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  • Abandoned tackle box at Evergreen Lake was in fact abandoned tackle box

    Authorities called the Jeffco sheriff's bomb squad to Evergreen Lake on Wednesday afternoon after someone left what appeared to be a tackle box below the spillway.

    Jeffco deputies blocked off an area with crime tape with a 50-foot radius around the box. The Sheriff's Office reportedly received a phone call reporting that the box had been left there.

    "That's crazy. We usually hear everything, and we haven't heard anything," said Ali Baker, a server at Cactus Jack's.

  • Rodeo's Family Night to benefit Tim Shirley

    Local hometown cowboy Tim Shirley is working to get back in the saddle again.

    Shirley, 33, has had to re-learn how to do everything in his adult life, including walking, talking and reading, after suffering a "watershed stroke" on Dec. 21, said Ed Shirley, his dad. A watershed stroke means both sides of the brain are affected; most strokes typically affect just one side of the brain.

  • Plans to widen Highway 73 imperil Fire Station 1

    Future plans to widen Highway 73 near downtown Evergreen could mean curtains for Fire Station 1.

    The station at 4751 Highway 73 just north of downtown currently is used as a strategic storage garage for fire equipment. It’s easy for volunteers to get to, but parking is a problem, Fire Chief Mike Weege said.

    The station is the former administrative headquarters for Evergreen Fire/Rescue, but it was vacated in 2004 when Station 2 was built at 1802 Bergen Parkway.

  • Event at Hiwan Museum will appraise antiques

    An Evergreen woman got a pleasant surprise when she found out that a landscape painting hanging on her living room wall was worth $40,000.

    Another family formerly from Evergreen hopes to find out that their historic "gossip wheel" spinning wheel has some interesting history they don't know yet.

  • Evergreen Garden Club celebrates 50th anniversary with expo

    To celebrate 50 years of gardening in the mountain community, the Evergreen Garden Club is planning an educational expo on Saturday, June 27. The day-long event, which is free to the public, will feature classes, a plant sale, food and fun.

    “Come join the celebration!” said Garden Club member MaryEllen Putnam. “For 50 years, the Evergreen Garden Club has provided the Evergreen community with beautiful public gardens and, over time, has become the ‘go-to’ group for answers to tricky questions about mountain gardening.”

  • Home buyers, sellers tell their stories

    Homeowners and buyers have stories to tell about finding houses that were right for them. The Courier looks at four families.

    Checking the past
    Sometimes a bit of ingenuity has helped homebuyers get a home.
    Rocco Canonica sold his house in Evergreen as part of a divorce, and he needed to find a new place to live.
    “I was convinced I wasn’t going to find anything,” Canonica said. “When I would get to a house, five or six buyers were already waiting in line.”

  • Foothills housing market popping, real estate agents say

    Real estate agents are using several adjectives to describe the foothills housing market, especially for homes priced below $500,000: hot, a frenzy, popping.

    “It’s the most active market I’ve seen in my 30 years in so far as multiple offers and prices being bid up over ask,” said real estate agent Wayne Shephard of Shephard Realty. “Homes priced correctly are being sold almost immediately.”

  • Clear Creek in Jeffco closed to recreational activities

    Streams are running so high and unpredictable that officials have closed Clear Creek in Jefferson County to most activity until further notice.

    People with inner tubes, belly boats and small rafts are not allowed in the creek, according to an announcement Friday by the Jeffco Sheriff's Office and the Golden Police Department. Swimmers and "body surfers" also are not permitted in the creek, the announcement said.

  • Fund-raiser planned at Wild Game for Nepali quake victims

    Evergreen’s bonds to Nepal and its earthquake victims will be highlighted again on Thursday, June 18, when Namlo International holds a fund-raiser at The Wild Game in Bergen Park.

    Evergreen filmmaker Tom Taplin, 61, was killed in an avalanche on Mount Everest on April 25 when the earthquake hit the country. In a Facebook post, Jeffco teacher Jane Manly said her brother Woody also was on Mount Everest at the time of the avalanche. Manly did not return requests for comment. 

  • Metro District warns against connecting sump pumps to sewer system

    The Evergreen Metro District’s wastewater facilities continue to experience increased daily flows because of the wet spring. And the system also is being taxed by illegal sump-pump connections to the sanitary sewer system, the district warns. 

    A recent news release from EMD reminds residents that sump pumps should be discharged into the yard or a storm sewer, not into the sanitary sewer.