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  • Raffle for VW camper bus to benefit park foundation

    The Evergreen Recreation and Park Foundation has chosen a restored 1973 VW camper bus for this year’s benefit raffle.

    A $5 ticket offers a chance to own the vintage vehicle, which foundation president Kit Darrow describes as “the epitome of German engineering.”

    The camper bus is in the final stages of restoration, a project that Heart Cameron of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District maintenance team is overseeing.

  • Wulf Recreation Center swimming pool to close for 3 weeks

    The swimming pool at Wulf Recreation Center will be closed for about three weeks starting Aug. 9 for major maintenance work.

    The pool will close on Aug. 9 at 2 p.m., and is expected to reopen for Labor Day weekend.

    During the closure, the pool will undergo a complete water drain, repairs, maintenance, and installation of energy-efficiency upgrades.

    Swim lessons scheduled for Aug. 13-16 will be moved to the Buchanan Recreation Center pool, and classes will run at their regularly scheduled time.

  • All about jazz: Evergreen Jazz Festival fills the weekend with sassy sounds, fascinating facts

    Evergreen came alive with the sweet, sassy sounds of jazz this past weekend.

    Music lovers who attended the Evergreen Jazz Festival heard and danced to a dynamic blend of traditional jazz tunes performed by talented musicians in several groups.

    At the Evergreen Elks Lodge, which offered two venues for performances, jazz music floated through the air and mingled with the tangy aroma of barbecue served to attendees.

    A few of the groups at this year’s 11th annual festival performed for the first time at the event.

  • EHS grad Pat Porter, former Olympic runner, dies in plane crash

    Evergreen High alum and two-time U.S. Olympian Patrick Porter was killed along with two teenagers — his 15-year-old son, Connor, and Connor's 14-year-old friend Connor Mantsch — when Porter's Beech B-60 aircraft crashed and burned on takeoff July 26 in Sedona, Ariz.

    Porter's wife, Trish, confirmed the deaths to the Associated Press and the Adams State athletics department. The plane, according to reports, had trouble taking off and plunged into a mesa, reportedly hitting a boundary fence.

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  • Bear Mountain homeowners to take procedural issues to Evergreen Fire/Rescue board

    In the wake of a home being destroyed by fire on Bear Mountain on July 19, the homeowner association has some questions about protocol and procedures for Evergreen Fire/Rescue.

    The fire, which started about 3:30 a.m. and was fully contained by 7 a.m. last Thursday, highlighted some residents’ safety concerns.

  • ‘We’ve got to move on,’ homeowners say

    Jerry and Jan Roberts, who lost their Fern Gulch Road home last week in a fire, continue to be reminded of what they always have known: Evergreen is a giving community.

    They don’t know where to begin when they talk about the firefighter who gave Jan a pair of shoes so she didn’t have to walk down her driveway barefoot.

    They can’t speak highly enough about the firefighters who worked diligently for many hours to try to save their house and to keep the fire from spreading.

  • Cause of Bear Mountain house fire sought

    Evergreen Fire/Rescue investigators are continuing their efforts to identify the cause of a fire that destroyed a Bear Mountain home on July 19.

    The owners, Jerry and Jan Roberts, along with their dog, Cody, escaped the blaze that started at 3:30 a.m. The fire at 26082 Fern Gulch Road was contained by 7 a.m., though smoke could be seen throughout the day from as far away as Walmart.

  • The school-tax question: spending vs. enrollment

    Editor’s note: The Courier is publishing a series of articles examining arguments on both sides of Jeffco Public Schools’ proposed property tax increase.

    Opponents of a proposed tax increase for Jeffco schools say the district’s spending history belies its claims of austerity in recent years.

  • Local resident says cloud seeding increases wildfire danger

    Evergreen resident Diane MacMillan believes that cloud seeding in the western part of the state is creating dry conditions on the Front Range — and playing a key role in wildfires.

    During her presentation to about 50 residents at the Evergreen Fire/Rescue auditorium July 19, MacMillan stated her case and asked for support in bringing the issue to the attention of lawmakers and insurance companies. The event was advertised as a community wildfire meeting.