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  • More delays in Evergreen Parkway paving

    About half of Evergreen Parkway still will be repaved this fall as planned, with the remainder to be paved in the spring.

    According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, the work also will include putting in a bike lane and creating a shoulder near King Soopers. CDOT officials have said working out the agreements to widen the road there has delayed the project for nearly a year.

  • Canyonfest a lively, artful celebration

    By Kevin M. Smith, For the Courier 

    Live music, hula-hooping, children’s games and local artists filled Kittredge Community Park for eight hours Saturday for the annual Kittredge Canyonfest. 

    The event, hosted by the Kittredge Civic Association, has been a fall staple of the community for nearly 30 years, according to co-organizer Brenna Witt.

  • Local artists open their doors, hearts to patrons

    It’s one thing to see art in a gallery; it’s quite another to see art in studios with artists available to answer questions and talk about their work.

    That’s what the annual Open Door Studios is all about, and attendees at last weekend’s event said they appreciated the one-on-one with artists.

    “It’s lovely to talk with the artists to learn more about their work,” said Eli Barringer of Evergreen, who was experiencing Open Door Studios for the first time.

  • High lead levels found at five mountain schools

    Five Jeffco schools in the mountain area have at least one water source with high lead levels, according to new test results released by the district.

    As of Sept. 16, Bergen Meadow Elementary, Marshdale Elementary and Evergreen Middle School in Evergreen, as well as Elk Creek Elementary and West Jefferson Middle School in Conifer, all have at least one water source with unsafe levels of lead.

  • Fire district formulating maintenance plan for Station 1

    Last month, the Evergreen Fire Protection District board abruptly voted to table the multimillion-dollar bond issue it promoted all summer. Now the board’s president says there was too much to do in advance and it isn’t the right time to ask voters for the money.

  • Mountain area fire departments ratifying mutual-aid agreement

    Thanks to a new intergovernmental agreement, residents in Evergreen, Conifer and surrounding areas soon will have the benefit of multiple agencies being notified of and responding to medical and fire emergencies.

  • Evergreen Chamber Orchestra goes for Baroque during concert at Cactus Jack’s

    It wasn’t a typical Tuesday night crowd that started drifting onto the deck at Cactus Jack’s about 5 p.m. Sept. 13.

    On average the guests probably had a decade or two on the creek-side saloon’s customary clientele, and most of them rolled in on Subarus and Acuras instead of Harleys and Hondas. But if they wore more Lacoste than Levi Strauss, they’d come for a live jam just the same.

  • Evergreen cat confirmed to have plague

    Jefferson County Public Health has confirmed that a domestic cat in the Evergreen area has tested positive for plague. The cat is now under the care of a veterinarian.

    Public Health said it is not uncommon for cats to become infected with plague in an environment where the disease is circulating.

  • Mountain Bowls fund-raiser gears up for eighth year

    It’s time to set free your inner artist as area residents paint bowls for the eighth annual Mountain Bowls fund-raiser for the Mountain Resource Center.

    The bowls will become gifts at the meals to thank participants for helping provide food for area families in need.

    MRC officials hope more than 200 bowls will be painted between now and Oct. 9, which is the last day to decorate a bowl. More than 400 bowls are already prepared for the event, now in its eighth year.

  • Tractor-trailer crashes into Aspen Peak Cellars

    A tractor-trailer crashed into a Bailey winery early Tuesday morning, rendering the building a total loss.

    According to State Patrol Trooper Nate Reid, a truck carrying bottled water was traveling south on U.S. 285 and failed to negotiate the turn at Crow Hill. It crossed the northbound lane and slammed into Aspen Peak Cellars just after midnight.