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  • Fire destroys house on Blue Sky Trail; 3 dogs saved

    A three-story house at 10060 Blue Sky Trail was leveled by fire on Feb. 6, but an alert deputy who spotted the flames raced to the scene and saved the lives of three golden retrievers that were trapped in the burning home.

    The deputy, who was patrolling on U.S. 285, saw smoke near Shadow Mountain, followed the smoke and reported the fire. Once he arrived, the deputy kicked in the door of the burning home and freed the three canines, according to a news release from the Elk Creek Fire District. 

  • Shadow Mountain home lost; family, pets uninjured

    A fire Sunday night destroyed a house on Shadow Mountain Drive in Conifer belonging to a family of six.

    The family and their two German shepherds were uninjured. A firefighter was reported to have sustained minor injuries that did not require medical attention.

    Jody Wagner, spokeswoman for the Elk Creek Fire Protection District, said there were conflicting reports on whether any family members were inside the home when the fire broke out.

  • ‘Stealth monopine’ tower will go up along Brook Forest Road

    A 45-foot, state-of-the-art cell phone tower supposedly designed to look like the ultimate ponderosa pine tree has been approved for installation at 6106 S. Brook Forest Road in Evergreen.

    Verizon Communications has obtained approval for a “stealth monopine” tower that will replace the existing 45-foot tower and will have significantly more camouflaging material.

    The tower will be on property owned by Evergreen Supply Co. but will not be easily seen from Brook Forest Road.

  • Fire breaks out on Blue Sky Trail in Conifer

    Firefighters are on the scene of a house fire at 10060 Blue Sky Trail in Conifer at 1:15 p.m. The house was fully engaged when reports went out on the radio about 11:45 a.m. Elk Creek Fire Rescue is the primary fire department, with North Fork, Evergreen and Inter Canyon providing assistance. Tanker trucks are bringing water. The Platte Canyon Wildland Fire Team is also on the scene. As of 1:14 p.m. firefighters were still calling for water. Radio reports indicated the house was not occupied. Smoke plumes could be seen from Highway 285.

     

  • Decision coming soon on Wulf weight room

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District will hold a regular meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, at the Wulf Recreation Center to discuss a staff report on the future of the weight room at Wulf Recreation Center, among other things.

    Separately,  the board will hold a special meeting Feb. 10 to discuss the timing of the Buchanan Park Community Center and Art Center feasibility study. Also, an executive session will be held for the annual review of the executive director and to discuss unspecified real estate matters. The executive session is closed to the public.

  • Jeffco celebrates 20-year relationship with county in Taiwan

    Three flags greet people when they arrive at the Jefferson County Courts and Administration Facility in Golden: the U.S. flag, the Colorado flag and the Jefferson County flag.

    On Jan. 29, however, the county's flag came down and Taiwan's went up in its place, signifying a 20-year relationship between Jeffco and Pingtung County, the southernmost county in Taiwan.

  • Commissioners allocate $850,000 to help disabled

    The Developmental Disabilities Resource Center will be able to help between 12 and 16 more people get off a decades-long waiting list this year after the Jefferson County commissioners approved more than $850,000 in funding.

    Art Hogling, DDRC's executive director, said the money will be used to help more than a dozen more people by purchasing a new group home, expanding transportation services and installing fire suppression systems in three of the DDRC's existing buildings. The additions would also create 20 jobs, Hogling said.

  • RTD: Voters support tax hike for FasTracks

    The Regional Transportation District says more than 60 percent of residents in the eight-county Denver metro area would support a tax increase to finish the FasTracks expansion by 2017, but some in South Jeffco aren't so sure.

    "I don't think that would happen," said Justin Everett, a South Jeffco Republican who is president of CoHOPE, a coalition of area homeowner associations. Everett said CoHOPE hasn't taken an official position, but his personal opinion is that a tax increase wouldn't fly.

  • Dome, sweet dome

    An Evergreen-based nonprofit group wants to create a year-round community garden in a polycarbonate-and-fir geodesic dome, preferably somewhere in Buchanan Park north of the Buchanan Rec Center.

    Global Children’s Gardens and Mountain Community Gardeners have asked the Evergreen Park and Rec District, which owns Buchanan Park, for permission to build an 850-square-foot “growing dome” surrounded by raised garden beds.

  • Economist to deliver '09 forecast

    Keith B. Hembre, the new chief economist for U.S. Bank, will offer his economic forecast for 2009 at a gathering sponsored by the Evergreen Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 10.

    The event, which includes lunch, will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 10 at Hiwan Country Club. Registration is required due to limited seating.