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  • Firefighter likes helping neighbors, but dreads facing the devastation

    Being a firefighter in your own neighborhood has its rewards, and yet it can be emotionally draining — as it was during the Lower North Fork Fire.
    Wendy Zechman, a volunteer firefighter with Elk Creek since 2009, cut her spring-break trip short to help fight the flames.

     

  • When all winds become ill winds

    Kristen Moeller used to love the sound of the wind.

    But since she and her husband, David Cottrell, lost their home in the Lower North Fork Fire two weeks ago, the wind doesn’t sound the same.

    “It used to sound so musical,” she said. “Now it sounds harsh.”

    Moeller and Cottrell’s home off Kuehster Road and Rocky Top Trail was one of 27 houses turned to ash by the fast-moving fire that burned about 4,100 acres south of Conifer.

  • Home Depot pitches in

    Never underestimate the power of the community to come to your aid.

    The Evergreen Home Depot heard about Kristen Moeller and David Cottrell’s plight and offered to donate the supplies necessary to sift through the rubble of their home that was burned in the Lower North Fork Fire.

    The $800 worth of supplies was a small token of what Home Depot could do, said store manager Steve Powers. In addition, five store employees spent last Saturday helping the couple and their friends do the work.

  • North Fork, Elk Creek responding to Deckers wildfire

    Firefighters are responding to a four-acre wildfire that broke out just after 1 p.m. on Friday in the 6800 block of Highway 67 on U.S. Forest Service Land.  Smoke is visible from the lookout and overlook on Highway 126, according to Channel 9. Winds are from 20 to 40 mph.  There are structures in the area but no mandatory evacuations. North Fork and Elk Creek fire departments are involved. 

  • Kids can come out of their shells at MOPS Hop

    MOPS is planning a Hop, and the group is hoping area kids jump at the chance to find some Easter eggs filled with nontraditional surprises.

    The Mothers of Preschoolers group that meets at Conference Baptist Church in Evergreen will host a community Easter egg hunt on Saturday and is hoping to welcome lots of kids and parents. 

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Julia Child’s red wine reduction

  • 42-acre addition proposed for Reynolds Park

    Jeffco Open Space will purchase 42 acres on Foxton Road as an addition to Reynolds Park, pending approval by the county commissioners.

    The Jefferson County Open Space Advisory Committee approved the staff proposal to buy the property from Willard Kent Faller Trust for $255,905.

    The decision came at a regular meeting of the committee March 1. The authorization approving negotiations was June 4, 2009.

  • End of the trail: NEAT obtains federal funding for sidewalk from Bergen Village to Bergen Elementary

    The federal Safe Routes to School grant program has awarded $250,000 to complete the last part of the NEAT trail from Bergen Village to Bergen Elementary along Sugarbush Drive.

     

    The 0.6-mile walkway is an extension of the existing NEAT trail, which starts at Evergreen Middle School.

    "We are so excited after 10 years of thinking about this and breaking it into pieces to get it done; it's something the whole NEAT team has been dreaming about," said Liz Cohen, president of the nonprofit North Evergreen Activity Trails.

  • Sister urges left-turn-on-green-arrow-only signal

    The sister of a woman who was seriously injured in a car accident March 14 is imploring authorities to put in a restricted left-turn signal at the intersection of Evergreen Parkway and Highway 103 (Squaw Pass Road.)

    Sandy Bruggeman of Evergreen believes there should be a left-turn-on-green-arrow-only light at the intersection where two cars collided, sending three people to the hospital. There is a green arrow, but left turns are allowed when the arrow is off and the green light is on.

  • Chimney fires continue to be threat

    Evergreen Fire/Rescue put out a fire at a two-story home at 4450 Upper Bear Creek Road on the afternoon of March 20.

    The blaze was caused by a buildup of unburned material in the top end of a circular metal flue attached to a wood-burning fireplace, said Doug Saba, spokesman for Evergreen Fire/Rescue.

    The call came in from a homeowner at 1:30 p.m. at the house about 5 miles west of Station 5 on Upper Bear Creek Road. The first crew arrived at 1:48 p.m. Flames were seen coming out of the chimney.