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  • Bridge at Lake Park to be replaced this fall

    The bridge over Bear Creek at the entrance to Evergreen Lake Park will be replaced this fall, meaning there will be no vehicle access to the park for several months.

    Ellen O’Connor, executive director of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District, said the Lake House will not host events or weddings from mid-September until mid-November or early December. She said no event reservations were being accepted during the planned construction period.

  • Senior Law Day offers information on end-of-life planning and more

    Estate planning. Medicaid. End-of-life planning. Social security. Financial powers of attorney. Identity theft. Scams. Choosing assisted-living facilities.

    These were just a few of the workshops the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office and its partners offered during the sixth annual Senior Law Day on Saturday at Colorado Christian University in Lakewood.

    More than 600 attendees, including senior citizens, family members, caretakers, vendors and volunteers, spent the day providing or getting needed information.

  • Fire district’s solar project on hold

    Plans by the Evergreen Fire Protection District to install solar panels at Station 2 on Bergen Parkway are on hold as the district board wrestles with the 2016 budget.

    The $600,000 project to replace the roof and add solar panels will have to wait until the district is in a more stable financial position, Fire Chief Mike Weege said at a board meeting Nov. 10.

    Past drops in home valuations decreased the district’s property-tax revenue in recent years and led to budget cuts, and district finances are still recovering, board President George Kling said.

  • Wildfire near Kerr Gulch contained

    Crews extinguished a small wildfire near Kerr Gulch Road and Music Lane on Tuesday afternoon.

    According to Evergreen Fire/Rescue, the fire burned three-quarters of an acre. It was declared contained at 5:25 p.m.

    Evergreen Fire/Rescue was working alongside firefighters from the Foothills, Indian Hills and Genesee fire departments.

    No injuries were reported. It was not known how the fire started.

  • Local couple celebrating 50 years with Evergreen Players, each other

    2016 is a golden year for John and Kathleen Davis of Evergreen in two ways:

    First, they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in March.

    Second, they are celebrating their 50th anniversary as volunteers with the Evergreen Players this month.

    Those who have worked with the Davises agree wholeheartedly that the couple are worth their weight in gold.

  • Man charged in vandalism seen on video

    A vandalism suspect is facing a misdemeanor charge after he was videotaped by a witness Saturday shortly after graffiti was spray-painted on rocks near the Buffalo Bill Museum on Lookout Mountain, the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office reported.

    Stanley Stettler, 18, of Thornton was issued a summons for defacing property, a class 2 misdemeanor, sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer said.

  • Firefighters rescue cat — and a horse, of course

    Two four-legged friends received some assistance this week from several responders at Evergreen Fire/Rescue.

    A horse stuck in the mud and a cat caught in a tree spurred calls for help on Sunday and Monday, and both animals are now safe and sound. 

    EFR spokesman Doug Saba said a call was received at 12:23 p.m. Sunday after a horse became mired in mud in a swampy area off Broce Ranch Trail. Saba said it took responders until just 12:39 to free the stranded equine. 

  • Bidder up: Signed Mickey Mantle baseball among donations to local church's silent auction

    By Judy Christie, For the Courier
    Jerry Huber of Bailey met baseball great Mickey Mantle in 1987.
    Huber, who was national sales manager for Gillette Dairy, gave the famous New York Yankees center fielder a souvenir Yankees malt cup, the kind used at ballparks.
    Mantle, a Hall of Famer and the best switch-hitter in baseball history, responded by giving Huber a signed baseball.
    A sports fan and collector of memorabilia, Huber also met Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller, who played much of his career for the Cleveland Indians and threw three no-hitters.
    Feller, too, gave Huber a signed ball.

  • Indian Hills groundwater study completed

    A long-awaited study of groundwater quality in Indian Hills was released last week, complete with new recommendations that could guide future development in the Parmalee Gulch watershed.
    The study, conducted by Dr. Margaret Hertzog, an environmental engineer with PH Associates LLC in Lakewood, was contracted last year by the Jeffco Board of Health to test groundwater in Indian Hills in the wake of nearly four decades of septic system restrictions in Parmalee Gulch.

  • Fire district to finalize bond-issue, tax-hike amounts by month’s end

    Voters will know by the end of the month the exact amount of the proposed bond issue and tax increase for the Evergreen Fire Protection District that will appear on the November ballot.

    At the district’s monthly board meeting last week, board members said they would finalize the amounts, as well as the language of those resolutions, at a special meeting Aug. 28.

    The fire district has spent the last few months gauging public opinion on a multimillion-dollar bond issue and a proposed property-tax boost of 3.5 mills.