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  • Park district to cover major portion of added costs for connector trail

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District has agreed to cover a major portion of the added cost of the connector trail at Evergreen Lake dam, which opened in June after several delays.

  • Denver Parks plans limited expansion of Chief Hosa campground

    Genesee residents who have been reviewing a master plan for Denver Mountain Parks are concerned about a section describing a major expansion of the Chief Hosa campground in their area.

    The park and trail improvement plan includes development of a large camping area for groups of 20 to 30 people, as well as other amenities such as restrooms and recreational facilities at the Chief Hosa North Campground, which Denver owns and manages.

  • Soldier Box Project receives abundant support from community

    Working together on the Soldier Box Project organized by TallGrass Aveda Salon and Spa, volunteers assembled 211 care packages Friday that will be mailed to troops in Afghanistan for this holiday season.

    “It was unbelievable. I can’t even describe how excited we all were,” said TallGrass owner Gail Ridings.

    This year’s effort more than doubled the initial goal of assembling 100 boxes for soldiers, which contain travel-sized toiletries, paperback books, baseball caps, games, personal notes, holiday cards and other items.

  • Voters recall conservative school board members

    Jeffco’s conservative school board majority was overwhelmingly recalled in Tuesday’s election, and the so-called “clean slate” of candidates backed by the Jefferson County Education Association and the recall organizers swept all five seats on the board.

    As of 9 p.m. Tuesday, results showed:

    ●   64.3 percent voted to recall Julie Williams in District 1. All voters participating chose Brad Rupert, the sole successor candidate, to replace her.

  • Jeffo Open Space lands grant for programs to connect with youths

    The Be Wild, Jeffco coalition of Jeffco Open Space has received a $75,000 grant to encourage youths to experience the outdoors.

    The funding from Great Outdoors Colorado is aimed at creating programs and expanding parks to improve access for young people, said Open Space spokeswoman Thea Rock.

    Many Jeffco youngsters live in areas with gaps in nature connections, Rock said — similar to people who live in “food deserts” that lack readily accessible grocery stores.

  • Jeffo Open Space lands grant for programs to connect with youths

    The Be Wild, Jeffco coalition of Jeffco Open Space has received a $75,000 grant to encourage youths to experience the outdoors.

    The funding from Great Outdoors Colorado is aimed at creating programs and expanding parks to improve access for young people, said Open Space spokeswoman Thea Rock.

    Many Jeffco youngsters live in areas with gaps in nature connections, Rock said — similar to people who live in “food deserts” that lack readily accessible grocery stores.

  • Pathfinder heading in a different direction

    Sitting in the Muddy Buck on a chilly October morning, Evergreen resident Jim Gorman talks about why he started the Pathfinders 10 years ago.

    “The whole idea was to become more involved in the community,” he said. “There’s so much knowledge and talent in that group.”

  • Elk: It’s what’s for dinner

    Elk, elk everywhere — but not one to eat.

    Local hunters gaze at herds of elk and deer roaming the meadows and yards in Evergreen. However, they are essentially off limits for hunting because of restrictions on hunting in populated areas.

    To find wild game for their dinner tables, Evergreen residents Kim Herfurt and Tim Wulf head to state wildlife management areas and private lands where they are permitted to hunt during regulated seasons with licenses from Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

  • Park district board renews lease for historic Alderfer property

    After hearing pleas from residents, the Evergreen Park and Recreation District board voted 3-2 on Oct. 27 to renew a lease with Jeffco Open Space for the Alderfer property at Alderfer/Three Sisters Park.

    “To me, that property is like an icon. It’s truly an icon for Evergreen,” said longtime Evergreen resident Mimi Nelson, speaking in favor of the lease renewal.

    Former EPRD board members Peter Eggers and Kit Darrow also urged the park board to renew the lease with Jeffco.

  • Denver woman gets 10 days in jail in fatal accident on U.S. 285

    The 23-year-old woman who pleaded guilty to careless driving resulting in the death of Jeffco sheriff’s Sgt. Sean Renfro has been sentenced to 10 days in jail, as well as two years of probation and 240 hours of community service. 

    Denver resident Blair Gledhill, who was 22 at the time of the accident, was driving south on an icy U.S. 285 near Windy Point on Jan. 3 when her car went out of control. According to reports, her car crossed the median, hitting Renfro and two other people.