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  • Segment of Lake Trail to be closed indefinitely

    The segment of the Evergreen Lake Trail that was closed earlier this spring because of erosion will remain off limits indefinitely, according to the park district.

    The section of the trail from Upper Bear Creek Road to the dam will be closed through the summer as the Evergreen Park and Recreation District, the Evergreen Metro District and CDOT work to address the problem.

  • Bridge at Lake Park to be replaced this fall

    The bridge over Bear Creek at the entrance to Evergreen Lake Park will be replaced this fall, meaning there will be no vehicle access to the park for several months.

    Ellen O’Connor, executive director of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District, said the Lake House will not host events or weddings from mid-September until mid-November or early December. She said no event reservations were being accepted during the planned construction period.

  • Senior Law Day offers information on end-of-life planning and more

    Estate planning. Medicaid. End-of-life planning. Social security. Financial powers of attorney. Identity theft. Scams. Choosing assisted-living facilities.

    These were just a few of the workshops the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office and its partners offered during the sixth annual Senior Law Day on Saturday at Colorado Christian University in Lakewood.

    More than 600 attendees, including senior citizens, family members, caretakers, vendors and volunteers, spent the day providing or getting needed information.

  • Fire district’s solar project on hold

    Plans by the Evergreen Fire Protection District to install solar panels at Station 2 on Bergen Parkway are on hold as the district board wrestles with the 2016 budget.

    The $600,000 project to replace the roof and add solar panels will have to wait until the district is in a more stable financial position, Fire Chief Mike Weege said at a board meeting Nov. 10.

    Past drops in home valuations decreased the district’s property-tax revenue in recent years and led to budget cuts, and district finances are still recovering, board President George Kling said.

  • Evergreen loves a Rodeo Parade

    Miss Rodeo America and Miss Rodeo Colorado sat side by side on the top of a restored fire truck Saturday, smiling and waving to the thousands of Rodeo Parade attendees lining downtown Evergreen.

    “See you at the rodeo!” said Miss Rodeo America Katherine Merck, who wore a white hat and a sash emblazoned with her prestigious title.

  • Evergreen loves a Rodeo Parade

    Miss Rodeo America and Miss Rodeo Colorado sat side by side on the top of a restored fire truck Saturday, smiling and waving to the thousands of Rodeo Parade attendees lining downtown Evergreen.

    “See you at the rodeo!” said Miss Rodeo America Katherine Merck, who wore a white hat and a sash emblazoned with her prestigious title.

  • Cowboy Sunday Service ropes in fun, serious topics

    Not often do church services begin with an acoustic version of “Home on the Range,” but that was how United Methodist Church of Evergreen began its fourth annual Cowboy Sunday Service on Sunday.

    The event, which congregants say incorporates “Evergreen’s history and traditions,” is a unique service that includes Western- or cowboy-themed poetry, music and activities.

  • Results on MAP tests a mixed bag for Jeffco

    Jeffco students are largely outperforming national averages when it comes to reading and math, but semester-to-semester growth is lacking.

    According to the school district’s presentation of its year-long Measures of Academic Progress, student scores in math and reading improved over the last year, with about 60 percent of all students in grades three through 10 scoring in the high-average or above-average range for math and reading.

  • Evergreen Fire board discusses district’s financial challenges

    The Evergreen Fire Protection District board discussed the district’s financial situation June 16, including the plan to seek a property-tax increase and bond issue on the November ballot.

    At the meeting, the fire district formally introduced Webb Strategic Communications — the public relations firm it will work with to inform residents about the need for more revenue. Pete Webb, president of the firm, will lead the campaign, which kicks off with a town hall meeting Thursday.

  • District weighs options after marijuana bill becomes law

    Jeffco Public Schools may be drafting a policy on medical marijuana after Gov. John Hickenlooper signed legislation that requires the state’s districts to allow use of the remedy on school grounds.

    “Jack’s Law” law requires school districts to “adopt a policy permitting the use of medical marijuana by students authorized” to use it. The legislation was named for Jack Splitt, a Wheat Ridge middle school student with cerebral palsy whose medical marijuana was confiscated last year by school officials.