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  • Link between schools, home values debated

    Editor’s note: The Courier is publishing a series of articles examining arguments on both sides of Jeffco Public Schools’ proposed property tax increase.

    Advocates and opponents of a proposed tax increase for Jeffco schools disagree on the measures’ possible effects on home values in the district.

  • Residents’ committee tours West Metro option for fire training

    Dramatic flames and heat burst from a prop stove at the West Metro Fire/Rescue Training Center in Lakewood during a demonstration for Evergreen residents last Thursday.

    The residents were taking a tour of the center, which they are suggesting as an alternative to building a training facility at Evergreen Fire Station 2 in Bergen Park.

  • Arts Alive! schedule

    Evergreen’s third annual Arts Alive! 10-day arts festival runs from July 19-29. Here’s a list of some of the activities planned for the week.
    • The Evergreen Players kicked off a two-week theater summer camp for boys and girls ages 5 to 18 on July 16. The sessions are at Center/Stage, 27608 Fireweed Drive. For more information, visit www
    .evergreenplayers.org or call 720-935-1136.

  • Arts Alive! kicks off this weekend

    For the third year, eight of Evergreen’s visual- and performing-arts organizations are collaborating on Arts Alive!, a 10-day festival for people of all ages from July 19-29.

    This year, one of the organizers says, it will be bigger and better than ever.

    The festival begins with Summerfest and ends with the Evergreen Jazz Festival — with plays, art exhibits and children’s workshops in between.

  • Bridge project closes Myers Gulch Road

    Myers Gulch Road is closed to southbound traffic to accommodate a bridge repair at the intersection of Highway 74 in Kittredge.

    The county is replacing deteriorating girders on the bridge with larger ones to improve its safety, said construction manager Mark Winnen of the Jeffco Transportation and Engineering Department. During the project, the bridge spanning Bear Creek will also be widened by 5 feet.

    Traffic is being detoured around the project until Sept. 30, the projected completion date, Winnen said. 

  • IREA investigating operations at Comanche 3 plant

    The Intermountain Rural Electric Association has commissioned an investigation into a coal-fueled power plant it partially owns that has experienced ongoing problems since opening in 2010.

    IREA, a part-owner in the Pueblo-based Comanche 3 plant, joined with one of its co-owners to hire an engineering firm to look into whether the plant is being operated properly, said IREA general manager Patrick Mooney. Mooney declined to name the engineering firm and has no timeline for the investigation’s completion.

  • Jeffco lifts fire restrictions

    The Jeffco Sheriff's Office has lifted the fire restrictions that have been in effect in the foothills for much of the summer.

    A news release from the Sheriff's Office said recent rainfall and cooler temperatures have reduced the danger of wildfire; still, people are encouraged to be vigilant in the high country. 

    Campers and hikers are reminded to use caution when starting and extinguishing campfires. People are also cautioned to use care when disposing of lighted cigarettes and in other activities that involve the use of fire or sparks.

  • Jeffco's Chapman plans to re-apply for trustee job

    After resigning along with nine other public trustees, Jefferson County public trustee Margaret Chapman is planning to re-apply for the position, saying she has been an exemplary employee and was well qualified to be a manager when she was appointed in 2007.

    County Administrator Ralph Schell said he's never seen anything other than excellent, quality management from Chapman's department and her employees.

  • Creating art from stone

    Evergreen native and stone sculptor Vincent Emmer stands by a weathered mass of stone at Buchanan Park that is part of the Arts for the Mountain Community Sculpture Walk. 

     

    The free-form sculpture titled “Standing Tall” is Emmer’s discovery and creation — and his gift to the park. 

    Emmer says he likes to showcase the beauty of the native stone, which was donated to him by Jim O’Dowd of Fresh Aire Enterprises in Arvada. 

  • Injured bird rescued at Evergreen Lake

     After seeing a cormorant ensnared in fishing line and hooks at Evergreen Lake, Evergreen resident Jill Bozzy ventured into the water and captured him with help from her neighbor Robin Ulibarri and son Mikael.

     “I had a casting net, and she gave me this big ocean net,” Bozzy said.

    “It really took a team effort,” she said. “Robin and Mikael were so wonderful to let me recruit them.”