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  • Jeffco slash program looking for greater outreach, efficiency

    The Jeffco Slash Program will start looking for ways to reach people who don’t know about the program or who are unmotivated or unable to bring slash in for collection.

    The Jeffco Facilities Management Team updated the county commissioners on its 2017 collections at the Aug. 8 staff meeting. Out of its 12 sites or collection weekends, 3,096 separate loads of slash have been brought in thus far, the team said.

  • CASA to host annual fund-raising gala

    Court-Appointed Special Advocates of Jefferson and Gilpin Counties is hoping to raise $120,000 at its upcoming A Night for CASA fund-raising gala, which will be at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Denver Marriott West.

    CASA volunteers help abused and neglected children have a sense of security and constancy while their cases are in the court system. During its past fiscal year, the program served 400 children with 250 active volunteers.

  • Recent rain helps put Front Range in ‘goldilocks’ conditions

    After a dry June, the National Weather Service is reporting healthy rainfall for the Front Range throughout July and early August.

    Sheriff’s offices in Clear Creek, Jefferson and Park counties enacted fire bans in late June and early July. However, the past four weeks of persistent afternoon showers have helped alleviate fire dangers throughout the region, said NWS-Boulder forecaster Kyle Fredin. Most locations are now reporting low to moderate fire danger, he explained.

  • Owners bring their cars, stories to the Bailey car show

    Behind every car is more than an engine, gears and a steering wheel. Behind every car is a story.

    At least that’s what Neal Tracy of Shawnee told curious passers-by when they stopped to look at his collection of seven classic cars this weekend.

    Tracy was one of about 60 car owners who brought their Chevys, Dodges, Fords and dozens of other classics to Bailey’s Main Street on Saturday as part of the sixth annual Platte Canyon Chamber of Commerce Car Show.

  • Open Space updates regulations on e-bikes, drones

    Jeffco Open Space will be allowing Class 1 e-bikes on its paved trails, which are only located in three parks — Crown Hill, Van Bibber and Clear Creek Trail. For now, the agency is prohibiting use of Class 2 e-bikes in these areas.

  • Local businesses wash dogs for a good cause

    By Caroline Joan Peixoto
    For the Courier

    The Evergreen community  supported the Evergreen Animal Protective League’s annual dog wash and wine event last month.
    In its seventh year, Wine, Washes and Wagging Tails is orchestrated byTallGrass Aveda Spa and Salon. Evergreen National Bank and Creekside Cellars also partnered for the successful — and adorable – fund-raiser.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Not so innocent raccoons

  • Jeffco Hall of Fame inducts Evergreen trio

    Three Evergreen residents who are committed to the area’s continued success were honored last week when they were inducted into the Jefferson County Hall of Fame.

    John Ellis, Hank Alderfer and Mike Moore were celebrated at a luncheon at Pinehurst Country Club. They join fellow Evergreen residents Sylvia Brockner and Dan Pike, who were inducted last year.

    This is the fourth year of the Hall of Fame, sponsored by the West Chamber of Commerce and Lakewood Foothills Rotary.

  • Mock drill brought seriousness, intensity of the situation

    I greatly anticipated watching and writing a story about Saturday’s active shooter drill at Evergreen High School. In fact, I was looking forward to it. I told our photographer it would be fun to watch.

    Then the first (fake) gunshot rang out. It wasn’t so much fun anymore.

    I was standing on the top floor of EHS with other visitors, looking down on the scene where the incident began. Even the expression on the face of Stacee Martin, a captain for Evergreen Fire/Rescue, went from expectant to serious and intense.

  • Preparing for the worst: A mock active shooting drill at EHS helps emergency personnel, school representatives in case an incident occurs

    At 9:55 a.m. on Saturday, gunshots rang out from the office at Evergreen High School — albeit fake gunshots — but it signaled the beginning of a mock active shooter drill that brought together more than 100 first responders to practice in case such an incident ever occurred.

    Two by two, Jeffco sheriff’s deputies entered the building, fake guns drawn, and they slowly cleared the school’s entryway, sending the pretend office staff and students out the building to safety.