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  • Rec workers' merit raises capped at 6%

    Park district employees stand to get raises ranging from zero to 6 percent under the terms of a new pay-for-performance compensation policy hashed out in a special district board meeting on Dec. 29.

    Under the new policy, employees are not entitled to the 3.5 to 4 percent automatic cost-of-living increases they received in the past. A fixed amount of money, about $50,000, will be distributed according to merit.

  • Developer seeks easement on private retreat

    After failing to reach a deal with private landowners, Evergreen developer Ron Lewis has filed a condemnation action in district court to get an easement on a 700-foot section of road south of Shaffers Crossing off South Elk Creek Road.

  • Ice Melt Barrel contest begins again

    The Evergreen Ice Melt Barrel was stationed at its lonely outpost on Evergreen Lake for the third year at 10 a.m. Jan. 1.

    Sponsored by the Mountain/Foothills Rotary Club, the barrel is monitored until it falls in the drink, signaling the approach of spring. The public is invited to bet on when the barrel goes for a swim. The winner gets $1,000. Second place is $400. Proceeds go to the Evergreen park district’s special needs program (60 percent), DriveSmart (20 percent) and the Rotary Foundation.

  • Princess makes a splash

    Of all the reckless maniacs who sank 35 bucks and their hardy altogethers into the Evergreen Lake Plunge on New Year’s Day, none caused a bigger splash — both literally and figuratively — than Princess Kristina Halstead.

    True, we colonials generally don’t have much use for viscounts, crown princes, queen mums and the like, but the festive mob on hand for Evergreen’s second-ever Frigid Follies on Jan. 1 took their honorary liege to heart with royal enthusiasm.

  • Man struck by hit-run driver on Evergreen Parkway

    A man crossing Evergreen Parkway near Ponderosa Drive was hit by an unidentified vehicle that then fled the accident scene about 11:45 p.m. Dec. 31.

    The victim, identified as Shawn Michael Stover, 31, of Denver, was transported to St. Anthony Hospital with moderate injuries. The Colorado State Patrol is looking for any information to find the driver, who remains at large.

    According to a release by the State Patrol, the make, model and color of the vehicle are unknown.

    The patrol asks anyone with information about the incident to call 303-239-4583.

     

  • Homeowner finds three lions in yard

    A homeowner and experienced hunter on Bergen View Trail woke up New Year’s Eve morning about 7 a.m. and spotted three, never-before-tagged young mountain lions on his property.

    One was trapped in the chicken coop behind his house, and another one was stalking around the front of the house. A third lion was keeping track of the one in the cage.

  • From the embers, a new beginning

    The charred remains of what once was the Maixner family’s log-cabin-style home sit quietly in the Homestead Hills neighborhood this week. The air still carries hints of a campfire scent, but all is silent except for the cracking sounds of the settling trees that were reduced to charcoal.

    It looks, to many, like a devastating misfortune — one that occurred on Christmas Eve, no less. But to the Maixner family, community goodwill has brought a ray of light into their difficult days.

  • Year in Review: Politics took center stage

    Change was the national watchword in 2008, and Evergreen was no exception. Join us as we revisit of some of the year’s top stories …

    Cheri Gerou elected to state House

    In her first-ever run for elected office, architect Cheri Gerou parlayed a message of fiscal responsibility, a Republican registration advantage, mountain residency and solid financial resources into a big win, despite a county-wide pro-Obama vote.

  • 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.