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  • String of burglaries reported in mountain area over long weekend

    Authorities are investigating a string of burglaries at Evergreen and Conifer businesses that occurred over the Labor Day weekend.

    Jeffco sheriff's spokeswoman Jenny Fulton said at least 10 businesses in the mountain area were broken into, and it's believed the crimes could be connected.

  • Music and flavorful fun on menu at Big Chili Cook-off

    With summer fading, the leaves changing and the air turning crisper, autumn is a time for football, jackets and — of course — chili.

    Evergreen’s Buchanan Park will host the 15th annual Big Chili Cook-off on Saturday, Sept. 10, to benefit six mountain area fire departments: Elk Creek, Evergreen, Foothills, Inter-Canyon, North Fork and Platte Canyon. The event is produced by Big Chili Inc., and is sponsored by Blue Spruce Kiwanis and many local businesses.

  • Rec district takes look at 2017 budget

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District took a very preliminary look at its possible 2017 budget at a work session Sept. 30.

    Executive Director Ellen O’Connor, financial controller Jason Leslie and human resources manager Heather Facer presented EPRD’s five board members with items the staff would like to include in next year’s budget — particularly, improvements in employee compensation. The staff members will present a more detailed budget draft at the next board meeting on Sept. 27.

  • State wildlife agency hunts for solutions to budget woes

    Colorado Parks and Wildlife is asking for suggestions and feedback from hunters, fishermen and the public on how best to address its budget challenges.

    Representatives from the wildlife division, which is operated on a separate financial basis from the parks division, hosted a meeting at Evergreen Fire/Rescue’s administration building Aug. 31. About three dozen people attended, the majority of whom were Evergreen or Conifer area hunters or anglers.

  • Jeffco Public Health announces syringe exchange program

    Jeffco Public Health has opened the newest state-approved syringe exchange program in Colorado, joining locations in Boulder County, Denver, Fort Collins, Pueblo and Grand Junction, according to a county news release.

  • County Manager Ralph Schell announces retirement

    County Manager Ralph Schell announced Thursday he will retire in March 2017, according to a Jeffco news release.

    Schell has served Jefferson County for more than 18 years, including as director of Open Space and Parks before becoming county manager in December 2009. 

  • Overnight shelter program for homeless trains volunteers

    By Ramsey Scott, For the Courier

    Winter is fast approaching, and the team behind the Evergreen Emergency Shelter Program is working to make sure temporary housing will be available to the area’s homeless during severe weather.

    The program, an interfaith effort coordinated through Evergreen Christian Outreach, will provide pre-screened clients a place to sleep when the temperature dips below 20 degrees at night.

  • Event raises money for all-terrain wheelchair for state park

    Disabled visitors to Staunton State Park will have better access to trails and other activities very soon, thanks to several substantial donations made during Mark Madsen Accessibility Celebration Day at the park on Aug. 13.

  • EMS coordinator resigns at Evergreen Fire/Rescue

    Evergreen Fire/Rescue’s longtime emergency medical services coordinator, Bob Walter, has resigned.

    According to EFR spokesman Doug Saba, Walter submitted his resignation the week of Aug. 14, and his last day was Friday. Walter confirmed by telephone that he is leaving the department but did not say what motivated the decision or where he is moving on to.

  • Election forum scheduled Sept. 27

    An election forum featuring candidates for the Jeffco county commission and state House District 25 is planned at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, at Center/Stage Theatre in Evergreen.

    The forum, sponsored by Evergreen Newspapers and the Conifer and Evergreen chambers of commerce, will feature a modified debate format. A moderator will pose questions to the candidates, with strict time limits on the answers; opponents then will have a limited time for a rebuttal.