Local News

  • Fire district plans new user fees to offset revenue drop

    Evergreen Fire Protection District officials plan to add new user fees and to increase existing fees by up to 15 percent to offset an expected drop in property-tax revenue in 2015.

    Probably the biggest proposed fee — fire officials plan to charge drivers $500 for traffic accidents the district responds to, said Fire Chief Mike Weege. Only drivers who live outside the district would be charged, since they don’t the pay property taxes that make up the majority of the fire district’s revenue. 

  • Getting crafty at the Humphrey Museum

    Gathered in the farmhouse at the Humphrey History Park and Museum, participants in a craft program were creating holiday table decorations on Nov. 19. Using paper, silk leaves and gold spray paint, they transformed everyday materials into glittering décor.

    Angela Rayne, executive director of the museum, was leading the class while taking a break from managing the farm, which includes goats and chickens that need care and feeding.

    Upcoming classes at the museum on Soda Creek Road include making snow globes and soaps.

  • Park board fine-tunes 2015 budget for district

    While reviewing a third draft of the 2015 budget for the Evergreen Park and Recreation District on Nov. 18, board members suggested changes to accurately reflect expenditures in the coming year.

  • Conifer icon Norm Meyer dies

    Norm Meyer Sr., 97, an iconic figure in the Conifer area, died Friday in his sleep.

    Meyer, whose ranch property and Midway House act as a gateway into the Aspen Park area, also was an avid pilot. He and the community bid farewell to his Cessna 180 in August 2010 as it flew to its new home in Hotchkiss on the Western Slope. He was inducted into the Aviation Hall of Fame in 2011.

  • Evergreen merchants have big plans for Small Business Saturday

    Hey, big spender — and small spenders: Don't forget your favorite local stores this holiday season, especially on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 29.

  • Global-warming claims spark heated responses

    Colorado’s recent cold snap and snow come directly from worldwide global warming, according to a National Center for Atmospheric Research scientist who spoke Tuesday evening at the Colorado Foothills World Affairs Council.

  • Ringing the bell for a good cause

    From the day after Thanksgiving until Christmas Eve, the sound of brightly ringing bells can be heard at the entrance to stores in Evergreen as volunteers with the Salvation Army seek donations for the needy.

    Bell ringers standing beside the familiar red kettles will be stationed at entrances to King Soopers in Bergen Park, Safeway and Walgreens in Evergreen, and at Walmart in El Rancho.

    “We have pretty much round-the-clock coverage,” said Christa Babb, a Salvation Army committee member who coordinates efforts in Evergreen.

  • Two nonprofits provide holiday help for the needy

    Evergreen Christian Outreach and the Mountain Resource Center continue their efforts to assist needy people during the holiday season. From food drives to the annual Thanksgiving Turkey Trot in Evergreen, mountain area residents have many opportunities to participate in charitable giving.

  • EHS Education Foundation previews new entertainment center at fund-raising event

    More than 300 people attended a fund-raising event Saturday for the Evergreen High School Education Foundation at The Wild Game, a new entertainment center in Bergen Park.

    “It was truly an amazing evening in Evergreen,” said Linda Nielander, a foundation board member who helped organize the event with Dave Wilson, owner of the The Wild Game, and others.

  • O’Connor begins serving as exec director of rec district

    By Sandy Barnes
    Staff Writer
    For the past week, Ellen O’Connor has been working in her new position as executive director of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District.
    After extensive interviews with O’Connor and two other finalists, members of the EPRD board unanimously chose O’Connor to serve as head of the park district on Nov. 12 — a position she officially began the following day.