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Today's News

  • Conifer tiny home rezoning proposal draws mixed reactions

    A potential rezoning proposal on Eagle Cliff Road has Conifer residents asking: What happens when an applicant proposes something currently unregulated in Jefferson County? 

  • Bradley Johnson has made drag racing a way of life

    MORRISON — Speed isn’t just a state of being. For Bradley Johnson, it’s a state of mind.

    For the last 16 years, the 24-year-old Morrison native has had his heart set on the launch of drag racing, the thrill of acceleration.

    He now competes in both the super gas and super comp categories, running his 1967 Chevy Camaro Supergas Roadster and 2013 M&M Dragster. The two machines can reach 160 mph and 170 mph, respectively, in five seconds. 

    To him, it’s a feeling unlike any other.

  • Sarah Samuel exemplifies her family’s love of everything cars

    By Alexandra Purcell

    For the Courier

    When there’s a premier drag racing strip practically in your backyard, becoming a racer is a no-brainer. Just ask Sarah Samuel.

    Sarah, 38, is a Morrison local, and she’s been putting rubber to the track for more than 20 years.

    “I got our family into it,” she said. “I liked street racing, and my dad didn’t want us doing that anymore. Now, my dad, my brother and my fiancé are all into it. ... We’re definitely an adrenaline-seeking family.”

  • Woman facing multiple charges after shooting

    A live-in manager at the Arrowhead Manor Bed and Breakfast allegedly shot her husband during a domestic dispute at the establishment early Sunday morning.

    Marguerite Herb, 53, was arrested in connection with the shooting. She faces charges of attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault and menacing with a deadly weapon. She'll return to court on Friday.

    James Herb, her husband and co-manager of the bed and breakfast, was shot in the upper right arm and ultimately transported to St. Anthony Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

  • Missing teenage girls found safe in Wheat Ridge

    The two 16-year-old girls who went missing from a home in Pine Junction on July 7 have been found safe in Wheat Ridge.

    Anna Frankman and Emma Stokes aren’t related, but they were living together in a foster home off Mount Evans Boulevard in Pine Junction. They reportedly have significant mental health issues that were being treated in the home, according to the Park County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Rohrer: Term limits versus gerrymandering

    The 2018 U.S. House of Representatives election resulted in control moving from Republicans to Democrats despite a furious “save the House” effort by Republicans.

    Some are calling it a blue wave, yet even in this year of change, 91 percent of incumbents were re-elected. One hundred seventy-six Democrats ran for re-election and 99 percent, or 174, won. Two hundred two Republicans ran and 85 percent, or 171, won. There were 33 incumbents who didn’t seek re-election and those seats resulted in a net gain of five seats for Democrats.

  • Greene: The unflappable song dog

    “For a full minute we stared into each other’s eyes, two creatures communicating peacefully and improbably across the vast chasm that separates us. He gave me one more glance and trotted off on his elegant toothpick legs and vanished into the trees.”

    — Chris Collins, relaying a chance encounter with a coyote in the book, Look Big, by Rachel Levin

  • Tri-captains innovating ‘small but mighty’ Clear Creek EMS

    Instead of one boss, Clear Creek EMS has three.

    After their chief paramedic left earlier this year, Capts. Bryon Monseu, Dustin Proffitt and Ed Smith took over leadership of Clear Creek EMS. But, instead of seeing it only as an additional responsibility, the three are using it as a time for innovation.

    “We’ve been run the same way for the last 15 years,” said Monseu, who’s in charge of finance and liaison. “Should we try some different things? The county’s changed, and the calls have changed, too.”

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  • Extreme Makeover: Dome Edition

    It might be summer vacation, but Bailey’s Deer Creek Elementary School was abuzz last week as volunteers worked to build a geodesic dome behind the school. 

    The dome, some 26 feet in diameter, will next year house garden beds to be used for all grades in the school’s science curriculum, and it’s a good choice for a mountain school due to its long lifespan and ability to withstand harsh climates and conditions.