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  • 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.

  • Rocket man: Laura Churchley shares memories of her high-flying father

    As it's been precisely 40 years since mankind first planted foot and flag on the lunar surface, Mountain Foothills Rotary Club program director Jim Rohrer thought it would be nice to schedule a speaker with a little moon dust on her shoes.

    Of course, former senator John Glenn is famously hard to book on short notice, and actor Scott Glenn isn't a real astronaut. As luck would have it, though, Rohrer didn't have to scour the cosmos to find a fitting guide to the stars — he just picked up the phone.

  • Evergreen Christian Outreach needs volunteers

    EChO needs more volunteers. Typically volunteers work one three-hour shift per week.

    • Food bank: Volunteers needed to process donations, stock shelves and assist clients with their shopping.

    • St. Raphael’s: Volunteers are desperately needed to sort donated clothing and housewares and display these items in a store-like atmosphere for client use.

    • Drivers: A driver is currently needed to pick up recyclable items at the food bank and take them to King Soopers Recycling Center.

  • A lesson in controversy: Obama's address widely shown, but viewing optional for students

    Evergreen area schools worked out a variety of policies on the showing of President Obama’s address to students on Tuesday after a weekend of dealing with a high level of parental concern on both sides of the issue.

    In the end, all of the schools showed the presidential pep talk in some format during the day, and students were allowed the option of not viewing the presentation.

    The Jeffco school district left the decision up to the principals and teachers at each school, based on a directive that was published last week.

  • Bergens reverse stance, will show Obama’s address to students

    The principals at Bergen Meadow Elementary and Bergen Valley Intermediate schools reversed their decision over the weekend and will show President Obama’s address to students on Tuesday morning.

    Their decision comes in the wake of a parent’s plan to stage a public showing of the address at fire headquarters; that event has now been canceled.

  • Big Chili Cook-off expected to be a hot time Sept. 13

    Get your taste buds ready for a spicy rumble: The eighth annual Big Chili Cook-off is Sunday, Sept. 13.

    The event features much more than chili, according to Leslie Caimi, the event coordinator. There are also non-chili food vendors, an art show, live music, kids’ activities and the firefighter challenge competition.

    The cookoff opens at 11 a.m., with chili sampling beginning at noon at Evergreen Lake. Awards are presented at 5 p.m., and the event ends just afterward.

  • Jeffco setting up distribution network for flu vaccine

    Jeffco health officials are setting up a distribution network for the H1N1 flu vaccine, anticipating a large demand for the shots this fall.

    "We're planning for a high level of demand for the vaccine," said county health department director Dr. Mark Johnson. "What actually happens, and what the demand actually turns out to be, will depend on how hard the flu hits or the perception of a shortage. We're planning that it's going to be big."

  • Snafu delays county employees’ checks

    An administrative error left hundreds of county employees without the paychecks they expected to receive on Sept. 4.

  • Forest Service adds 900 acres to Beaver Brook Watershed

    After recently signing a deal for 900 acres previously owned by Clear Creek Open Space, the Forest Service controls 4,000 acres from Mount Evans Wilderness to Noble and Elk meadows, about 4 miles west of Highway 74 on Highway 103. The property begins at the old Squaw Pass gate.

    Clear Creek Open Space obtained 1,442 acres in April 2005 with a $5.2 million lottery bridge loan from Great Outdoors Colorado. But all along the idea was to turn the land over to the U.S. Forest Service for ownership and preservation.

  • Denver man dies in fall near Maxwell Falls

    The man who died Wednesday near Maxwell Falls has been identified as Gregory Woodman, 48, of Denver. Woodman was with an unidentified companion when he died.

    Woodman was wearing a climbing harness when he fell about 50 feet off a cliff, said Jim Shires, spokesman for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

    The accident occurred about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, at the upper trailhead to Maxwell Falls, about 8 miles southwest of Evergreen on Brook Forest Road.