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  • 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.

  • Hays officially takes helm of Evergreen chamber

    After serving as interim president for the past two months, Betsy Hays is officially at the helm of the Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce.

    Last week the chamber’s board of directors selected Hays from a number of candidates for the full-time position, which includes responsibilities as CEO for the organization.

    In her leadership role Hays says she is focusing on serving chamber members and promoting Evergreen businesses.

  • 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.

  • Veterans center named in honor of Evergreen resident who helped establish it

    Sitting in her Evergreen home on the day that would have been the 60th anniversary of her marriage to her late husband, Anne McKinley talked about her years with Cameron McKinley and his work with military veterans.

  • Memorial planned to honor Henika at Evergreen Lake Park

    Members of Blue Spruce Kiwanis and the Evergreen Recreation and Park Foundation are working together to raise funds for a memorial for Greg Henika, a Kiwanis member who died last winter at Evergreen Lake.

    Henika was grooming ice for a Kiwanis event in January when the vehicle on which he was riding fell into the lake.

    To honor Henika, the two organizations are planning to build a fire pit that will be dedicated to him.

  • Highway 74 at Evergreen Lake reopens

    After an extended closure to stabilize soil underneath it, Highway 74 from Upper Bear Creek Road to Highway 73 was set to reopen at 5 p.m. Thursday, said Jim Pokorny of GoodLand Construction.

    "We have finally turned the corner," Pokorny said. 

    Work on the connector trail project at Evergreen Lake dam will resume early next week with one-lane road closures during off-peak daytime hours, he said.