Nonprofit Organizations


MALT protects 108 acres near Floyd Hill

Written by Linda Besler on .

Mountain Area Land Trust (MALT) has closed on a conservation easement on 108 acres on North Floyd Hill protecting this land in perpetuity. MALT led the way for the purchase of this meadow and forested area of land highly visible off I-70 on North Floyd Hill, located within Clear Creek County. The Trust for Public Land (TPL) managed the purchase transaction of the property with Clear Creek County contributing $300,000, Jefferson County contributing $200,000 and Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) granting $545,000 towards the purchase price and due diligence.

The land was conveyed on March 17, 2017 to Clear Creek and Jefferson Counties and will be directly managed as public open space by Clear Creek County, with the Conservation Easement ensuring its permanent protection being held by MALT. This area will allow outdoor recreationists to conveniently access over 12,000 acres of public land from I-70 to reach miles of connected Peaks to Plains trails. MALT was also awarded a Connecting Youth Initiative grant from GOCO to fund guided hikes for kids in the Denver area.


SOLVE summarizes its accomplishments, outlines its goals

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SOLVE (Save Open Lands Vistas and the Environment) works to preserve Clear Creek County’s essential ecosystems, waterways, wildlife habitat and corridors, open spaces and scenic vistas as well as the County’s cultural and historic heritage. SOLVE advocates and advises for appropriate, sustainable land use, fiscal responsibility and balanced recreation with quiet spaces. It has been around for over 18 years as a non-profit corporation with tax-exempt status.

2016 Accomplishments

  • Updated and published our Research Summary finding that economic development should be focused within our municipalities, rather than in our rural areas
  • Researched and published a new report on "the Importance of Tourism in Clear Creek County."
  • Presented public education on the realities of land use at local events (Idaho Springs Chamber of Commerce Mixers and the Watershed Festival).
  • Participated in local events like IS Chamber mixers, Watershed Festival and the local "Pumpkin Smash" sponsored by Scraps to Soil.
  • Helped the County Master Plan evolve its over-arching vision from one of increased development to one of improving quality of life.
  • Volunteered for the annual Flaming Foliage Relay Race in order to obtain funds for our organization.

Plans for 2017 include:

  • Continue to monitor development activities to make sure that we improve County economics in a way that preserves open lands, vistas and the environment. 
  • Support and participate in the Recreational Coalition, to make sure that the county has a plan for recreation that protects quiet activities as it supports other activities. 
  • Research background data for and take public stands relative to proposed recreational activities in the county. 
  • Continue to participate in public education and support through involvement in local organizations.

For more information, check the website.


Barrel drops through the ice March 15th

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With warm temperatures prevailing through most of March, the barrel – center of the Ice Melt Contest – fell through the ice on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 12:38:54. One edge of the barrel had dipped a toe into the water earlier in the week but not sufficiently to be considered that "the barrel had gone through the ice," not enough to trigger the timing device inside the barrel.  

On Friday, March 17th, Evergreen Fire/Rescue volunteers in wet suits swam out to the barrel, which had floated to an area between the Lake House and Warming Hut.

The March 15th date marks the second earliest date in the 11 years that the Ice Melt Contest has been held.  In 2009 it dropped at 2:13 pm on March 5th.  The following year marked the latest drop date in the 11years.


Elks Lodge turns 50, invites public to the celebration

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The Evergreen Elks Lodge is turning 50, and you're invited to the celebration.  Please join us at the Lodge on Saturday, April 1st, 2017, for brunch from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.  We’ll be serving eggs, pancakes, sausage, and biscuits & gravy! Just $8.00 per person.

After brunch, explore Dignitaries, History, and Non-Profit Displays Noon – 3:00 pm. Saturday night, from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm, enjoy live music performed by The Wayfaring Musicians, and dance the night away in our beautiful ballroom!  Tickets are $15.00 for adults, and $8.00 for veterans and kids under 12. (We will have food available for purchase as well!) This will be a weekend to remember, and We look forward to seeing you!

Tickets for brunch and the evening musical performance are available in advance at or at the door! Evergreen Elks Lodge #2363 27972 Iris Drive Evergreen.  (303) 674-5591.

For more information about the Evergreen Elks, click here.


Historical Society announces upcoming programs

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The Gracious Lady of the Gardens

March 18th, Saturday at 10:30 am at Hiwan Museum • Teri Johnson will present her portrayal of Mary Elitch, 'The Gracious Lady of the Gardens' A JCHS presentation in honor of Women in History Month. Teri brings Mary Elitch to life as she tells of the opening of Elitch Gardens in 1890 and the ongoing success of bringing arts and entertainment to garden visitors over time. Light morning refreshments will be served. Reservations not necessary.  Donation only.

Buffalo Bill Cody

April 22nd, Saturday at 1:00 pm at the Timbervale Barn • Jeff Norman presents a one-man show with his depiction of Buffalo Bill Cody. Norman will present an exciting glimpse into Cody's life and adventures on the frontier and beyond. Make a point of visiting our exhibit, 'Buffalo Bill: The Conservationist You Never Knew' in Hiwan Museum before or after the show. Reserve a seat for the show at 720-497-7650. $10 admission for JCHS members; $12 for non-members. 

Landscape Shapes History

May 13th, Saturday at 9 am to 2 pm at the Timbervale Barn • The Jefferson County Historical Commission invites you to the Historic Preservation Symposium, 'Landscape Shapes History' Guest speakers and panel discussions highlight the link between the varied Jeffco environmental features and our human history. Cost is $15 and includes lunch. Register on-line and get more information from Dennis Dempsey 303-271-8734.