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  • 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.

  • Mercury Rising

    Astronomy enthusiasts and passers-by alike caught a rare glimpse of Mercury’s transit across the sun on May 9, the first time the phenomenon had occurred since 2006.

    “If you look about nine o’clock, there should be a clean black dot. The ones in the center are fuzzy sunspots,” said Mike Dempsey, a naturalist at Lookout Mountain Nature Center who was stationed at Mount Falcon Park with a $2,000 telescope donated by volunteers and equipped with a filter to make the viewing possible.

  • For the county by the county: a re-imagined Jeffco Fair & Festival

    This summer Jeffco is hosting the first-ever county fair planned by residents, dubbed the Jefferson County Fair & Festival.

    The four-day event Aug. 11-14 also will be the first to use the entire Jeffco Fairgrounds. There will be seven “zones,” each with a unique focus of activities and entertainment. 

    "We’re taking the same concepts and traditions and putting different spins on them,” said Dexter Foxworth, the fair's events coordinator. 

  • DA reviewing signatures on Keyser’s petitions

    The economic crime unit of the Denver DA’s office is reviewing a complaint from ProgressNow Colorado, a political group that has alleged signatures were forged on the petitions of Jon Keyser in his bid to make the GOP primary ballot for U.S. Senate.

    After receiving a letter from Alan Franklin, political director of ProgressNow, the district attorney's office agreed to review the complaint, said Lynn Kimbrough, Denver DA’s spokesperson.

  • Primary election scheduled June 28

    Voting packets are scheduled to be in the mail beginning June 6 in advance of the federal, state and county primary election June 28.  The primary will be an all-mail election, and the ballots started printing on May 9. It will be a short, one-page document. 

    May 27 is the last day a voter affiliated with a party is able to change affiliation to vote in a different party's primary.

  • Students perform patriotic program for Elk Run residents

    Condensing the 240-year history of the United States into a 35-minute program, complete with a dozen songs, could be daunting for some performers. However, the second-grade classes at Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen was more than willing to share, and their audience was more than willing to listen.

  • Students perform patriotic program for Elk Run residents

    Condensing the 240-year history of the United States into a 35-minute program, complete with a dozen songs, could be daunting for some performers. However, the second-grade classes at Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen was more than willing to share, and their audience was more than willing to listen.

  • Students perform patriotic program for Elk Run residents

    Condensing the 240-year history of the United States into a 35-minute program, complete with a dozen songs, could be daunting for some performers. However, the second-grade classes at Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen was more than willing to share, and their audience was more than willing to listen.

  • Golf party makes fund-raising more fun for Evergreen Rotary

    The beauty of the Evergreen Rotary’s “100 Holes of Golf” annual fund-raiser is the beneficiaries not only get to do most of the work, they also have most of the fun.

    Evergreen Rotary provides the website and distributes the money to about 20 charities with a lot less effort. Anyone can make a contribution to one of the charities by going to the website 100holes.evergreenrotary.org. Donors don’t have to golf or buy anything. 

  • Parkway repaving is delayed again

    The repaving of Evergreen Parkway has again been postponed as the Colorado Department of Transportation finalizes an agreement with Denver Mountain Parks that will make possible a shoulder and bike lane.

    CDOT is seeking access to land on the north side of the highway near King Soopers for the bike lane.