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  • Evergreen Fire Protection District moves forward with solar plans

    The Evergreen Fire Protection District is moving forward with plans to install solar panels on several of its fire stations, potentially ending a years-long conversation about reducing the district’s energy consumption through the implementation of photo voltaic energy and other energy-saving measures.

  • Evergreen residents turn out for new EFR auxiliary program

    Evergreen Fire/Rescue is relaunching its “turn-out” auxiliary program after operating for several years without one.

    Named after the gear that firefighters wear, the turn-out auxiliary team will assist the department with a variety of duties, including support of daily operations and assistance with non-emergency, non-response situations.

    Spearheaded by fire inspector Dan Hrouda, EFR began organizing the new auxiliary program in the spring after nearly two dozen people asked how they could help the department.

  • Education briefs

    School district purchases artwork from two South Jeffco students

    Jeffco Public Schools has purchased artwork created by students at 11 schools, including two in South Jeffco.

  • Early childhood education, career pathways cited in Mitchell’s bid for re-election

    Nearly two years ago, veteran Jeffco teacher and former Columbine High principal Ron Mitchell announced his bid for a seat on the Jeffco school board as three members of the then-school board faced a recall election. One of 12 candidates for the three seats targeted by the recall, Mitchell was ultimately elected as president of the board and replaced Ken Witt.

  • Amdur’s dream about to become a reality

    It’s been three weeks of graduations for Evergreen resident Mike Amdur.

    The 18-year-old graduated from Evergreen High School in mid-May and from the Evergreen Fire/Rescue Academy on Saturday. Now a full-fledged firefighter, Amdur will spend the summer running fire calls before he travels for a year. Then he plans to attend college.

  • Artwork installed around town as part of Evergreen’s Sculpture Walk

    Sculptor Linda Johnson was nervous.

    Her sculpture, “Bliss,” was being lifted by crane from a trailer to its new home in front of the Daniel Diamonds building in Bergen Park on Saturday morning.

    “I don’t know if I can watch,” she said as the crane began lifting the 600-pound wire sculpture in the crisp morning air. She covered her face briefly before pulling out her cell phone and taking a video of the procedure. It was over quickly, and then several workers anchored the sculpture to its base at its new home.

  • Sixteen Evergreen Fire/Rescue recruits graduate from fire academy

    After weekly training, classes and studying, 16 Evergreen Fire/Rescue recruits graduated from the firefighter academy on Saturday.

    It has been almost exactly a year since they interviewed and took the physical test in hopes of beginning this journey. They have learned about fighting wildland and structure fires, and handling hazardous materials spills and emergency medical calls — and so much more. They still have one more test to take before they are fully certified firefighters.

  • Jeffco inmate dies after being found unresponsive in cell

    A Jefferson County Detention Facility inmate died Sunday afternoon at St. Anthony Hospital after being found unresponsive in his jail cell four days prior.

    Mark Witkowski, 45, was found with a ligature around his neck by Jeffco deputies doing a jail walk-through at 7 a.m. Wednesday. The deputies began administering CPR and called for additional medical assistance, according to a release from the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office. 

  • Motorcyclist seriously injured in accident with semi on U.S. 285

        A Missouri man was seriously injured Monday morning when the motorcycle he was driving collided with a semi-truck on U.S. 285 in Bailey near the Knotty Pine shop.
        Gerardo Martinez, 48, of Englewood, was traveling southbound on U.S. 285 at 9:54 a.m. when the 2012 International straight truck he was driving failed to negotiate a right curve, overcorrected and traveled onto the center median.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Wagon walloped