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  • Fire district board delays training facility project

    The Evergreen Fire Protection District board has decided to delay the training facility project for three months to allow time for a committee to review it and consider options.

    Since learning of plans for the facility, some Evergreen residents have strongly objected to the selected site at Fire Station 2 on Bergen Parkway, which is close to a residential area.

    George Kling, EFPD board president, made the motion for the project delay at the June 12 meeting. Board members voted 4-1 for approval, with David Christensen casting the dissenting vote.

  • Eastbound I-70 reopens after haz-mat spill

    The eastbound lanes of I-70 have been reopened at the Lookout Mountain exit, after a semi carrying flammable liquid rolled near milepost 256 on Thursday afternoon.

    The spill had closed all eastbound lanes starting about 2 p.m., and traffic was diverted onto U.S. 40 for much of the afternoon.

    The tractor-trailer, carrying seven 550-gallon containers of a methanol solution, rolled at the entrance to the runaway truck lane, according to the Colorado State Patrol. A haz-mat team was called in to clean up the 400-gallon spill.

  • Squirrel found dead in Idledale tests positive for plague

    A squirrel found dead in Idledale has tested positive for bubonic plague, leading public health officials to urge residents to keep their pets inside, according to a June 12 news release.
    Idledale residents found several dead squirrels around their homes, said Dave Volkel, zoonosis coordinator for Jefferson County Public Health.
    “We’ve had squirrel die-offs in the past, and it’s been caused by the plague,” Volkel said.

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  • Evergreen Rodeo parade judges selected

    The judges for the 46th annual Evergreen Rodeo Parade are Tab Berkey, president of the Evergreen Artists’ Association, Scott Robson, Evergreen Park and Recreation District executive director, and Vicki Bock, owner of Bear’s Inn Bed and Breakfast.

    The three judges will select first-, second- and third-place winners in youth, non-commercial adult, and commercial categories. An overall crowd-pleasing entry will be chosen, for a grand total of 10 awards.

  • Evergreen's 'crown jewel' park sparkles with upgrades

     Evergreen Lake Park now has a lush green lawn, new picnic tables and a covered permanent stage for outdoor performances. 


    The improvements to the popular park make it more enjoyable for visitors of all ages, including those who came to the first outdoor concert of the season on June 6. 

    “We recognize that the lake and the park are the crown jewels of Evergreen,” said Scott Robson, executive director of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District. “It’s by far the most used park in the community.”

  • Cow on the mooooove

    Six-foot two,

    Eyes of brown,

    All 400 pounds running ‘round.

    Has anybody seen that cow?

    After a month of kicking up her heels and grazing on fresh grass in various Evergreen locations, a young Angus cow is still on the lam.

    She’s been spotted wandering through the yards of Hiwan Hills residents. Others have seen Hal Choate’s escaped cow at Walgreens, Taco Bell and the Safeway parking lot on Evergreen Parkway, he said.

  • Opposition leads fire district board to rethink training facility

    In the wake of residents’ objections to plans for a training facility at Fire Station 2 in Bergen Park, members of the Evergreen Fire Protection District board are looking at other options.

    A recent public meeting of residents and fire officials generated sparks of concern about the location selected for the fire training facility. Residents living near the fire station said they did not want to see a four-story facility from their homes and be disturbed by firefighter training activity.

  • Where the fishing is easy

    “I got one!” shouted 7-year-old Tyler Redmond while fishing at Evergreen Lake on Saturday.

    Tyler had just caught his third rainbow trout at Evergreen Outdoor Skills Day.

    The Colorado Division of Wildlife provided fishing poles and bait for people wanting to try their luck on the bright, sunny day. Youngsters and their parents were lined up beside the inlet, which the Evergreen Elks Lodge had stocked with 400 rainbow trout. Elks member Matt McDonald was at the cleaning station ready to prepare the catches for a meal.

  • 2012-13 school budget eliminates 31 positions

    The Jefferson County school board approved the district’s 2012-13 budget on a 4-1 vote June 7, which includes continuing pay cuts and furlough days district-wide. Also, some 31 positions will be cut.

    Some $15 million in cuts are spread through various departments. However, the board continued to provide some funding to the Outdoor Lab Schools.

    The school’s total 2012-13 budget is $931 million, down very slightly from last year’s total budget of $932 million. The budget includes a $605 million general fund.