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  • I-70 at Genesee reopens after accident snarls traffic

    Eastbound and westbound Interstate 70 was closed for a few hours Monday afternoon at mile marker 253 at Genesee because of a major crash just west of the interchange, Colorado Department of Transportation reports.

    CDOT's Twitter account first reported the accident around 3 p.m.

  • Firefighters put out roof fire on Bluebell Lane

    A roof fire at a home in the 5900 block of Bluebell Lane was quickly extinguished Sunday evening.

    Firefighters are still on scene to make sure nothing reignites, to look for the source of the fire and to ensure that no embers spread to nearby trees.

    Evergreen Fire/Rescue firefighters reached the fire quickly thanks to the watchful eyes of some bicyclists on the road. They noticed smoke coming from the roof and called 911, according to EFR spokeswoman Stacee Martin.

  • Highway 74 lane closures scheduled next week

    Intermittent lane closures on Highway 74 between El Rancho and downtown Evergreen are expected next week to accommodate for repaving.
    According to the county's Twitter account, various parts of both eastbound and westbound Highway 74 will be closed between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., March 20-24 for repaving, as well as the removal and replacement of ADA ramps. Drivers are recommended to plan for delays.    

  • Highway 74 lane closures scheduled this week

    Intermittent lane closures on Highway 74 between El Rancho and downtown Evergreen are expected next week to accommodate for repaving.
    According to the county's Twitter account, various parts of both eastbound and westbound Highway 74 will be closed between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., March 20-24 for repaving, as well as the removal and replacement of ADA ramps. Drivers are recommended to plan for delays.    

  • Local paramedic, EPAD founder wins community service award

    The Mountain Rendezvous chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution on Monday presented its Community Service Award to Dave Montesi of Evergreen Fire/Rescue.

    In addition to being a paramedic and leading the fire department’s EMS division, Montesi founded Evergreen Public Access Defibrillation. The organization has trained thousands in CPR/AED and placed automated external defibrillators in more than 50 locations across Evergreen.

  • Seniors should be wary of financial exploitation, scams

    A child or grandchild. A niece or nephew. A caretaker. A neighbor. A friend.

    Each can be of great help to a senior citizen, but each is also capable of taking advantage of their relative or friend’s generosity, trusting nature and possible absence of mind, the First Judicial District Attorney’s Office reports.

  • Property crimes on the rise in the mountain area

    While most crimes are the same or lower than last year, the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office reports that in 2016 the mountain area experienced an increased numbers of assaults, mischief, property, theft, and vehicle trespassing compared with 2014 and 2015.

    Crime Prevention Deputy Janie Gonda clarified that these numbers encompass specifically the mountain precinct and not Jefferson County as a whole. The Sheriff’s Office mountain precinct includes Evergreen, Conifer, Pine and Deckers, she said. It does not include Genesee or Golden.

  • Brooks Place Tavern wins Business of the Year at Conifer chamber awards

    The Conifer Area Chamber of Commerce recognized several local businesses, volunteers and community members last week, including awarding Brooks Place Tavern the 2016-2017 Business of the Year Award.

    The chamber hosted its annual awards banquet Thursday night at Tomahawk Ranch, with close to 80 people attending.

    Executive Director Melanie Swearengin said the chamber handed out six major awards with “Business of the Year” being one. The other five winners were:

  • Reality star convicted of conspiracy, tax evasion

    Evergreen resident and reality TV star Richard Wyatt, 53, has been found guilty of conspiracy to deal firearms without a license and tax charges. There was a hung jury on three charges of illegally importing weapons.

    Wyatt had operated a Wheat Ridge gun store named Gunsmoke and starred in “American Guns” on the Discovery channel from 2011-12. Last February, he surrendered to the authorities, after a federal indictment claimed that he sold firearms illegally and failed to report $1.1 million in income to the Internal Revenue Service.

  • Taspen’s launches vegan-friendly restaurant

    Matt and Teresa “Tee” Torrella are not gluten-free or vegan or even necessarily foodies — but they love “feeding people’s souls” and in the case of Taspen’s Cosmic Kitchen, that’s what they hope to do.