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  • Fire district delays audit release to reflect new radio equipment

    The Evergreen Fire Protection District now plans to release its annual audit in July so that auditors have time to properly account for new radio equipment, Fire Chief Mike Weege said.

    The district has been using the new two-way radio equipment since September. The audit was first scheduled to be released on May 13.

  • Lower speed limit eyed near dog park

    A new “advisory” speed limit of 30 mph on Stagecoach Boulevard near the Elk Meadow Open Space dog park is being considered after a dog was killed on the road there recently.

    The county has added several safety measures at the spot over the years, said Kevin French, director of Jeffco's Transportation and Engineering Division. The division is considering the new speed limit, which would be 10 mph lower than the current 40-mph limit, French said.

  • Jeffco updating Evergreen community plan

    Jefferson County planners are updating and combining community plans, including one created for Evergreen that is almost 10 years old.

    “The biggest challenge is rolling this plan into the comprehensive master plan,” said Jeffco planner Russ Clark, who is working on a 2015 update.

    “The intent here is to take items to create area plans for future land use,” he explained.

    All redundant policies will be removed from the individual community plans to create a streamlined plan, said Clark. 

  • Big R opens in grand style on rodeo weekend

    While shoppers were looking at clothing, guns and home supplies at Big R on Saturday, Evergreen resident Fritz Coellen was hunting for a wife — his own, Shirley — who was somewhere in the store.

    The Coellens were among the first customers at the grand opening of the 40,000-square-foot store, which offers a wide array of items from greeting cards to chicken coops.

    “They’ve got a good store here,” said Fritz Coellen, who came in to buy hardware.

  • Rodeo queen injured in fall from horse

    Sierra Knodle — who was crowned Evergreen Rodeo Queen 2015 — is recovering at home after she broke her collarbone in a fall from her horse during the grand entry into the rodeo grounds on Saturday.

    The bridle of Knodle’s horse broke during the event, which happened before the rodeo performance at 2 p.m. at the Esco Construction Arena.

    Knodle, 16, was taken to a hospital by ambulance after the fall. She was back at the rodeo grounds on Sunday, said mom Jennifer Knodle. 

  • Evergreen Lake getting new boardwalk

    While kids play in a grassy field by Evergreen Lake, workers saw and place planks of wood for a new boardwalk at the park.

    “This time around, we're replacing the entire boardwalk,” said Scott Robson, executive director of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District.

    “We're removing it completely down to the foundation,” he added.

    Although the flooding last fall did some minor damage to the structure, its 20-year age and the wear and tear on the walkway made the replacement necessary, Robson said.

  • A very long stroll

    For walkers at the Mountain Area Relay for Life on Friday night, walking for 14 hours was about raising money to help fight cancer.

    It also was about the symbolism of the darkness people feel when they are diagnosed with cancer and as the sun rises, the lightness they feel as they complete their treatment.

    Yet, still, it was about the paperclips.

  • 'Happiest man in the world' chronicles philanthropic work in books

    Sitting with his wife, Anna Marie, on the terrace of their Evergreen home, Dr. James Jackson talked about the work that has brought him happiness for the past 27 years.


    Jackson is the founder of Project C.U. R. E., a philanthropic organization that provides medical equipment to 150 impoverished countries.

    Since 1987, the former businessman has traveled to remote areas of the world where medical supplies are sorely lacking or non-existent.

  • Retiring boomers search for next stage

    Evergreen’s Jim Rohrer is like a rolling stone. After several careers, including a 30-year stint as a Sears executive, he’s following a new direction and combining two skills that have served him well — writing and business.

  • Jeffco board approves lower pay for new superintendent

    After heated debate and public comment, the Jeffco Board of Education approved a contract for its new superintendent at last Thursday’s regular business meeting, lowering the base salary $60,000 from the salary advertised for the position.