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  • Staunton State Park breaks ground for new visitor center

    Four years after it officially opened, Staunton State Park is finally getting a visitor center — complete with an education room and requisite gift shop.

    According to Zach Taylor, Staunton’s park manager, the nearly 5,000-square-foot visitor center has been in the works for several years and will include a large multi-purpose education room, a retail space, an office and four employee offices to support Colorado Parks and Wildlife employees, as well as game wardens that serve districts along the 285 Corridor and Idaho Springs.

  • EFR wins prestigious EMS award for 4th year

    The American Heart Association has awarded Evergreen Fire/Rescue a Mission: Lifeline Bronze Level EMS Recognition Award for its identification of and response over the last year to patients experiencing an ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), otherwise known as a serious heart attack.

  • Platte Canyon Schools finalizes $13.9 million budget

    The Platte Canyon school board formally approved the school district’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2017-18 after hearing community feedback during two budget hearings — one on June 12 and a previous hearing on May 15.

  • Racial discrimination complaints under investigation at Wilmot Elementary

    The U.S. Department of Educations Office for Civil Rights is investigating allegations of racial discrimination at Wilmot Elementary in Evergreen.

    In response to a June 13 Freedom of Information Act request wherein the Courier asked for the OCR’s investigation report, findings and resolution related to allegations that a Hispanic and Native Americans employee at the school was racially discriminated against during the 2016-17 school year, the office said it had no responsive documents as the complaint is an active investigation.

  • Neville, Leonard discuss health care, other topics

    Health care reform, as well as education and immigration concerns, held center stage at a town hall meeting conducted by Colorado Sen. Tim Neville, R-Littleton, and State Rep. Tim Leonard, R-Evegreen, last Friday at Evergreen Fire/Rescue’s Station 2.

    Drawing a crowd of about two dozen people, the legislators gave an overview of the legislative process before highlighting key bills they supported in the most recent legislative session, which adjourned May 10.

  • County commissioners approve rezoning El Rancho lot

    The county commissioners have approved rezoning a lot in El Rancho so that it will still be zoned for mixed use but is no longer required to have 25 percent commercial activity.

    The decision about 1055 El Rancho Road, which is owned by George DeMarsico and is presently undeveloped, was brought before the Board of County Commissioners at its June 20 meeting.

  • Evergreen Lake hosts concrete canoe races

    Standing along the shores of Evergreen Lake on June 19 felt like being part of a beach party and a college football game simultaneously.

    There was the smell of sunscreen in the air; yells, shouts, pounding drums and school fight songs; people running around in swimming suits and paddling canoes; and the beating sun shining in the picturesque blue sky.

  • Graffiti, trash cleaned off Lookout Mountain

    Law enforcement and park officials recently picked up more than 110 bags of trash and used more than 700 gallons of water to power-wash graffiti off rocks on Lookout Mountain.

    Denver Mountain Parks, Jeffco Open Space and the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office organized a cleanup day on June 15 and sent about 40 employees combined, as well a few inmates from the Jeffco jail.

    The effort was part of a larger-scale project to enforce park rules more strictly.

  • An atmosphere of camaraderie: Bailey Day brings community together

    The 38th annual Bailey Day on Saturday had something for everyone, both newcomers and veterans of the event.

    Wild West characters mingled with a Sasquatch, who called the event wonderful and “squatchy,” and visitors frequented booths sponsored by businesses, nonprofits, service organizations and emergency responders. Attendees took part in a cook-off, took photos in old-time costumes, listened to music and ate great food.

    And some chopped wood. Yes, chopped wood.

  • Festivities galore to celebrate the Fourth of July

    Area residents have plenty of options for Fourth of July activities — from the Freedom Run in north Evergreen to the Evergreen Music Festival at Buchanan Park to events in Indian Hills.

     

    Freedom Run 5K

    The Freedom Run to benefit Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice begins at 8 a.m. at Evergreen Middle School, winds through the Hiwan subdivision and ends at Nick’s Pro Fitness, where a party is planned.