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  • Indian Hills water district adds storage tank to ensure supply in dry months

    A newly installed water storage tank with a 100,000-gallon capacity is now operational in the Indian Hills Water District.

    Last year the Indian Hills Water District board approved construction of the new tank, which is used to store water for customers during dry months when output from wells decreases.

    Although the district has four deep wells that provide water for approximately 350 homes in Indian Hills, in the summer the wells produce at a slower rate, said Carl Frank, president of the water district board.

  • Slash collection at Conifer High this weekend

    Mountain residents looking for a safe and effective way to dispose of slash can do so at Conifer High School on Saturday and Sunday.

    From 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. both days, members of the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office and the Elk Creek Fire Protection District will accept slash to help with residents’ fire mitigation efforts. 

    “We certainly want everybody to do everything they can to clean up their slash and reduce the risk of fires,” said Elk Creek Fire Chief Bill McLaughlin.

  • Indian Hills fireworks stage a comeback - VIDEO

    The hills were alive with the sound of music — and of laughter, water and fireworks — during the annual Indian Hills July 4th celebration on Friday.

    “This is the third year in a row for me and my family,” said Scott Pierce of Evergreen. “We show up for the breakfast and the parade. It’s great.”

    (See video below).

    The annual event, dimmed the last two years because of dry conditions that forced cancellation of the fireworks display, was rejuvenated with the return of pyrotechnics in the night sky.

  • Friends rally at benefit to help cancer victim

    More than 200 people attended a gathering for Evergreen resident Linda Heslin, who is undergoing extensive treatment for cancer.

    “It was all people showing their love,” said Evergreen resident Jack Anderson, who organized the fund-raising benefit for Heslin at the Evergreen Elks Lodge.

    “A lot of old friends came out the woodwork,” said Anderson, a New York native who has known Heslin and her husband, Geno, for many years. “It’s the way we were brought up: to help our neighbors.”

  • Legal issue with Denver Parks delays loop trail project at Evergreen Lake

    The loop trail project at Evergreen Lake is facing a delay created by a legal issue with Denver Mountain Parks. City of Denver attorneys are asking for a new agreement with the Evergreen Park and Recreation District before giving the go-ahead to build the trail connecting the downtown area to the upper portion of the lake.

    Because the path of the planned trail is on Denver Parks property, it is necessary to gain approval from the city before moving forward with project, said EPRD Executive Director Scott Robson.

  • July 4th fest ends with a weather-related bang

    Booming thunder and flashes of lightning accompanied Celtic Pipes and Drums musicians at the annual Evergreen Music Festival and Art Show at Evergreen Lake on July 4.

    As festival-goers huddled under a large white tent during the storm, the Rocky Mountain Highland Dancers moved in graceful patterns to the sounds of bagpipes blended with rumbling thunder.

    While some in the audience appeared concerned about the storm and the driving rain, others were intrigued.

  • Very cool: Fireworks set to return to Indian Hills fete

    Thanks to recent rainfall and cooler temperatures, fireworks at the Indian Hills July 4th celebration are expected to light the night on Friday evening.

    After two years with no fireworks because of dry and hot conditions, organizers are happy to announce the return of fireworks to Indian Hills Fire-Rescue’s annual celebration — if the weather cooperates.

    “This is one of the coolest summers I can recall,” said Fire Chief Emery Carson. “It’s looking good for fireworks.”

  • 10 more slash-collection weekends approved for this summer

    The Jeffco commissioners unanimously approved 10 additional remote slash-collection sites in the county this summer, at a special meeting last Thursday.

    “One of the biggest complaints I hear is the limited number of slash sites offered,” Commissioner Don Rosier said during the meeting.

    The commissioners awarded a contract to Indian Hills resident Bret Roller, who has been working with Jeffco for years to solve the county’s slash-removal issues.

  • District boosts funding for curriculum, student achievement

    Thanks to increased state funding, Jeffco Public Schools will spend more on curriculum, student achievement and ever-changing technology trends during the 2014-15 school year.

    The school board approved next year’s budget at last month’s final meeting before summer break on a 3-2 vote. The more than $1 billion spending plan is up from last year’s $952 million budget.

  • Fire district working to recover ambulance costs

    Since the beginning of the year, paramedics at the Evergreen Fire Protection District have required patients to sign a waiver of liability before they take an ambulance ride.

    The waiver of liability — officially called an "advance beneficiary notice," or ABN, for Medicare purposes — lets patients know they’re responsible for paying the ambulance bill if their insurance company won't.