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  • Marshdale students stuff stockings for kids in need

    Sixty stockings for kids who use Evergreen’s Mountain Backpacks program were filled to overflowing on Friday — with the help of the elves at Marshdale Elementary School.

    Students filled stockings with necessities such as toothbrushes and bandages but also with toys such as Hot Wheels cars, watercolor paints and Play-Doh.

  • Chamber honors three businesses for service to the community

    The three businesses that won the Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce’s most prestigious awards earned the recognition because of the way the community frequents their establishments and because of how they serve the community.

    The Evergreen office of LIV Sotheby’s International Realty won the People’s Choice Award; Lariat Lodge Brewing Co. won New Business of the Year; and Cactus Jack’s Saloon & Grill won Business of the Year. The awards were presented at the chamber’s Sparkle & Shine gala earlier this month.

  • Family escapes house fire on Lone Spruce Road

    A family and their dog escaped a house fire near El Rancho late Sunday, but their home sustained significant damage.

    Evergreen Fire/Rescue received a call at 10:31 p.m. saying that a house was ablaze in the 30000 block of Lone Spruce Road, according to EFR spokeswoman Stacee Martin.

    Martin said smoke detectors alerted the family to the flames, and so they were able to escape. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

  • Carrigan family, Parkco deputy file lawsuit claiming negligence in Bailey shoot-out

    Attorneys for the family of Park County sheriff's Cpl. Nate Carrigan and Deputy Kolby Martin have sued the Parkco Sheriff's Office, alleging that the decisions which led to February’s fatal shoot-out with Bailey resident Martin Wirth were negligent.

  • Platte Canyon student dies suddenly

    Crow Hill Bible Church in Bailey held an informal memorial service Thursday for Platte Canyon High School student Harry VanGulick after he reportedly died suddenly Wednesday morning.

    According to Ben Witherall, youth director at Crow Hill Bible Church, the sophomore was an active member of the church's youth group, as well as the youth group at Platte Canyon Community Church.

  • Morrison town board approves 2017 spending outline

    Morrison’s town board approved the 2017 budget on Dec. 6, a $5.2 million spending plan that continues to rely heavily on traffic fines for revenue.

    The budget calls for general-fund spending of $4 million and for $1.2 million in the utility-fund portion of the budget. Both funds will require contributions from the town’s reserve fund in 2017.

    Numerous capital projects are slated for 2017, including $450,000 for:

    • A new dispatch station for the police department.

    • Two new police vehicles.

  • Jeffco participates in first-of-its-kind land deal in Clear Creek County

    Jeffco Open Space announced this week it has completed an unprecedented land deal on 108 acres in Clear Creek County that drew the participation of several land management agencies and land trust organizations.

  • Pickleball Club seeking more space for courts at Wulf Rec Center

    More than two dozen members of the Evergreen Pickleball Club were present at the Dec. 6 EPRD board meeting to ask for more indoor space for their sport.

    Al Buenning, who spoke for the club members, thanked the board members for the outdoor pickleball facilities at Marshdale, which he said were “a godsend this summer.” He said all the courts frequently were full at peak playing times.

  • EPRD board approves 2017 budget

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District board approved the district’s 2017 budget on Dec. 6, which includes employee pay raises and several capital projects, thanks to a projected increase in revenue.

    The district is seeing participation growth and demand in children’s programs, gymnastics and Lake House rental, plus it plans to increase the price of recreation passes by 5 percent.

  • 'Santa's Beard' started growing at Flying J Ranch

    Former Conifer resident Sharon Thayer, whose book “The Myth of Santa’s Beard” is now available in hardback, has revealed the source of inspiration for the holiday favorite: Flying J Ranch Park.

    Thayer, now a resident of Texas, worked with children in a day-care center when she lived in Conifer. She wrote the book in 2001 and had it published in 2012 with illustrations by Marci Chambers, a former resident of the South Park area.