Local News

  • Conifer lots sold off in auction

    The auction for 56 lots in Conifer happened quickly, and dozens were sold before the seller ended the auction prematurely.

    Although there are 56 lots in total, Williams and Williams Real Estate Auctions, an Oklahoma-based real estate company, sold the lots in 27 groups. All were at least 1 acre with some closer to 7 acres. The properties, located east of Wamblee Trail in Conifer, are in recorded plats; some are in Whispering Pines 1, but most are in Whispering Pines 2, according to planning supervisor Russ Clark.

  • Elk Creek Fire Protection District approves ballot language

    Elk Creek Fire Protection District is officially asking its voters for a 5.085-mill property tax increase in the November election that could result in an additional $900,000 for the district.

    The board of directors unanimously approved ballot language during a special meeting on Thursday. If approved, the property tax increase would bring Elk Creek’s total mill rate to about 12 mills and would result in an additional $12 a month in property taxes for a home valued at $400,000.

  • Mountain Backpacks looking for volunteers

    With the school year starting, Mountain Backpacks has geared up for a new year, too.

    The organization provides food for needy kids to get them through the weekend when school meals aren’t available. Each Wednesday, volunteers gather to fill more than 150 backpacks with soups, peanut butter, milk, snacks, fruit, vegetables and more.

  • Two mountain lions euthanized after Bailey attack

    Two mountain lions, including one that seriously injured an 8-year-old Bailey boy, were euthanized on Aug. 22.

    Wildlife officers with Colorado Parks and Wildlife found the mountain lions after a homeowner noticed a goat was missing and then spotted two lions nearby. CPW said the homeowner reported seeing the lions “within a mile as the crow flies” from the original attack site in Bailey’s Burland Ranchettes subdivision.

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  • Performers of all ages audition for Evergreen Talent Showcase

    Evergreen youth showed off their talents Saturday as they auditioned to be part of the Evergreen Talent Showcase.

    The talent show will be at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at Evergreen High School, and auditions on Saturday were brisk. However, organizers continue to look for more acts of all ages to round out the 20 that will be selected.

    The showcase is a collaboration between Blue Spruce Kiwanis and Evergreen Players, and it’s been in the works for a few years, according to Kiwanian Beth Foster.

  • Sculpture Evergreen commissioning a sculpture linked to Peggy Fleming to be placed at the Evergreen Lake House

    Evergreen Lake will have a piece of 1968 Olympic gold medalist Peggy Fleming figuratively speaking.

    Sculpture Evergreen has commissioned an eight-foot bronze sculpture that will be permanently placed near the Lake House depicting the skater, who was the only member of the skating team in Grenoble, France, to win a gold medal. Fleming has five U.S. titles and three world titles in addition to the Olympic gold medal.

  • Officials working to find way to open lake to watercraft

    Officials continue to discuss whether Evergreen Lake can be reopened to private watercraft.

    The Evergreen Metropolitan District and the Evergreen Park & Recreation District closed the lake to private boats, kayaks, paddle boards and the like last weekend for two reasons:

    • EPRD is concerned about safety issues because no one is there to monitor the vessels and make sure people are wearing life vests, which is a liability for those responsible for the lake.

  • Conifer resident leads class to share benefits of juggling with community

    Will Devine was 14 years old when he taught himself to juggle. He was grounded and recalls learning in the time it took to make it through both sides of Thin Lizzy’s “Jailbreak” album.

  • Development briefs

    Planning commission recommends approval of subdivision

    When Joe Knolmayer drives home each day, he hopes he’ll continue to see the band of native trees separating his property from 65 acres across the street where there may soon be 21 new homes.