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  • Playground displays backcountry flair

    The 20-year-old playground in Indian Hills has a dramatic new backcountry look, thanks to the efforts of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District and Jeffco Open Space.

    As of March 14, the play equipment was still covered with yellow tape and not ready for any serious play dates, but the prospects look exciting.

    The renovation cost $70,000 — $10,000 in park-district funds and $60,000 from a Local Park and Recreation grant from the Jefferson County Open Space Division in 2011.

  • Panel: McCasky violated ethics standards

    Former Jefferson County commissioner Kevin McCasky violated Colorado law when he voted to approve $400,000 in county funds for the economic council to which he had applied and later accepted a high-paying job, a state ethics panel ruled Monday.

    The Colorado Ethics Commission made its ruling a little over a year after Colorado Ethics Watch filed a complaint against McCasky, alleging the former commissioner breached his fiduciary duty to the county by performing an official act in which he had a financial interest.

  • 3 Republicans in the race in Evergreen’s new congressional district

    Congressional redistricting after the 2010 census has changed many a political landscape, and Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District — which now includes Evergreen and Conifer — is a prime example.

    Incumbent Jared Polis, a Democrat, is defending his seat in a district that formerly had liberal Boulder as its epicenter, but has shifted noticeably to the right with the addition of areas in Jefferson, Larimer and Summit counties. Evergreen and Conifer previously were in CD6, represented by Republican Mike Coffman.

  • Accident injures 3 on Evergreen Parkway

    Three people were injured Wednesday morning in a two-vehicle accident at Evergreen Parkway and Squaw Pass Road.

    Trooper Nate Reed of the State Patrol said the crash occurred at 7:43 a.m. when a southbound vehicle making a left onto Squaw Pass Road collided with a northbound Chevy Malibu.

    Two females from the southbound vehicle and a male from the Malibu were taken to St. Anthony Central Hospital with unknown injuries.

    The accident closed lanes of Evergreen Parkway, but all lanes had reopened by 9 a.m.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Strife is a driveway

  • GOP candidate withdraws from Clear Creek commission district race in Evergreen

    In the Clear Creek County commission race in District 2, which includes part of Evergreen, animal control officer Thomas Hayden became the lone Republican candidate by voice vote after opponent Christopher Trainor publicly withdrew from the race.

  • Board votes 2-1 for final resolution to approve church expansion

    The county commissioners on Tuesday ignored an attempt to disqualify two of the three board members from voting and approved, 2-1, a final resolution to allow Activation Ministries to expand its church on South Lookout Mountain Road.

    Paradise Hills and Cody Park Neighborhood homeowners' associations filed a motion with the Jeffco attorney's office Monday asking to disqualify two commissioners, John Odom and Don Rosier.

    The two had voted in favor of the expansion at a meeting Feb. 28. Commissioner Faye Griffin was the only no vote.

  • Artist dreams of rebuilding lost cabin

  • A sign of community pride

    After 13½ years exposed to the elements, the familiar Evergreen welcome sign at the S curve south of El Rancho on Highway 74 has been returned to the shop for beautification.

     

    "It looks all right from the road if you are going 50 mph, but when you get up close, you can see it's full of cracks and the paint has mostly worn off," said Ed Bischoff, co-owner of Zuni Sign Company of Evergreen. Bischoff is restoring the sign for free as a donation to the community.

  • Artist dreams of rebuilding lost cabin

    On Nov. 7 an explosive house fire destroyed artist John Scott's mountaintop cabin in minutes and severely burned his face and hands.

    The resilient 92-year-old has recovered from the physical injuries but is still emotionally devastated by the loss of the cabin, which he built himself and lived in on and off for 50 years.

    When he talks about it now, his eyes fill with tears as he remembers the retreat and how much he misses it.