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Outdoors

  • There's oil in the Jeffco hills

    Oil seeping from an outcrop of the Dakota Hogback formation and at another site north of U.S. 285 in Morrison suggests the oil and gas industry could one day get a toehold in Jefferson County

    “The Turkey Creek outcrop is oil-saturated,” said Dr. Steve Sonnenberg, professor of petroleum geology at the Colorado School of Mines.

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    Roxborough State Park is recruiting volunteers

  • Hike for Hospice planned Sunday

    More than 400 hikers are expected to trek to the summit of Olinger Mount Lindo in Morrison during the ninth annual Hike for Hospice on Sunday.

    “It’s really a unique way to connect with and honor those who have passed,” said Serena Sampat, marketing manager for Centura Health at Home.

    The event supports Porter Hospice and St. Anthony Hospice, two nonprofits that serve the Denver metro area.

  • Open Space plan suggests using more social media

    Expanding the use of social media is a key strategy of the communications and community plan for Jeffco Open Space, which Thea Rock presented to the Open Space Advisory Committee on Aug. 7.

    “We have 3,000 people who follow us on Facebook. We would like to increase that to 7,000,” Rock said.
    Expanding Twitter followers from 1,300 to 5,000 also is in the plan, she said.

    “They reach a different demographic,” Rock remarked.

    A recent study showed that 26 percent of the community would like to receive information about parks through e-mail, and 23 percent use the Internet, said Rock.

  • Staunton offers variety of programs in August

    Staunton State Park is known for its beautiful views, rock climbing and scenic hikes, but park organizers are offering free programs in August for visitors to explore lesser-known parts of Colorado’s newest state park.

    “There’s so much more in the park than people realize,” said Annie Thran, seasonal park ranger. “We have amazing rocks, waterfalls, fishing ponds; it’s just an amazing park.”

  • High temps dangerous for dogs on hikes

    Two dogs have died and eight more with heat-stroke symptoms have been evacuated so far this summer in Jefferson County Open Space parks.

    In most of the cases, county officials found out about the dogs when owners called the non-emergency Jeffco sheriff’s dispatch number to ask for help, said Mary Ann Bonnell, the visitor services supervisor who also oversees the county's park ranger program. Jeffco officials do not release names of dead or injured pets or their owners.

  • Arvada site appears to be favorite for shooting range

    A site in Arvada appears to be the leading contender for a county-owned public shooting range.

    A working group organized by Jeffco Parks and Open Space has narrowed the search to five locations, including the site in Arvada, which is currently leased by Pioneer Sand and Gravel as a quarry.

    Tom Hoby, director of Parks and Open Space, said the working group tried to find property that was within a 30-minute drive of a major county intersection. 

  • Downhill marathon will traverse Jeffco

    Close to 1,000 people have registered to run the first Revel Rockies half-marathon/marathon on Aug. 17 — a downhill course from Squaw Pass Road east past Red Rocks to Bandimere Speedway.

    Downhill courses are growing in popularity as runners realize they can log “personal best” race times and enjoy great scenery along the way, said Anna Ryan, race director. Revel Rockies also is a qualifying race for the Boston Marathon, Ryan said. It currently costs $104.99 to register for the Revel Rockies marathon and $84.99 for the half-marathon.

  • Bike to Work Day rolls smoothly

    The pressure just wasn’t enough for Jani Flaig. One of the tires on her bicycle was starting to get low. 

    Luckily for her, more than a few people were available to offer assistance along the Mary Carter Greenway Trail on June 25. 

    Thousands of people across the metro area eschewed their cars in favor of bicycles last Wednesday on Colorado’s Bike to Work Day. The event, organized by the Denver Regional Council of Governments, encourages commuters to forsake their typical trip to work and try biking to the office. 

  • Chatfield expansion wins final approval

    The Army Corps of Engineers has given final approval to a controversial expansion of Chatfield Reservoir to help meet a growing need for water along the Front Range. 

    The chosen option for expanding Chatfield, labeled “Alternative 3,” will raise the water levels by a maximum of 12 feet and increase the maximum storage by 20,600 acre-feet. Some 587 acres of Chatfield State Park, Colorado’s most popular, will be flooded in peak storage years to provide more water for urban and agricultural users.