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  • A splish-splashin’ good time

    The Fourth of July signifies freedom and patriotic pride, but for the town of Indian Hills, it’s also about water — and lots of it.

    Halfway through the town’s annual Independence Day parade, American flags are traded in for water guns and hoses, and a huge community-wide water fight breaks out.

    The firefighters spray residents with their hoses, and residents fight back with squirt guns. It’s fun for all, and the event attracts people from across the mountain area.

    Jenn Dougherty traveled from Conifer for the parade.

  • Motorcycle accident briefly shuts down U.S. 285 northbound

    An accident involving a motorcycle shut down part of northbound U.S. Highway 285 early Wednesday afternoon.
    The accident, which occurred around 1 p.m. near the Parmalee Gulch Road exit, brought traffic headed northbound to a standstill for about half an hour before the lane was reopened.
    The motorcyclist, who has not been identified, was transported to Swedish Medical Center, Trooper Nate Reid of Colorado State Patrol confirmed. The motorcyclist's exact condition was unknown as of 1:30 p.m., and the cause of the accident is still under investigation.

  • Venue Theatre Company expands programs, adds new staff

    Kids interested in acting at the Venue Theatre in Conifer will have more options this fall after the theater company changed the structure of its elementary and middle school programs, and added another high school program.

  • Summer market in Aspen Park features dozens of vendors

    A summer market has launched in Aspen Park, and its organizers hope it’s not only a place where locals can buy goods but also a place where people can engage with other likeminded folks.

  • IMHS raises funds with inaugural hike-a-thon

    A year into its bid to find a new home, the Intermountain Humane Society is holding a fund-raiser that’s akin to Denver’s annual Furry Scurry.

    The inaugural Trails-for-Tails Hike-a-thon will take place Sunday, July 23, at Staunton State Park and will include everything from a presentation from a park ranger to T-shirts and door prizes.

  • Fire chief Weege receives pay raise

    Evergreen Fire Chief Mike Weege will receive a 2.5 percent salary raise, following his annual performance review by the Evergreen Fire Protection District board earlier this summer.

    While board President John Anderson declined to list specific highlights about Weege’s performance during the last year, he said the board was happy with his leadership.

  • Disc golfers come into Bloom

    Foothill Flyers Disc Golf Club and Destination Disc hosted the 10th annual The Bloom disc golf tournament this past weekend, drawing 160 golfers, including 49 professionals, to the mountain area’s courses.

    On Sunday, the players gathered for the final round at Beaver Ranch to navigate the course’s steep hills, gulches and trees, which created ideal risk-reward throws for the golfers.

  • Music festival donates $2,400 to high school performing arts

    Thanks to an inaugural partnership, Evergreen Music Festival has donated $2,400 of its event proceeds to Evergreen High School’s performing arts department.

    The school’s choir, band and theater programs provided 50 volunteers, who spent a total of 150 hours at the July 4 festival at Buchanan Fields.

    Jackie Mohr, the festival’s volunteer coordinator, described the partnership as a perfect marriage between the two entities, which is the first of its kind in the festival’s 28-year history.

  • Fourth of July set to music at annual festival

    If one can’t enjoy the music of fireworks filling the night sky on Independence Day, then why not enjoy actual music?

    Buchanan Fields hosted the 28th annual Evergreen Music Festival on July 4 as a dozen musical acts of various genres performed for an estimated 2,200 attendees. While there were a few newcomers to the festival’s lineup this year, most have grown accustomed to spending their Fourth of July playing in Evergreen.

  • Police chase on U.S. 285 leads to rollover accident

    A police chase led to a rollover accident that shut down southbound U.S. 285 for about an hour Monday afternoon.

    Around noon, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office received reports of a Jeep Cherokee swerving and driving erratically in northbound traffic near Wagon Trail. A deputy began following the vehicle at South Turkey Creek Road, where the driver made an abrupt U-turn and began traveling southbound.