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  • 42-acre additon proposed for Reynolds Park

    Jeffco Open Space will purchase 42 acres on Foxton Road as an addition to Reynolds Park, pending approval by the county commissioners.

    The Jefferson County Open Space Advisory Committee approved the staff proposal to buy the property from Willard Kent Faller Trust for $255,905.

    The decision came at a regular meeting of the committee March 1. The authorization approving negotiations was June 4, 2009.

  • Reverse-911 glitches fixed, county reports

    Glitches in the emergency notification system that caused a number of homes that were supposed to be evacuated during the Lower North Fork Fire to be passed over for reverse-911 calls have now been fixed, a Jefferson County official said.

    Problems with FirstCall Network, the emergency notification company that Jeffco uses, caused fewer than 120 homes in the evacuation area not to receive the evacuation call, according to Jeff Irvin, executive director of the Jefferson County Emergency Communications Authority.

  • Seniors' Resource Center seeking volunteers amid national observance

    By Sandy Barnes

    For the Courier

    The Seniors' Resource Center in Evergreen is highlighting the need for volunteers to assist older residents with home repairs and other services during National Volunteer Week beginning April 15.

    "We're looking to serve the needy seniors," said SRC-Evergreen director Jane Weinberger. "A lot of people don't realize that many older people don't have the resources to get things done."

  • Whodunnit to help fund bronze statue of GI

    By Jerry Williams

    For the Courier

    Watching a murder and trying to figure out whodunnit will help the Evergreen Rotary Club and American Legion Post 2001 pay for a commemorative bronze statue of a soldier “to represent all veterans of all wars.”

  • Week of presentations precedes Earth Day Fair

    For the Courier

    What kills tens of thousands of animals each year? What costs more than $4 billion to produce, is made from petroleum, and takes up to 1,000 years to biodegrade? Can you believe that 100 billion of this impractical and damaging product are used annually?

  • Firefighter likes helping neighbors, but dreads facing the devastation

    Being a firefighter in your own neighborhood has its rewards, and yet it can be emotionally draining — as it was during the Lower North Fork Fire.
    Wendy Zechman, a volunteer firefighter with Elk Creek since 2009, cut her spring-break trip short to help fight the flames.

     

  • When all winds become ill winds

    Kristen Moeller used to love the sound of the wind.

    But since she and her husband, David Cottrell, lost their home in the Lower North Fork Fire two weeks ago, the wind doesn’t sound the same.

    “It used to sound so musical,” she said. “Now it sounds harsh.”

    Moeller and Cottrell’s home off Kuehster Road and Rocky Top Trail was one of 27 houses turned to ash by the fast-moving fire that burned about 4,100 acres south of Conifer.

  • Home Depot pitches in

    Never underestimate the power of the community to come to your aid.

    The Evergreen Home Depot heard about Kristen Moeller and David Cottrell’s plight and offered to donate the supplies necessary to sift through the rubble of their home that was burned in the Lower North Fork Fire.

    The $800 worth of supplies was a small token of what Home Depot could do, said store manager Steve Powers. In addition, five store employees spent last Saturday helping the couple and their friends do the work.

  • North Fork, Elk Creek responding to Deckers wildfire

    Firefighters are responding to a four-acre wildfire that broke out just after 1 p.m. on Friday in the 6800 block of Highway 67 on U.S. Forest Service Land.  Smoke is visible from the lookout and overlook on Highway 126, according to Channel 9. Winds are from 20 to 40 mph.  There are structures in the area but no mandatory evacuations. North Fork and Elk Creek fire departments are involved. 

  • Kids can come out of their shells at MOPS Hop

    MOPS is planning a Hop, and the group is hoping area kids jump at the chance to find some Easter eggs filled with nontraditional surprises.

    The Mothers of Preschoolers group that meets at Conference Baptist Church in Evergreen will host a community Easter egg hunt on Saturday and is hoping to welcome lots of kids and parents.