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  • 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.

  • Controversy smoldering over proposed fire training facility

    Controversy over the proposed training facility at Evergreen Fire Station 2 in Bergen Park is still smoldering among residents protesting the plan.

    Greg Meyerhoff, chairman of a committee studying the issue, has taken video of recent firefighter training sessions, which he can see from his home in The Trails at Hiwan. The video, which Meyerhoff is distributing by e-mail, also has separately recorded sounds of the training that includes chainsaw use.

  • Schools coping with declines in state funding

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

    Jeffco Public Schools can’t count on state funding to make up its budget shortfalls, which is why it is asking voters in November to approve a tax increase, a district administrator says.

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  • Evergreen water district penalty rate lifted

    Due to recent rainfall and higher stream flows, the Evergreen Metropolitan District board has rescinded the drought penalty rate previously enacted.

    All water used over 14,000 gallons per month per residential equivalent will be billed at the standard rate of $5 per 1,000 gallons.

  • Evergreen water district penalty rate lifted

    Due to recent rainfall and higher stream flows, the Evergreen Metropolitan District board has rescinded the drought penalty rate previously enacted.

    All water used over 14,000 gallons per month per residential equivalent will be billed at the standard rate of $5 per 1,000 gallons.

  • Making picnics environmentally friendly as well as fun

     While picnics and outdoor events are fun, the vast majority of disposable products picnickers use wind up in landfills, adding to the waste stream humans generate. The Evergreen Alliance for Sustainability has developed a program designed to offset this problem by helping people create a zero-waste event from planning stages to final cleanup.

    EAS+Y volunteers can direct event organizers to places where they can purchase recyclable or compostable cups, plates, or utensils, which are available from many sources, including a local wholesaler.

  • Bootstraps recipients heading off to college

     Evergreen High School graduate Stephanie Lownds says she is excited — and a little scared — about heading to the University of Wyoming in a few weeks as a freshman.

    Lownds also says she appreciates her Bootstraps scholarship, which will help with tuition and room and board.

    Anna Bowes, another Evergreen High grad and Bootstraps recipient, is getting ready to move to a dorm at Colorado State University, where she will study music and participate in the school’s marching band. 

  • A downright delightful ducky derby

      “Here they come!” an onlooker shouted Saturday as a shower of 7,000 yellow rubber duckies cascaded to the base of Evergreen Lake Dam.

     

    The crowd gathered by the water cheered as the huge mass of duckies poured from a net attached to an Evergreen Fire/Rescue cherry picker at the colorful start of the third annual Dam Duck Derby.

    After a quick recovery from their dramatic release high above the dam, the duckies began floating on Bear Creek on the sunny afternoon.

  • Injured EHS grad faces lengthy rehab

    Progress is slow but steady for Ryan Haebe, a former standout runner for Evergreen High School who faces a long process of rehabilitation after sustaining a brain injury on July 7.

    Ryan’s family keeps positive thoughts that the day will come when he is back to his old self, though they also understand his rehabilitation could take years.