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  • Culture club

    Longtime Evergreen resident Diane Purdy remembers the first time she asked Evergreen Fire/Rescue’s community education officer, Einar Jensen, to lead a home safety class for a group of her charges.

    “It was four years ago, and we had it at my house,” Purdy says. “There were maybe four or five people.”

  • Greg Mortenson connects Evergreen to a world of need

    Celebrity comes in a variety of flavors to suit a variety of tastes. Some people like the Hollywood kind, lots of sugar and sprinkles but little substance. Others prefer bland political fare that nourishes but never satisfies. Judging from the stellar turnout in Evergreen High School’s gymnasium on Jan. 17, folks hereabouts crave a wholesome and infinitely richer sort of celebrity, one that serves engagement instead of escape and offers more than tired platitudes and empty promises.

  • Former Jeffco sheriff arrested on stalking charges

    Former Jefferson County sheriff Russ Cook was arrested in South Jeffco on Jan. 21, accused of stalking a woman in El Paso County.

    Jeffco deputies arrested Cook, 58, in his home without incident, according to sheriff’s spokeswoman Jacki Kelley. Kelley said her office asked Arapahoe County for assistance in holding Cook on the no-bond warrant to avoid conflicts of interest in the Jeffco jail.

    Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said that Cook was transferred to El Paso County custody the morning of Jan. 23. He reportedly bonded out later that day.

  • EMS student named 'Av for a Day'

    So what’s it take to get named “Av for a Day?” Ask any one of his teachers, and they’ll tell you that following Evergreen Middle School student Konnor Propst’s lead would be a pretty good start.

  • Fire district board to try out new meeting spaces

    To make its meetings more accessible to the public, the Evergreen Fire Protection District will hold regular monthly board meetings on a trial basis in the auditorium or training room on the first floor instead of the much smaller second-floor boardroom at the fire district headquarters on Bergen Parkway.

    Fire Chief Garry DeJong proposed the change at a special meeting of the board on Jan. 12, saying it would make it easier for the board members to see the public face-to-face.

  • Rec district ends 2007 with a surplus

    Since the Jan. 15 Evergreen Park and Recreation District public board meeting was incoming executive director John Skeel’s first, it’s just as well that it was fairly routine.

    A brief rundown of 2007’s budget picture topped the evening’s agenda, along with a look at financial prospects for the coming year, and both topics contained more good news than bad.

  • Fire district revenue up 12 percent for 2008

    The Evergreen Fire Protection District will receive a modest boost in operating funds for 2008, thanks to an increase in the assessed value of property in the Evergreen area.

    The district budget projects total revenue of $4.2 million in 2008, an increase of 12 percent from $3.7 million budgeted in 2007, reflecting the increase in property valuations from the parts of both Jefferson and Clear Creek counties within the fire district.

  • Smooth operators

    That Evergreen Lake presents an idyllic setting for the rough-and-ready ice skater is thanks to Mother Nature. That the ancient winter sports venue can be skated at all is thanks to Evergreen Park and Recreation District employee Mike Bitterly and visionary ice man Frank Zamboni.

    “Mike is our main Zamboni driver,” says EPRD parks supervisor Heart Cameron. “The Zamboni is our bread and butter.”

  • Habitat for Humanity resale shop to close

    Evergreen bargain hunters will lose a treasured resource next month when the Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity resale emporium closes its doors for the last time.

  • 'Cabin Baby' mom a no-show at arraignment

    Summer Lynn Baker, whom Canyon Courier readers will remember gave birth in a waterless Kerr Gulch cabin last September and was subsequently arrested on felony charges, failed to appear for her arraignment on Monday.