Today's News

  • Paying homage to marmots

    By Alex Purcell

    For the Courier

    Marmots might not make the ideal pet, but visitors to Staunton State Park this weekend were encouraged to adopt one — in stuffed animal form, that is.

    The annual Marmot Fest is geared toward educating patrons of Staunton State Park about the furry Rocky Mountain ground squirrels.

    “It’s an homage to the marmots,” said Annie Thran, the park’s interpreter.

    For an adoption fee of $25, visitors could take home their very own plush marmot.

  • EHS alum Kassay making a career out of bluegrass band

    Brian Kassay’s life has been about both being in the right place at the right time and taking chances.

    The 2011 Evergreen High School graduate will be playing with his band, Laney Lou and the Bird Dogs, at the Little Bear Saloon in downtown Evergreen on Friday night. He’s thrilled to be playing in his hometown and considers himself lucky to be touring with the band.

    Kassay, 25, is a graduate of Montana State University in Bozeman, and four years ago, he saw a Craigslist ad about someone starting a bluegrass band. He answered it.

  • 'Huge' tip moving Maggie Long investigation forward

    The investigation into the Maggie Long murder case is moving forward in a big way based on a tip the task force received about a month ago, according to Park County Detective Sgt. Greg Jones.

  • Camping to launch at Staunton State Park

    More than a year after it was first announced that camping would be allowed at Staunton State Park, the 25 camping sites will finally be open to the public on Sunday.

    According to Zach Taylor, Staunton’s park manager, the campsites are 100 percent reservable — up to six months in advance — and feature a 24-foot by 10-foot tent pad, picnic table and bear-proof food container.

  • On The Move: Shake up your fitness routine

    Summer has hit our small mountain community, and it’s time to refresh and renew. It’s the perfect time to update your fitness routine. If you can occasionally shake things up, it will not only keep your muscles guessing, but will keep your mind engaged in physical activity. Plus, it’s just plain fun!

    Our bodies move in lots of different angles and planes of motion. If you are always doing the same exercise, you aren’t working your body to its full capability. Break out of your rut and improve your overall fitness level with these tips:

  • Bailey Day overtakes Main Street with vendors, attendees

    By Alex Purcell
    For the Courier

    With Bailey Day well underway on Saturday, the asphalt of Bailey’s Main Street was almost invisible through the crowd.

    Thousands flocked to the community to enjoy the annual festival. With more than 120 vendors and a list of unique Old West-style activities, there were plenty of things to catch the eye and engage with.

  • Jeffco Public Schools likely to put bond issue on November ballot

    Taxpayers in Jefferson County will likely see a bond issue from Jeffco Public Schools on their November ballots after the Jeffco school board formally directed Superintendent Jason Glass and other district officials June 11 to bring a proposed bond package to the board later this summer.

  • Mass casualty exercise to be held in Como

    The Park County Coroner’s Office will conduct a mass casualty exercise near Como on Saturday.

    According to Park County Coroner David Kintz Jr., the all-day exercise will take place in an area off U.S. 285 at mile marker 190 and will begin at 8 a.m. While multiple agencies will be involved, including the Park County Sheriff’s Office and Colorado State Patrol, Kintz Jr. said that exercise is simply for the purpose of “practicing coroner operations and standards, and poses no danger to anyone.”

  • Raid of illegal marijuana grow house yields 780 plants

    A raid of an illegal marijuana grow house in Bailey on June 20 yielded 780 marijuana plants, as well as an unspecified amount of cocaine and Xanax, a Schedule IV controlled substance that’s commonly prescribed to treat anxiety and panic disorders.

    According to the Park County Sheriff’s Office’s weekly crime log, which is compiled by Capt. Daniel Muldoon, Park County deputies and detectives were assisted in the raid by the Rocky Mountain Combined Tactical Team.

  • Jeffco Public Schools hires new HR officer

    Jeffco Public Schools has promoted David Bell, currently the district’s director of employment services, to chief human resources officer after a lengthy hiring process that began in May. Announced June 19, Bell replaces Jeffco’s longtime CHRO Amy Weber, who resigned in early May after more than 12 years in order to spend more time with her family.