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Today's News

  • Visitors learned about what life was like in the ‘olden days’ at Staunton State Park

    History came alive last weekend when volunteers taught young and old alike about log homes, medicinal herbs, games — and johnny cakes — at Staunton State Park’s Living History Days.

    “We need to know our history,” park volunteer Linda Jagger said.

    Her husband, Tom Jagger, also a volunteer, added: “We can count our blessings. They had a much rougher life — but in some ways a much easier one than we do now.”

  • Clear Creek’s response to 2013 floods was a ‘proud’ moment

    Five years ago, Principal David Epp and 150 sixth-graders and staff members were hiking two miles to the school buses waiting for them; Commissioner Tim Mauck was listening to the eerie sounds of boulders rolling down the creek outside his house; and Sheriff Rick Albers was running incident command out of Idaho Springs’ fire station.

  • BizBeat: New liquor store owners highlight customer wants

    Conifer’s newest liquor store owners specialize in something a little different: Whatever the customers like.
    Creighton and Staci O’Neal are the new owners of Conifer Village Liquors, the sprawling liquor store that sits between Safeway and Aspen Perk Cafe. Transplants from Kansas and current Evergreen residents, the O’Neals ended up in the liquor business after Creighton decided he wanted to get rid of his Denver commute and do something different after 20 years in the software development industry.

  • Barris clarifies comments on building border wall

    Roger Barris, the Libertarian candidate for Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District seat, is clarifying his response to an August debate question about support for building a border wall between the United States and Mexico.

  • Education briefs

    Outdoor Lab Foundation donates $900k to Jeffco
    Jeffco’s Outdoor Lab Foundation provided Jeffco Public Schools with more than $900,000 in support during the 2017-18 school year.
    During a presentation of a check to the school board on Thursday, the foundation’s executive director Shannon Hancock announced that the organization was able to provide $910,916.58 in support to Jeffco’s Outdoor Lab schools at Mount Evans and Windy Peak — largely due to the generosity of community donors.

  • Morrison board briefs

    Initial budget talks underway

    Initial budgets talks in Morrison indicate the town will end 2019 with a budget deficit of more than $533,000 — despite having $3.77 million in its general fund balance.

    The Morrison Town Board took a first look at next year’s budget during its Sept. 4 meeting. The initial proposal presented in the board packet estimates the town will bring in approximately $2.51 million while spending about $3 million.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Adding injury to insult

  • ‘Everything that a hungry, tired hiker could want’

    As the white Dodge van rattles its way along Wellington Lake Road, Lyn Kulenburg’s cell phone rings.

    She doesn’t like to talk while driving, so she pulls to the side of the dirt road. Kulenburg knows there are only a few reasons her husband, Bill, would call her while she is en route to the Rolling Creek trailhead. The most likely? There are more hikers. Just as she expected, that’s it.

  • End Overdose Jeffco allows community to discuss opioid addiction

    Addiction came quickly for Lemuel Lee.

    After being kicked out of his house at 11 years old, Lee started living on the streets, using and selling drugs. His addiction persisted, and for years, Lee worked his way in and out of the judicial system and ruined a lot of relationships.

    “I want what I want when I want it,” Lee said. “With that mind frame, it didn’t matter who or what or why I hurt them. I burned every bridge in my life between me and my family and also between me and who I thought were my friends.”

  • BIZBEAT: Barber Lee Shortt plans retirement in October

    Lee Shortt, who has been a staple in downtown Evergreen for 51 years, has decided to hang up his hair-cutting shears.

    The barber, located in the building at the southeast corner of Highways 73 and 74, has cut hair on thousands of heads during his time in Evergreen. Shortt says he will miss his clients, but it’s time to retire and move to Nevada, in part because the weather is better for his wife’s health.

    “It’s been a long time coming,” he said recently. “I’ll miss all my customers that I’ve had for years.”