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  • Bridge project closes Myers Gulch Road

    Myers Gulch Road is closed to southbound traffic to accommodate a bridge repair at the intersection of Highway 74 in Kittredge.

    The county is replacing deteriorating girders on the bridge with larger ones to improve its safety, said construction manager Mark Winnen of the Jeffco Transportation and Engineering Department. During the project, the bridge spanning Bear Creek will also be widened by 5 feet.

    Traffic is being detoured around the project until Sept. 30, the projected completion date, Winnen said. 

  • IREA investigating operations at Comanche 3 plant

    The Intermountain Rural Electric Association has commissioned an investigation into a coal-fueled power plant it partially owns that has experienced ongoing problems since opening in 2010.

    IREA, a part-owner in the Pueblo-based Comanche 3 plant, joined with one of its co-owners to hire an engineering firm to look into whether the plant is being operated properly, said IREA general manager Patrick Mooney. Mooney declined to name the engineering firm and has no timeline for the investigation’s completion.

  • Jeffco lifts fire restrictions

    The Jeffco Sheriff's Office has lifted the fire restrictions that have been in effect in the foothills for much of the summer.

    A news release from the Sheriff's Office said recent rainfall and cooler temperatures have reduced the danger of wildfire; still, people are encouraged to be vigilant in the high country. 

    Campers and hikers are reminded to use caution when starting and extinguishing campfires. People are also cautioned to use care when disposing of lighted cigarettes and in other activities that involve the use of fire or sparks.

  • Jeffco's Chapman plans to re-apply for trustee job

    After resigning along with nine other public trustees, Jefferson County public trustee Margaret Chapman is planning to re-apply for the position, saying she has been an exemplary employee and was well qualified to be a manager when she was appointed in 2007.

    County Administrator Ralph Schell said he's never seen anything other than excellent, quality management from Chapman's department and her employees.

  • Creating art from stone

    Evergreen native and stone sculptor Vincent Emmer stands by a weathered mass of stone at Buchanan Park that is part of the Arts for the Mountain Community Sculpture Walk. 

     

    The free-form sculpture titled “Standing Tall” is Emmer’s discovery and creation — and his gift to the park. 

    Emmer says he likes to showcase the beauty of the native stone, which was donated to him by Jim O’Dowd of Fresh Aire Enterprises in Arvada. 

  • Injured bird rescued at Evergreen Lake

     After seeing a cormorant ensnared in fishing line and hooks at Evergreen Lake, Evergreen resident Jill Bozzy ventured into the water and captured him with help from her neighbor Robin Ulibarri and son Mikael.

     “I had a casting net, and she gave me this big ocean net,” Bozzy said.

    “It really took a team effort,” she said. “Robin and Mikael were so wonderful to let me recruit them.”

  • A life dedicated to world peace

    Philip Isely, who made his home on Lookout Mountain, devoted much of his life to achieving world peace. 

    “He spent most of his life working for peace,” said his widow Eli Isely, while talking about the life of her husband, who died at age 96 on June 26.

    Philip, who also was a co-founder of Vitamin Cottage, was very sad that the dream he believed he was born to do — to organize a world government that would take care of global problems — was unrealized, she said.

  • Baby greets world in ambulance

     For paramedics who stand ready to help ill and injured patients with life-threatening conditions, a call to assist a mother about to give birth can give their day a happy turn.

    Working together in an ambulance, an Evergreen Fire/Rescue team helped deliver a healthy baby boy on July 3.

    After receiving a call to assist Evergreen residents Sarah and Mark Davis at 4:25 a.m., paramedics Quinton Galt and Stacey McCarthy met the couple at the intersection of Interstate 70 and Highway 74. 

  • Sparks fuel residents' worries about proposed training facility

    Residents living near Evergreen Fire/Rescue Station 2 in Bergen Park say they saw sparks flying during a recent training session — a sight that has increased their concerns about a proposed fire training building at the site.

    “I couldn’t believe that I saw sparks,” said resident Greg Meyerhoff, who was observing the activity through binoculars from his home in The Trails at Hiwan on June 25. “Are they using prudent judgment?”

  • Letting the good times roll

     Sisters Katie and Sarah Wachs had a good time listening to 16-year-old Austin Young play rocking, bluesy tunes at the Evergreen Music Festival on July 4. 

     

    “They’re so good,” Sarah said of Young and his band No Difference. 

    “I love that it’s a father-son duo,” added Katie.

    As Young belted out “Come on, baby, let the good times roll,” people danced in the grass at Evergreen Lake Park while others sat back and enjoyed the music.