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  • Investigators say Green Mountain Fire was suspicious

    The blaze earlier this week that charred nearly 100 acres on Green Mountain in Lakewood apparently was one of five suspicious fires in the area in November, according to a news release from West Metro Fire.

    The other four fires all were less than an acre in size. But Monday's blaze on Green Mountain spread quickly in high winds and threatened several homes to the east before it was contained.

  • Mountain lion chases off-leash dog in Morrison

    A Morrison area resident and his dog encountered a mountain lion on their walk last week, and the cougar chased the canine some distance before running off.

    According to Jennifer Churchill at Colorado Parks & Wildlife, the man was walking his dog on Wild Turkey Trail near Red Rocks Country Club on Nov. 21. He let the dog off her leash, and she ran ahead of him and out of his sight.

    He called the dog, but she did not respond, and the man heard her yelping. He ran toward her and saw a mountain lion chasing the canine.

  • EPRD’s 2017 budget brings little public comment at hearing

    Little public comment was heard at a meeting of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District board Nov. 16 on the proposed 2017 budget, but the focus was on increases in compensation for district employees.

    EPRD is anticipating a 4.7 percent increase in district revenues and a 2.4 percent increase in expenses overall from 2016’s budget.

  • West Jeff kindergartners retell the Thanksgiving story

    West Jefferson Elementary School’s kindergarten class performed a Thanksgiving play for parents, family members and friends last Thursday morning.

    The play performed by the 34 youngsters re-created the history of the Puritan pilgrims who came to America from England to escape religious persecution, and to make a new life in the so-called New World. The play has been a tradition at West Jeff for at least a decade.

  • For EFR recruits, the heat is on

    The heat was on Nov. 12 for the recruits in the Evergreen Fire/Rescue firefighter academy: They fought actual fires.

    The blazes were controlled in the department’s burn training building, but the flames and smoke were real — and the 18 recruits were both excited and apprehensive about practicing what they had learned for the past three months.

  • Aspen Ridge Church serves up holiday dinner for 300

    Getting Thanksgiving dinner on the table for 20 people involves a yearly orchestration to make sure everything is ready on time.

    Multiply that by 15, and you have dinner for 300 at Aspen Ridge Church in Marshdale. At 5 p.m. Sunday, volunteers served tons of turkey, mounds of mashed potatoes, gobs of gravy and scores of scoops of stuffing. Top that off with plenty of pie — pumpkin, apple, pecan — and lots of whipped cream.

  • RMAE kids sing a Thanksgiving tribute for family, friends

    Attalie Wardell was forthright on Nov. 16 about what the Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen preschoolers were about to do:

    “We’re going to have a show!” the 4-year-old explained.

    Her classmate Cora Gregory added: “We are singing for our families. We are thankful for our moms and dads.”

    And 4-year-old Max Bergner finished the explanation: “We love our families.”

  • Former senator Gary Hart addresses Evergreen interfaith service

    By Kevin M. Smith, for the Courier

    The Community Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at United Methodist Church in Evergreen welcomed a familiar face Sunday to deliver its Thanksgiving message — former senator and presidential candidate Gary Hart.

    Hart talked about the history of national security, gratitude and the future of security during the appearance. 

  • EFPD plans spending increases after voter approval of tax increase

    Employee compensation at Evergreen Fire/Rescue will get a boost next year as a result of the 3.5-mill property-tax increase approved by voters earlier this month.

  • School board discusses teacher pay in wake of ballot failures

    Following the failure of Jeffco schools' ballot initiatives 3A and 3B — which would have resulted in a $535 million bond issue and generated $33 million annually in increased property taxes — the district says its top priority is keeping the teachers it has by improving compensation.