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  • Picture-perfect attendance

    Clear Creek High School senior Austin Hill attended school every day of his high school career — all 664 days — and he now has a flat-screen television to show for it.

    Austin, 18, was the last honoree at the school’s awards ceremony May 11 for his accomplishment, and school officials don’t remember the last time a student reached this milestone.

    Austin’s 32-inch television comes courtesy of the Evergreen Walmart, which donated the TV at the request of Beau Campbell, the school’s resource officer.

  • Dredging begins at Evergreen Lake

    Dredging has begun at Evergreen Lake, and the work is expected to continue through mid-September.

    The Evergreen Metropolitan District plans to remove about 12,000 cubic feet of sediment — much of it that flowed into the lake during the 2013 flooding — from the northern side of the lake.

    The sediment will be dumped at the former transfer station on Highway 73. Twelve-thousand cubic feet is the equivalent of putting sediment nearly 6 feet deep onto an entire football field.

  • Chamber awards four college scholarships

    The Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce has announced four students as recipients of the first-ever chamber scholarships.

    The chamber chose four graduating seniors who are planning to study business to receive $1,000 college scholarships. The winners are Maya Dethlefs, Lauren Sneed and Alyssa Harris from Evergreen High School, and Justine Lane, who lives in Evergreen but attends D'Evelyn High School. 

  • Retaining wall planned for Kerr Gulch Road in Kittredge

    Jefferson County Road and Bridge is planning to build a large retaining wall, the size of a small building, at Kerr Gulch Road and Highway 74 in Kittredge. 

    The project, which will take 60 days and cost $185,000, is one of the most expensive on the list for construction this year in the mountain area, but has been pushed back to November through January.

    The goal is to shore up the bank, which was weakened by flooding in 2013 and further compromised by heavy rains in 2014.

  • Boat rental season set to open at Evergreen Lake

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District is looking forward to another booming year of stand-up paddleboarding and a list of other sports as summer grows closer and the allure of sunshine and sparkling water draws fun seekers back to Evergreen Lake.

    The boating season was originally scheduled to open over the weekend, but inclement weather pushed the scheduled opening back to this Saturday. 

    After a busy winter of ice skating and hockey, Lake House manager Brad Bednar is ready for a different season. 

  • Section of Lake Trail closed because of erosion

    Because of erosion, the Evergreen Park and Recreation District has closed a section of the Evergreen Lake Trail along Highway 74 from Upper Bear Creek Road to the top of the connector bridge near the dam. 

    A sign posted on the trail as of May 2 said, "Trail closed due to unsafe conditions." Orange sawhorses, green traffic cones and half a dozen gates have been installed along the walkway.

  • Four-story hotel planned at El Rancho

    A new hotel could break ground as soon as this fall in the El Rancho area on vacant land at Tepees Way and Swede Gulch Road behind Home Depot and Walmart.

    The project is rapidly making its way through the Jefferson County Planning and Zoning process, since the property is already zoned for commercial development and there is no need for rezoning or a public hearing before the Planning Commission. 

    A community meeting was held in October to introduce neighbors to the plan. 

  • Nature Center’s new director loves education, the outdoors

    A gas stove flickers bright orange in the Evergreen Nature Center, where new executive director Colleen Kulesza pulls up a chair as raindrops hit Evergreen Lake outside. Built in the 1930s, the historic warming hut and its lack of central heating or plumbing was just one more inducement for Kulesza.

    “Look at this building! It’s gorgeous! Like, I could do that,” she said.

  • EFPD to seek property-tax increase, bond issue

    Declines in property-tax revenue and changes in the Affordable Care Act are leading the Evergreen Fire Protection District to seek a property-tax increase and a bond issue.

  • Fashionably thrifty

    The lodge at Ascent Church was transformed into a thrifty lady’s paradise Saturday with the first Mountain Diva Fashion Swap, hosted by Evergreen Mothers of Preschoolers. To gain access to piles of gently used clothes and accessories, each woman donated $3 and a minimum of five items.

    “I donated a lot of accessories and shoes. So, half the purses on the stage are from me,” said Kara Brown, an Evergreen resident who was invited to the swap by friends. “I’m a hand-me-down junkie. So as many hand-me-downs as I can get, I’m good.”