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  • 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.

  • Electrical cord probable cause of barn fire

    An investigation has found that the probable cause of a barn fire on Saturday night was the improper use of an electrical cord, Evergreen Fire/Rescue spokesperson Stacee Montague said.

    Evergreen firefighters extinguished the blazing barn after receiving a call from a resident in Brook Forest, where the fire occurred.

  • Fire training facility opponents submit signatures for recall petition

    A group of Evergreen residents advocating the recall of fire district board members have submitted petitions signed by more than 450 people to the election officer handling the initiative

    “We thought that would make a loud enough statement,” said resident Cal Winn, who signed the original recall documents.

    Winn and other residents who have been collecting signatures to recall the five Evergreen Fire Protection District board members are opposed to the plan to place a fire training facility with live burn capabilities in Bergen Park. 

  • Brave resident saves dog from mountain lion attack

    An Evergreen resident saved her dog from a mountain lion attack by giving the panther a few strong kicks with her foot Friday evening.

    Julie Wynn-Birr said that after letting Apollo, her 85-pound chow mix, out on the third-floor deck of her home around dusk, she heard squealing and a low roar. When she looked outside, Wynn-Birr said, the mountain lion was on top of her dog, gripping him by the head.

    After kicking the lion on his head and ribs with her foot, the animal ran off, she said.

    "That finally deterred him."

  • Community garden project receives grant funding

    A long-term dream envisioned by Evergreen resident Rachel Emmer and members of her environmental group is taking root this year.

    Essential funds for the community garden project at Buchanan Park are now in place through grants received by Evergreen’s Alliance for Sustainability.

    After six years of nurturing the project for EAS+Y, Emmer says she is gratified to see the garden on the verge of becoming a reality.

  • Plunging into the New Year

    “I’m nervous,” said Maria Hadsell while waiting to jump into the icy waters of Evergreen Lake on New Year’s Day.

     

    “My mom told me if I would do it, she would,” said Sallie Markey, who was standing with her friend Maria.

    “If you jump in and a muskrat assaults you, that’s the way it is,” said CBS4 Denver newscaster Alan Gionet, master of ceremonies for the annual Evergreen Lake Plunge.

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  • Evergreen Legacy fund grows

     An effort to raise funds for improvements in downtown Evergreen through voluntary contributions from customers at retail businesses is gathering support from businesses and customers.

    Since the Downtown Evergreen Economic District initiated the Evergreen Legacy Fund this fall, it has generated nearly $10,000, said Dean Dalvit of EV Studio, who is coordinating the program.