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  • Livestock owners warned of potential fire dangers

    Livestock owners need to be aware of potential fire dangers if they decide to heat animal enclosures or use heating units to keep water from freezing, according to two experts who spoke at an Evergreen Fire/Rescue forum on Jan. 6.

    One of the most important things livestock owners can do is read the boxes that appliances, light bulbs and extension cords come in, according to Jeff deDisse, an electrician, rancher and Evergreen firefighter.

  • Developer's plan for multifamily project in Bergen Park irks neighbors

    A Denver developer is planning a multifamily housing project on property beside Rocky Mountain Village Estates in Bergen Park, and some residents of the senior adult community are not pleased.

  • Early-morning fire destroys home on Floyd Hill

    A home on Aspen Drive on Floyd Hill was destroyed by fire early Monday.

    Stacee Martin with Evergreen Fire/Rescue reported that no one apparently was in the house when the blaze started, and that a neighbor had phoned 911 about 5:59 a.m.

    More than 25 firefighters from Evergreen, Clear Creek, Foothills, Elk Creek and Genesee were at the scene in frigid temperatures. EFR said the house was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.

    No injuries were reported.

  • Semi, school bus collide on Highway 74

    A semi driver was ticketed after his rig collided with a school bus early Friday morning on Highway 74 between Kittredge and Evergreen, damaging both vehicles. The bus driver sustained minor injuries.

    No students were on the bus at the time, said State Patrol Trooper Josh Lewis.

    The driver of the Core-Mark truck, 36-year-old George Danley, was cited, although Lewis said he didn’t know for what specific violation.

  • School bus, semi damaged in early-morning crash

      A school bus and a semi collided early Friday morning on Highway 74 between Kittredge and Evergreen, leaving both vehicles damaged and one driver with minor injuries.

    No students were on the bus at the time, said Colorado State Patrol Trooper Josh Lewis. No one was transported to a hospital.

    It was unclear which vehicle caused the accident. Lewis said reports didn't specify which way the bus was traveling.

  • Jeffco Fair getting makeover with county management, funding

    This year’s Jefferson County Fair will feature traditional and new events reflecting the diversity of the county, says Dexter Foxworth, recently hired fairgrounds event coordinator.

    County management and funding have created the chance to make the annual fair in Golden a unique experience, a celebration of Jefferson County, Foxworth said.

    Last summer Jeffco’s county commissioners agreed to assume management of the fair, approving a budget of $300,000 to produce it.

  • Master plan to connect Evergreen with trails, bike lanes completed

    An ambitious master plan to link key areas of Evergreen through trails and bike lanes is complete after more than a year of development.

    The next step is deciding on the first project to build in the Evergreen Trails Master Plan, said Dean Dalvit of the Downtown Evergreen Economic District, which is leading the effort.

    Once DEED selects a feasible project, the organization will begin seeking partners and grant funding to implement it, Dalvit said.

  • Teachers unions played major role in recall effort

     Local and national teachers unions made major donations to the campaign to recall three conservative members of the Jeffco school board, according to financial records ordered released by a state judge.

    Recall critics have said donations from the National Education Association and the Jefferson County Education Association prove that union interests were a guiding force in the ousting of board members John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams in the November election.

  • Evergreen firefighters douse small brush fire

    Evergreen firefighters were quick to douse a small brush fire Saturday afternoon on Upper Bear Creek in Clear Creek County. 

    The blaze, in dry vegetation on a south-facing slope near Evans Ranch, was about an acre in size. Firefighters arrived minutes after the fire was reported and extinguished the flames shortly after arriving.

    “It proves that wildland fires do happen in winter,” said Evergreen Fire/Rescue spokesman Doug Saba.

    The flames reportedly were extinguished just before 2 p.m. 

  • Tap water returns to normal color after firefighting effort

    Tap water in the neighborhood adjacent to the Evergreen Golf Course seems to be back to normal after firefighters tapped into two hydrants on New Year’s Day to help douse a house fire on Golf Way.

    The water became discolored, but there was no health risk, according to Dave Lighthart, general manager for the Evergreen Metropolitan District. He said the discoloration was confined to that neighborhood, and his office received seven calls from residents concerned about water safety.