Local News

  • Park district’s new exec director settles in


    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District board expected to conduct a national search when it started looking for a new executive director. But it wound up finding the right person in its own backyard.

    After screening 76 applications and conducting 21 phone interviews, the board picked Evergreen resident Scott Robson, an avid cyclist and trails fan, who was most recently the manager of Denver Parks and Recreation. In Evergreen, he joins the district just as it begins to develop the next 10-year master plan. His first day on the job was April 11.

  • Portion of Elk Meadow dog park to close for trail construction

    The eastern half of the off-leash dog park at Elk Meadow Open Space Park on Stagecoach Boulevard will be closed from May 2-27, including weekends.

    Jeffco Open Space Trails Service has cleared the eastern loop trail corridor and will be constructing a new, universally accessible trail.

    Areas to the west, including the fenced-in area, will still be available for dogs and owners.

    The parking lot at the trailhead will also be closed. Visitors are asked to park on the north side of Stagecoach Boulevard and leash their dogs while crossing the street.

  • ReStore gives discards a second chance

    You can find some amazing stuff at the ReStore, a purveyor of used building materials and second-hand furniture in Bergen Park at the Evergreen Mercantile center, formerly known as the BMC lumberyard, across from the King Soopers shopping center. Plus, if you buy, the money goes to a good cause.

  • Firefighters urge district to invest in training building

    The idea of building a $500,000 to $1 million building for firefighters to use for training purposes was back on the board agenda of the Evergreen Fire Protection District on April 12 after a year of study.

    Firefighter Wayne Shephard argued strenuously in favor of constructing a new "burn training" building, but board members said they needed more information about construction and operating costs before making a decision.

  • 9Health Fair draws hundreds to Elks Lodge

     The 9Health Fair sponsored by Mt. Evans Hospice attracted 836 participants on April 13 and 14 at the Evergreen Elks Lodge. About 100 members of the community served as volunteers for the annual event.

    The health fair was open from 7 a.m. to noon to accommodate the many people who had to fast before blood samples were taken. The blood-chemistry screening panel is one of the most popular tests and cost $30.

  • Christian Science lecturer coming to Lake House

    By Virginia Grantier

    For the Courier

    John Adams, a gray-haired retiree, hasn’t been to a doctor since getting his childhood vaccinations — and that’s intentional. He has no idea what his blood pressure is or what his cholesterol levels are — and that’s also intentional. He doesn’t care to know.

  • Earth Day Fair celebrates 22nd anniversary with speaker series

    For the Courier

    This year’s Mountain Area Earth Day Fair at Evergreen Lake on April 23 will celebrate the event’s 22nd anniversary with the addition of a speaker series.

    Visitors to this year’s fair can hear topics of interest in the Evergreen Nature Center, which is holding its 2011 grand opening that Saturday, or view dozens of displays in and around the Lake House.

  • Board cuts two school days from 2011-12 calendar

    The Jeffco school board took steps toward positioning the district for sweeping budget reductions last week, trimming two days from the 2011-12 school year and cutting the number of credits required for high school graduation.

  • Under fire: Three blazes, gusty winds test firefighters on a frenzied Friday

    The wind-driven wildfire that erupted north of Squaw Pass Road last Friday afternoon torched about 10 acres, produced huge plumes of smoke, burned a lot of dry grass and came within feet of three houses on Autumnwood Lane in Soda Creek.

    But by the end of the day, there were no injuries, and no structures were damaged.

  • Evergreen chamber focuses on local youth

    The Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a number of events in April and May to appeal to young people and their families.

    "Some people think we're only all about making money and holding mixers, but that's not really true. We want people to know we recognize youth as a valuable segment of the community and want to support them," said Lin Browning, chamber president.