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Owner hired firefighter to burn deadwood routinely

Forest worker cited in connection with Soda Creek Fire

By Vicky Gits

The Jeffco Sheriff's Office has issued a summons to a man who was working as a caretaker in the forest near the Soda Creek subdivision on Friday, March 18 — three days before the Soda Creek Fire broke out about 2:10 p.m. the following Monday.

Joel Worley, 37, of Denver, a West Metro Fire Department employee who was hired to collect and dispose of slash, told an investigator he was burning deadwood on land owned by Christopher Payne of Humphrey Drive on March 18.


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Sheriff's Calls

The cure for sibling rivalry


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Many unprepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice

Soda Creek residents feel the heat during fire

By Vicky Gits

 

When a wildfire breaks out less than a mile from your house and you get a reverse-911 message saying it's time to get out, it can be a real wake-up call.

As residents of the Soda Creek neighborhood found out on Monday, March 21, a close encounter with a wildfire can make you rethink your entire to-do list, fast.


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Lake Park makeover on hold until fall

Robson accepts job as park district chief

By Vicky Gits

As of April 11, Scott Robson will be joining the ranks of people who both live and work in Evergreen, where he has owned a home for seven years.

Robson will be hanging up his diplomas at the rustic log cottage in the office of the executive director of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District. He is currently manager of parks and recreation for the city of Denver.


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Ice Melt Barrel gets wet on March 22, the earliest descent ever

An early touchdown

By Vicky Gits

The Ice Melt Barrel plunged into Evergreen Lake on Tuesday, March 22, at 11:06 a.m., marking the earliest date of descent in the five-year history of the contest to guess when the 55-gallon steel drum will signal the end of winter.

In 2010, the fourth year of the contest, the barrel didn't drop until April 12 at 2:35 p.m. The barrel floated March 5 in 2009, April 6 in 2008, and March 25 in 2007.


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Restaurant will be around for a long time, owner says

El Rancho building for sale

By Vicky Gits

The group of investors that purchased the El Rancho restaurant building at the Evergreen Parkway exit and Interstate 70 has put the building up for sale for $1.7 million.

The restaurant owner, Donna Piro, said Monday, March 28, that the lease on the building is good for a few more years, the restaurant business is not for sale, and she has no intention of leaving before then unless someone offers her "the right price."


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Advertising banners missing from school fence

By Vicky Gits

 

 Two commercial-advertising banners worth $120 each are missing in incidents a month apart and appear to have been stolen from the fence at the entrance to Bergen Meadow Elementary School at Bergen Parkway and Hiwan Drive.

The two State Farm insurance banners have disappeared while other signs were left alone.

After the first sign went missing five weeks ago, the replacement sign disappeared Thursday, March 24, said Pam Lindquist, organizer of the advertising program.


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Hearings planned April 5 and May 5; forums also slated

School board will hear public comment on $40 million in cuts

By Emile Hallez

The Jefferson County school board will hear public comment next month before it approves nearly $40 million in proposed cuts to the dramatically reduced 2011-12 budget.

The public hearings, to be held April 5 and May 5, will be supplemented with a string of community forums, at which board members will meet with their constituents to gather questions and comments. Five forums will be held on April 16 and April 30.

A final version of the budget is scheduled to be approved at the May 5 board meeting.


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U.S. 6 to open 2 p.m. Friday

Indian Gulch fire contained

 

The Indian Gulch fire encompassed 1,502 acres burned north of U.S. 6 and south of Golden Gate Canyon Road as of Friday, March 25, about the same level as reported Thursday, according to a media advisory from the Jeffco Sheriff's Office.

 

U.S. 6 to Black Hawk and Central City will be open at 2 p.m. Friday, according to the Sheriff's Office as of 10:45 a.m. 

 


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Robson accepts job as chief of Evergreen park district

By Vicky Gits

Scott Robson of Evergreen, manager of Denver Parks and Recreation, the unanimous choice of the board of directors, has accepted the job of executive director of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District starting April 11.

The announcement came Tuesday, March 22, at the regular meeting of the EPRD board.


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