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  • Benchmark: Record set for world's longest picnic table

    At 810 feet, 8 and 3/8 inches, the world’s longest picnic table could seat a theoretical family of more than 800 people. A person sitting at one end would have to spend more than three minutes walking 300 steps to see her relatives at the other.

    And this theoretical family was, briefly, a reality as the Evergreen community came together to celebrate the Guinness Book of World Records’ confirmed longest picnic table ever.

  • Raising funds, awareness to fight cancer

    Do 30 clean-and-jerks by lifting a barbell to your chest and then over your head.

    Do it with 95 pounds if you’re a woman, or 135 if you’re a man.

    Now, do it while wearing a hot-pink bra.

    This is “Grace” — a CrossFit workout that has become the staple challenge for the “Barbells for Boobs” event.

  • Volunteer poop patrol cleans up popular off-leash area

    Volunteers cleaned up 430 pounds of dog waste at the Elk Meadow off-leash park on Saturday as part of Jeffco Open Space’s National Public Lands Day event.

    The park, which Open Space employees said is “being loved to death,” has seen a lot of traffic in recent months, with many visitors not monitoring where their dogs go or what they do — or doo — while off-leash.

  • Burgeoning traffic bringing tourists — and dollars — up I-70

    During a trip up Interstate 70 on any summer weekend, an observant motorist with a list of the 50 states could cross off half the names before reaching the Eisenhower Tunnel.

    Vehicles bearing license plates from across the country — from Texas to Alaska and Indiana to California — make their way up the mountains alongside Denver area residents looking to escape the heat and the city.

  • Music and flavorful fun on menu at Big Chili Cook-off

    With summer fading, the leaves changing and the air turning crisper, autumn is a time for football, jackets and — of course — chili.

    Evergreen’s Buchanan Park will host the 15th annual Big Chili Cook-off on Saturday, Sept. 10, to benefit six mountain area fire departments: Elk Creek, Evergreen, Foothills, Inter-Canyon, North Fork and Platte Canyon. The event is produced by Big Chili Inc., and is sponsored by Blue Spruce Kiwanis and many local businesses.

  • State wildlife agency hunts for solutions to budget woes

    Colorado Parks and Wildlife is asking for suggestions and feedback from hunters, fishermen and the public on how best to address its budget challenges.

    Representatives from the wildlife division, which is operated on a separate financial basis from the parks division, hosted a meeting at Evergreen Fire/Rescue’s administration building Aug. 31. About three dozen people attended, the majority of whom were Evergreen or Conifer area hunters or anglers.

  • Rec district takes look at 2017 budget

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District took a very preliminary look at its possible 2017 budget at a work session Sept. 30.

    Executive Director Ellen O’Connor, financial controller Jason Leslie and human resources manager Heather Facer presented EPRD’s five board members with items the staff would like to include in next year’s budget — particularly, improvements in employee compensation. The staff members will present a more detailed budget draft at the next board meeting on Sept. 27.

  • Park district seeks $200,000 grant to redesign Lake Trail

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District has applied for a $200,000 federal grant to design and engineer a solution for the closed portion of the Evergreen Lake Trail.

    The trail on the north side of the lake has been closed since April between the dam and Upper Bear Creek Road because of instability caused by drainage and erosion issues.

    EPRD submitted the application for the Transportation Alternatives Grant on Aug. 1, and should know by November if it wins approval.

  • Bike race participants greeted by threatening graffiti

    Bicyclists who participated in Saturday’s Red Rocks Gran Fondo race saw a mix of encouraging and threatening graffiti on Brook Forest Road in Evergreen.

    According to the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office, vandals painted messages on the road surface in multiple locations and on rocks near 9000 Black Mountain Drive sometime before the race started Saturday morning.

  • Relay for Life set Aug. 12-13 at Evergreen High

    Twenty-plus teams. Twelve hours. One sleepless night.

    This year's Relay For Life of the Mountain Area will start at 6 p.m. Aug. 12 at Evergreen High School, and the relay already has doubled in size from last year, with 21 teams and counting. Participants in the all-night event, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, form teams and walk around the track for 12 hours to raise funds to fight cancer.