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  • Indian Hills Fire working to recoup funds from truck purchase

    The Indian Hills Fire Protection District could soon recover some of the $327,000 it is owed by the California-based company that failed to deliver a fire truck the district purchased in 2012. 

    A process server is attempting to collect the money from Fire Trucks Plus owner Paul Batista, according to an April e-mail to district board members from a California law firm.

  • Evergreen fire chief awaiting performance review

    Evergreen Fire Chief Mike Weege still is awaiting the outcome of his annual job performance review.

    Three fire district board members and Weege all say the review discussion was put off until the board receives feedback comments from volunteer firefighters and other workers. 

    The feedback process is "normal," George Kling, president of the Evergreen Fire Protection District board, said in a voice-mail message. 

  • Evergreen resident dies in avalanche on Everest

    Documentary filmmaker Tom Taplin of Evergreen was one of four Americans who died in an avalanche on Mount Everest that was triggered by an earthquake in Nepal on Saturday.

    Taplin, 61, was making a documentary about the Mount Everest base camp, his wife, Cory Freyer, said in published media reports. He had been there for two weeks, Freyer said. She was not immediately available for comment on Monday. Taplin owned the film company TET Films & Photography.

  • Evergreen students display their tech skills at event

    The Evergreen Schools Tech Extravaganza on April 23 was similar to a school science fair — only with students displaying their technology prowess as they explored a variety of topics from geology to understanding grief.

    More than 100 students from the Bergens and Wilmot elementary schools, Evergreen Middle and Evergreen High set up laptops on tables in the EHS library and two classrooms. Students and parents strolled through to hear about the students’ work. They used a variety of programs to explain their research and display their results.

  • Work on connector trail project resumes after highway stabilization

    After an extended closure to stabilize soil underneath it, Highway 74 from Upper Bear Creek Road to Highway 73 has reopened, and work on the connector trail was scheduled to resume this week.

    “We have finally turned the corner,” said Jim Pokorney of GoodLand Construction, contractor for project.
    While beginning work on the connector trail at the Evergreen Lake dam on April 13, GoodLand workers discovered a fissure in the soil along Highway 74 and became concerned about the stability of the road, Pokorny said.

  • Keyser fields questions from Democrats on TABOR, state budget, gun control

    State Rep. Jon Keyser, R-Morrison, says he has faith in Colorado voters who approved the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, which prohibits tax increases without voter approval.

    “The TABOR Amendment is enshrined in our constitution,” Keyser said of the provision enacted in 1992. “Fifty percent of people have to say ‘OK’ to raise taxes.”

    Other statewide initiatives, such as Amendment 66, a proposed tax increase to fund education, “went down in flames,” he noted.

  • Evergreen High students learn about racism, genocide, alternative lifestyles

    Hard-hitting issues such as racism, genocide and alternative lifestyles were the key focus of Diversity Day at Evergreen High School on Friday. Students participated in a variety of workshops led by people promoting awareness and understanding of societal issues.

  • 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.