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  • Vandals deface sign at Echo Mountain Resort

    Recent vandalism at Echo Mountain Resort appears to be related to negative social media posts about whether a previous terrain park will be open this winter, said owner Nora Pykkonen. 

    Someone set off firecrackers beneath the chairlift and defaced a ski area sign at the 226-acre ski mountain on Squaw Pass Road sometime over the weekend of Aug. 15-16, Pykkonen said. She said she has notified authorities. 

  • Green Lake Lodge for sale at online auction

    The iconic Green Lake Lodge and 125 acres between Georgetown and Guanella Pass are being sold through an online auction that ends Oct. 8.

    Buyers can bid on the lodge overlooking Green Lake, outbuildings and “recreational rights” to the lake, which is owned by Clear Creek County.

  • Jeffco official verifies signatures on school board recall petitions

    Jeffco’s elections manager has verified that the group seeking a recall of the school board’s three conservative members has collected more than enough signatures on petitions to force an election.

    The elections office finished verifying signatures on petitions to recall board members John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams on Tuesday, according to elections manager Carrie Kellogg.

  • Evergreen park board takes first look at 2016 budget

    The first draft of the 2016 budget for the Evergreen Park and Recreation District is leaning on the conservative side, even though the district has seen growth in revenues and a decrease in expenses this year, said Jason Leslie, EPRD financial controller. 

    Anticipated expenditures for the park district in 2016 total $5.2 million for operations and management — an amount reflecting no increase from this year’s budget.

  • One-vehicle crash on U.S. 285 kills three

    Three people died and another was seriously injured when their vehicle left the road and rolled down an embankment Friday night near Windy Point on U.S. 285, according to a State Patrol spokesman.

    The BMW sedan was heading north when it went off the right side of the highway and down an embankment, then rolled, said State Patrol Trooper Nate Reid. The car landed upside-down in a horse meadow near South Turkey Creek Road, north of Our Lady of the Pines Catholic Church and south of Arrowhead Manor.

  • Teen reports attempted kidnapping near Idledale

    A 16-year-old girl reported an attempted kidnapping Thursday afternoon near Idledale, according to a Jeffco Sheriff’s Office release.

    The girl was jogging through Little Park when a man tried to talk with her, then grabbed her arm and started to drag her, according to the release. The teen broke away and ran, and the man chased her a short way. The girl flagged down a deputy nearby and reported the incident. The release described her as “unharmed but extremely frightened.”

  • Sheriff seeks to ID pair who burglarized recycling center

    Two men were recorded on video in May when they apparently burglarized the EDS Waste Solutions Recycling Center at 1173 Bergen Parkway behind the King Soopers grocery store.

    Cash and hundreds of pounds of aluminum cans were stolen in the burglary, which happened between May 9 and 10, according to a statement from the Jeffco Sheriff's Office.

    The men allegedly took the cans to Denver Scrap Metal at 4890 Washington St. in Denver and recycled them for cash, the Sheriff's Office said.

  • Alpine Rescue aids two hikers on Aug. 5

    Alpine Rescue had back-to-back missions Aug. 5 transporting injured hikers — one near Guanella Pass and the other in Evergreen.

    The first occurred at Square Top Mountain on Guanella Pass when a woman seriously injured her ankle. Spokeswoman Dawn Wilson said 13 members of Alpine Rescue, four from Park County Search and Rescue, and one Clear Creek EMS members responded to the incident.

  • Evergreen resident organizing Motorcycle Relief Project for veterans

    Evergreen resident Tom Larson is embarking on a program to help military veterans cope with their problems by taking motorcycle adventure rides in the countryside.

    Working with Army veteran Shawn Nelson of Arizona, Larson is planning the first trip of the Motorcycle Relief Project from Aug. 24-28.

    While dealing with a personal trauma that was similar to the post-traumatic stress disorder many veterans experience, Larson said, he came up with the idea for the motorcycle project.

  • Plan for lighted billboard reconsidered in wake of protest

    An organized protest by residents objecting to a plan for a large lighted billboard on property near Interstate 70 in El Rancho has prompted a sign company owner to reconsider.

    Steve Richards, owner of Mile High Outdoor Advertising, said his company is deciding what to do about plans for the sign, and will make a decision in the coming weeks.