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  • Firefighters extinguish blaze near Chief Hosa Campground

     A brush truck that Foothills Fire & Rescue had just purchased was able to get close enough to a half-acre wildfire near the Chief Hosa Campground and extinguish it June 27.

    “We really got lucky,” said Dave Geralds, Foothills Fire & Rescue training captain.

    After receiving a call from a nearby resident, firefighters began running a water shuttle to put out the blaze caused by lightning striking a tree. 

    “When we got on the scene, the fire was driving into four other trees,” Geralds said.

  • EChO opens home furnishings store

    The Evergreen Christian Outreach Home Furnishings store is open for business in a space formerly occupied by Chow Down pet supplies and the New Shanghai restaurant on Evergreen Parkway.


    “We’re doing really well,” manager Kim Gaudet said while looking around the large space beside the EChO Resale Shop.

    A wide assortment of sofas, chairs, bedroom suites, dining room sets, art and books is in the 6,000 square foot space. Along with furniture, items for sale include musical instruments, antiques, collectibles and decorative items.

  • Plan for Wulf Park improvements presented to park district board

     “Evergreen is a special place, and Wulf Park should reflect that,” said Carter Marshal of Design Concepts while presenting a preliminary plan for Wulf Park improvements to the Evergreen Park and Recreation District board June 26.

    With $400,000 to spend on improvements, selecting initial projects for Wulf Park is the task at hand for EPRD staff and board members.

    Three primary considerations are creating greater handicapped accessibility, shared community space and changing the grade of the park — which has steep areas, said Marshal.

  • Drought water rate begins in Evergreen metro district

    The Evergreen Metropolitan District has a drought water rate in effect because of low water levels in Bear Creek.

    Residents in the district who use more than 14,000 gallons of water a month will be charged at a rate of $15 per 1,000 gallons. The normal rate for monthly water usage over 14,000 gallons is $5 per 1,000 gallons.

    The district’s base water rate is $23 per month for customers plus $2.90 per 1,000 gallons.

  • Scout, friends complete disabled-accessible project at Evergreen Lake Park

     Working together, Conifer High School graduate Reggie Dickhoff, his Scout buddies and youths in the Special-Needs Program at Wulf Recreation Center have completed an Eagle Scout project at the handicapped-accessible fishing deck at Evergreen Lake.


    The area now has two specially designed picnic tables for people in wheelchairs to use, along with a refurbished deck and fresh landscaping.

    Before beginning the project June 24, Dickhoff sought funds and donations from the community, which came in abundance.

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  • Rec district board OKs contract for energy upgrades

    An energy-efficiency project designed to save the Evergreen Park and Recreation District 19 percent annually in utility expenses is in the works.

    The EPRD board approved a $765,761 contract with McKinstry Essention Inc. during a special meeting June 21, along with a lease-purchasing financing agreement in the amount of $273,450.

    Last year the district spent $225,556 in utility expenses at its facilities out of a budgeted $232,756.

  • Correction


    An editor’s note on the June 20 Opinion page incorrectly characterized the primary election race between Tom Bennhoff and Randy Wheelock for Clear Creek County commissioner. Bennhoff and Wheelock are Democrats and were vying in District 3, which includes the towns of Empire, Silver Plume and Georgetown.

  • Firefighters contain grass fire north of Kittredge

    Evergreen and Foothills Fire/Rescue firefighters are at the scene of a grass fire in an area between Genesee and Kittredge after a lightning strike ignited dry fuels Wednesday afternoon.
    The fire, which was contained by 5 p.m., burned about a tenth of an acre near Spring Ranch Drive east of Evergreen and north of Kerr Gulch Road, according to an Evergreen Fire/Rescue spokesman. No one was injured, and no structures were damaged.

  • Sides draw battle lines over proposed tax hike for schools

    The pro and con contingents are drawing up battles lines over the proposed property-tax increase for Jeffco schools on the November ballot. 

    Opponents say the tax increase would not fully address the district’s budget issues or guarantee improved student performance, and that the district can find other places to cut the budget. Proponents counter that the increase would help a district ravaged by budget cuts over the past several years and help keep residential property values in the county high by maintaining quality schools.