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  • Toxic waste found buried at Lockheed Martin facility in South Jeffco

    Lockheed Martin has publicly disclosed that a solid mass of industrial waste containing hexavalent chromium — a toxin known to cause cancer — was discovered at its Waterton Road facility last October.

    The state health department confirmed that the waste was safely removed along with surrounding soil, and said the health of the public and company employees was never at risk. The department also said the waste “had no impact on surface or ground water.”

  • Morrison Holiday Bar hosts holiday duck races

    There's one resembling the Statue of Liberty, another covered in stars and stripes. There's a calico-cat version and one resembling a soccer ball. These small rubber ducks were the competitors in the duck races hosted Monday by the Holiday Bar in downtown Morrison.

    Dave and Yvonne Killingsworth, who have owned the bar the past 10 years, started the duck races about six years ago to provide entertainment when large crowds are downtown. 

    "Just people wanting to do fun stuff," Dave said.

  • Arts district designation is denied

    Despite not receiving a certified creative district designation from the state, members of the Evergreen arts community say working toward the certification for the past two years has paid off for the arts and local businesses.

    “I think it made a lot of the arts organizations and a lot of community members aware of what we have here,” said Beth Riser, who has been heading the effort for the past few months. “The arts organizations came together and really started working together. … We have really cross-promoted each other.”

  • Participants in holiday 5K run the gamut

    Participants in the annual Freedom Run on July 4th included an assortment of people from all walks of life — from 2 months old to 86, from serious runners to families with strollers. And some brought their dogs, from golden retrievers to Chihuahuas.

    About 930 racers enjoyed the cool morning air as they traversed the Hiwan subdivision to run or walk the 5K from Evergreen Middle School to Nick’s Pro Fitness. It was the 35th annual run to benefit Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice.

  • Concerns persist about proposed apartments near tennis bubble

    From what they have seen of developer David Zucker’s plans for a three-building, three-story apartment complex on 5 acres southeast of the Evergreen Tennis Club, nearby homeowners Ken Bland and Cindy Sanders Alvarez are not pleased.

    The proposal attracted an unusually large crowd of about 100 people to an informational meeting at the tennis bubble in the spring, and the general atmosphere was not welcoming. 

  • Local sculptor John Scott remembered for his passions

    Local artist John Scott, a renowned sculptor and landscape painter, is known as much for his resilience as his talent, a man whose passion for his art and the outdoors remained intense over a half-century of creativity.  

    Scott, whose studio still stands atop a peak in Kittredge, and who was just a month shy of his 97th birthday, died Tuesday, June 28, of a sudden heart attack.

  • Prisoner at Jeffco jail dies; autopsy inconclusive

    A prisoner in the Jeffco jail died early Tuesday, the Sheriff's Office confirmed.

    According to sheriff's spokesman Mark Techmeyer, 53-year-old Patrick O'Day, who had been booked into the jail at 5:45 p.m. Monday, was found unresponsive at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday in a holding cell in the booking unit. He was pronounced dead at the jail.

  • Evergreen Fire makes case for tax increase at town hall meeting

    The Evergreen Fire Protection District's need for a bond issue and property-tax increase is being driven by increased expenses, declining tax revenue and declining billing revenue from emergency medical services. That was the message at the district's first town hall meeting June 23 to discuss the measures planned for the November ballot. 

  • Fitness a hot topic for Evergreen Fire

    Editor’s note: The Canyon Courier is following three people hoping to complete the Evergreen Fire/Rescue academy to get their firefighting certification. This is the second in a series of stories about what it takes to become a firefighter.

    Dragsters can go from a standstill to 100 mph in less than a second.

    Firefighters do virtually the same, going from a standstill to adrenalin-pumping, physically demanding, high-stress work to fight a fire.

  • Overnight homeless shelter expected to open in the fall

    Several Evergreen religious and charitable groups are continuing their quest to open an overnight shelter for the homeless when the weather turns cold this fall.

    Organizers of a group now called Evergreen Shelter Program met with about 35 people on Tuesday night to recruit more volunteers and to explain the program. The group originally was called SWEEPS — Severe Weather Emergency? Evergreen Provides Shelter.