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  • Ice fishing event for vets moved to Georgetown Lake

    A free ice fishing event for veterans and soldiers this Saturday has been moved to Georgetown Lake from Evergreen Lake after the death of Greg Henika, who fell through the ice Jan. 22 on Evergreen Lake.

    The third annual Vets on Ice event and hot dog lunch is hosted by Golden VFW Post 4171, the Just One Day veterans nonprofit group and other veteran organizations. It's scheduled for 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Georgetown Lake. Last year, the event had about 80 participants; this year, organizers expect 180 or more.

    All participants over the age of 16 must have a fishing license.

  • Residents reporting encounters with mountain lions

    Clear Creek residents along Witter Gulch Road and west of Idaho Springs have had run-ins with mountain lions in recent weeks.

    The EMERGE homeowners association, located in the Upper Bear Creek region of the county, alerted residents that a mountain lion was spotted in the Old Squaw Pass, Echo Hills, Snyder Mountain and King-Murphy neighborhoods.

    The e-mail alert said the lion was attacking dogs and displaying threatening behavior to people. Residents are also sharing photos of a mountain lion roaming their backyards at night.

  • Keeping their noses in books

    It’s apparent what many Wilmot Elementary School students did over winter break: read.

    More than half the students met the school’s reading challenge, reading at least 200 minutes for the younger kids or 300 minutes for the older kids.  Many exceeded the goal — and some went way beyond expectations, reading for 2,000 minutes.

    One student went on a family road trip and listened to books on tape, which counted for the challenge.

  • A big hairy myth? True believers say no

    Whether called Sasquatch, the Missouri monster, skunk ape or forest devil, a large, hairy creature has been sighted repeatedly around Bailey over the years.
    Bigfoot lives — at least in the hearts and minds of people who report sightings to Jim Myers, owner of the Bailey Country Store and Sasquatch Outpost.
    Myers has organized a loosely knit group of people interested in researching the creature that many believe is a myth. But those who have seen it swear they weren’t dreaming.

  • Coordinated efforts needed to pull ATV from Evergreen Lake

    It took more than four hours to pull the 2,000-pound ATV that sank into Evergreen Lake last Thursday morning from the water, said Marc Rosenberg of the Evergreen Metropolitan District, who oversaw the salvage operation on Friday.

  • Mountain Resource Center offers services to veterans

    The Mountain Resource Center recently received a grant from the Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust to assist vets and their families, said Lauren Ferguson, integrated services manager for the Conifer-based agency.

    “We have seen a quick increase in the number of vets accessing services,” she said.

  • Indian Hills rallies to raise funds for family of sheriff’s sergeant

    The Indian Hills fire station was filled with people who came to a fund-raising dinner for the family of Jeffco sheriff’s Sgt. Sean Renfro on Saturday evening.

    Indian Hills Fire Chief Emery Carson organized the benefit for Renfro, a 15-year veteran of the department and a Conifer resident who was hit by a vehicle Jan. 3 after stopping to help at an accident scene on U.S. 285. He is survived by his wife and four children.

    “I felt we needed to do something to help,” Carson said.

  • Leadership Evergreen class of 2015 begins sessions

    Fifteen members of the 2015 class of Leadership Evergreen began learning about their community this past weekend.

    Meeting at the Hiwan Homestead Museum, the classmates got to know one another as they focused on the history of Evergreen at the beginning session.

    Evergreen historian Barbara Sternberg and Linda Kirkpatrick, a founding member of Leadership Evergreen, made presentations along with Dick Wulf, former director of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District, and Dan Lincoln, a community activist whose family owns Willow Creek Restaurant.

  • 8th annual egg decorating contest begins

    The opportunity to create a work of art from an egg is once again available in the eighth annual egg-decorating contest sponsored by the Evergreen Downtown Business Association.

    Each year contestants paint their eggs from January to March at Go Paint! in downtown Evergreen.

  • Coordinated efforts needed to pull ATV from Evergreen Lake

    It took more than four hours to pull the 2,000-pound ATV that sank into Evergreen Lake last Thursday morning from the water, said Marc Rosenberg of the Evergreen Metropolitan District, who oversaw the salvage operation on Friday.