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Local News

  • Overnight shelter program for homeless trains volunteers

    By Ramsey Scott, For the Courier

    Winter is fast approaching, and the team behind the Evergreen Emergency Shelter Program is working to make sure temporary housing will be available to the area’s homeless during severe weather.

    The program, an interfaith effort coordinated through Evergreen Christian Outreach, will provide pre-screened clients a place to sleep when the temperature dips below 20 degrees at night.

  • Event raises money for all-terrain wheelchair for state park

    Disabled visitors to Staunton State Park will have better access to trails and other activities very soon, thanks to several substantial donations made during Mark Madsen Accessibility Celebration Day at the park on Aug. 13.

  • EMS coordinator resigns at Evergreen Fire/Rescue

    Evergreen Fire/Rescue’s longtime emergency medical services coordinator, Bob Walter, has resigned.

    According to EFR spokesman Doug Saba, Walter submitted his resignation the week of Aug. 14, and his last day was Friday. Walter confirmed by telephone that he is leaving the department but did not say what motivated the decision or where he is moving on to.

  • Election forum scheduled Sept. 27

    An election forum featuring candidates for the Jeffco county commission and state House District 25 is planned at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, at Center/Stage Theatre in Evergreen.

    The forum, sponsored by Evergreen Newspapers and the Conifer and Evergreen chambers of commerce, will feature a modified debate format. A moderator will pose questions to the candidates, with strict time limits on the answers; opponents then will have a limited time for a rebuttal.

  • Evergreen residents Brockner, Pike join Jeffco Hall of Fame

    Conservation was the common denominator for two Evergreen icons inducted into the Jefferson County Hall of Fame on Aug. 24.

    Sylvia Brockner, founder of what would become Evergreen Audubon and the Canyon Courier’s outdoors columnist for 45 years, and Dan Pike, an advocate for land conservation since 1976, joined three others in the induction.

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

  • Conifer woman dies in attack by family dogs; son injured

    A Conifer woman was killed and her son injured Monday night in an attack by their two dogs at their home in the 31000 block of Black Widow Drive.

    According to the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office, Susan Shawl, 60, died at the scene, and her son Richard Shawl, 36, was transported to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

  • Fire district board decides not to pursue bond issue

    The Evergreen Fire Protection District board voted Sunday not to pursue a proposed multimillion-dollar bond issue that would have paid for the replacement of Station 1, citing a number of factors, including a need for further exploration of long-term costs associated with rebuilding the station and competition with ballot measures from Jeffco Public Schools.

  • Jeffco begins live-streaming county commission meetings

    Jeffco has announced it will begin live-streaming county commissioners’ meetings on the Jefferson County website. 

    During the hearings, which typically take place Tuesday mornings, commissioners address public policies and issues that affect the Jeffco community. In addition to attending in person, residents can watch the hearings live online to stay informed and engaged about what is happening in the county.

  • Companion Labradors steal the show at IMHS fund-raiser

    Shadow and Sundance are two Labradors, 8 and 9 years old, one black and one yellow: companions, best friends, figurative brothers. Before they were adopted a month ago, the pair spent several weeks at the Intermountain Humane Society waiting for someone with a big heart, unending patience and a predilection for the underdog — especially the underdog that comes as a pair.

  • Wildfire burns one acre near Kerr Gulch

    A grass fire burned about an acre of private land near Kerr Gulch Road and Music Lane on Tuesday afternoon.

    Evergreen Fire Chief Mike Weege said the first call reporting the blaze came at 1:59 p.m.

    Evergreen Fire worked with the Foothills, Indian Hills and Genesee fire departments throughout the afternoon, and the fire was contained fully by 4:44 p.m, Weege said.