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  • Evergreen Fire-Rescue gearing up for radio-frequency shift

    Evergreen Fire/Rescue is switching from wide- to narrow-band radio to meet a federal mandate that took effect the first of the year.

    Using $700,000 in grant funds from the FCC Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau and an additional $234,000 recently received, the district is converting its radio program from ultra-high frequency to very-high frequency.

    “That was the big reason we got the grant,” said Fire Chief Mike Weege.

  • Opponents to fire board recall gathering support

    Evergreen resident Charlie Neppell is spearheading an initiative to oppose the recall of fire district board members.

    "In less than a week since the filing of the petitions to recall all five of the directors of the board of the Evergreen Fire/Rescue district, a number of citizens from diverse areas of the district have expressed their strong view that this recall needs to be opposed vigorously," Neppell stated.

    Neppell and other residents who support the fire district board members have formed a committee to oppose the recalls.

  • Cycling across America for a good cause

    Watching her elderly father cope with advancing symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease has inspired Evergreen resident Bell Brinn to ride her bicycle from California to Florida.

     

    “I’m doing this as a fund-raiser for Alzheimer’s,” Brinn said while talking about her upcoming tour.

    Since deciding to make the trip, Brinn has received $8,000 in donations for the Colorado chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Her goal is raising $15,000 by March when she begins her journey with a Women’s Tours group.

  • Keeping safe while heating with stoves

    Whether fueled by wood or gas, a stove in the corner of a room is a welcome source of heat for many mountain residents in the wintertime.

    However, heating stoves can create safety hazards if they aren't installed and monitored properly.

    Evergreen Fire/Rescue recently responded to a call from a resident who reported that the carbon-monoxide monitor in his home was giving high readings. Investigation showed that a gas heater in the house was emitting dangerous levels of carbon monoxide, which can be lethal in high concentrations. 

  • Evergreen Fire District's bond refinancing brings taxpayer savings

    Taking advantage of historically low interest rates, the Evergreen Fire Protection District reaped $684, 417 in savings by refinancing nearly $6 million in bonds on Dec. 18.

    Taxpayers in the fire district are benefiting from the bond refinancing through a resulting mill levy decrease from 1.66 to 1.46 mills.

    The refunding of $5,855,000 of the district's 2003 bonds, which carried yields of 3.10 to 4.10 percent, were replaced with bonds with yields ranging from 0.60 to 2.15 percent. The refinancing will bring annual savings averaging $85,000 from 2013 to 2023.

  • Relay for Life needs help with planning for 2013 event

    The American Cancer Society is looking for several volunteers to fill committee positions for the Conifer area’s 2013 Relay for Life.

    Participants in the event walk in teams around a track for 12 hours to raise funds for cancer research.

    The mountain area hosted its first Relay for Life in recent years in August 2012 at Conifer High School. About 150 people participated, including 20 cancer survivors, and they raised about $27,000. Amanda Doubet, American Cancer Society community relationship manager, said 2012 saw a good turnout.

  • 50 mailboxes smashed off Little Cub Creek Road

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office is looking for two people who may have smashed as many as 50 mailboxes off Little Cub Creek Road in Evergreen a little after midnight on Dec. 30.

    Lance Schul, a sheriff’s spokesman, said a resident in the 2700 block of Mountain Park Road heard a noise that night. Thinking it was something messing with his animals, he went outside to investigate and saw what he thought were two people smashing mailboxes.

    Both were dressed in black, and Schul said the resident couldn’t tell if they were male or female.

  • Victims assail state commission’s report on Lower North Fork Fire

    A Conifer resident who lost his home in the Lower North Fork Fire says a state-appointed commission’s recently released report on the blaze shows “a lack of any meaningful investigation.”

    Tom Scanlan wrote in an e-mail that the commission did not fulfill its duty of investigating the fire’s causes and impacts. Scanlan has served as a spokesman for victims and is one of several researchers who conducted an independent investigation into the events surrounding the deadly fire south of Conifer.

  • Conspicuous absences: Odom failed to attend commission meetings after losing seat

    During the county commissioners’ recent vote to approve Jeffco’s 2013 budget, which included a $688,000 cut to three social-services nonprofits, there was a noticeable — and repeat — absence.
    The budget was approved on a 2-0 vote, with County Commissioner John Odom not in attendance. Commissioners Don Rosier and Faye Griffin voted in favor.

  • Evergreen Ice Melt contest begins at lake

    Trudging onto ice-covered Evergreen Lake, Bob Zavodsky of Mountain Foothills Rotary was carrying a large blue barrel. Closely following on the brisk afternoon were members and staff of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District’s Special Needs Program.

     

    Placing the barrel at the lake last Wednesday, Jan. 2, marked the beginning of the organization's annual Evergreen Ice Melt Contest that benefits area organizations.