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  • Open house to explore link from lake to downtown

     The park district will hold an informal open house on Wednesday, Aug. 3, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Lake House to explore the creation of a bike and pedestrian walkway along the creek bank from the Evergreen Lake Trail to downtown, a distance of about 200 feet.

    The meeting is being hosted by the Evergreen Chamber of Commerce, the Evergreen Downtown Business Association, and the Evergreen Park and Recreation District.

  • Foothills Fire Rescue completes ratings test

     Foothills Fire Rescue completed a two-day inspection and testing process in late June that will help determine how much residents of the Foothills Fire District will be paying for their insurance premiums.

    The last time an evaluation was done was more than 10 years ago. Since then the department has acquired two more water tankers, two more fire trucks and three full-time paid personnel, all of which should translate into a better rating and possibly lower homeowners' insurance costs.

  • Mixing it up for the arts

    The Bergen Village Shopping Center Merchants joined forces with the Center for the Arts Evergreen and the Evergreen Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the arts with a gallery opening and artist walk on July 21 in the Bergen Village Shopping Center.

    About 250 people attended the event, which was held along with the Evergreen chamber's July mixer and Evergreen Arts Alive!, a collection of visual, music and performing arts events from July 15-31.

  • Conifer library on list of possible closures

    The Jeffco library board is considering closing the system’s three smallest library branches next year, including the Conifer Library.
    Library staff on Thursday listed closure of the Conifer, Edgewater and Wheat Ridge libraries as cost-saving options; shutting down all three could save the system up to $695,000 annually.
    The closures could be necessary to meet a sharply reduced budget in 2012, library staff and board members said.

  • Library considers Internet filters after porn incident

    After a teen was recently caught viewing porn on a Columbine Library computer and allegedly masturbating in plain sight, the Jeffco library trustees are considering whether to filter Internet access for all library patrons.
    Library trustees clashed Thursday on the issue of Internet censorship.

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  • SmartSource coupons coming back to the Courier

    Beginning with this week’s issue, SmartSource coupons will return to the Canyon Courier.

    Inside the paper each week, readers will find a coupon package valued at more than $75 in savings through manufacturer, retail and restaurant discounts. Subscribers will find they can recoup the cost of a Courier subscription in just one week of coupon savings.

    As consumers look for ways to reduce expenses during the down economy, SmartSource coupons make the Courier more valuable than ever to local readers.

  • Evergreen resident wins hot-wing contest, feels the after-burn

    Conifer’s newest reigning champion is a winged warrior with intestinal fortitude that few dare challenge. The contest? Eating as many fiery hot wings as possible.

    Sunday’s contest was held by the Lord Knights of the Circle of Death, a group of mountain-area residents who delight in firing up their taste buds.

    Wing Wagon owner Bill Straight said the competition determines who can take the heat.

    “This isn’t about a contest between people — it’s a contest between them and the wings,” Straight said.

  • Group seeks independence for Jeffco libraries

      A former library board trustee says it's time for the Jeffco Public Library system to be an independent library district and keep the county commissioners from shifting money that rightly belongs to the library to other accounts.

    Thomas Atkins, founder of the nonprofit grassroots organization Save Jeffco Libraries, was at the Evergreen Public Library on July 13 speaking to a group of about 10 interested citizens in the community room. Atkins is also a former Jeffco library trustee.

  • Teen charged as juvenile in stabbing of mother


    The Jefferson County district attorney's office has filed juvenile charges of attempted first-degree murder and first-degree assault against a 15-year-old in connection with his mother's stabbing on July 6.

    Being charged as a juvenile means the boy cannot go to prison for any crimes he may have committed. If he were convicted on all counts as charged he would face a mandatory 3-5 years in the Department of Youth Corrections.

    He is also charged with four counts of being a violent offender, which could enhance his sentence.