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  • Drought water rate begins in Evergreen metro district

    The Evergreen Metropolitan District has a drought water rate in effect because of low water levels in Bear Creek.

    Residents in the district who use more than 14,000 gallons of water a month will be charged at a rate of $15 per 1,000 gallons. The normal rate for monthly water usage over 14,000 gallons is $5 per 1,000 gallons.

    The district’s base water rate is $23 per month for customers plus $2.90 per 1,000 gallons.

  • Scout, friends complete disabled-accessible project at Evergreen Lake Park

     Working together, Conifer High School graduate Reggie Dickhoff, his Scout buddies and youths in the Special-Needs Program at Wulf Recreation Center have completed an Eagle Scout project at the handicapped-accessible fishing deck at Evergreen Lake.

     

    The area now has two specially designed picnic tables for people in wheelchairs to use, along with a refurbished deck and fresh landscaping.

    Before beginning the project June 24, Dickhoff sought funds and donations from the community, which came in abundance.

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  • Rec district board OKs contract for energy upgrades

    An energy-efficiency project designed to save the Evergreen Park and Recreation District 19 percent annually in utility expenses is in the works.

    The EPRD board approved a $765,761 contract with McKinstry Essention Inc. during a special meeting June 21, along with a lease-purchasing financing agreement in the amount of $273,450.

    Last year the district spent $225,556 in utility expenses at its facilities out of a budgeted $232,756.

  • Correction

    Correction

    An editor’s note on the June 20 Opinion page incorrectly characterized the primary election race between Tom Bennhoff and Randy Wheelock for Clear Creek County commissioner. Bennhoff and Wheelock are Democrats and were vying in District 3, which includes the towns of Empire, Silver Plume and Georgetown.

  • Firefighters contain grass fire north of Kittredge

    Evergreen and Foothills Fire/Rescue firefighters are at the scene of a grass fire in an area between Genesee and Kittredge after a lightning strike ignited dry fuels Wednesday afternoon.
    The fire, which was contained by 5 p.m., burned about a tenth of an acre near Spring Ranch Drive east of Evergreen and north of Kerr Gulch Road, according to an Evergreen Fire/Rescue spokesman. No one was injured, and no structures were damaged.

  • Sides draw battle lines over proposed tax hike for schools

    The pro and con contingents are drawing up battles lines over the proposed property-tax increase for Jeffco schools on the November ballot. 

    Opponents say the tax increase would not fully address the district’s budget issues or guarantee improved student performance, and that the district can find other places to cut the budget. Proponents counter that the increase would help a district ravaged by budget cuts over the past several years and help keep residential property values in the county high by maintaining quality schools.

  • Stage 2 fire restrictions enacted in Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forests

    The Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests are now under stage 2 fire restrictions, as well as a recreational shooting ban.
    “We have a major fire burning on our forest,” said forest supervisor Glenn Casamassa. “Protecting people and homes is our main priority. Since fire danger is at an all-time high, doing what we can to prevent additional ignitions is imperative.”

  • From Peaks to Plains: Trail along Clear Creek will span two counties

    A 5-mile stretch of Clear Creek straddling Jefferson and Clear Creek county open spaces will be the focus of a $4.6 million paved-trail project that promises to open up the waterway for kayakers, runners, hikers and cyclists to enjoy.

     

    The entire project will cost a projected $10.2 million, including $4.5 million in matching funds from Jeffco Open Space and $1.1 million from Clear Creek Open Space.

  • Sheriff bans sale, possession of fireworks

    The Jeffco sheriff has banned the sale, use or possession of fireworks in unincorporated areas of the county, including on federal lands.

    The Sheriff's Office issued the ban Tuesday after the county commissioners earlier in the day voted unanimously to give the sheriff authority to ban firework sales under terms of a new ordinance.

    Violators will be subject to a $600 fine. Before the ordinance was passed, the sheriff had the authority only to ban use of fireworks, but sales were still allowed.