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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.

  • Echo Mountain owner files Chapter 11 bankruptcy

    The owner of Echo Mountain Resort has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in a move she said will help her restructure debt but shouldn’t immediately affect operations.

  • Feds scrap plan to house immigrant kids in Lakewood

    The federal government has abandoned plans to convert parts of a Lakewood office building to house up to 1,000 undocumented immigrant children, citing both time and money challenges.

    The Administration of Children and Families had planned to use the Government Services Administration building at the Denver Federal Center as temporary housing for children in a program for minors who arrived in the U.S. without a parent or adult family member. The agency initially said the facility would be ready by April.

  • Driver arrested in rollover accident on I-70

    A 26-year-old man was arrested in connection with several charges after the SUV he was driving was involved in a single-car rollover Thursday near Evergreen that left him and his four passengers — including three minors — hospitalized.

    Juvenal Gomez, whose California driver’s license was suspended at the time of the wreck, was driving a 1998 Lincoln SUV eastbound on Interstate 70 at mile marker 248 near the Soda Creek subdivision sometime before 2:45 p.m. on Feb. 11 when the vehicle rolled, said State Patrol Trooper Josh Lewis.

  • Evergreen couple want to open facility for developmentally disabled adults

    Todd Mitchem has a vision for a working farm/ranch in Evergreen where a half-dozen developmentally disabled adults will live, work and be productive members of society.

    Mitchem, an Evergreen resident for 10 years, plans to call the place Holli’s Way after his sister, Holli, 40, who has developmental challenges after being deprived of oxygen as an infant.

    Mitchem’s fiancée, Diana Venckunaite, has a cousin with Down syndrome.

  • CCSD bracing for tax-revenue loss when mine closes

    The Clear Creek School District is gearing up for the negative impact on its finances when the Henderson Mine closes.

    However, the district does not expect to lose the large sums of money other entities funded by property taxes will, thanks to the state’s Public School Finance Act, which aims to make financing more equitable among school districts.

  • COUNTY BRIEFS

    School board approves Virtual Academy shift

    The Jeffco school board voted unanimously last Thursday to allow Arvada-based Two Roads Charter School to take over several elementary-level grades from Jeffco Virtual Academy, which is based in Lakewood.

    Jeffco Virtual Academy, which offers four days of online school and one day of in-person instruction each week, didn’t have high enough enrollment in kindergarten through sixth grade to justify the expenses, district officials said.

  • 'Science is awesome'

    By Andrew Demo, For the Courier

    For 8-year-old Callum Moffatt, a second-grader at Bergen Meadow Elementary School in Evergreen, the third time was the charm at the annual Mountain Area Science Fair.

  • EHS Poms finish strong on national stage

    By Amy Thomson, For the Courier

    Hard work, endless hours of practice and a resilient spirit carried the Evergreen High Poms back to national competition this year — and their trip to Orlando, Fla., in late January culminated with a fifth-in-the-nation finish in hip-hop.

    “We decided that we were going to go to finals this year,” head coach Monique O’Neill said of her squad.

    And reach the finals they did.

  • Resident who escaped house fire appreciates community’s kindness

    The Evergreen resident who escaped with his dog when his home caught fire at the end of January said he has been “blown away” by the kindness of community members.

    Don Haupin, who closed on his house off Brook Forest Road at the end of December, had been living in the home for only two weeks when it caught fire about midnight Jan. 27. Haupin said investigators suspect electrical issues may have sparked the fire under his porch. Evergreen Fire/Rescue spokesman Doug Saba said a final report has not yet been issued.