Local News

  • Fire destroys cottage near Evergreen Lake; no one hurt

    A house on South Cedar Road near Evergreen Lake is virtually a total loss after a fire broke out in the middle of the night, sending two occupants running for safety with none of their belongings other than a cordless house phone.

    The fire was reported about 1 a.m. April 27. Kemper Smothers, who was renting the home, and his girlfriend, Geri Skeers, escaped the blaze without injury. Smothers had lived there about 10 years. The house was 80 to 90 years old.

    The occupants were sleeping at the time and woke up to the smell of smoke, which had reached the second story.

  • Alpine Rescue will continue to occupy Rainbow Hill building

    The Alpine Rescue Team, which marked its 50th anniversary in September 2009, will continue to occupy its headquarters building on Rainbow Hill Road for 38 more years.

    Alpine Rescue has occupied the landmark building at the convergence of Evergreen Parkway and Interstate 70 since 1990 on land owned by the Foothills Fire Protection District.

    Members of the board of Alpine Rescue recently presented the Foothills board with a framed ice ax to tank them for allowing the lease agreement on the land to continue.

  • Berrys plead guilty in securities fraud case

    Kenneth Gerald Berry and his wife, Anne Wakeford Berry, agreed to guilty pleas April 14 in exchange for reduced charges and avoiding a trial in a securities fraud case.

    At the April 14 motions hearing, Ken Berry agreed to plead guilty to one count of securities fraud and one count of theft of $15,000 or more. The original indictment contained 18 total counts. Anne Berry agreed to plead guilty to one count of securities fraud. Three other counts were dismissed.

  • Local land preservationist Bud Simon dies

    Bud Simon, 62, a longtime Evergreen resident known for his volunteer work in land conservation, died in the early hours of April 21 after an eight-month battle with cancer.

    Simon was “hugely responsible” for protecting Noble Meadow at Highway 103 and Evergreen Parkway, said his friend and close associate Mike Strunk, a land conservation specialist with the Mountain Area Land Trust.

    Simon also led the first master plan for Beaver Brook Watershed, which MALT helped to preserve.

  • Fire district ponders investment in new training facility

    A committee of volunteer firefighters is researching options and costs for a new training building behind the maintenance building at 1802 Bergen Parkway north of the Evergreen Fire/Rescue Administration Building.

    Wayne Shephard, deputy chief of fire operations, unveiled a range of designs in a PowerPoint presentation at the regular meeting of the Evergreen Fire Protection District board on April 13 at the Administration Building.

  • Newer Subarus failing emissions test in cold-weather conditions

    Some Subaru owners are having trouble passing the Colorado air emissions tests during cold weather, but not when the weather gets warmer.

    As a result, the state is advising motorists to wait for a warm day before they get a test, with temperatures in the mid-60s or higher. Otherwise, they could wind up seeking costly and unnecessary repairs. The problem is surfacing in 2010 because Subarus that were new in 2006 did not have to be tested for four years.

  • Four in running for 3 seats on West Jeff Metro District Board

    Four candidates — three incumbents and one challenger — are running for three, four-year seats on the West Jefferson County Metropolitan District board of directors.

    Guy M. Santo of Wah Keeney Park is challenging incumbents J. Kelly Garrod, Scott W. Smith and Robert J. Zavodsky.

    The special wastewater district includes Wah Keeney Park, Hiwan, The Ridge, Promontory and Bergen Park. West Jefferson County Metro District operates a wastewater treatment plant near the end of Lewis Ridge Road.

  • Lesson Plans: ‘Make every day like Earth Day - protect the planet’

    A manatee, two pandas and three tigers had some important words for young students at Montessori School of Evergreen.

    “Make every day like Earth Day. Protect the planet.”

    The animals — 18 in all — were sixth-graders at the school who created masks and gave Earth Day presentations on April 22. Their goal was to educate the students in kindergarten through third grade about animals that could face extinction and to motivate them to help the environment in some way, according to teacher Linda Engelhart.

  • For grade-schoolers, the jig is up

    “Tap, cross, under, back two, three four.”

    That cadence echoed through the halls and playground of Bergen Meadow Elementary School this week as students learned the Irish Jig.

    The students repeated the words and performed the movements, practicing not only in physical education class but as they walked down the halls and played on the playground.

  • Victim of crash on Myers Gulch Road ID'd as Indian Hills woman

    A woman who died in a car crash on Myers Gulch Road on Wednesday afternoon has been identified as Wanda Budding, 77, of Indian Hills.

    Budding was involved in a head-on collision about 2 p.m. a half-mile south of Highway 74 in Kittredge, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

    A woman identified as Kimberly Taylor, 33, of Evergreen and two 6-month-olds were taken to the hospital. There is no word on the extent of their injuries or whether they have been released.