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  • Firefighters, residents debate proposed fire training facility

    More than 100 residents and firefighters filled the Evergreen Fire/Rescue auditorium Aug. 14 to discuss the fire district’s controversial plan to build a training facility in Bergen Park, cheering and clapping at intervals.

     

    Residents voiced concerns with building a four-story training facility at Fire Station 2, which is near homes and an elementary school, and asked that other sites be considered.

  • Ultra-running champion going the distance in Relay for Life

    An ultra-running champion is gearing up for an all-night event at the Mountain Area Relay for Life at Conifer High School on Friday.

    Conifer resident Theresa Daus-Weber says her 50-mile goal on the high school track will be good practice for an upcoming competition while supporting a good cause.

    The Relay for Life, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, has meaning for Daus-Weber because of the loss of her father, who succumbed to the disease.

  • King-Murphy principal replaced

    Dr. Colleen Larson, the principal at King-Murphy Elementary School for the past four years, was replaced effective July 30.

    District Superintendent Todd Lancaster, who started the superintendent’s job this month, said he felt a change in leadership was needed at King-Murphy, which houses kindergarten through sixth grade.

    “In general,” he said, “I feel the leadership environment was not what I wanted in place at that school.”

  • Sheriff's Calls

    An Appalachian interlude

  • Myers Gulch road to be closed Thursday in Kittredge

    Myers Gulch Road in Kittredge will be closed on Thursday, Aug. 30, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. while work continues on the bridge improvement project.

    All traffic will be redirected through Avenue F to Columbine Trail on Thursday. For the remainder of the project, southbound traffic will continue using this detour. Northbound traffic will be able to continue using Myers Gulch Road.

    School bus routes are not be affected by the detour.

    The project is scheduled for completion at the end of September.

  • Democrats turn out in force for opening of Evergreen Obama office

    The opening of the Obama campaign office in Bergen Park on Aug. 7 drew more than 100 area Democrats.

     

    Many of those who attended the rally at a storefront in the King Soopers shopping center were signing up for phone banks and door-to-door canvassing to gather support for the president’s re-election.

  • Principals fear dire consequences if 3A/3B don’t pass

    Editor’s note: The Courier is publishing a series of articles examining arguments on both sides of Jeffco Public Schools’ proposed property-tax increase.

    Principals at Jeffco schools are concerned about the increased class sizes and decreased support staff they will face if voters reject two proposed tax increases in November.
    Mike Freeman, principal at Powderhorn Elementary in South Jeffco, said budget reductions already have hurt his school, and if proposed tax-increase measures 3A and 3B don’t pass, he’s worried about how his school will hold up.

  • Lightning kills elk cows, young

     An apparent lightning strike has killed two elk cows and three calves near Berrien Mountain in Conifer.

    Officer Dawson Swanson of the Colorado Division of Wildlife investigated reports of elk carcasses on the Armadillo Trail and determined that lightning struck a nearby tree and traveled to the elk, DOW spokesperson Jennifer Churchill said. 

    Evergreen resident Kyle Walpole said that when he first spotted the dead elk last weekend, he thought someone had shot them with a rifle.

  • Ducky derby a boon for downtown business association, area organizations

     The 7,000 yellow rubber duckies that floated down Bear Creek on Aug. 4 reaped benefits for area organizations and the Evergreen Downtown Business Association.

    While the net amount generated by the Dam Ducky Derby is still being finalized, Joyce Masyga, event chair, said she is pleased with this year’s results.

    The annual fund-raiser generates revenue for other EDBA events, including the Halloween Walk, the Holiday Walk, Breakfast with Santa and the trolley service in downtown Evergreen, said Masyga.

  • Preparing for emergency evacuations

     A resident who quickly left his blazing home on Bear Mountain recently was standing outdoors barefoot when firefighters arrived, said Doug Saba, fire inspector and community educator with Evergreen Fire/Rescue. 

     

    “Shoes are huge,” Saba said last Thursday while talking about emergency preparedness to a group at the Seniors’ Resource Center.

    Holding a bright red suitcase, Saba described a list of items to pack to prepare for the hasty evacuation that might be needed in the event of a house or wildland fire.