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  • Firefighters extinguish grass fire near rodeo grounds

    Evergreen firefighters extinguished a small grass fire blazing near the El Pinal Rodeo Grounds on Monday morning.

    No structures were damaged, and no injuries were reported.

    Evergreen Fire/Rescue received the call at 10 a.m, and firefighters were on the scene several minutes later, said EFR spokesperson Stacee Montague.

    The size of the fire at Stagecoach and Buckhorn roads had doubled to a 400-square-foot area when firefighters arrived. By 10:15 a.m., the fire was declared out.

    The cause of the fire is under investigation, Montague said.

  • Mountain lion attacks on pets increasing in area

    A recent mountain lion attack on a dog in the Brook Forest community is among an increasing number of incidents in the area.

    Brook Forest resident Judi Atencio said the cougar came into her yard on Feb. 7, grabbed her dog Lucy by the head, and started dragging her up the hill.

    The dog, a beagle-coon hound mix, was outside for only five minutes when the lion attacked her, Atencio said. The incident happened at 7 p.m. when it was dark, she said.

    “All I had to get the cat away was a flashlight,” said Atencio.

  • County plans third Power of Partnership Conference

    The Jefferson County Department of Human Services will soon host its third Power of Partnership Conference, which brings together representatives of churches, government, nonprofits and businesses to address issues throughout the county.

    The conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at WaterStone Community Church, 5890 S. Alkire St.

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  • Evergreen swimmers place third at state

    THORNTON — It doesn't take long to recognize the impact that Lexie Malazdrewicz has had on Evergreen swimming. The proof is all over.

  • Evergreen park foundation offering another vintage VW in this year's raffle

     A sleek 1971 Karmann Ghia named Sophie is this year’s selection for the Evergreen Recreation and Park Foundation’s fund-raising raffle.

    This bright blue vehicle of the Volkswagen variety will begin appearing in Evergreen for a good cause. Proceeds from raffle tickets will go toward park projects in the district. 

  • House approves fire mitigation bill

    Legislation extending an income-tax deduction for wildfire mitigation on private property passed the state House on Monday and is heading to the Senate for consideration.

  • Evergreen teacher raising funds for Tanzanian orphans

    Encouraged by a friend who loves Tanzania, Evergreen teacher Rachel Smith spent a month last summer working with orphans in the east African country.

    “I felt really good about being there,” said Smith, an English teacher at Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen. “It was definitely an incredible experience.”

    Smith and her teacher friend Clara Quinlan of Louisville spent last June at the Kilimanjaro Orphanage Centre helping 49 young children learn English.

  • For the birds: Audubon members prepare for annual count with educational program

    Counting birds is not just for ornithologists and tree huggers, but is an opportunity for anyone who enjoys watching feathered friends, says Evergreen Audubon member Chuck Aid.

    Aid and other local Audubon members spent the better part of Saturday at the Hiwan Homestead Museum talking about avian species and the Great Backyard Bird Count that takes place Feb. 15-18.

  • Thrills, spills and snowfall: Winter Festival had it all

    As young skiers and snowboarders careened down the rail jam course Saturday, gray snow clouds were gathering over Evergreen Lake.

    Despite chilly weather and afternoon snowfall, the second annual Winter Festival at Evergreen Lake drew large crowds who came for competitive events, ice skating and other fun activities.

    In the morning, riders of all ages and skill levels competed in the ice bike race across the frozen lake, jumping over hay bales and other obstacles on the course.