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  • BREAKING NEWS: Missing Conifer woman is found

    A Conifer woman who was reported missing at midmorning on Dec. 3 was found Thursday night in Fairplay.

    Laurette Doerr, 86, left her home in Conifer on Dec. 3 to visit her daughter in Denver and never arrived. Shortly before she was found a senior Amber Alert was released—the first time the state has done that.

    According to Park County Sheriff Fred Wegener, a truck driver who had seen the Amber Alert was traveling on U.S. 285 and spotted Doerr’s blue 2000 Subaru Impreza. The truck driver notified the Fairplay Police Department.

  • Birding legend Bill Brockner dies at 93 in Evergreen

    Bill Brockner, a longtime Evergreen resident and co-founder of the Evergreen Naturalists Audubon Society, died Wednesday night, Nov. 19, at Life Care Center of Evergreen. He was 93.

    Brockner was the husband of Courier columnist Sylvia Brockner. His interest in birds traced to his youth and led to his first meeting with Sylvia. The two, who became renowned birding experts, married in 1940.

  • Jazzman Howard Davis, an Evergreen standard, dies at age 89

    A Celebration of Life Service will be held at the Evergreen Lake House on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 11 a.m.

    Evergreen resident Howard Davis, whose career as a jazz musician spanned 65 years and included stints with some of the greatest orchestras ever assembled, has died. He was 89.

    Davis’ working history was, in many ways, a history of the Jazz Age. His alto sax can be heard on literally thousands of recordings by some of the biggest names in American music.

  • Fees, membership costs to increase in rec district

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District is in a position to set aside money for the future as well as invest a projected $581,000 in physical improvements and surveys under the proposed $6.4 million budget for 2009.

    The new budget also includes an average 7 percent increase in fees for programs and classes.

    Daily admission rates for Wulf and Buchanan rec centers will increase 50 cents. Short- and long-term membership passes will increase an average of $9, a 10 percent boost.

  • Fire board approves $4.1 million budget for 2009

    At its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 19, the five-member board of directors voted 5-0 to approve the 2009 budget for the Evergreen Fire Protection District.

    The final version of the document outlining how the district is to spend $4.1 million was virtually the same as the one presented at a public hearing Nov. 12.

    Property tax revenue is expected to be $3.6 million in 2009, or the same as budgeted for 2008, with the possibility there might be another $43,000 in tax revenue based on the assessor’s most recent estimate.

  • Aging fire stations get spa treatment

    In September, the Evergreen Fire Protection District finished updating two of its oldest fire stations after a lengthy period of what could be called deferred maintenance.

    The fire department budgeted a total of $75,000 for the combined renovation, which came in under budget at $30,285 for No. 4 and $19,897 for No. 1. Former board member Lloyd See last spring championed the renovation project, which was executed under Fire Chief Garry DeJong.

  • Need still great at area food banks

    With the numbers of needy families growing by the day, EDS Waste Solutions and Evergreen Newspapers have teamed to help meet the pleas of area food banks struggling to keep items on their shelves.

    As in years past, EDS is picking up nonperishable food items along its regular routes. This year, Evergreen Newspapers offices have become drop-off points, and a number of businesses throughout the area have been collecting boxed and canned goods as well. The theme for the six-week drive has been Help Curb Hunger; collections will continue through Dec. 12.

  • Fire department’s HR director job could become temporary

    The human resources director position surfaced again as a bone of contention at the Evergreen Fire Protection District meeting Nov. 19 at department headquarters on Bergen Parkway.

    The topic came up in the wake of the resignation of Sheri Lyn Majors, who was hired in October as a part-time staff person for 16 hours a week after the resignation of consultant Patti Duncan. Majors left after four weeks to return to her former employer.

  • Water district plans $4.5 million in projects in 2009

    The days of Evergreen’s long-abandoned rooftop tennis court at Highway 74 and Meadow Drive are numbered.

    The big concrete slab at the wastewater treatment plant is big enough to hold two tennis courts, the outlines of which can still be seen from above. But after reigning for 35 years as a neighborhood eyesore, the concrete roof, which covers treatment machinery and aeration tanks, has been deemed unsound and has to be replaced before it collapses. The job is expected to cost $2 million.

  • An open-door policy

    A recent surge in vehicle break-ins and burglaries involving open garage doors has hit South Jeffco, and police are asking residents to avoid helping the criminals to commit the crimes.

    "They're assisting the crooks in becoming victims," said Capt. Patricia Woodin, who runs the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office south precinct. She said many of the recent burglaries and car thefts could have been prevented.