Today's News

  • At Canyonfest, it’s about having fun no matter what your age

    Kittredge’s Canyonfest is all about fun — small-town fun.

    With the pounding rhythms of a rock band — along with food, beer and wine — for adults to enjoy, kids had fun blowing gigantic bubbles, hula-hooping, participating in sack and duck races, and more.

    Russett Goulding, a longtime organizer of Canyonfest, walked up to attendees on Saturday, asking if they were having fun. She has been known to call the festival a Mayberry-like event, referring to the “Andy Griffith Show.”

  • Blanketed in honor: Conifer vets receive Quilts of Valor

    Members of Conifer’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 12009 came to the Mountain Resource Center last week expecting an ordinary meeting. Instead, they were in for a treat.

    Unbeknownst to the veterans in his Post, Commander Kirk Rosa coordinated with the Mountain Maverick Quilters group to plan a surprise. After months of arduous work, the mountain-area quilting group presented each VFW Post member with a Quilt of Valor, crafted by hand in variations of America’s signature red, white and blue.

  • Natural gas line violation confirmed

    Colorado Natural Gas is conducting leak surveys and replacing lines in the mountain area after an investigation by the Colorado Public Utilities Commission Pipeline Safety Program revealed the company had been using old propane lines to deliver natural gas to customers.

  • 64A Fire in Bailey is fully contained

    A 12-acre wildfire that burned on national forest land in Bailey for two days has been fully contained, Platte Canyon Fire Protection District said via Twitter on Tuesday evening.

    “The (64A Fire) is now 100 percent contained,” Platte Canyon Fire confirmed via social media. “The evacuation orders have been lifted. All residents can return home.”

    The 64A Fire burned through the night Sunday and into Monday, but it remained within containment lines, according to Tanya Wismar, spokeswoman with Platte Canyon Fire Protection District.

  • Mountain-area firefighters among thousands at annual 9/11 Stair Climb

    The glow of the morning sun was just right on Sept. 11.

    It gleamed off firefighters’ helmets, illuminated the American flag and welcomed approximately 2,500 to Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre for the 11th annual Colorado 9/11 Memorial Climb.

    Thousands make the climb yearly. Most say they do it for those who cannot.

    When Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District firefighter Matt Araki remembers those who gave the ultimate sacrifice on 9/11, he pushes himself just a little bit harder.

  • Panel suggests improvements for downtown Evergreen

    Downtown Evergreen is beloved by locals, tourists and businesses alike, but it needs a lot of attention to bring it to its full potential, a panel of experts told locals on Friday.

    “Downtown Evergreen is an interesting place,” said John Koval, who led the group called a Technical Advisory Panel that spent two days here to look at a variety of downtown issues. He is director of development at Coburn Development in Boulder.

  • Parks briefs

    Open Space moving toward acquiring property adjacent to Meyer Ranch Park

    A 75-acre parcel near Meyer Ranch Park could soon be purchased by Jeffco Open Space and used to extend trails and protect viewsheds in the park.

    The historic property at 10298 S. Turkey Creek Road is bordered on three sides by the park and is currently owned by the Warner Family Irrevocable Trust. The Jeffco Open Space Advisory Committee unanimously recommended moving ahead with purchasing the property for $1.4 million.

  • Xcel pitches tower for its parkway building

    Xcel Energy wants to erect a 190-foot tower on its property on Evergreen Parkway to help improve its internal network communication.

    The pole, which would be 36 inches wide at the bottom and 16 inches wide at the top, would be galvanized so light wouldn’t reflect off it and would be placed on the northwest corner of the Xcel building. At the top would be a lightning rod and a communications panel that would be 29 inches high, 8 inches wide and 5 inches deep.

  • Subdivision case postponed

    The Jeffco Board of County Commissioners opted to continue a case that proposes subdividing 65 acres into 21 lots for single-family detached units after the applicant failed to show up to the public hearing on Sept. 10.

    If approved, the subdivision, called The Boulders, will be located west of the intersection of Settlers and Homesteader drives in Morrison. The property is zoned suburban residential two, which allows for lot sizes of 2 acres and larger.

  • Evergreen's Big Chili Cook-off a September staple for attendees, volunteers

    Phil and Laura Yates of Aurora wore bags of Fritos around their necks because experience had taught them how to prepare for an event like Saturday’s.

    As they stood in line for the kids firefighter challenge with their 4-year-old Gwendolyn, they couldn’t remember how they first heard about Evergreen’s Big Chili Cook-off some 10 years ago. But they remembered anyway, and the family has been attending the event almost annually ever since.

    “We love little festivals and chili, and it’s a chance to get out of the city,” Laura said.