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  • Ambulance transports bring additional revenue to Indian Hills fire district

    The Indian Hills Fire Protection District received nearly $40,000 in revenue for ambulance transports in 2014 — 164 percent more than projected, according to the latest financial report for the district.

    Indian Hills Fire Rescue bills a flat fee of $1,200 for all ambulance transports, plus $17 per mile for the distance from the scene to the hospital, said Karen Nelson, office manager.

  • Tall Grass employee honored as hometown hero

    For the past few years, Deb Dickinson has been working with other employees at TallGrass Aveda Spa and Salon on the Soldier Box Project, a charitable effort for which she recently received KMGH-TV’s 7Everyday Hero Award.

    “It was definitely one of the highlights of my life,” Dickinson said of the honor, presented in December.

    Dickinson coordinates the shipment of care packages to men and women serving in the military in Afghanistan during the Christmas holiday and between Mother’s and Father’s days.

  • Evergreen environmental group plans second community garden

    Evergreen’s Alliance for Sustainability is planning a second community garden at Wilmot Elementary School.

  • New recreation manager supports plans for Buchanan Rec Center

    Since beginning in his new position as recreation manager for the Evergreen Park and Recreation District last Thursday, Brian Tucker has been getting to know staff and settling into his office at Buchanan Rec Center.

    Against a wall in his office is a design for potential improvements to the rec center, for which Tucker expresses enthusiasm. The opportunity to add a turf field, gymnasium and expand the swimming pool at Buchanan is “exciting and great for the district,” he says.

  • Ice fishing event for vets moved to Georgetown Lake

    A free ice fishing event for veterans and soldiers this Saturday has been moved to Georgetown Lake from Evergreen Lake after the death of Greg Henika, who fell through the ice Jan. 22 on Evergreen Lake.

    The third annual Vets on Ice event and hot dog lunch is hosted by Golden VFW Post 4171, the Just One Day veterans nonprofit group and other veteran organizations. It's scheduled for 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Georgetown Lake. Last year, the event had about 80 participants; this year, organizers expect 180 or more.

    All participants over the age of 16 must have a fishing license.

  • Residents reporting encounters with mountain lions

    Clear Creek residents along Witter Gulch Road and west of Idaho Springs have had run-ins with mountain lions in recent weeks.

    The EMERGE homeowners association, located in the Upper Bear Creek region of the county, alerted residents that a mountain lion was spotted in the Old Squaw Pass, Echo Hills, Snyder Mountain and King-Murphy neighborhoods.

    The e-mail alert said the lion was attacking dogs and displaying threatening behavior to people. Residents are also sharing photos of a mountain lion roaming their backyards at night.

  • A big hairy myth? True believers say no

    Whether called Sasquatch, the Missouri monster, skunk ape or forest devil, a large, hairy creature has been sighted repeatedly around Bailey over the years.
    Bigfoot lives — at least in the hearts and minds of people who report sightings to Jim Myers, owner of the Bailey Country Store and Sasquatch Outpost.
    Myers has organized a loosely knit group of people interested in researching the creature that many believe is a myth. But those who have seen it swear they weren’t dreaming.

  • 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.

  • Mountain Resource Center offers services to veterans

    The Mountain Resource Center recently received a grant from the Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust to assist vets and their families, said Lauren Ferguson, integrated services manager for the Conifer-based agency.

    “We have seen a quick increase in the number of vets accessing services,” she said.

  • 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.