Local News

  • Water supply diminishing in Lookout Mountain district

    Residents  in the Lookout Mountain Water District can anticipate dwindling water supplies in the coming months — a scenario created by extended drought conditions and low-priority rights.

    At the end of 2012, the reservoir on Squaw Pass Road was only 67 percent of capacity with 174 acre-feet of water, according to water district information. The 500 residents connected to the district system typically use 200 acre-feet of water a year collectively.

  • Creating faith-based awareness of environmental issues

    A rabbi and two Christian ministers offered their perspectives on environmental awareness during an interfaith discussion on Sunday evening.

    “We are having a huge impact on this planet,” said the Rev. Peter Sawtell, executive director of Eco-Justice Ministries of the United Church of Christ. 

    Over the past 100 years, humans have dramatically affected the Earth with “soaring and powerful technology,” he said.

  • Rams not clubbed before slaughter at Evergreen residence

    A Jeffco sheriff’s report on an April 9 incident in which two rams were slaughtered at a residence near Wilmot Elementary School states they were not clubbed beforehand.

    Sheriff’s deputies initially responded to a report from a resident that the animals were being bludgeoned and carved up, according to sheriff's spokeswoman Jacki Kelley. 

  • Informing residents of fire evacuation routes called a priority

     With the ever-present danger of wildland fire, informing residents of evacuation routes is a major concern for Evergreen fire officials.

    At the April 9 meeting of the Evergreen Fire Protection District board, Fire Chief Mike Weege said information on evacuation routes should be posted on the EFR website within a month.

    “How do we assume they’re looking at it?” asked board member Charlie Simons.

    “It is hard to get the word out,” replied Weege.

  • Pulling in the barrel

     Dressed in bright red wetsuits, Evergreen firefighters Rob Dodge and Dave Skerda ventured over thin ice to retrieve the Mountain Foothills Rotary Club's ice-melt barrel on Evergreen Lake last Thursday afternoon. 


    The barrel's platform was frozen into the ice, making its recovery more difficult than Dodge and Skerda had anticipated. After hacking away for a while, they loosened the large blue cylinder and hauled it to the edge of the lake, with help from others pulling an attached rope.

  • Firefighters extinguish blaze at Kerr Gulch residence

    Evergreen firefighters on on Friday quickly extinguished a blaze that started in a chicken coop and spread to grass on the property of a residence at Highway 74 and Kerr Gulch.

    After receiving a call from the homeowner at 11:53 a.m., an Evergreen Fire/Rescue crew was on the scene with a fire engine and water tender by 12:01 p.m., said EFR spokesperson Stacee Montague.

    “We were able to get water on the structure by 12:06 p.m.,” she said.

  • Woman seriously injured in collision

    A woman suffered serious injuries in an accident at Evergreen Parkway and Bryant Drive on Wednesday morning, Trooper Josh Lewis of the Colorado State Patrol reported.

    The 2004 Jeep the woman was driving collided with a 2011 Audi sedan about 9:30 a.m. The woman was transported to St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood, according the report.

    The cause of the accident had not been determined, Lewis said.










  • Evergreen firefighters extinguish blaze in remote cabin

    Evergreen firefighters extinguished a blaze that started in an exterior wall of a cabin off Upper Bear Creek Road early Wednesday morning.

    After receiving the call at 5:40 a.m., fire crews brought several engines and tenders containing water to the residence on Linn Court, said Evergreen Fire/Rescue spokesperson Stacee Montague.

    By 6 a.m., firefighters were dousing the blaze with water while working in below-freezing temperatures, Montague reported. Although there was smoke damage, the structure was saved.

  • Evergreen resident receives lifetime award for environmental efforts

    Recycling is all about education, says Evergreen resident Mereth Meade. By teaching people how to recycle unwanted materials, day-to-day efforts should come automatically, she says.


    As a child growing up with Swiss parents, Meade said she learned not to be wasteful. 

    “We never threw away leftovers,” she said. “We composted.”

  • Neighbors upset over goat slaughter in yard

    An Evergreen resident who saw two goats being slaughtered across the street in her neighbor’s front yard said the sight was upsetting to her. 

    LaKay Cecil, who lives near Wilmot Elementary School, said she wishes that her neighbors had gotten her permission beforehand. 

    Cecil said she previously had seen similar incidents.

    The resident who killed the animals, who asked not to be named, said they were rams being processed in a kosher manner for food.