Today's News

  • Heavy rains stress Evergreen district's wastewater system

    Although the sewage collection system of the Evergreen Metropolitan District was still functional on Monday morning, it was running at peak levels, according to an EMD status report.
    Residents whose homes are connected to the system have been asked to limit water use to avert backups in the overtaxed system, said Gerry Schulte, EMD general manager.
    "Since the lines are flooded, people can expect backups," he said. "The main line is flooded."

  • Clear Creek schools to close Monday

    Clear Creek County officials are asking residents not to travel on roads unnecessarily while damage is assessed after days of punishing rainstorms.
    Most of the flooding damage in the county occurred in the area around Idaho Springs and in portions of the county in Evergreen near Upper Bear Creek Road.

    The Jefferson County sheriff reported Sunday that flooding caused a gas-line break in the area of Beaver Brook Canyon Road.

  • A soggy and serene Saturday in Evergreen

    All was quiet — even serene — in Evergreen on Saturday morning, a day after incessant rains pushed Bear Creek out of its banks, closed roads and damaged downtown businesses.

    The brown water in Evergreen Lake was virtually calm as a half-dozen men gathered outside EverBean in the Lakepoint Center to drink coffee and tell stories.

    “Look at it,” Rod Hock said as he gazed at the lake. “It’s so beautiful. As you’re standing here, you would never know that it flooded yesterday.”

  • Outdoor Lab students hike 2 miles to safety

    About 130 students at the Mount Evans Outdoor Lab School took an unplanned 2-mile hike north to Old Squaw Pass Road on Friday to escape the flooding waters of Bear Creek.

    The school is at 201 Evans Ranch Road, which is north of Upper Bear Creek Road and west of Witter Gulch Road. Because of flooding on Upper Bear Creek Road, students couldn’t be bused out the usual way after their one-week stay at the Lab School.

  • Some Evergreen merchants manage to stay open during Friday's flooding

    Many businesses were closed Friday in downtown Evergreen as Bear Creek's waters raced and roiled nearby, but a few establishments remained open.

  • Still standing: Evergreen digs out after rain, flooding pound the area - VIDEO

    The sun finally returned to Evergreen on Sept. 17, and a battered but still standing downtown returned to a semblance of normality after a week of record rains and flooding pummeled the mountain area.

    A total of 6.5 inches of rain fell on the Evergreen area from Sept. 9-16, sending Bear Creek out of its banks below the Evergreen Lake Dam on Sept. 13 and inundating the Cactus Jack’s building and the public garden. Evacuation orders were issued for the canyon, parts of Morrison and along Upper Bear Creek.

  • 285 Business Showcase scheduled Sunday

    Mountain area residents have a chance this weekend to see what businesses call Conifer home — and which ones might even be located in the home next door.

    “We have so many businesses that are home-based, and not a lot of people know about them,” said Dawn Smith, executive director of the Conifer Area Chamber of Commerce. “It’s a great chance for people to learn about what is offered in our area.”

  • 9/11 remembrance held at Marshdale Elementary

    Students, staff and parents joined representatives of Evergreen Fire/Rescue and the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday morning at Marshdale Elementary School to honor and remember victims of the 9/11 attacks.

    Members of Boy Scout Troop 39 raised and saluted the U.S. flag, and principal Christian Kingsbury led students in the Pledge of Allegiance and then spoke to the children.

  • Five seek appointment to vacant seat on school board

    Five residents have submitted applications to fill the Jeffco school board’s vacant District 1 seat, said Helen Neal, chief of staff for the school board.

    The five applicants are Dan Green, Samantha Hockenbery, John M. Horan, Beverly McAdam and Michele Patterson.

    Neal said the board will discuss interview questions for the applicants and set a decision date at the board’s next meeting Sept. 19. The board has until Oct. 10 to fill the vacant seat.

  • ‘Jekyll & Hyde’ musical looks at good versus evil

    As the late-summer days grow shorter, and the shadows begin to lengthen, children start planning for Halloween. The costume catalogs are filled with ghosts and mad scientists, and point to our human obsession with the underbelly of life.