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  • Habitat readies for a fast and furious fall

    September promises to be a memorable month for two deserving Evergreen families, and, over at Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity, excitement is building.

    “We’re going to build two homes in nine days,” says Blue Spruce development director Pandora Reagan. “Nationally, the Home Builders Blitz is sort of a Habitat tradition, but this is our first one.”

  • Indian Hills woman pulling together DNC's opening act

    Exactly how Indian Hills resident Kerry Kurt found herself responsible for about half of Denver’s most coveted outdoor venue on the one day in history when much of the world’s attention will be focused there makes for a curious tale.

    “It was not a simple, straightforward process,” says Kurt, 44. “It’s kind of amazing, when you think about it. I think it’s a spirit thing: energy, force, grace — whatever you want to call it.”

  • Heat is off: Mark Davidson retires after three decades as a firefighter

    During his 29 years as a volunteer firefighter in Evergreen, Mark Davidson was something of a superman, logging the equivalent hours of a professional firefighter doing the job practically full time.

    At his peak, Davidson responded to 500 to 600 calls per year for five years. When he got married, he cut back to only about 400 and still had time to raise two boys and hold down a job running the family insurance company, Davidson Insurance Agency.

  • Coffman wins GOP congressional primary, Jeffco vote

    Colorado Secretary of State Mike Coffman defeated three fellow Republicans in the Aug. 12 primary to replace outgoing 6th District Congressman Tom Tancredo. In Jefferson County returns, Coffman bested businessman Wil Armstrong by roughly 10 percentage points.

    In overall final results, Coffman tallied 40.1 percent of the vote, compared to 32.8 percent for Armstrong, a business leader and son of former Sen. Bill Armstrong. Highlands Ranch state Sen. Ted Harvey was in third place with 15.3 percent, and Centennial state Sen. Steve Ward had 11.8 percent.

  • Internet phone services could send 911 calls to wrong locations

    Last summer Cindy Cline, a day-shift supervisor with Jefferson County dispatch, fielded a 911 call from a woman in Istanbul. The woman had called from an Internet phone, and the service provider did not link her to the local 911 service — it routed her instead to Colorado.

    “We told her she had to find a land line and call for help (there),” Cline said. “We had no way to look up (the Istanbul contact) number for her.” Fortunately, the woman just needed to log a report and was not in danger, she said.

  • Judge to rule on Mount Morrison tower

    By the end of September, a district judge is expected to rule whether Bear Creek Development of Golden is entitled to build a 135-foot horizontal, high-definition TV antenna array on top of Mount Morrison.

    The parties will present oral arguments on whether the Jefferson County commissioners failed to follow a higher court’s instructions when it approved the tower project April 1 in a 3-0 vote.

    If the judge rules against the county commissioners, Bear Creek Development’s project will be stalled indefinitely.

  • Jensen leaving Evergreen Fire/Rescue to join Parker-South Metro

    Einar Jensen, public information officer with Evergreen Fire/Rescue, resigned Aug. 5 to take a new job as a full-time life-safety educator with the newly formed Parker-South Metro Fire Rescue Authority in Centennial. Jensen will be based in the Parker office.

    Jensen has been with the Evergreen fire department since September 2003. His last day will be Aug. 12, Jensen told the Canyon Courier.

  • Hazardous-waste recycling available at El Rancho on Sept. 27

    Two sites in the El Rancho business area will let Jefferson County residents drop off household hazardous wastes and hard-to-recycle items Sept. 27.

    Evergreen Country Day School and Wal-Mart will accept the drop-offs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., said Mereth Meade, a member of the Evergreen Rotary Club’s Project Earth Committee. This is the first year for this all-purpose event.

    Drop-offs are by appointment only at 303-316-6262. The event is limited to 250 appointments.

  • Evergreen man survives lightning strike on wedding day

    Usually the groom doesn’t get much attention, but on Mike Speck’s wedding day, he stole the show — first by surviving a lightning strike, then by putting out a fire at a neighbor’s house.

    His new bride, Dawn Williams, is just happy the paramedics didn’t take him away in an ambulance before the nuptial celebration at the Evergreen Elks.

  • Low creek flow spawns warm-water worries

    For Bear Creek’s finned-and-freckled set, midsummer is surely the cruelest season. By late July, the inevitable double-whammy of sunny weather and dwindling snowpack conspire to make local trout accommodations a trifle stifling.