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  • Indian Hills rallies to raise funds for family of sheriff’s sergeant

    The Indian Hills fire station was filled with people who came to a fund-raising dinner for the family of Jeffco sheriff’s Sgt. Sean Renfro on Saturday evening.

    Indian Hills Fire Chief Emery Carson organized the benefit for Renfro, a 15-year veteran of the department and a Conifer resident who was hit by a vehicle Jan. 3 after stopping to help at an accident scene on U.S. 285. He is survived by his wife and four children.

    “I felt we needed to do something to help,” Carson said.

  • Leadership Evergreen class of 2015 begins sessions

    Fifteen members of the 2015 class of Leadership Evergreen began learning about their community this past weekend.

    Meeting at the Hiwan Homestead Museum, the classmates got to know one another as they focused on the history of Evergreen at the beginning session.

    Evergreen historian Barbara Sternberg and Linda Kirkpatrick, a founding member of Leadership Evergreen, made presentations along with Dick Wulf, former director of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District, and Dan Lincoln, a community activist whose family owns Willow Creek Restaurant.

  • 8th annual egg decorating contest begins

    The opportunity to create a work of art from an egg is once again available in the eighth annual egg-decorating contest sponsored by the Evergreen Downtown Business Association.

    Each year contestants paint their eggs from January to March at Go Paint! in downtown Evergreen.

  • Coordinated efforts needed to pull ATV from Evergreen Lake

    It took more than four hours to pull the 2,000-pound ATV that sank into Evergreen Lake last Thursday morning from the water, said Marc Rosenberg of the Evergreen Metropolitan District, who oversaw the salvage operation on Friday.

  • Police raid hash-oil lab operation in Conifer

    Denver drug enforcement officials found an illegal hash oil extraction lab in Conifer and closed it down Friday morning.

  • Candlelight vigil for Greg Henika on Sunday at EHS

    A candlelight vigil honoring Greg Henika will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Evergreen High School football field, hosted by Blue Spruce Kiwanis and the Evergreen Park and Recreation District.

    Henika, 67, died Thursday after the ATV fitted with a plow that he was driving fell through the ice on Evergreen Lake. He was rescued about 35 minutes after he went into the water Thursday morning and taken to St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood. He was pronounced dead that afternoon.

  • Tribute to Greg Henika planned Sunday

    Local residents are planning a tribute to Greg Henika, who died Thursday after the ATV he was driving fell through the ice on Evergreen Lake, on Sunday evening.
    A thread on Facebook said people would gather and light candles to honor Henika and his family. The location and time are yet to be determined.

    Henika, an Idledale resident, was clearing the ice of snow for the Evergreen Ice Golf Tournament, which he founded. The tournament, which has been canceled, was scheduled for Sunday.

  • Hays selected as interim chamber president

    An Evergreen resident, who previously was the Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce advertising and membership director, has been named the chamber’s interim president.

    Betsy Hays, who also served as development director of the Mountain Area Land Trust, will take over the helm of the chamber while its board of directors searches for a permanent president.

    Lin Browning, who was the chamber’s president for four years, resigned abruptly recently, citing family issues.

  • Man dies after ATV falls through ice on Evergreen Lake

    An Idledale man died Thursday after the ATV he was using to groom Evergreen Lake fell through the ice.

    Greg Henika, 67, was pulled from the water about 10 a.m. by a rescue diver, according to Doug Saba of Evergreen Fire/Rescue. The ATV that Henika was driving broke through the ice about 9:35 a.m., and people nearby called 911.

    Henika was pronounced dead at St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood, where he had been taken by helicopter, said Gordon Johnson, a deputy coroner for Jefferson County. An autopsy will be performed, Johnson said.

  • Goodwill flows back to Evergreen Rotary

    In 2010, high school exchange student Toni Ann Santamaria got an idea for a clean-water project after attending an Evergreen Rotary meeting with her host mom, Barbara Wingate.

    Things came full circle on Friday, when Evergreen Rotary members received a $1,000 award for raising money and serving as a catalyst to get the clean-water project built in a village near Santamaria’s home village in the Philippines.