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  • Park board candidate would like to increase facility hours, services for residents

    Evergreen resident Monty Estis says he would like to contribute his combined experience in recreation and financial management as a board member of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District.

    A systems analyst in the IT area who actively participates in recreational activities, Estis is vying for one of three open seats on the park district board in the May 6 election.

    Although he says park district staff are doing an adequate job of managing the district, Estis sees room for improvement. 

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  • Lost, then found

    Blitz is back home.

    Denverite Kate Townsend was reunited with her small black Lab on April 1 after a family in the neighborhood south of Mount Falcon took Blitz in. The dog had been lost lost for 44 days, since she chased a deer Feb. 16 while Townsend was hiking with friends at Mount Falcon Open Space.

  • Teachers union declares impasse

    Talks between the school district and the teachers union ended abruptly Monday evening when the union declared an impasse and left the bargaining table.

    “It has become clear … that this year’s bargaining process is broken and is disrespecting a 45-year tradition that has made us great,” said Stephie Rossi, bargaining chair for the Jeffco Education Association. “The JCEA team cannot meet the board’s interests if we don’t know what they are.”

  • Ex-fire chief pleads guilty to 3 counts in embezzlement

    Former Inter-Canyon fire chief David MacBean pleaded guilty Monday to three charges in the theft of more than $647,000 from the fire district.

    MacBean, who was indicted last October, seven months after he was asked to step down as chief, entered guilty pleas in district court to two counts of theft and one count of embezzlement of public property. MacBean's sentencing is scheduled for June 24; he faces up to 27 years in prison.

  • Search called off for missing hikers at Mount Evans

    The search was called off last week for a Minnesota father and son reported missing April 6 after they failed to return from a hike in the Mount Evans area.

    After four days of intense searching, no sign was found of Damian McManus, 52, and Evan McManus, 19, in the Mount Evans area, said Bill Barwick, a spokesman for the Alpine Rescue Team. 

    The search was called off about 4 p.m. April 9 by the Clear Creek Sheriff's Office. At its peak, the search included about 70 rescuers from several mountain agencies.

  • Phone scammer posing as Xcel rep calling businesses

    At least four businesses were victims of a recent phone scam involving someone posing as a representative of Xcel Energy, the Jeffco Sheriff's Office reported.

    The scammer would call a businesses and say its Xcel bill was past due. The caller then said that unless a payment was made immediately with a reloadable cash card, the power would be turned off, said Jeffco sheriff's spokeswoman Jacki Kelley.

  • New fire board member wants to focus on wildfire mitigation

    Editor's note: This is the second installment in a series on the two new members joining the board of the Evergreen Fire Protection District.

    Wildfires are a persistent threat to the Evergreen community — and John Anderson wants to help combat them.

    “I think about wildfire every day," Anderson said. "We need to be prepared for a wildfire event, as well as all other services and natural and manmade threats.”

  • EChO planning second job fair on May 1

    A November job fair was so successful that folks at Evergreen Christian Outreach have decided to hold another one May 1.

    The Mountain Area Job Fair is slated for 2 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 1, at Aspen Ridge Church, 27154 North Turkey Creek Road. It will be free to both employers and job seekers. It’s being co-hosted by EChO and the Mountain Resource Center in Conifer.

    Three job seekers were hired on the spot at the November  fair, where more than 110 job seekers met with representatives of 32 area employers.

  • New EMD manager coordinating Evergreen Lake dredging

    Dredging Evergreen Lake is a major project on the radar screen of Dave Lighthart, the recently named general manager of the Evergreen Metropolitan District.

    Removing sand and silt from the lake is necessary to ensure sufficient capacity for the water district, Lighthart said.

    As sediment builds in the lake, it affects the volume of water, he explained. Water capacity in the lake has decreased from 600 to 400 acre-feet in recent years.