We’re up to 127 for this year,” she said.

  • Mural project adding artistic dimension to nature center

     Dynamic paintings are bringing a creative dimension to the Evergreen Nature Center in the coming months.


    “It was important to me to have a strong, visual draw, and to add some context,” said Nature Center executive director Vanessa Hayes.

    Kittredge artist Philip Newsom has finished the first of five 4-foot-high murals depicting different ecosystems found in the area. Spruce-fir, ponderosa pine and riparian locales will be represented in the paintings that will be hung along the long wall near the center’s entrance.

  • GOCO grant will fund downtown-to-lake connection

     A long-term plan to create a user-friendly path connecting downtown Evergreen with the Evergreen Lake loop trail is becoming a reality through a $250,000 state grant.


    The Great Outdoors Colorado grant, obtained by the Evergreen Park and Recreation District, provides most of the funding for the project, estimated to cost $382,500, said EPRD executive director Scott Robson. 

  • Link between schools, home values debated

    Editor’s note: The Courier is publishing a series of articles examining arguments on both sides of Jeffco Public Schools’ proposed property tax increase.

    Advocates and opponents of a proposed tax increase for Jeffco schools disagree on the measures’ possible effects on home values in the district.

  • Residents’ committee tours West Metro option for fire training

    Dramatic flames and heat burst from a prop stove at the West Metro Fire/Rescue Training Center in Lakewood during a demonstration for Evergreen residents last Thursday.

    The residents were taking a tour of the center, which they are suggesting as an alternative to building a training facility at Evergreen Fire Station 2 in Bergen Park.

  • Arts Alive! schedule

    Evergreen’s third annual Arts Alive! 10-day arts festival runs from July 19-29. Here’s a list of some of the activities planned for the week.
    • The Evergreen Players kicked off a two-week theater summer camp for boys and girls ages 5 to 18 on July 16. The sessions are at Center/Stage, 27608 Fireweed Drive. For more information, visit www
    .evergreenplayers.org or call 720-935-1136.

  • Arts Alive! kicks off this weekend

    For the third year, eight of Evergreen’s visual- and performing-arts organizations are collaborating on Arts Alive!, a 10-day festival for people of all ages from July 19-29.

    This year, one of the organizers says, it will be bigger and better than ever.

    The festival begins with Summerfest and ends with the Evergreen Jazz Festival — with plays, art exhibits and children’s workshops in between.

  • Bridge project closes Myers Gulch Road

    Myers Gulch Road is closed to southbound traffic to accommodate a bridge repair at the intersection of Highway 74 in Kittredge.

    The county is replacing deteriorating girders on the bridge with larger ones to improve its safety, said construction manager Mark Winnen of the Jeffco Transportation and Engineering Department. During the project, the bridge spanning Bear Creek will also be widened by 5 feet.

    Traffic is being detoured around the project until Sept. 30, the projected completion date, Winnen said.