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  • Evergreen resident dies in avalanche on Everest

    Documentary filmmaker Tom Taplin of Evergreen was one of four Americans who died in an avalanche on Mount Everest that was triggered by an earthquake in Nepal on Saturday.

    Taplin, 61, was making a documentary about the Mount Everest base camp, his wife, Cory Freyer, said in published media reports. He had been there for two weeks, Freyer said. She was not immediately available for comment on Monday. Taplin owned the film company TET Films & Photography.

  • Work on connector trail project resumes after highway stabilization

    After an extended closure to stabilize soil underneath it, Highway 74 from Upper Bear Creek Road to Highway 73 has reopened, and work on the connector trail was scheduled to resume this week.

    “We have finally turned the corner,” said Jim Pokorney of GoodLand Construction, contractor for project.
    While beginning work on the connector trail at the Evergreen Lake dam on April 13, GoodLand workers discovered a fissure in the soil along Highway 74 and became concerned about the stability of the road, Pokorny said.

  • Keyser fields questions from Democrats on TABOR, state budget, gun control

    State Rep. Jon Keyser, R-Morrison, says he has faith in Colorado voters who approved the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, which prohibits tax increases without voter approval.

    “The TABOR Amendment is enshrined in our constitution,” Keyser said of the provision enacted in 1992. “Fifty percent of people have to say ‘OK’ to raise taxes.”

    Other statewide initiatives, such as Amendment 66, a proposed tax increase to fund education, “went down in flames,” he noted.

  • I-70 accident in Jeffco kills one

    A fatal accident closed three westbound lanes of Interstate 70 Saturday morning near the interchange with C-470. 

  • Commissioners OK resolution on development, property rights

    Jeffco’s county commissioners have approved a resolution designed to emphasize the county’s commitment to fairly weigh all development applications and to protect property rights.

    The resolution was presented by Commissioner Don Rosier during staff briefings April 14 and was approved on a 3-0 vote April 21.  

  • Polis bill makes funds available for wildfire mitigation

    County groups might be able to get more money in the future to cut down trees that could cause hazards during wildfires, if Congress passes a bill introduced by U.S. Rep. Jared Polis.

    The pot of federal money set aside for natural disasters already can be used to mitigate potential future flood issues, or to clean up areas hit by tornadoes and hurricanes. The bipartisan Wildfire Prevention Act of 2015 was approved in committee, and is expected to be heard by Congress soon, said Kristin Lynch, a Polis spokeswoman.

  • Veterans center named in honor of Evergreen resident who helped establish it

    Sitting in her Evergreen home on the day that would have been the 60th anniversary of her marriage to her late husband, Anne McKinley talked about her years with Cameron McKinley and his work with military veterans.

  • Memorial planned to honor Henika at Evergreen Lake Park

    Members of Blue Spruce Kiwanis and the Evergreen Recreation and Park Foundation are working together to raise funds for a memorial for Greg Henika, a Kiwanis member who died last winter at Evergreen Lake.

    Henika was grooming ice for a Kiwanis event in January when the vehicle on which he was riding fell into the lake.

    To honor Henika, the two organizations are planning to build a fire pit that will be dedicated to him.

  • Highway 74 at Evergreen Lake reopens

    After an extended closure to stabilize soil underneath it, Highway 74 from Upper Bear Creek Road to Highway 73 was set to reopen at 5 p.m. Thursday, said Jim Pokorny of GoodLand Construction.

    "We have finally turned the corner," Pokorny said. 

    Work on the connector trail project at Evergreen Lake dam will resume early next week with one-lane road closures during off-peak daytime hours, he said.

  • Lost hikers at Elk Meadow escorted back to trailhead

    Sheriff's deputies helped four lost and chilly hikers make their way back to a trailhead at Elk Meadow Open Space on Sunday night.

    The hikers got turned around, felt they weren't ready for the snow and cold as it started to get dark, and called for help, said Jeffco sheriff's spokeswoman Jacki Kelley. As night fell, deputies found the hikers and "walked them out" to a trailhead, Kelley said.

    "They didn't feel like they were dressed for the conditions," Kelley said.