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  • Westbound lanes of I-70 closed at Georgetown

    The westbound lanes of Interstate 70 were closed at Georgetown on Monday afternoon after poor visibility and a slick road surface led to numerous spinouts.

    The Colorado Department of Transportation said the highway's westbound lanes  were closed about 4:18 p.m. from mile marker 228 to marker 215. There was no indication on the CDOT website when the lanes would be reopened.

    Heavy snow was falling in some parts of the mountain area late in the afternoon, and driving conditions on some roads were dicey.  

  • Menorah ceremony lights night, hearts

    They came, they sang, they lit candles on the menorah.

    That was both the grand plan and the simple purpose of the 60 to 100 attendees at Saturday's 10th annual Festival of Lights on the lawn outside the Evergreen Lake House. 

    They sang along to two Jewish blessings and watched as four candles were lit for Hanukkah. A fifth "helper" candle called the "shamash" was placed in the center of the 12-foot-high menorah.

  • Intruder killed by homeowner had contact with deputies four hours before

    The intruder killed by a Genesee homeowner last week had interacted with Jeffco sheriff's deputies four hours before the fatal shooting. 

    Garry Liebreth, 52, was shot and killed by a homeowner in Genesee after he crawled in the "doggie door" in an apparent botched robbery attempt on Dec. 12, according to the Sheriff's Office.

  • Jail inmate who suffered stroke awarded millions

    A former Jeffco jail inmate who was left untreated for 16 hours after suffering a stroke in 2012 has been awarded $11 million by a federal jury.

  • Fire district to update pension bylaws

    Evergreen Fire/Rescue plans to tighten up pension bylaws that govern benefits for volunteer firefighters.

    The bylaws have changed over the years, and the changes aren’t necessarily recorded formally, John Anderson, a member of the Evergreen Fire Protection District board, said at a meeting Dec. 9. Pension board members and Evergreen Fire Chief Mike Weege plan to research minutes of the pension board’s quarterly meetings to figure out exactly when changes were voted on and when they took effect.

  • Luckylure offers yule trees to National Guard members at half price

    Luckylure Holiday Activity Center in Evergreen is planning an early Christmas gift Wednesday for members of the Colorado National Guard.

    All Christmas trees at the business at 5231 County Highway 73 will be sold at 50 percent off for Colorado Guard members to honor their work locally and around the world.

    Hours on Wednesday will be from noon to 7 p.m. For more information, visit coloradochristmastrees.com or call 303-674-5777.

  • Craft-beer pub set to open in downtown Evergreen

    The owners of Revival Brews craft-beer pub hope this time will be the charm in the space on the east end of downtown Evergreen.

    Owners Brett Yoho and Jay Newman expect the pub, which will have 12 beers on tap and about 30 beers in bottles and cans, to be open by Christmas. They are waiting on final inspections before they can open.

    They want the restaurant to have a family feel, with classic pub food served from the kitchen and an eclectic selection of brews, wines, liquors and cocktails. They also want it to be affordable, with menu items between $5 and $12.

  • Indian Hills fire board approves pared-down budget for 2015

    The 2015 budget for the Indian Hills Fire Protection District approved by board members Dec. 10 reflects the financial challenges of a small district with limited sources of income. Total anticipated revenue for the fire district in the coming year is approximately $297,000, the vast majority of which comes from property taxes generated by a 12-mill levy in the largely residential district.

    Total expenses for the district, which include a $60,000 loan payment on a fire truck, are set at $361,000 in the 2015 budget.

  • Evergreen businesses receive awards for community efforts, enterprise

    Evergreen Clothing Company and E-Town Outlet received the Diamond Award on Friday night as business of the year at the annual Sparkle and Shine event of the Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce. Shop owner Jim Sherwood was recognized for his continued support of other local businesses and for his efforts to market Evergreen to the surrounding area.

  • Park board examines impact of potential improvements to Buchanan Rec Center

    How much is enough when considering improvements to Buchanan Rec Center?

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District board weighed the costs of proposed projects for the 12-year-old facility and their potential impact on revenues at the Dec. 9 meeting.

    According to a feasibility study done by architectural firm Sink Combs Dethlefs, adding a lap and lesson pool to the rec center would cost the district $134,000 annually and would generate $39,000 in revenue — resulting in a $95,000 net annual loss.