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  • A lucky strike: Evergreen man survives lightning strike during hike on Quandary Peak

    It was a freak lightning strike that involved no thunder, rain or warning, except for some dark clouds. It was a cold day in the 30s, and snow began falling on the 14,000-foot peak after noon. Others in the vicinity said there was a single, terrifying bolt of lightning.

    “I was the only person there who wasn’t traumatized by the events. I couldn’t remember anything,” said T.J. Carroll, an oil and gas attorney with Kinder Morgan in Lakewood. “Everybody else was totally freaked out.”

  • Park maintenance facility must be built in stages

    A couple of unheated steel shipping containers connected by a makeshift roof will have to serve as the park district’s vehicle repair shop and storage facility for at least one more winter.

    Plans to build a new park maintenance facility had to be put on hold last month after the construction costs for the bare-bones plan turned out to be substantially higher than first estimated.

  • Channel 6 viewers need to rescan digital sets

    The station just raised its antenna 200 feet and increased its power to 1 million watts at the tower on Mount Morrison, where it reaches viewers along the Front Range and in the mountains.

    (Mount Morrison is the prominent peak above Red Rocks Amphitheatre that can be seen from I-70 and Highways 73 and 74 in Evergreen.)

    Before the power boost, Channel 6 was operating at only 315,000 watts.

    Channel 6 expected to lose about 10 percent of its coverage area temporarily when it went digital June 12.

  • Purrington to be released to rehab hospital

    Julia Purrington of Evergreen, 34, is recovering from a fractured left kneecap and severely torn ligaments in her right knee and is expected to be released from Littleton Adventist Hospital into a rehabilitation hospital this week.

    Purrington was seriously injured in a bicycle accident on Rampart Range Road near Chatfield Reservoir on Aug. 22.

    She said from the hospital that she had a couple of surgeries on her knees and is waiting for the results of an MRI on her shoulder.

  • Cyclist still in hospital after Aug. 16 on-ramp crash

    Jeffrey S. Detlefs of Evergreen was arrested on a number of charges, including vehicular assault, DUI and leaving the scene of an accident involving serious bodily injury.

    He was held in Jefferson County Jail until Aug. 21, when he posted bail of $60,000.

    The case has been turned over to the Denver district attorney’s office for special prosecution because Hegyi is an attorney for the Jefferson County Public Defender’s Office.

    A spokeswoman for St. Anthony Hospital Central could give no further details about the nature of his injuries .

  • Smoke health advisory issued

    The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has

    issued a smoke health advisory for northwest and north-central Colorado

    for those individuals with heart disease, respiratory illnesses, the

    very young and the elderly.

    Significant smoke from fires in Canada,

    Utah, Colorado, California and other Western states will continue to

    cause widespread haze in Colorado. Smoke should gradually

    diminish later this evening in most areas.

    Fine particulate levels in the air currently are in the

  • Couple found fatally shot in Indian Hills home ID'd

    The two people found dead in an Indian Hills home have been identified as Joseph Dawson and Danielle Hudon, both 27, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.

    The bodies of the unmarried couple were found in a small, single-family rental house Aug. 23 at 23007 Kiowa Road after authorities received a 911 call from the landlord at 3:35 p.m.

    The landlord was about to show the Indian Hills home to a prospective tenant when he discovered the bodies, said Jacki Kelley, spokeswoman for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

     

  • Evergreen woman seriously injured in bicycle accident near Chatfield

    Triathlete and Evergreen businesswoman Julia Purrington was seriously injured in a bicycle accident on Rampart Range Road near Chatfield Reservoir on Saturday, Aug.22

    Richard Paradis of Vail was also seriously injured after hitting his head on the pavement and being transported out by Flight for Life. He was in Swedish Medical Center in an induced coma.

    Purrington’s friend, Kathleen Allen, was also in the riding group of six people, but she was not injured.

  • Evergreen man free on bond after car-bike accident

    The driver involved in a car-versus-bicycle accident has been released from a Denver hospital, and the bicyclist is out of intensive care and reported to be in fair condition. The driver is out of jail on $60,000 bond.

    Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies arrested Jeffrey S. Detlefs, 57, of Evergreen on a number of charges, including vehicular assault, DUI and leaving the scene of an accident involving serious bodily injury.

    The accident occurred Sunday afternoon, Aug. 16, on the eastbound ramp from Evergreen Parkway to I-70.

  • Jeffco government salaries

    Jefferson County government salaries 2009

    County Commissioners

    Administrative Specialist II 3367.00

    Commissioners Exec Secretary 5334.26

    Elected Official 7275.00

    Elected Official 7275.00

    Elected Official 7275.00