Local News

  • Ambulances to be overhauled

    Evergreen Fire/Rescue will be sending two of its five ambulances into the shop this spring for a complete makeover. The box, or patient compartment, part of the vehicles will be saved. The rest of the vehicle basically is a Ford F-450 dressed up for emergency service.

    The cost of remount is expected to save 30 to 35 percent of the cost of buying complete new ambulances, said Fire Chief Garry DeJong. Both units are about 10 years old, and each has logged about 150,000 miles.

  • Groups focus on park district's strengths, weaknesses

    The Wulf Recreation Center is 40 years old and in some respects is antiquated and possibly should be replaced within 10 years, based on some of the opinions that surfaced during focus groups studying the future of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District.

    About 25 people attended a meeting of the park district board of directors March 10 to hear consultant firm GreenPlay LLC talk about the results of the four public focus groups held March 2 and 3 in Evergreen.

  • Phone book mess is speedily addressed

    Thanks to Dex One, publisher of the "official directory" for Qwest Communications, the collection of abandoned phone books at Cedar Road and Aspen Way in Brook Forest Estates was cleaned up by Saturday, March 6, shortly after the company was notified of the situation. The books had been dropped off at the mailbox corner around Feb. 14.

  • Suspect arrested in alleged sex assault at church

    Acting on an anonymous tip, Jefferson County investigators on March 13 arrested a man suspected of groping a woman at Evergreen Lutheran Church on March 7.

    The suspect, Gage Walker Lopez, 26, was being held on $5,000 bond at the Jefferson County jail on suspicion of second-degree burglary and unlawful sexual conduct. His first court appearance was Monday, March 14, at 10 a.m. He is a resident of Evergreen. His address is unknown.

  • Supporters of separate library district sue Jeffco

    A group of petitioners seeking to create a separate Jeffco library district filed a lawsuit Feb. 24 against the county, alleging that the Board of Commissioners acted outside of the law when it voted to exclude the county from such a system.
    The plaintiff, former library board member Tom Atkins, represents 1,300 residents who earlier signed a petition in favor of a new district. Atkins said the issue could be put before voters this fall.

  • Jeffco school district announces $40 million in cuts

    Nearly $40 million in budget cuts were proposed Friday by Jeffco Public Schools, including closure of two elementary schools, the elimination of 212 jobs and a halt to the sixth-grade Outdoor Lab program.
    All district employees would also face a 3 percent pay cut during the 2011-12 school year, achieved through six furlough days.
    Also proposed are increased fees for transportation and athletic activities.

  • Park board to hold work session Tuesday

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District board will hold a work session at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, at the Buchanan Park Rec Center, 32003 Ellingwood Trail. The announcement was posted March 9. 

    The purpose of the work session is to meet with GreenPlay LLC to provide feedback on the focus group questions and to ask additional questions to prepare for the next stage of the EPRD master-planning process. No motion or vote will be considered. The public is invited to attend.

  • Clock ticking on ice-melt contest

    The end is near for the fifth annual Mountain Foot Hills Rotary club’s Ice Melt Contest, and some fortunate ticket holder will walk away with the first place prize of $1,000.
    Other prizes include $500, $250 and $125 for second, third and fourth place. The official ticket sales deadline is March 17, but the end could come sooner if Mother Nature floats the barrel on Evergreen Lake.   That has occurred in past years as early as March 5 and as late as April 12. The trick is to guess when it will happen this year.

  • Police seek suspect in alleged sex assault at church

    The Jeffco Sheriff's Office is seeking help in finding a man suspected of entering Evergreen Lutheran Church at 5980 Highway 73 and sexually assaulting a female worker on March 7. The man entered the church about 10 a.m. and told a female employee that he lived nearby but was walking and needed a place to get warm.

    The man went farther into the church, and the employee lost sight of him. About 11 a.m., she noticed he was still in the church. Then she returned to her work and lost sight of him again.

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