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  • 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.

  • Conifer woman dies in attack by family dogs; son injured

    A Conifer woman was killed and her son injured Monday night in an attack by their two dogs at their home in the 31000 block of Black Widow Drive.

    According to the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office, Susan Shawl, 60, died at the scene, and her son Richard Shawl, 36, was transported to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

  • Fire district board decides not to pursue bond issue

    The Evergreen Fire Protection District board voted Sunday not to pursue a proposed multimillion-dollar bond issue that would have paid for the replacement of Station 1, citing a number of factors, including a need for further exploration of long-term costs associated with rebuilding the station and competition with ballot measures from Jeffco Public Schools.

  • Jeffco begins live-streaming county commission meetings

    Jeffco has announced it will begin live-streaming county commissioners’ meetings on the Jefferson County website. 

    During the hearings, which typically take place Tuesday mornings, commissioners address public policies and issues that affect the Jeffco community. In addition to attending in person, residents can watch the hearings live online to stay informed and engaged about what is happening in the county.

  • Park district seeks $200,000 grant to redesign Lake Trail

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District has applied for a $200,000 federal grant to design and engineer a solution for the closed portion of the Evergreen Lake Trail.

    The trail on the north side of the lake has been closed since April between the dam and Upper Bear Creek Road because of instability caused by drainage and erosion issues.

    EPRD submitted the application for the Transportation Alternatives Grant on Aug. 1, and should know by November if it wins approval.

  • Wildfire burns one acre near Kerr Gulch

    A grass fire burned about an acre of private land near Kerr Gulch Road and Music Lane on Tuesday afternoon.

    Evergreen Fire Chief Mike Weege said the first call reporting the blaze came at 1:59 p.m.

    Evergreen Fire worked with the Foothills, Indian Hills and Genesee fire departments throughout the afternoon, and the fire was contained fully by 4:44 p.m, Weege said.

  • Man charged in vandalism seen on video

    A vandalism suspect is facing a misdemeanor charge after he was videotaped by a witness Saturday shortly after graffiti was spray-painted on rocks near the Buffalo Bill Museum on Lookout Mountain, the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office reported.

    Stanley Stettler, 18, of Thornton was issued a summons for defacing property, a class 2 misdemeanor, sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer said.

  • Firefighters rescue cat — and a horse, of course

    Two four-legged friends received some assistance this week from several responders at Evergreen Fire/Rescue.

    A horse stuck in the mud and a cat caught in a tree spurred calls for help on Sunday and Monday, and both animals are now safe and sound. 

    EFR spokesman Doug Saba said a call was received at 12:23 p.m. Sunday after a horse became mired in mud in a swampy area off Broce Ranch Trail. Saba said it took responders until just 12:39 to free the stranded equine. 

  • Bidder up: Signed Mickey Mantle baseball among donations to local church's silent auction

    By Judy Christie, For the Courier
    Jerry Huber of Bailey met baseball great Mickey Mantle in 1987.
    Huber, who was national sales manager for Gillette Dairy, gave the famous New York Yankees center fielder a souvenir Yankees malt cup, the kind used at ballparks.
    Mantle, a Hall of Famer and the best switch-hitter in baseball history, responded by giving Huber a signed baseball.
    A sports fan and collector of memorabilia, Huber also met Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller, who played much of his career for the Cleveland Indians and threw three no-hitters.
    Feller, too, gave Huber a signed ball.