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  • Park district lays groundwork for new garage in Buchanan Park

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District has submitted a preliminary application to build an equipment storage barn in Buchanan Park as part of a previously budgeted capital improvement program.

    Last year the district board budgeted $150,000 for a large building for vehicle storage, vehicle repair and park operations offices.

    The district was able to obtain a grant for $60,000. The rest will be paid for out of the reserve fund, said executive director John Skeel.

  • Grants available for fitness passes, classes

    An independent foundation is making scholarship money available for people in need to pay for recreation passes, fitness classes and children’s day camp, beginning with the summer season.

    Application forms, the summer class schedule and the summer day camps guide is available at www.evergreenrecreation.com. At the bottom of the home page, click on “choose form” for Foundation Scholarship Program Request.

  • Firm selected for community center feasibility study

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District has selected a California company with offices in Denver to produce a market analysis and feasibility study for a combination community/arts center, at a cost of $36,120.

    Economic and Planning Systems Inc. of Denver was chosen from seven candidates that submitted bids for the job of identifying the costs associated with the construction and operation of the proposed center in Buchanan Park.

  • Local couple’s insurance firm not licensed

    After a number of complaints about unpaid claims, the Colorado Division of Insurance has issued a cease-and-desist order against a travel insurance company, Prime Travel Protection Services, owned by an Evergreen couple, Christine and Jerry Watson.

  • New-energy candidates powerless in IREA election

    Challengers for three seats on the board of the Intermountain Rural Electric Association — who called for more openness and a willingness to embrace alternative energy sources — were soundly defeated in last week’s elections.

    The three challengers all were endorsed by IREA Voices, a group of co-op members who say IREA is mired in fossil-fuel thinking and lacks transparency in the way it does business.

    • In District 7, incumbent George Hier received 3,899 votes, to 1,862 for Charles Bucknam.

  • Power mostly restored

    Electrical power was largely restored in Evergreen by Wednesday in the wake of last weekend's massive snowstorm.

    Technicians were forced to go home and get their snowshoes to reach some of the problem areas, an Xcel spokesman said Tuesday. Many residents were without power for at least three days, but most of the power was restored by Monday night.

    The huge, wet spring snowstorm dumped from 3 to 4 feet of snow on the mountains of Jefferson County over the weekend and closed Interstate 70 from Golden to East Vail from Friday afternoon to Saturday.

  • Controlled burn in progress at Mount Falcon

    Seeing smoke around Mount Falcon Park today?

    Don’t panic. Jefferson County Open Space natural resource crews are taking advantage of the snow-covered park to burn slash piles.

    “It was an opportunity to burn the slash piles,” said Thea Rock, spokesperson for Jeffco Open Space. “The snow on the ground contains the fire.”

    Burnings started Monday and ended Wednesday.

    Rock said she didn’t know if any other burns are scheduled at this time.

     

  • Thousands still without power

    About 4,000 people were without power on Monday morning in Evergreen in the wake of the weekend storm, down from a peak of 11,000.

     

    Joe Fuentes, spokesman for Xcel Energy, said the power company deployed about 30 crews from all over the Denver area to help restore power to individual homes on Monday.

     

  • IREA holding pivotal election

    Results should be available this week in pivotal elections for three seats on the board of the Intermountain Rural Electric Association.

    The three challengers all have been endorsed by IREA Voices, a group of co-op members who say IREA is mired in fossil-fuel thinking and lacks transparency in the way it does business.

    In District 5, challenger John Masson is facing off against incumbent Bruff Shea; in District 3, Mike Galvin is challenging Gene Sperry; and in District 7, Charles Bucknam is seeking to unseat George Hier.

  • A day of remembrance

    As former Columbine teacher Alan Cram handed out candles Sunday evening for a vigil to remember those who died on April 20, 1999, he pondered the lessons of the tragedy 10 years later.

    "I'm still concerned about the kids," Cram said. "It's too easy to let kids go off and do their thing. Without having support, it's pretty lonely out there. We need to be available for them."