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  • Boating season opens at Evergreen Lake

    Boating season is officially open at Evergreen Lake for those who enjoy paddling, sailing and drifting across smooth waters in a mountain setting.

     

    From now until May 30, boat rentals are available at the lake on weekends. Beginning May 31, the lake will be open daily for boating through Aug. 18, weather permitting. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday. 

  • Blue Spruce Habitat dedicates 30th home

    On a high road in Brook Forest is a gray frame house with purple trim where Evergreen resident Elizabeth Gonzales now lives.

     

    Gonzales’ new home is the 30th one built by Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity.

    “Two years ago, I first saw this land. Now it’s going to be Elizabeth’s home,” said Kathleen O’Leary, executive director of the area organization.

    O’Leary was among Blue Spruce Habitat staff and volunteers who came to the dedication of Gonzales’ home on Friday afternoon.

  • Early birders flock to Evergreen Lake to hear dawn chorus

    “Conk-la-ree! Conk-la-ree!” called the red-winged blackbirds perched on cattails in the marsh at Evergreen Lake on Sunday morning.

     

    Perhaps these birds with their colorful markings knew they were participating in the International Dawn Chorus Day. Members of Evergreen Audubon who planned the local gathering at the lake were keenly aware of the event and its significance in the avian community.

    “The first Sunday in May, birders from all over the world get together,” said Brad Andres, president of Evergreen Audubon. 

  • Training for wildland fires

    Wearing bright yellow shirts and jackets, firefighters stood listening to a briefing from Evergreen Capt. Scott Martin in the early-morning chill on Saturday.

     

    “When we’re fighting fires, put fires totally out,” Martin told the 30 Evergreen and Foothills fire department volunteers assembled for a wildland fire training exercise.

    “We’re running this as a fire scenario for a lightning strike,” said Martin. “Our spread potential is high for today. The conditions are what they are.”

  • Sheriff's Calls

     

    A lack of self-restraint

  • Jeffco considers ban on openly carrying firearms in some county buildings

    It could soon be illegal to openly carry a firearm into certain Jefferson County buildings.

    The Sheriff's Office has asked the county commissioners to institute the ban in certain county buildings and properties. The ban would not prohibit a person with a concealed-carry permit from bringing a concealed weapon into county buildings.

  • Unraveling kinks in Evergreen's loop trail project

    A long-anticipated project to create a smooth connection between downtown Evergreen and the Lake Park has hit a couple of snags regarding permitting, which Scott Robson, Evergreen Park and Recreation District executive director, is in the process of unraveling.

    After working with the Colorado Department of Transportation to obtain a permit for the loop trail, Robson recently learned that a portion of the proposed trail path along Highway 74 is on Denver Mountain Parks land.

  • Sadie Hawkins dance at historic barn offers second annual chance to boogie

    More than 400 people who came to the first Boogie at the Barn at the Alderfer Ranch last fall can look forward to kicking up their heels again this Saturday, May 4.

    “Boogie is back for 2013 as a series of three great barn dances,” said Pandora Reagan, who is helping to organize the event with musician and partner John Erlandson.

    “In the tradition of the old barn dances and in celebration of spring, this first Boogie at the Barn of 2013 will be a Sadie Hawkins dance: ‘Gals ask guys,’ ” Reagan says.

  • Four fire board members retained in contentious recall election

    Evergreen residents overwhelmingly voted to retain four fire district board members in a contentious recall election spurred by the board’s decision to erect a fire-training building in Bergen Park.

    Approximately 6,500 voters responded “no” to the question on mail-in ballots asking if board members George Kling, Charles Simons, Jeff DeDisse and David Christensen should be recalled, according to results posted April 23.

  • Veterans memorial statue receives approval from park district board

    Evergreen veterans turned out in force at the April 23 meeting of the park district board to voice their support for a statue they are planning for the veterans’ memorial in Buchanan Park.

    After more than two hours of discussion, the Evergreen Park and Recreation District board members voted 3-1 for the statue, which will depict a soldier with a rifle. The life-size statue will be placed at the Veterans’ Commemorative Walk, which is in a secluded section of the park.