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  • Local couple celebrating 50 years with Evergreen Players, each other

    2016 is a golden year for John and Kathleen Davis of Evergreen in two ways:

    First, they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in March.

    Second, they are celebrating their 50th anniversary as volunteers with the Evergreen Players this month.

    Those who have worked with the Davises agree wholeheartedly that the couple are worth their weight in gold.

  • 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.

  • Indian Hills groundwater study completed

    A long-awaited study of groundwater quality in Indian Hills was released last week, complete with new recommendations that could guide future development in the Parmalee Gulch watershed.
    The study, conducted by Dr. Margaret Hertzog, an environmental engineer with PH Associates LLC in Lakewood, was contracted last year by the Jeffco Board of Health to test groundwater in Indian Hills in the wake of nearly four decades of septic system restrictions in Parmalee Gulch.

  • Fire district to finalize bond-issue, tax-hike amounts by month’s end

    Voters will know by the end of the month the exact amount of the proposed bond issue and tax increase for the Evergreen Fire Protection District that will appear on the November ballot.

    At the district’s monthly board meeting last week, board members said they would finalize the amounts, as well as the language of those resolutions, at a special meeting Aug. 28.

    The fire district has spent the last few months gauging public opinion on a multimillion-dollar bond issue and a proposed property-tax boost of 3.5 mills.

  • Crews extinguish small wildfire east of Kittredge

    A small wildfire burning on top of a ridge just east of Kittredge was 100 percent contained at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday.

    According to Doug Saba, spokesman for Evergreen Fire/Rescue, the blaze, which was above O'Fallon Park, was reported just after 3 p.m. and burned about half an acre. No structures were threatened.

  • Local elementary principals say they’re not concerned about high lead levels

    The principals at Bergen Meadow and Parmalee elementary schools are not concerned about the high lead levels found in some of the faucets because the sinks where the lead was present are rarely used.

    Bergen principal Peggy Miller and Parmalee principal Ingrid Mielke said they don’t believe students were at risk, and the sinks all have been cordoned off.

    They attribute the issue to the age of the building and the pipes. Bergen Meadow is 45 years old, and Parmalee is 54 years old.

  • Evergreen schools, students prepare for new year

    Students preparing to go back to school were given a confidence boost Sunday at United Methodist Church of Evergreen during the annual blessing of the backpacks.

    During the 10:30 service, Pastor Russell Fletcher called all children to the front, where they each received a church backpack. Some brought their own, too.

    Part of Fletcher’s blessing thanked God for sending Jesus to school, where he “learned to serve you.”

  • Accident snarls traffic on eastbound I-70 near Genesee

    An accident on eastbound Interstate 70 near the Genesee exit early Tuesday had traffic backed up to Evergreen Parkway.

    At least one eastbound lane was closed, and numerous emergency crews were on the scene, according to a reporter who drove by the accident.