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Local News

  • Courier's parent company could be sold

    The family that owns Landmark Communications, parent company of the Canyon Courier, is exploring a sale of company businesses, including its weekly newspaper division and the Weather Channel.

    Frank Batten Jr., Landmark's chairman and chief executive, said in a statement last week that the privately held company had retained JPMorgan and Lehman Brothers to help it look into possible sale scenarios.

  • Polar Plunge a hot time at Evergreen Lake

    Drive Smart Evergreen-Conifer’s first-ever Polar Plunge into Evergreen Lake on New Year’s Day was a triumph — a triumph of human will over brute nature; of soaring optimism over winter blues; of warm hearts over icy waters; of madness over reason.

    Starting at noon, a thick crowd of spectators coldly looked on as, one by one and two by two, Evergreen’s most spirited maniacs walked to their watery doom — and loved it.

  • E-mail, phone scam uses Jeffco Credit Union logo

    Jeffco Credit Union of Lakewood on Friday temporarily halted online bank transactions after being deluged since Thursday with reports of phony e-mails and phone calls trying to get customers to disclose their credit card numbers. The scam is known as “phishing.”

    The credit union has disabled transferrals and withdrawals in an effort to prevent customers’ losses, 9News said Friday night. Account viewing is still allowed. Many people who are not members of the credit union are receiving the e-mails and phone calls.

  • Planners reject size, scope of Village at Elk Rest

    A proposed retail-restaurant-condo development in the El Rancho area must be drastically downsized to meet zoning guidelines, the Jefferson County Planning and Zoning Department has concluded.

    Instead of 45 residential units as requested, planners indicate the property could accommodate a maximum of 10 multifamily units totaling 14,000 square feet and up to 20,000 square feet of commercial office space, or 34,000 square feet, on 7.1 acres.

  • Accident involving bus closes I-70

    A Greyhound bus and two other vehicles were involved in an accident Thursday night that closed Interstate 70 near Genesee.

    The State Patrol said the crash occurred about 7:30 p.m. amid snow-packed conditions and blowing snow.

    One lane of westbound I-70 between mile markers 254 and 256 reopened around 10:10 p.m. Troopers said 54 passengers were on the bus, and four people were taken to local hospitals with minor injuries.

    The Greyhound passengers were transferred to another bus.

    Troopers said the lengthy closure was necessary to remove the wreckage.

  • 2 arrested in area mail thefts

    Two people arrested Saturday in connection with mail thefts in the mountain area may also be linked to recent residential burglaries in Conifer, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

    Jeffco deputies arrested 27-year-old Michael Pantera of Denver and Sophie Shafer, 18, of Bailey without incident on Dec. 22 in the 27000 block of Richmond Hill Road.

    More than 375 pieces of mail, including gift cards, cash, wine and a box of homemade cookies, were recovered during the arrest, according to the Jeffco sheriff’s report.

  • Baroque Folke to perform at Center/Stage

    The eclectic ensemble Baroque Folke will be back on Sunday, Dec. 23, for performances of old and older holiday music.

    Ann and Mike Moore, Sally Ochsner, Hopi Moore-Sargent, and Rebecca Beshore (returning from last year) now welcome talented new members Susan Osborne, Paul Ahlquist and Susan Tillotson.

    Baroque Folke's lively, candlelit assortment of music for voices and recorder/harpsichord consort will be heard at Center/Stage Evergreen. The concert is sponsored by the Evergreen Chorale as a gift to the community.

  • Mail thefts hit Evergreen, Morrison, Conifer, Pine Junction

    Residents in four mountain communities have been the victims of mail theft, and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents to take extra precautions against possible identity theft.

    Investigators from the sheriff’s office and the U.S. Postal Service are warning residents about a crime spree that occurred during the weekend of Dec. 15, when an unidentified suspect or suspects stole mail from at least 140 mailboxes in Morrison, Evergreen, Conifer and Pine Junction.

  • Alternative Christmas Fair drawing mainstream crowds

    The wildly popular Alternative Christmas Fair is attracting so many people to Evergreen Lutheran Church each year it’s starting to look like the “Mainstream Christmas Fair.” The eclectic bazaar has grown to fill every available square foot of the church, including the coat closet. “The items are unique things you can’t buy in local shops. Most are handmade in other countries. Plus it makes people happy to know that their gift is going to help someone else,” said Colleen Norrgard, co-chair of the fair.

  • Christmas comes early for Maren's kids

    Christmas presents fall into three basic categories — the kind people need, the kind they want, and the kind somebody else thinks they should have. Happily, the extra-thoughtful gift that Mountain and Foothills Rotary presented to Maren Schreiber last Thursday is about a ton of each, and it will provide years of merry memories for some of the mountain area’s most deserving kids.