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  • Ice-skating season to open this Saturday

    This winter's ice skating season on Evergreen Lake is scheduled to open on Saturday, Dec. 15, weather permitting. 

    Evergreen has the biggest outdoor Zamboni-maintained ice skating rink in North America. Hockey players are invited to grab their sticks and jump into one of 10 hockey rinks for a drop-in game.

    Skaters can take and break and warm up in the Evergreen Lake House, where hot chocolate and popcorn are available along with a large fire in the fireplace. 

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  • County commissioners approve 2013 budget

    Jefferson County will tighten its purse strings next year.

    The $468.3 million 2013 budget for Jefferson County, approved Dec. 4 by County Commissioners Donald Rosier and Faye Griffin with Commissioner John Odom absent, represents a 1.3 percent decrease over last year.

    The adopted budget was $3.6 million less than what had been originally proposed for next year.

    To help balance the budget, the county is dipping into reserve funds to make up a $20.9 million shortfall, including a transfer of $3.4 million into the social services fund.  

  • Library will draw on reserve funds again in 2013

    Jeffco libraries will maintain their level of services in 2013 despite another revenue shortfall, a half-dozen mountain-area residents learned on Saturday.

    The $430,000 shortfall is a result of fewer property-tax dollars being collected and an increase in costs the library must pay the county, Pam Nissler, Jefferson County Public Library executive director, said during a community forum at Evergreen Library.

  • Making ends meet a challenge for many in mountain community

    “This time of year gets lonely for people,” says Wendy Lockwood, a 74-year-old resident of Green Ridge Meadows Apartments in Evergreen.

     

    Not only does Lockwood have occasional loneliness to contend with, she also is living on a meager income of $700 a month.

    While talking about her life and the challenges she faces, Lockwood remembers times when she was among the homeless. 

    “It’s been a rough road,” she says. “I’m just barely making it financially.”

  • Ice skating season to open this Saturday

    This winter's ice skating season on Evergreen Lake is scheduled to open on Saturday, Dec. 15, weather permitting. 

    Evergreen has the biggest outdoor Zamboni-maintained ice skating rink in North America. Hockey players are invited to grab their sticks and jump into one of 10 hockey rinks for a drop-in game.

  • Many in mountain community struggle to make ends meet

     “This time of year gets lonely for people,” says Wendy Lockwood, a 74-year-old resident of Green Ridge Meadows Apartments in Evergreen.

     

    Not only does Lockwood have occasional loneliness to contend with, she also is living on a meager income of $700 a month.

    While talking about her life and the challenges she faces, Lockwood remembers times when she was among the homeless. 

    “It’s been a rough road,” she says. “I’m just barely making it financially.”

  • Fire district tests training products, plants trees at training-facility site

    Two large pine trees are now standing on a hillside at Evergreen Fire Station 2. Their purpose is to provide screening for a proposed fire training facility, which nearby residents say they don’t want to see.

     

    Mark Branch of Evergreen Landscape Design and Dougglas Spalding of Spalding Tree Service carefully planted the trees last Thursday. The tree project, which includes a retaining wall to hold them in place, cost the fire district approximately $15,000 over its $500,000 budget for the training facility. 

  • A walk on the festive side

     “Santa!” called out a youngster perched on his father’s shoulders.

     

    As looks of wonder played across faces of all ages, Santa and Mrs. Claus gingerly climbed down the ladder of a fire truck at Evergreen Lake Park on Friday evening.

    And so the annual Holiday Walk began. 

    From the sound of the Evergreen Fire/Rescue engine that transported the honored guests to the cheery music playing in the downtown area, the event sponsored by Downtown Evergreen seemed to brighten many spirits.

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