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  • 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.

  • Judge refuses to toss evidence in shooting of bear cubs

    The attorney for the Evergreen resident accused of fatally shooting two bears cubs last September unsuccessfully tried to have evidence in the case suppressed at a hearing Thursday in Jeffco District Court.

  • County sees declines in property crimes in second quarter

    Jeffco Sheriff Jeff Shrader last week presented the commissioners the county’s crime stats for the second quarter of 2016, which showed interesting changes in the property-crime categories compared to prior years.

  • The Den expands, adds music venue

    This week’s Business Beat looks at Evergreen’s changing restaurant scene. We look at The Den in Marshdale expanding, the Muddy Buck under new ownership, and Bistro Colorado changing its tipping policy.

    In the next column, you’ll find out about Slope and Hatch in downtown Evergreen and the new Fire Pit, where Stagecoach Sports Grill used to be.

    Don’t forget the Wonderland Café in Where the Books Go, which opened in July and was profiled in Business Beat last month.

     

    A bigger Den

  • Jeffco sheriff eases fire restrictions

    The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has lifted its stage II fire ban and returned to Stage I fire restrictions in the county.

    The less-stringent restrictions were reinstated because of lower temperatures and higher humidity that have reduced wildfire risk. The change was made starting Friday morning.

    People are prohibited from:

  • Old-timers reunion celebrates friendship and local history

    For Evergreen High School graduates who attend the old-timers reunion each year, it’s about homecoming.

    The grads catch up at a potluck lunch at Evergreen Lutheran Church. Saturday’s gathering, the 31st for the old-timers, was no exception.

    “It’s about history and connections and seeing former classmates,” said Donna Long Beck, class of 1967, who attended with her mom, Betty Fields Long, class of 1942.

  • Woofstock to benefit EAPL

    An event called “Woofstock” should conjure images of canines and the 1960s.

    Both will be part of the benefit for the Evergreen Animal Protective League from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at Mount Vernon Country Club. Admission is free, but fees will be charged at some booths, with proceeds going to EAPL.