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  • Meeting set on plan for oil-extraction business

    The owner of a building on Bryant Drive in Evergreen interested in putting a plant oil-extraction business there will host a public hearing in conjunction with Jeffco Planning and Zoning next week to gauge the public’s reaction.
    The meeting will be at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, at the Evergreen Fire/Rescue Administration Building, 1802 Bergen Parkway.
    The community meeting is the first step before the building owner, Paradigm Enterprises LLC, formally applies for a zoning request to allow the business to operate there.

  • EFR boasts two new hires in top roles

    Longtime EFR paramedic Dave Montesi has been promoted to the role of EMS coordinator after nearly 20 years with the department.

    Promoted in February, Montesi has worked as a paramedic since 1997 and is the president of Evergreen Public Access Defibrillation, a nonprofit whose mission “is to facilitate access to automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in order to dramatically increase the survival of a victim of sudden cardiac arrest.”

    Montesi replaces Bob Walter, who suddenly resigned from his role in September 2016 after more than six years.

  • Improper ash disposal cited in recent Kerr Gulch fire

    Evergreen Fire/Rescue is cautioning area residents to fully extinguish all fireplace and wood stove fires and properly dispose of leftover ashes after improper ash disposal was found to have caused the wildland fire in Kerr Gulch on March 6.

  • CDOT to pursue underpass for Kings Valley Road intersection

    After months of conversations with Conifer and Bailey residents, the Colorado Department of Transportation is moving forward with a solution it hopes will decrease the number of accidents at the intersection of U.S. 285 and Kings Valley Road in Conifer.

    According to Steve Harelson, CDOT’s Region 1 west program engineer, plans to construct an underpass about 300 yards southwest of the intersection are underway. If funding is approved later this year, construction could begin as early as this fall.

  • Burn ban in effect for Park County

    A burn ban affecting all public and private land in Park County took effect at 8:24 a.m. Monday due to dry conditions, high winds and warm temperatures.

  • Girl Scouts celebrate riding arena opening at Tomahawk Ranch

    Tomahawk Ranch in Bailey is just the kind of place you’d expect to see Girl Scouts — there are trails to run along, animals and trees to learn about, and a wide expanse of sky to study after dark. And now, Tomahawk has a new indoor riding arena where local Girl Scouts will again be able to learn to ride horses after going without for many years.

  • PCSD begins budget talks

    Platte Canyon Schools may consider significant budget cuts and teaching staff reductions in fiscal year 2018 in an effort to better position itself for funding shortfalls tied to falling enrollment, increasing expenses and ongoing declines in K-12 education funding from the state.

    Superintendent Brenda Krage said at last week’s school board meeting that the district is already facing an estimated deficit of almost $1 million for fiscal year 2017 and needs to prepare for a greater deficit in 2018 and beyond.

  • Fire on U.S. 285 and North Turkey Creek 100 percent contained

    A brush fire at U.S. 285 and North Turkey Creek Road is 100 percent contained after it burned 7 acres, and destroyed two vehicles and an outbuilding Wednesday afternoon.

    Inter-Canyon, Elk Creek, West Metro, Platte Canyon and Indian Hills fire departments worked to keep flames from spreading in the North Turkey Creek Fire, which broke out around 1 p.m. The fire was on the south side of the highway between North Turkey Creek and Goddard Ranch roads. It had closed all lanes of northbound and southbound U.S. 285.

  • Dive team searching for possible drowning victim at Wellington Lake

    Search efforts are underway Wednesday at Wellington Lake in Bailey for a man who may have drowned after the canoe he was in capsized this morning.

    According to Mark Techmeyer, spokesman for the Jeffco Sheriff's Office, the department received a call at 10:05 a.m. about a man and woman whose canoe had overturned.

    “While the woman was able to swim to shore and was later airlifted to an area hospital, the man, who is in his 60s, has not been located,” Techmeyer said.

  • Taking care of business

    The foothills are filled with business start-ups — some of those start-ups are by kids.

    From photography to snow shoveling, tech repair to pet sitting — and ranging in age from 9 to 17 — these young entrepreneurs work hard at providing services to the community.

    Here’s a bit about five who we found in the area.

    Troy Kapande

    Troy Kapande of Evergreen has had the entrepreneurial spirit since he was a tyke.