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  • Wildflower festival among Lookout Mountain Nature Center’s summer programs

    Spring rains have created an abundance of wildflowers this year, many of which can be seen at a festival at the Lookout Mountain Nature Center on Sunday.

    The Wildflower Festival features three guided hikes led by naturalists who will point out native species in bloom at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 and 3 p.m.

    Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn about growing native plants in gardens and which ones attract butterflies and birds. Native plants will be available for purchase at the festival.

  • Smoking restrictions approved for district parks

    Newly installed officers John Ellis, Peg Linn and Peter Lindquist voted for a partial smoking ban in parks with other Evergreen Park and Recreation District board members at the May 28 meeting.

    Ellis and Linn were elected to office last month along with Lindquist, who retained his seat on the board.

  • Indian Hills fire board forming building committee for new station

     “I’d like to get the ball rolling,” Indian Hills fire board member Marc Rosenberg said of forming a building committee for a new fire station. “We’d be willing to sit down and work together,” he said at the May 28 meeting.

    Other board members said a five-member committee made up of district residents and at least one fire board member would be a way of involving the community in decisions about the project.

  • Smoking restrictions approved for district parks

    Newly installed officers John Ellis, Peg Linn and Peter Lindquist voted for a partial smoking ban in parks with other Evergreen Park and Recreation District board members at the May 28 meeting.

  • Local dogs have their day at Barks and Belts

    Leading the pack at the Barks and Belts 5K on Sunday was Justin Mock of Conifer and his dogs Chuck and Elly. The Mock team finished first with a time of 21 minutes, 3 seconds.

    With tails wagging and spirits high in the bright morning sun, the third annual event for canines, their owners and friends was a well-attended success, with more than 220 participants. From Chihuahuas to border collies, German shepherds and a great Dane, an astounding variety of breeds were in the event, sporting festive red scarves around their necks.

  • Local dogs have their day at Barks and Belts

    Leading the pack at the Barks and Belts 5K on Sunday was Justin Mock of Conifer and his dogs Chuck and Elly. The Mock team finished first with a time of 21 minutes, 3 seconds.

     

  • School board hires McMinimee as superintendent

    The Jeffco school board on May 27 hired Daniel McMinimee to be the district’s new superintendent, despite doubts voiced by community members who packed the meeting room.

    McMinimee’s hiring came on a 3-2 vote, with board members Ken Witt, John Newkirk and Julie Williams voting yes, while Jill Fellman and Lesley Dahlkemper voted no.

    Before being hired, McMinimee was the assistant superintendent of secondary education for Douglas County Schools. His Jeffco contract will be finalized at the June 5 Board of Education meeting.

  • Spring thaw could help in search for missing hikers

    As the days get warmer, search-and-rescue teams are hoping enough snow will melt on Mount Evans to find out what happened to two missing hikers from Minnesota.

    Searchers have now spent an estimated 5,000 hours looking for father and son Damian McManus 52, and Evan McManus, 19, of St. Louis Park, Minn., said Bill Barwick, an Alpine Rescue Team spokesman. The two were reported missing April 6 after they did not return from a spring-break trip to Colorado. Their SUV was found parked at Echo Lake Campground.

  • Students take on a hot issue

    Residents with fireplace ashes to throw away need to know the proper way to dispose of them.

    A seven-minute video made by first- through third-grade students at the Montessori School of Evergreen offers some tips.

    Put ashes in metal buckets — not plastic buckets or paper bags — and cover them with water, according to information in the video. Don’t dump ashes on the ground outside if there’s any chance they could smolder and start a fire, the video instructs.

  • Homeowners struggling to keep fire insurance

    An Evergreen homeowner in the Hiwan Hills neighborhood recently spent $3,500 to have 18 trees cut down around his home to keep his State Farm fire insurance policy.

    Other homeowners have not been so lucky. One said his insurance company canceled his fire insurance policy recently. He declined to give the address of his rural Clear Creek County home. A Floyd Hill resident said recently that the price of his fire insurance policy doubled overnight.