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  • Take the eTrain: County’s new mobile training center designed to help jobless residents

    The Jeffco Public Library and the county's Workforce Center are taking their campaign for computer literacy on the road. Literally.

    The county last week unveiled the eTrain Mobile Training Lab, a converted bookmobile that boasts eight computer stations with access to the Internet. The vehicle's driver also serves as a trainer, and will lead classes in Internet skills and career-building for clients of nonprofits and for small businesses around Jefferson, Gilpin and Clear Creek counties.

  • Apex proposals put brakes on bikes

    The new proposed management plan for Apex Park on Lookout Mountain gives mountain-bike riders access to all trails, while restricting certain uphill segments to one-way bike travel only.

    Instead of traveling from top to bottom conveniently nonstop, cyclists would navigate a series of switchbacks going uphill for 0.7 miles, before taking the rest of the downhill.

    Under the plan, pedestrians would be somewhat less vulnerable to bikes coming downhill.

  • Soaring need puts EChO in expansion mode

    With the local economy in a tailspin, the staff at Evergreen Christian Outreach food and clothing bank is feeling the stress.

    As the holiday season approaches, EChO is sending out an SOS for more volunteers, groceries, bedding and shoes, among other things. The center at 27640 Highway 74 is also expanding physically to accommodate the crowds.

  • Fire board eliminates deputy chief job

    After meeting in a closed-door session for about 45 minutes, the Evergreen fire district board decided Sept. 17 to combine two jobs into one and eliminate the deputy chief post, culminating a staff reduction process that began early this year.

    Some of the communications manager’s duties have been reassigned to the communications supervisors, and other management matters will be under a new position.

  • Coming home, for real

    The excitement is building at Evergreen High School as the highly anticipated homecoming week approaches.

    In addition to the usual activities, this year’s homecoming is extra special because the varsity football game will be at the school for the first time in 35 years, thanks to portable bleachers. And, even more exciting, the game is against the Conifer Lobos.

  • 50 years of high-level service: Alpine Rescue Team will celebrate a half-century of saving lives

    The Alpine Rescue Team will celebrate 50 years of service with a series of events Sept. 25-27.

    The public is invited to drop in at the headquarters on Evergreen Parkway across from the El Rancho park-n-Ride to check out equipment displays and slide shows and to enjoy storytelling and reconnecting.

    About 250 current and former members and their families are expected to attend a reunion dinner at the Marriott Denver West Hotel in Golden on Sept. 26.

  • Nonprofit buys time for horse lovers short on funds

    “I thought I might as well start a nonprofit,” said the Evergreen resident, a freelance makeup artist and aesthetician who also happened to be unemployed in May when she got the idea to start Colorado Horsecare Foodbank.

    Lehman first raised $10,000, selling her own handmade flower planters for a price plus a donation at Chow Down in Evergreen.

    Realtor and horsewoman Karen Cage, Ellen Storm and Margo Hamilton joined Lehman on the board of directors. The group has helped about 15 people to date, but they want to do more.

  • Fire board members, citizen get heated in discussion

    Jeff Beard, a resident of Wah Keeney, said he was worried that the board was overstepping its bounds in an attempt to cut costs. Beard said it would be better to keep staff on board and forgo buying more expensive equipment.

    “Even in difficult times, you need to provide the same level of service,” Beard said.

    “We ask the professionals what we need and don’t need. It’s not just what’s bigger and better,” board member George Goldbach said in response.

  • Resuscitation on the Rocks

    Thanks in part to Sivertson’s efforts, a 58-year-old Nebraska man is fully recovered from a massive heart attack that stopped his heart and breathing for several minutes.

    About 30 minutes before the concert, Sivertson was sitting with his wife, Jennifer, and her parents about halfway up the rows, when he saw a man walk up the stairs and collapse. Sivertson walked down to see if he could help.

    “Then he stopped breathing, and he had no pulse. His head was bleeding,” said Sivertson, who teaches CPR classes at the fire district headquarters in Bergen Park.

  • Lions on the prowl in Kittredge

    On Monday night the state Division of Wildlife attempted unsuccessfully to trap a second lion, probably the sibling of the 1-year-old, so the agency could tag and track it.

    John Murphy, district wildlife manager for the DOW, was in Kittredge on Sunday on a call involving a lion and a fresh deer kill, when a homeowner pulled up and told him a lion was in his yard.

    The homeowner said the lion was stalking the family house cat.