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  • Sheriff's Calls

    A parting gift, perhaps

  • Radio to put Evergreen on same emergency wavelength

    After a $1 million overhaul of its radio system, the Evergreen fire department finally will be able to talk to the Clear Creek, Gilpin, Elk Creek and Indian Hills fire departments on the same radio frequency without having to borrow each other's radios.

    The money comes from a 2009 federal Urban Area Security Initiative grant of $711,000 and matching funds of $189,000 from the2009 Evergreen Fire Protection District budget. UASI is part of the Homeland Security Department.

  • Skate the Lake a cool way to ring in 2012

    A bit of cold weather didn’t deter about 3,000 people from attending the 16th annual Skate the Lake on Saturday night to ring in the new year.

    The Evergreen Lake House was standing-room-only as partiers – some in family groups and others with friends -- donned skates and chatted with music playing in the background. While some simply wore warm clothing, others were bedecked in 2012 hats.

  • 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.