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  • Concerns about 'hot' water

    To drink, or not to drink, untested well water. That is the question for which state chemist Tom Harrison has a quick answer: Test it first.

    Harrison, chemistry lab supervisor for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, says he always encourages residents to have their private well water checked by a lab before using it. 

    “You just don’t know until you test,” he says. 

  • Residents question plans for RV storage facility

    Residents living near a commercial site on Bergen Parkway learned of plans for an RV and boat storage facility on the property during a community meeting June 13. 

    “What we are trying to come up with are some uses that may have been overlooked,” said lead planner Doug Reed of Fine Line Consulting Inc. Reed was representing Evergreen Mercantile and property owner Dave Wilson at the meeting.

  • Olympic theme dominates Rodeo Parade

    “Here come the horses!” a youngster shouted as the first horseback riders made their way down Main Street at the start of the Evergreen Rodeo Parade on Saturday. 

    As the large crowd cheered, even some of the horses seemed excited, tossing their heads while clip-clopping along.

    Holding onto her white hat on the cool, breezy morning, honorary grand marshal Louise Hendryx greeted people as she rode by in one of the first of 91 entries in the parade.

  • 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.