Today's News

  • Westbound I-70 reopened after RV fire near Lookout Mountain

    Westbound Interstate 70 is reopened from Golden/Morrison exit to Genesee after a vehicle fire early Tuesday afternoon.

    A call came in at 11:40 a.m. that an RV pulling a Jeep was on fire. As of 12:15 p.m., no injuries had been reported, Trooper Josh Lewis of Colorado State Patrol said.

    During the closure, traffic was backed up along westbound Interstate 70 and traffic exiting C-470 was affected as well.

    This is a developing story. The Courier will provide updates as more information becomes available.

  • Volunteers to help manage invasive species on Mount Evans

    The Friends of Mount Evans and Lost Creek Wildernesses received about $10,000 in grant funding to complete an inventory of invasive species around Mount Evans.

    The nonprofit received the funding from the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance and has used it to hire an intern to complete a 10-week study of invasive species in the Mount Evans Wilderness Area.

  • New JCPL executive director won’t have to travel far

    For Donna Walker, there’s just something special about a library.

    She was first drawn to libraries as a kid. They became a familiar place to spend time with a good book. As a young adult and mother, libraries became an accessible place filled with important resources.

    Now, as the newly hired executive director for Jefferson County Public Library system — the third-largest in Colorado — she continues to recognize the important role libraries play in a community.

  • Red Rocks wedding chapel rezoned for running store

    Goodbye, weddings; hello, running.

    The Chapel at Red Rocks was sold in April, and it’s on its way to becoming a specialty running store after the Morrison Town Board approved rezoning the property from agricultural to planned development in its July 3 meeting.

    Avid runners Ken Pliska and Deb Spence purchased the spot with plans to turn the existing space into a specialty running store, much like Runners High, the store they already own in Golden.

  • Reasons for Freedom Run participation aplenty

    Hundreds come to Evergreen Middle School on the Fourth of July to begin their Independence Day celebration with the Freedom Run, and their reasons for participating are many.

    From enjoying the run to supporting organizer Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice, their reasons for participating are varied.

    Here is a sampling of their reasons for taking part:

  • Morrison kickstarts process of extending commercial district

    Morrison officially kickstarted a process that could amend the town’s comprehensive plan and extend the commercial zone district.

    The town board on July 3 unanimously approved a motion to spend approximately $7,022 on the comprehensive plan amendment project, which includes costs for community outreach and adoption.

    “It will be a whole public process — public meetings, public outreach,” Town Manager Kara Winters told the board.

  • JCOS, Boulder plan to acquire property near county line

    Jefferson and Boulder counties are planning to acquire 442 acres along the county line for open space.

    Sale of Lippincott Ranch, which is south of Eldorado Springs, has been negotiated for $7.75 million — split evenly between Jeffco and the City of Boulder. The price would either be paid in full at closing, or over a 20-year finance period with a 3.5 percent interest rate.

    The current owners, the Lippincotts, are leaning toward the 20-year financing option, Jeffco Parks Director Tom Hoby said, noting that the interest would go to the Lippincotts.

  • Sheriff's Calls

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  • Aerial adventure park opens in Bailey

    Whether you’re 7 or 70, there’s always adventure to be found among the sunny treetops and the shade of the forest floor.

    That’s why Treehouse Adventure Park has set up its huts, ropes and zip lines among the pine trees of Bailey, just across from Riverbend Market & Eatery along U.S. 285.

    The adventure park, which opened in early June, already has seen more than 500 people strap themselves into the harnesses and make their way across the eight courses.

  • Task force recommends EPRD go for full $34 million bond

     Despite mixed feedback from constituents and a “tight race” based on recent survey results, the Citizen Task Force has recommended the Evergreen Park & Recreation District go for the full $34 million amount discussed in its bond/mill levy proposal.

    At the June 26 board of directors meeting at Wulf Recreation Center, task force members said the district should go for the full $34 million bond rather than a lower number. That way, task force members said, no user group gets everything they want, but all the district’s needs are met.