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  • Rec districts struggle with federal pool safety act

    Recreation districts are having a hard time keeping up with a new federal law designed to prevent kids from being trapped by suction in swimming pools, but the law is not likely to force any pool closings in the immediate future.

    The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act required that all pools and spas be in compliance as of Dec. 20.

    The law, signed by President Bush on Dec. 19, 2007, was passed in the aftermath of the 2002 drowning death of the 7-year-old granddaughter of former Secretary of State James A. Baker.

  • Owners fear land grab in local subdivision

    A developer has named 48 individual landowners and groups in an adverse possession lawsuit, intending to gain clear title to about a half-dozen segments of never-built roads in the Mountain Park Home subdivision in Evergreen.

    Some of the landowners, who are mainly retired people who bought their plots 20 to 25 years ago, fear that the developer, William Prescott of Bell Park Development Co. of Berthoud, is trying to take possession or block access to their property. Prescott is building houses on property on Liberty Drive at the base of Fern Gulch Road.

  • Lake open for skating despite warm spell

    Despite the invasion of Chinook winds on Tuesday, it looks like the ice on Evergreen Lake is going to hold up long enough to be good for skating on New Year’s Eve. Temperatures on Monday and Tuesday were in the 40s. As of Tuesday, the ice was about 12 inches thick.

    “If we keep getting a breeze, it should be OK,” said Cathy Peterson, facilities specialist with the Evergreen Park and Recreation District.

  • Officers trap cougar that killed 2 deer in Troutdale neighborhood

    The Division of Wildlife successfully trapped a 1-year-old mountain lion that killed two deer on Troutdale Scenic Drive above the Evergreen Safeway.

    After being sedated on Wednesday morning, the cat was taken to the Mount Evans State Wildlife Area and released.

    The Troutdale area is adjacent to Dedisse Park and Jefferson County Open Space on the west.

    Neighbors Linda Kirkpatrick and Jack Wolfe on Troutdale Scenic Drive both uncovered deer carcasses on their property Monday, Dec. 22.

  • A special person for special kids

    Kids with special needs love to have fun as much as other children, and thanks to the special needs program of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District, special kids are getting a lot more enjoyment out of life.

    Special needs coordinator Maren Schreiber started the program with five participants in 1997 and now has 60 regular members, many of whom have been in the group for years.

  • Team Tessa

    A basketball game unfolded Dec. 19 at the Dakota Ridge High School gym, but thoughts of winning or losing were eclipsed by concern for a graduate facing a devastating disease.

    Some players wore black. Some wore white. But they all were part of the same team: Team Tessa.

  • Evergreen, Conifer well-represented at Vegas rodeo

    LAS VEGAS, NEV. — For 10 days a year, what happens in Vegas involves wearing a cowboy hat. And at the recent National Finals Rodeo, hats were off to a group of Evergreen and Conifer natives.

    Tim Shirley of Conifer, a two-time champ at the Evergreen Rodeo, was among the top competitors at the national event. He was joined in Las Vegas by 2008 Evergreen Rodeo queen Amanda Bodkin, Evergreen artist Gary Sohrweid, and author, actor and singer Junior Ray.

  • Fire district seeks radio upgrade for $900,000

    The Evergreen Fire Protection District board voted to spend $250,000 in hopes of gaining $650,000 in grant money to pay for a massive, $900,000 radio communications system overhaul by 2013.

    At a regular meeting of the board of directors on Dec. 19, the board found out the department could be eligible for a grant from the Department of Homeland Security to pay for the bulk of the radio upgrade.

    The $250,000 would constitute matching funds to start the grant process and make the transition to VHF radio frequency. A formal proposal is due Jan. 19.

  • Idaho Springs man sentenced in illegal hunting of elk

    Larry C. Losch of Idaho Springs was sentenced Dec. 17 for his role in the illegal hunting of a large elk in Evergreen on Sept. 13, 2007.

  • School board seeks community feedback on budget cuts

    The Jefferson County school board is asking for the community’s help in making decisions about the district’s budget. The district will need to cut at least $35 million between 2009 and 2012 after voters rejected the bond and mill levy measures on the November ballot.

    The board has received recommendations from staff and community budget work groups and wants to continue to gather feedback from many different voices in Jefferson County.