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  • Cow on the mooooove

    Six-foot two,

    Eyes of brown,

    All 400 pounds running ‘round.

    Has anybody seen that cow?

    After a month of kicking up her heels and grazing on fresh grass in various Evergreen locations, a young Angus cow is still on the lam.

    She’s been spotted wandering through the yards of Hiwan Hills residents. Others have seen Hal Choate’s escaped cow at Walgreens, Taco Bell and the Safeway parking lot on Evergreen Parkway, he said.

  • Opposition leads fire district board to rethink training facility

    In the wake of residents’ objections to plans for a training facility at Fire Station 2 in Bergen Park, members of the Evergreen Fire Protection District board are looking at other options.

    A recent public meeting of residents and fire officials generated sparks of concern about the location selected for the fire training facility. Residents living near the fire station said they did not want to see a four-story facility from their homes and be disturbed by firefighter training activity.

  • Where the fishing is easy

    “I got one!” shouted 7-year-old Tyler Redmond while fishing at Evergreen Lake on Saturday.

    Tyler had just caught his third rainbow trout at Evergreen Outdoor Skills Day.

    The Colorado Division of Wildlife provided fishing poles and bait for people wanting to try their luck on the bright, sunny day. Youngsters and their parents were lined up beside the inlet, which the Evergreen Elks Lodge had stocked with 400 rainbow trout. Elks member Matt McDonald was at the cleaning station ready to prepare the catches for a meal.

  • 2012-13 school budget eliminates 31 positions

    The Jefferson County school board approved the district’s 2012-13 budget on a 4-1 vote June 7, which includes continuing pay cuts and furlough days district-wide. Also, some 31 positions will be cut.

    Some $15 million in cuts are spread through various departments. However, the board continued to provide some funding to the Outdoor Lab Schools.

    The school’s total 2012-13 budget is $931 million, down very slightly from last year’s total budget of $932 million. The budget includes a $605 million general fund.

  • Schools put property-tax increase on November ballot

    The Jefferson County school board approved the district’s 2012-13 budget on a 4-1 vote June 7, which includes continuing pay cuts and furlough days district-wide. Also, some 31 positions will be cut.

    Some $15 million in cuts are spread through various departments. However, the board continued to provide some funding to the Outdoor Lab Schools.

    The school’s total 2012-13 budget is $931 million, down very slightly from last year’s total budget of $932 million. The budget includes a $605 million general fund.

  • Echo Mountain Ski Area for sale

    The owner of Echo Mountain Ski Area has announced that the Squaw Pass attraction will be sold through a sealed-bid auction this summer.

    Racebrook, the New York-based private investment firm that owns the ski area, said in a news release Thursday that the bids will be due Aug 2. Echo Mountain, which has one chairlift and about 80 acres of developed terrain, opened in 2006.

  • More than 100 animals seized from Laughing Valley Ranch

    More than 100 animals were seized this week from the Laughing Valley Ranch southwest of Idaho Springs, whose owner, Bill Lee, is beloved locally for his portrayal of Santa Claus.  

    On Wednesday the Clear Creek Sheriff’s Office, along with 13 other agencies, seized geese, dogs, llamas, rabbits, mules, horses, goats, sheep, a pony, alpacas, cats — and reindeer. Officials indicated there were concerns about the animals living in unsanitary conditions.

  • School board votes to put tax increase on ballot

    The Jeffco school board voted 4-1 at its June 7 meeting to put two property-tax increase questions on the Nov. 6 general election ballot. Voter approval of both would mean a net $40 annual increase in taxes on a $250,000 home.

    County residents will vote on a mill-levy increase that would generate $39 million and a bond issue that would allow the district to borrow $99 million.

  • Hard Hats & High Heels event to benefit Habitat project

    Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity’s fifth annual Hard Hats & High Heels fund-raiser takes place at a private home in Evergreen’s Soda Creek neighborhood on Saturday, June 9, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
    The Sprouts of Evergreen Dental Group have offered their home for the event, which will raise funds for two Habitat families selected for a duplex home.

  • Sheriff's Calls

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