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  • EFR plans firefighter challenge, speaker on health issues

    Bruce Pitcher from ABC's "Extreme Weight Loss" will be the featured speaker following a regional "challenge" event for firefighters on Monday.

    Since the No. 1 killer of firefighters is not fire but health-related issues, organizers decided to invite Pitcher to speak. Firefighters from all area fire departments also will get a chance to do the "challenge" and to have dinner at Evergreen Fire/Rescue's Station 2, 1802 Bergen Parkway.  

  • I-70 accident in Jeffco kills one

    A fatal accident closed three westbound lanes of Interstate 70 Saturday morning near the interchange with C-470. 

  • Commissioners OK resolution on development, property rights

    Jeffco’s county commissioners have approved a resolution designed to emphasize the county’s commitment to fairly weigh all development applications and to protect property rights.

    The resolution was presented by Commissioner Don Rosier during staff briefings April 14 and was approved on a 3-0 vote April 21.  

  • Polis bill makes funds available for wildfire mitigation

    County groups might be able to get more money in the future to cut down trees that could cause hazards during wildfires, if Congress passes a bill introduced by U.S. Rep. Jared Polis.

    The pot of federal money set aside for natural disasters already can be used to mitigate potential future flood issues, or to clean up areas hit by tornadoes and hurricanes. The bipartisan Wildfire Prevention Act of 2015 was approved in committee, and is expected to be heard by Congress soon, said Kristin Lynch, a Polis spokeswoman.

  • King-Murphy students revved for repurposing

    King-Murphy Elementary School is sowing the seeds of conservation.

    The school has been celebrating the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, which is April 22, with a presentation by the regional administrator from the Environmental Protection Agency and the EPA mascot, Froggy. Students also participated in a repurposing challenge in which they took trash and found new uses for it.

  • Teachers union sues over pay-for-performance policy

    Jeffco’s teachers union is suing the school district over its divisive pay-for-performance policy, which is still in its first year.

    The Jefferson County Education Association’s lawsuit, filed April 7 amid contract negotiations with the teachers, asserts that the district’s pay plan was unilaterally implemented without union input, and that it will cause irreparable harm to teachers’ interests. The suit also claims the policy violated an existing contract with the teachers. 

  • Detour a bust for some businesses; others get more exposure

    The detour around Evergreen Lake is getting mixed reviews from the businesses affected most — those on Meadow Drive and those off Upper Bear Creek Road.

    For businesses along Meadow Drive, the detour means hundreds of motorists seeing what they have to offer, and business owners say that while those cars may not be stopping now, they hope to see new customers when traffic returns to normal.

  • Veterans center named in honor of Evergreen resident who helped establish it

    Sitting in her Evergreen home on the day that would have been the 60th anniversary of her marriage to her late husband, Anne McKinley talked about her years with Cameron McKinley and his work with military veterans.

  • Memorial planned to honor Henika at Evergreen Lake Park

    Members of Blue Spruce Kiwanis and the Evergreen Recreation and Park Foundation are working together to raise funds for a memorial for Greg Henika, a Kiwanis member who died last winter at Evergreen Lake.

    Henika was grooming ice for a Kiwanis event in January when the vehicle on which he was riding fell into the lake.

    To honor Henika, the two organizations are planning to build a fire pit that will be dedicated to him.

  • Highway 74 at Evergreen Lake reopens

    After an extended closure to stabilize soil underneath it, Highway 74 from Upper Bear Creek Road to Highway 73 was set to reopen at 5 p.m. Thursday, said Jim Pokorny of GoodLand Construction.

    "We have finally turned the corner," Pokorny said. 

    Work on the connector trail project at Evergreen Lake dam will resume early next week with one-lane road closures during off-peak daytime hours, he said.