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  • Young shoppers ring in the holiday

    The annual Black Friday shopping frenzy couldn’t compare with Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen fifth-graders during their holiday shopping party on Friday.

    The 50 students moved from table to table buying gifts for classmates as part of the Secret Santa tradition, and also made purchases for family members and friends.

  • 18th annual Ice Fest promises wintry fun for all

    Being in the wintry outdoors promises to be far more delightful than frightful for those attending the 18th annual Ice Fest at Evergreen Lake.

    The two-day event sponsored by Drive Smart begins at 8 a.m. on New Year’s Eve with the Youth Pond Hockey Tournament and continues in the afternoon with a snowman-building contest before Skate the Lake in the evening.

    On New Year’s Day, the brave and the faint-hearted will line up to jump into the frigid water during the Evergreen Lake Plunge.

  • One-car crash kills Golden man on Highway 74

    A 25-year-old Golden man was killed Friday night when his car went out of control on Highway 74 between Kittredge and Idledale.

    The victim, Matthew Anglin, was traveling east on Highway 74 about 9:30 p.m., according to Colorado State Patrol spokesman Nate Reid. The 2002 Ford Taurus traveled into the westbound lane and skidded off the north side of the road.

    The car hit a rock embankment, spun, and rolled 1½ times, landing on the highway on its roof. Anglin was not wearing a seatbelt, and he was ejected from the car, Reid said. He died at the scene.

  • Evergreen to be hub for regional emergency dispatch system

    Come the new year, Evergreen will be the hub for all things emergency-related this side of the Jeffco Sheriff's Office.

    It's all part of "regionalization," a nationwide push to bring emergency agencies together under one roof, system or organization to better coordinate response over an extended area. And when that area is prone to wildfires — or flooding — a little reorganization is designed to go a long way.

  • Vehicles slam into elk herd on Evergreen Parkway

    Three cars slammed into a herd of elk on Evergreen Parkway during rush hour Tuesday evening, killing at least two of the animals but resulting in no injuries to occupants of the vehicles.

    The incident occurred near Evergreen Parkway and Brookline Road, where each car hit animals individually but did not collide with other vehicles, said Jeffco sheriff’s spokeswoman Jacki Kelley.

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  • Tips to prevent chimney and house fires

    Evergreen has seen five chimney fires this month — three in a 24-hour period — but chimney fires are among the most preventable, said Doug Saba with the Evergreen Fire Protection District.

    Saba said that typically the need for cleaning or repairs is the culprit, and that chimneys should be inspected every year before cold weather sets in.

    Also, proper disposal of ashes is important: The National Fire Protection Association advises they be transported in a metal container away from the home and left to soak for 12 hours.

  • Indian Hills fire board to review financial policies

    After approving the 2014 budget for the Indian Hills Fire Protection District on Dec. 11, board members decided to examine their financial policies in the coming year to ensure accountability and transparency.

    In light of what has happened in the Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District, board member Scott Kellar said a review is advisable for the Indian Hills department.

  • Inter-Canyon installing electronic locks at stations

    The Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District is installing electronic locks at all four of the district’s stations to increase security.

    “Each (Inter-Canyon) member will be assigned a key and will have to carry it with them,” said Dan Hatlestad, firefighter and paramedic with Inter-Canyon.

    The heightened security comes in the wake of theft and embezzlement charges against former fire chief David MacBean. MacBean faces six felony counts in connection with the theft of $643,000 from Inter-Canyon over a three-year period. His arraignment is Jan. 27.

  • Group gathers to pray for new school board members

    A small group gathered last Friday to pray for the three newest members of the Jeffco Board of Education.

    Newly elected board members Julie Williams and Ken Witt received prayer from the eight people who attended. John Newkirk appeared briefly to thank everyone who showed up but left because of a scheduling conflict.

    “We appreciate the faith community reaching out to us and inviting us here tonight,” Witt said. “We support our faith-based community, and we are a part of it.”