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  • Temporary fix may be in store for lake trail

    The North Evergreen Lake Trail may get a temporary fix this fall, but there’s a big if: Engineers must agree the plan is safe and the fix will last more than a few months.

    In addition, the Evergreen Metropolitan District has a plan to shore up two sections of the trail where the soil underneath has collapsed. The work must be done before winter to protect a 12-inch water pipe that runs under the trail.

    Both the Evergreen Park & Recreation District and EMD anticipate that Evergreen Parkway wouldn’t need to be closed during the construction.

  • ‘She took care of us:' Friends, family and neighbors come together to pay tribute to Jodie Stewart

    Jodie Stewart was a “wicked cool person.”

    Neighbor Heather Huntoon coined the term, and many in attendance at a memorial for Jodie on Sunday agreed. Friends, neighbors, coworkers and family packed the back room of Vintage Moose in Idaho Springs to remember the woman they lost in a car accident on Interstate 70 on July 30.

    Her beloved Harley-Davidson motorcycle, her riding jacket and her boots, filled with red roses, were displayed on one side of the room, and dozens of roses were scattered everywhere — a tribute to her love of the flower.

  • Murphy’s a comfy eatery — just like the owners’ dog

    Murphy’s Mountain Grill in downtown Evergreen has been keeping busy since it opened on May 5.

    The eatery, owned by Rand and Tiffani Packer of Evergreen, is named after the family’s 100-pound bernedoodle, Murphy.

    “Before we opened the restaurant,” Tiffani said, “we joked that we would call it Murphy’s. It’s a fun word, and it’s kind of different, kind of comfortable — just like our Murphy, cozy yet crazy.”

    The Packers also own a restaurant in Florida.

  • Platte Canyon school board votes to increase CORA processing fees to state maximum

    The Platte Canyon school board voted Aug. 14 to increase the school district’s processing fees for Colorado Open Records Act requests to the state-allowed maximum of $30 an hour for research and retrieval after the first hour.

    Discussed briefly as a change to the board’s freedom of information policy, the move stems from what district officials and board members called abuse of the state open records law.

  • Shrader seeking a second term as Jefferson County Sheriff

    Jeffco Sheriff Jeff Shrader announced Aug. 22 that he is running for re-election in 2018, in part because there’s still more community work he wants to do.

    “I’m not done yet. I’m really proud of what we’ve been able to do at the Sheriff’s Office over the last few years, but one term is not enough,” said Shrader in a phone interview.

  • Community boogies down at IMHS fund-raiser

    There is perhaps little else that so vividly calls to mind Colorado’s Old West heritage than a hoedown — cowboy boots, Stetsons, square dancing in a barn, a solid barbecue spread and, of course, a rowdy country-western band. Pair that with a fund-raiser for the local animal shelter, and you have a boisterous evening that’s certain to draw area residents.

    And draw area residents it did.

  • Pine man dies hiking 14er

    Authorities have confirmed the identity of the Pine man who died while hiking Capitol Peak last weekend.
    Zackaria White, 21, had summited the peak with his roommate Brandon Wilhelm, and the two disagreed on how to descend the mountain. White turned left off the "knife edge" ridge and took a direct line toward the lake, even though he was told there was a cliff band below.

  • Thousands flock to the path of totality

    FAIRMONT, Neb. — Thousands of people flocked to the 100-mile-wide band of totality that ran from Oregon to South Carolina midday Monday. While many in Colorado made the lengthy day trip to Wyoming — made even lengthier than normal by the traffic — others in Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Iowa drove to Nebraska to enjoy the 2 minutes of darkness when the moon totally eclipsed the sun.

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  • Elk Creek’s red carpet gives students superhero treatment

    People should have the chance to walk a red carpet at least once in their lives, and on Thursday, every student at Elk Creek Elementary in Conifer strutted their way along a red carpet after celebrating the start of the new school year.

    Kicking off at 9 a.m., Elk Creek’s first-day-of-school festivities were one part welcome for the Class of 2030 — incoming kindergartners — and one part celebration of a year principal Ryan Lucas hopes will encourage everyone to embrace their inner strengths.