How to be prepared for a wildfire

Research around home destruction versus home survival in wildfires point to embers and small flames as the main way that the majority of homes ignite in wildfires. Embers are burning pieces of airborne wood or vegetation that can be carried more than a mile through the wind and can cause spot fires and ignite homes, debris and other objects, according […]

Shirey running for Gilpin Assessor

My name is Becky Shirey and I’m the Republican Candidate for Gilpin County Assessor. After years living and working in Gilpin County, I believe I know the area, many of the residents, and have watched how the county has changed since 1990. When I moved here, Gilpin really was a rural community. In 1991 the first casino opened, and many […]

Faith Ann Yenne: 4/23/1939 – 10/15/2021


Faith Ann Yenne (Marcotte) of Smith Center, Kansas, passed away on October 15, 2021. Faith was born the daughter of Lester & Dorothea (Coogan) Palu on April 23, 1939 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She graduated from Mukwonago Union High School in Wisconsin. She served as an Airman Second Class in the United States Air Force from 1957 to 1959, as a […]

Janice Marchman announces State Senate campaign

Loveland Democrat Janice Marchman has filed her candidacy for the Colorado State Senate, seeking the newly drawn Senate District 15 seat in Larimer and Boulder Counties. Marchman, a local teacher and former Thompson School District board member, committed to bringing common sense representation to the district. “I know that many families in the new district’s communities are struggling right now,” […]

Life In Nature: The arrival!

We are rapidly approaching the seasonal return of that oh so familiar buzz in the air, and the first appearances of the broadtail hummingbird scouts. Those of you who have followed my social media pages for some time know well my affinity for these tiny delights! The scouts tend to arrive around the end of March, a few weeks before […]

Dory Dozens Delights and Market: Fresh and homemade


COVID issues cramped many a small business, but for Julia Ziobro, the pandemic proved serendipitous. Julia tells us “COVID sent my daughter Joanne home to me from Smith College in Massachusetts, and volunteering at the Gold Mountain Village food bank gave us 100 pounds of oranges. ‘Let’s make marmalade!’” Ziobro had been making jams, marmalades and other canned goods for […]

Anthony Michael Green: 6/30/1991 – 3/10/2022

It is of great sadness we announce the sudden tragic passing of Anthony Green on March 10, 2022, of Coal Creek Canyon. Anthony Michael Green was born on June 30, 1991, in the beautiful state of Colorado. He stayed in the Golden area and settled in Coal Creek Canyon where he could enjoy the mountains year round. Anthony is survived […]

Widdekind makes ballot for Boulder County Commissioner Primary race

Lisa Widdekind has collected a sufficient number of signatures to qualify for the ballot in the Boulder County Commissioner Democratic Primary this June. “While I am also participating in the Caucus and Assembly process, I chose to also petition to the ballot. It’s been a great experience! I’ve already talked to thousands of voters standing in front of stores, going […]

Peak Parenting: Kids in the garden

Gardening up here at altitude is a labor of love. (Much like parenting.) Determined gardeners contend with blink-of-an-eye growing windows, hurricane-force winds, out-of-season frosts, and ravenous wildlife. And they don’t call it the Rocky Mountains for nothin’. Digging a hole often requires the industrious use of a pickaxe. So with all that frustration seeping from the soil, getting kids out […]

Come for outdoor necessities, stay for the conversation


As you drive into the Caribou Village Shopping Center you may catch a glimpse of Bigfoot. It stands surprisingly stationary with its arms open wide, showcasing racks of merchandise out on the walkway. It’s Mountain Man Outdoor Store’s unofficial mascot, welcoming you into the store. It is a store packed full of camping essentials, all season clothes, souvenirs, friendly local […]