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  • Low creek flow spawns warm-water worries

    For Bear Creek’s finned-and-freckled set, midsummer is surely the cruelest season. By late July, the inevitable double-whammy of sunny weather and dwindling snowpack conspire to make local trout accommodations a trifle stifling.

  • Chowdhury says career in public service should outweigh 'personal failure'

    In his first full interview since his arrest and guilty plea for slapping his daughter, embattled school board member and defeated House candidate Vince Chowdhury says he has apologized and hopes people will consider his entire career in public service when evaluating him as a person.

  • CDOT to close Mount Evans road temporarily for repairs

    The state highway department plans to close the 14-mile-long Mount Evans Scenic Byway sometime between Aug. 10 and 23 for a few days to repair heaving asphalt and crumbling pavement.

    The road is riddled with potholes so deep that marmots have set up housekeeping in them.

  • Hamilton to depart fire district board

    Jaine Hamilton, a member of the Evergreen Fire Protection District board since 2002, has announced her decision to resign effective Oct. 1. Her decision had been expected for about six months, since she took a job in New Castle.

    Hamilton joined the fire department as a volunteer in 1990 and served until 1999. A certified paramedic, Hamilton worked for the district as a contract ambulance employee.

    Hamilton’s departure will represent a total board makeover since the 2006 election.

  • Wildlife officers kill lion that snatched dog in Idledale

    Division of Wildlife officers killed a mountain lion early Tuesday, a day after the animal entered the bedroom of an Idledale family while they were asleep and made off with a family pet.

    The name of the family, who are longtime Idledale residents, has not been released, said DOW spokeswoman Jennifer Churchill.

    “They are pretty traumatized by the event. They don’t really want to talk (right now),” Churchill said.

    The lion entered a bedroom on the ground level of the home through open French doors about 4 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 4.

  • Second Paschall case ends in mistrial

    A Jeffco jury deadlocked for the second time in six months on whether former Jeffco treasurer Mark Paschall tried to solicit a kickback from a political appointee in the twilight of his term.

    Jurors could not reach a verdict on the charge of compensation for past official behavior. In Paschall’s first trial in February, the jury found him not guilty of attempted theft but also deadlocked on the compensation charged.

  • World of music: Jazz Fest brings a swinging weekend

    “The hippest thing you can do is not play at all. Just listen.”

    — Lennie Tristano

    The word “jazz” covers more ground than any other in the musical lexicon, which means it had a lot in common with them what played and them what listened at last weekend’s eighth annual Evergreen Jazz Festival.

  • Calendar photo contest begins

    Mount Evans Hospice is looking for photographs of the mountain community’s scenery, wildlife and landmarks to include in the 2009 Seasons of Our Mountains Community Calendar.

    Amateur and professional photographers are encouraged to submit entries for this popular calendar, sponsored by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Evergreen National Bank and Evergreen Newspapers.

  • Jeffco enacts fire restrictions

    The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has announced temporary fire restrictions for all unincorporated areas of the county.

    The restrictions also include a portion of the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest off Brook Forest Road and will be in effect until further notice.

    While the restrictions are in effect, the following activities are prohibited:

    • Building, maintaining, attending or using any fire or campfire except within a permanently constructed fire grate in a developed park, campground or picnic area.

  • Reverse-911 glitch sent wrong people packing during Oxyoke Fire

    When Buffalo Creek resident Vicki Porter got a reverse-911 call July 20 during the Oxyoke Fire notifying her household of a mandatory evacuation, she and her family acted immediately, filling boxes and preparing to flee.

    But the family’s panic was short-lived — and unnecessary. Another call came a half-hour later saying that the first was in error: Porter’s home was one of 1,350 households that were wrongly contacted because of a glitch in the notification system.