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  • Lessons of Fourmile Canyon Fire

    People who live in a wildfire-risk zone should create a wide swath of defensible space around their homes to have the best chance of surviving a wildfire, according to the preliminary findings of a recently released study of the Fourmile Canyon fire.

    The study concludes that fuel treatments such as creating shaded fuel breaks and thinning trees aren't effective when there is widespread spotting or rampant flying embers landing as far as a mile away and setting trees on fire.

  • I-70 reopens after 4-hour closure

    Interstate 70 westbound reopened Saturday evening after a four-hour closure due to icy road conditions and numerous accidents.
    The road had been closed from Rooney Road at mile marker 259 to Floyd Hill at mile marker 241.
    The National Weather Service is predicting a total of 3 to 6 inches of snow in the area before it dissipates early Sunday morning.
    The warm weather for the past few days is being blamed for melting the initial snowfall, creating icy conditions Saturday afternoon and causing vehicles to spin out and crash.

     

  • Freeze frame 2012

    A ferocious wind storm blew away the park district’s tent on Dec. 30, but the wind calmed down enough for about 275 enthusiastic jumpers to defy fear during the annual Evergreen Lake Plunge 2012 at noon New Year’s Day.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    The apple and the tree

  • CDOT replacing aging garage in Kittredge

    After 50 years of service, the state highway department has retired the old vehicle storage building in Kittredge and is building a bigger and better replacement.

    The Colorado Department of Transportation broke ground in November on a new vehicle storage shed at the maintenance yard on Highway 74 at Kerr Gulch Road. The previous structure was demolished in late September. A newer, brown metal building used to shield the sand supply will remain on site.

    Completion of the vehicle garage depends on the weather, but the target is April or May.

  • Community generosity eases effect of catastrophe

    People who survived the fire in a duplex Dec. 7 on Kingsbury Road have been overwhelmed by the generosity of dozens of members of the Kittredge community, who have come forward with offers of places to stay, clothing, furniture, gift cards and pet sitting.

    The ferocious fire that took the life of schoolteacher Maurice Young also left four other people homeless: his wife Brenda Young and three people in the adjoining townhome, Mike Upton, his daughter Alyssa Jones, 16,andMike's half-brother Britt Turner.

  • Aeration system to be installed in Evergreen Lake

    Evergreen Metro District will install a $100,000 custom-designed aeration system in Evergreen Lake this spring to help increase the amount of water-borne oxygen, which helps sustain aquatic life, among other things.

    Aerating the lake during the summer months is expected to increase dissolved oxygen at the bottom of the lake, help lower the lake’s water temperature, produce cooler water going downstream over the dam and help reduce the amount of lakeweed or elodea in the water.

  • Chimney fire extinguished thanks to quick-thinking firefighter

    An Evergreen Fire/Rescue volunteer firefighter helped put a quick end to a chimney fire at a home on Meadow Drive on Thursday morning.
    The firefighter, who has not been identified, was on his way to work at about 7:45 a.m. when he saw flames coming from the chimney, according to Evergreen Fire/Rescue spokeswoman Stacee Montague. He called 911, knocked on the door, and got the family and pets out of the home.
    The fire department was able to contain the fire to the chimney chase, which is at the top of the chimney, and extinguished it quickly, Montague said.

  • Winter Festival takes season to the extremes

    Evergreen Park and Rec is revving up for the first Winter Festival, including a nighttime Rail Jam with professional snowboarders and skiers competing for prizes on a custom-built course with jumps and rails finishing on Evergreen Lake.
    Events take place at Echo Mountain and at Evergreen Lake on Saturday, Feb. 4, and proceeds benefit the EPRD park and recreation programs.
    The concept of Rail Jam is similar to Big Air, which took place last year in downtown Denver.

  • Sheriff's Calls

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