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  • Replacement of bridge at Lake Park is delayed

    The project to replace the bridge over Bear Creek at the entrance to Evergreen Lake Park has been delayed until next year.

    Ellen O’Connor, executive director of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District, confirmed that the city of Denver, which is in charge of the project, contacted EPRD and said work would be delayed until sometime in 2017. The project originally had been scheduled for this fall.

  • Local couple wed at the Vatican

    As her father walked her down the aisle, Jacqueline Davis saw her groom, Sean Toomey, and 30 family members and friends surrounded by the beautiful artwork of St. Peter’s Basilica.

    Rather than a local ceremony or a tropical destination wedding, Catholic couple Sean and Jacqueline Toomey were married at the Vatican on June 6. The honor is a rare one, as only four couples from the United States wed at the Vatican each year.

  • Kansas photographer shares experiences

    The Great Plains in general, and Kansas in particular, might seem like a barren landscape compared to the breathtaking beauty of the Colorado Rockies. Frontier explorer Zebulon Pike certainly thought so, supposedly calling the region the “Great American Desert.”

    But photographer Jim Griggs of McPherson, Kan., says that, if photographing the Great Plains has taught him anything, it’s that “if you can take good photos there, you can take them anywhere.”

  • Pokémon GO craze comes to mountain area

    Increased foot traffic at area monuments, statues, sculptures, schools, churches, trailheads and other landmarks partly is thanks to Pokémon GO.

    The smart-phone game application, which launched two weeks ago and is now the biggest mobile game in U.S. history, encourages players to find virtual creatures called Pokémon. The game uses the phones’ GPS to track the players’ movements and locations, and rewards them for visiting local landmarks.

  • Paddleboard yoga keeps participants in balance

    Yoga at the recreation center is customary, and yoga outside with a scenic view is ideal. But yoga on a paddleboard on a pond with mountain views is a bit unusual.

    On July 13, six students prepared for bent-knee, or sridaiva, yoga — also known as bowspring — on paddleboards in Buchanan Ponds.

  • Hikers raising money, awareness for veterans’ causes

    Operation: New Trails.

    It sounds like a military operation, and, in some small and unofficial way, it is. More than 60 hikers from across the nation — including one from Canada — are taking to the Colorado Trail this week to raise money and awareness for wounded veterans.

  • 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.