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  • Town hall meeting offers snapshot of Evergreen

    The town hall meeting sponsored by the Evergreen Pathfinders offered a smorgasbord of information to those in attendance last Thursday evening.

    Gathered at the Lake House, Evergreen residents learned about the community’s emerging creative district, a master trails plan, and services provided by charitable organizations. Attendees also heard farewell speeches from the retiring Jeffco sheriff and state representative for the area.

    A few highlights:

  • Troubled bridge over creek water

    As the owner of Evergreen Lake Park, Denver Parks and Recreation has asked the Evergreen park district to boost its contribution to replace the aging bridge over Bear Creek at the entrance to the popular area.

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District, which manages the Lake Park, allocated $30,000 in its 2014 budget for the bridge project. An additional $10,000 for the work is in the budget proposal for 2015.

  • Fire destroys part of home on Lookout Mountain

    A fire Saturday night in a home on Vista Avenue on Lookout Mountain was contained to the garage and living room, which were destroyed. No one was injured

    Investigators are trying to determine the cause of the blaze, which also caused heavy smoke damage to the rest of the home, according to Tweets from the Mountain Fire Information Duty Officers of western Jefferson County.

  • A tale of healing and valor

    When writer Mark Kilburn first heard a traditional story told by Lakota medicine man David Swallow, he fell in love with it.

    “It's a powerful story,” he said.

  • ‘Wulf Winds’ sculpture designed as gateway to Wulf Park

    Fort Collins sculptor Tim Upham is creating a massive work with high sandstone columns and a bright stainless steel canopy for the entrance to Wulf Park.

    The free-form sculpture is being donated to the Evergreen Park and Recreation District by Art for the Mountain Community.

    “We’ve been working on it the better part of the year,” said Kathy Montgomery, AMC coordinator of the project.

  • Indian Hills Fire board eyes 2015 budget for district

    “We’ll look for community comment at the November (board) meeting,” fire board president Scott Kellar said Oct. 22 during discussion of the 2015 budget proposal for the Indian Hills Fire Protection District.

    The proposed budget for the coming year shows $297,000 in projected income and nearly $368,000 in expenses.

  • Few short-term vacation rentals in Evergreen have required permit

    A listing for an Evergreen home on the Vacation Rental by Owner website advises potential guests that is it being rented according to Jefferson County regulations.

    But of the 60-plus short-term rentals in Evergreen currently advertised on the VRBO and Airbnb websites, scarcely any are operating with the required Jeffco permit. In the entire county, only three homeowners have gone through the permitting process for short-term rentals, said Jeffco Planning Director John Wolforth.

  • Jeffco residents choosing among 3 candidates in race for assessor

    Editor’s note: With mail ballots in the hands of voters, the Courier is reviewing the candidates vying for votes. 

    As the 2014 campaign season draws to a close, Jeffco residents are choosing among three candidates in the race for county assessor.

  • 3 finalists selected for park district executive director

    Ellen O’Connor, co-interim director of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District, is among three finalists selected in the search for a replacement for former executive director Scott Robson, who resigned his position in early September.

  • Evergreen Fire District board to discuss potential $200,000 budget hole

    Ambulance workers have gone on fewer calls this year than during the same period last year, potentially creating a $200,000 budget hole for 2014, according to Evergreen Fire Chief Mike Weege.

    Specifically, ambulance service revenue was $676,144 through the end of August, according to a draft budget document released by Weege. If ambulance service revenue collection continues through the end of the year at the same rate, it would be about $1.014 million.

    Ambulance service revenue was $1.19 million in 2013.