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  • Echo Mountain Ski Area purchased by ski club

    Echo Mountain Ski Area was purchased Aug. 28 by Nora Pykkonen, founder of the Front Range Ski Club.
    The 226-acre Clear Creek ski resort sold for an undisclosed amount and will no longer be open to the general public.
    Echo will now operate under the umbrella of the ski club, which focuses on training children in ski racing.
    The Front Range Ski Club website states that because it will not be open to the public, snowmaking, grooming and terrain cab be tailored to challenge the club's skiers.

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  • A colorful scene: Fine Arts Fest fills Heritage Grove over the weekend

    Beautiful weather, eclectic fine art and a picturesque setting in Heritage Grove Park combined to create the perfect Evergreen Fine Arts Festival this past weekend.

    If the number of cars lining Meadow Drive all weekend was any indication, the 46th annual event was well attended. Hundreds wandered through the grove, looking at the offerings from 100 artists. Some attendees were looking for specific items to accent their homes, while others just browsed the booths that sported everything from paintings and photography to waterfall sculptures and pottery.

  • Kids learn to respect the wilderness

    Jeffco Open Space ranger Beth Grady held up a backpack and asked a group of youngsters at Lair o’ the Bear Park what it should contain.

     

    The kids took turns adding a compass, map, bottle of water, snack, first-aid kit, poncho, headlamp, matches, a hat, gloves, jacket and a tool with a knife and scissors.

    This was lesson one in a Junior Ranger Leave No Trace program held Saturday to celebrate Colorado Land Conservation Week.

  • A good old-fashioned time at the country fair

    Kissing llamas, tasty peach cobbler and traditional mountain music created an enjoyable outdoor event for residents at the Life Care Center of Evergreen on Friday morning.

     

    “It’s really nice. I like the music,” resident Lila Mae Frauenkron said while listening to the sounds of Haney’s Homemade Jam at the Old Fashioned Country Fair.

    As the lyrics “I dream of you, dear, every night” drifted through the air, a few people danced.

  • Residents opposed to fire training building take case to Jeffco school board

    Members of an Evergreen citizens’ committee have approached the Jefferson County school board with concerns about the training building that Evergreen Fire/Rescue plans to build in Bergen Park.

    The fire district has drawn heat over its proposal to build a four-story training facility at Fire Station 2, 1802 Bergen Parkway. The building, in which the department would stage fires to give firefighters realistic practice, is adjacent to Bergen Meadow Elementary School.

  • Mt. Evans hospice helps families cope with loss

    “Everyone’s grief is so different,” says Barb Lamperski, director of bereavement at Mt. Evans Home Health and Hospice.

    When someone who has been receiving hospice care dies, Mt. Evans staff members automatically follow through with assistance to families, Lamperski says.

    “We offer the grief support; we listen to the stories,” she says.

    Although death is a natural part of life, dealing with the loss of a loved one is a heart-breaking experience that individuals cope with in different ways, Lamperski says.

  • Fund-raiser honors memory of a special child

    Kristopher and Curtis Lincoln, owners of Willow Creek restaurant, lost their 2-year-old daughter, Ellie, nearly 9 years ago.

     

    A heartbreaking experience that Kristopher tearfully remembers, Ellie’s death came after her long struggle to survive. 

    To honor Ellie’s memory and express their appreciation for the support they received from hospice organizations, the Lincolns are planning a second annual fund-raiser called “Ellie’s Evening” on Sept. 18 at their restaurant in the Lakepoint Center.

  • Deadline nears for final decision on fire training facility

    As the three-month delay on the proposed fire training facility at Evergreen Fire Station 2 draws to an end, fire district board members are facing a decision on how to proceed.

    A committee of residents, fire district staff and board members has studied the issue and made widely varying recommendations.

    Some residents living near the site of the proposed four-story building have asked for modifications to make it less visible. Others are opposing it entirely. 

  • Can bicyclists and motorists coexist?

     Bicyclists and drivers discussed ways to coexist and travel safely on county roads during a meeting at the Lookout Mountain Nature Center on Aug. 22.

    “As the cycling population grows, we’re seeing more injuries,” said Jeffco Commissioner Don Rosier, who led the meeting.

    While traffic and pedestrian fatalities have decreased by 34 percent in the past 10 years, the number of bicyclist fatalities has remained the same, said Rosier.