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  • Jeffco EDC names new president

    The board of directors of the Jeffco Economic Development Corp. has appointed Sam Bailey as the EDC's new president and chief executive officer.

    "I am thrilled to carry on Jeffco EDC's legacy as a leading community organization,” Bailey said in a news release. “Working in partnership with the EDC's board, investors and stakeholders, Jefferson County is well‐positioned for significant growth.”

  • Evergreen Fire OKs 2017 budget

    The Evergreen Fire Protection District finalized its 2017 budget on Jan. 13, cementing salary and wage increases and boosts in capital spending.

    Under the 2017 spending plan, the district’s communications, fire operations, fire prevention, administration, maintenance, and emergency medical services divisions will share in more than $200,000 allocated for wage and salary increases.

  • Elk Creek Elementary to launch preschool

    After years of discussion, Elk Creek Elementary will finally join other area elementary schools in welcoming 3- and 4-year-olds when it opens its preschool program next year.

    Announced earlier this month, the move comes after a feasibility study revealed interest from more than 80 area families. According to Elk Creek principal Ryan Lucas, the preschool will be a boon for area parents who frequently have to drive 20 minutes or more to preschools at other schools, as well as for Elk Creek staff, who are excited to work with more kids.

  • CHS, EHS marching bands place at state

    Young musicians and performers in the mountain area can be proud to have competed and placed in the state marching band competition.

    This fall, the Conifer and Evergreen high school marching bands competed in the state competition in Grand Junction. Conifer placed eighth, and Evergreen placed third — the first time in the school’s history.

  • No opening day is scheduled yet for ice skating at Evergreen Lake

    Despite hopeful rumors, officials at the Evergreen Park and Recreation District say no official opening day has been scheduled for ice skating at Evergreen Lake.

    According to operations manager Heart Cameron, the skating area must have ice at least 12 inches thick for it to open to the public. As of Monday afternoon, he said, some areas had 6 to 8 inches of ice, while others had less.

    “For it to be opened, it needs to be 12 inches across the board,” Cameron said.

  • School board to vote tonight on whether to search for new superintendent

    The Jeffco school board will decide Jan. 12 whether to begin a search for a replacement for Superintendent Dan McMinimee.

    The announcement comes after two executive sessions — held Dec. 8 and 15 — in which school board members discussed the superintendent’s contract and received legal advice related to it. While the board has until March 31 to make a decision, a statement released Tuesday said “the board felt it was prudent to start the discussion early.”

  • Marshdale students stuff stockings for kids in need

    Sixty stockings for kids who use Evergreen’s Mountain Backpacks program were filled to overflowing on Friday — with the help of the elves at Marshdale Elementary School.

    Students filled stockings with necessities such as toothbrushes and bandages but also with toys such as Hot Wheels cars, watercolor paints and Play-Doh.

  • Chamber honors three businesses for service to the community

    The three businesses that won the Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce’s most prestigious awards earned the recognition because of the way the community frequents their establishments and because of how they serve the community.

    The Evergreen office of LIV Sotheby’s International Realty won the People’s Choice Award; Lariat Lodge Brewing Co. won New Business of the Year; and Cactus Jack’s Saloon & Grill won Business of the Year. The awards were presented at the chamber’s Sparkle & Shine gala earlier this month.

  • Family escapes house fire on Lone Spruce Road

    A family and their dog escaped a house fire near El Rancho late Sunday, but their home sustained significant damage.

    Evergreen Fire/Rescue received a call at 10:31 p.m. saying that a house was ablaze in the 30000 block of Lone Spruce Road, according to EFR spokeswoman Stacee Martin.

    Martin said smoke detectors alerted the family to the flames, and so they were able to escape. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

  • Carrigan family, Parkco deputy file lawsuit claiming negligence in Bailey shoot-out

    Attorneys for the family of Park County sheriff's Cpl. Nate Carrigan and Deputy Kolby Martin have sued the Parkco Sheriff's Office, alleging that the decisions which led to February’s fatal shoot-out with Bailey resident Martin Wirth were negligent.