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  • Group peddling Evergreen as Pro Challenge host

    What’s the best route through Clear Creek County for a nationally known bicycle race?

    A route that includes Evergreen, of course, according to Team Evergreen bike riders and other local supporters.

    But supporters found out Monday that Evergreen won't be part of the 2015 USA Pro Challenge race — a seven-day event held every August. Instead, the "people's choice" vote went to a route from Loveland to Fort Collins.

  • Residents near Conifer underserved by Evergreen park district, developer says

    Many Conifer area residents are paying taxes to the Evergreen Park and Recreation District for services they don’t use, says Ron Lewis, an area developer and landowner.

    Because of the driving distance from their homes in the U.S. 285 Corridor to park facilities in Evergreen, some residents find it easier to head down the hill to the Foothills Park & Recreation District, Lewis said.

    “You’ve got a lot of orphans in that area,” he said. “So they go to Foothills.”

  • Changes to Jeffco regulations for accessory dwelling units make them easier to build, rent

    Recent changes to Jeffco's zoning resolution for accessory dwelling units are designed to make them easier to build while defining responsibilities of owners renting them to tenants.

    Instead of requiring a Board of Adjustment hearing for an accessory dwelling unit, the new regulations allow approval through an administrative process in the Jeffco Planning and Zoning Division.

  • Winter festivities, events at Evergreen Lake promise cold — and hot — fun

    Brave souls who take the annual plunge into the icy waters of Evergreen Lake on New Year’s Day will have an immediate opportunity to warm up. After emerging from the frigid depths, participants can jump into one of the hot tubs placed beside the lake, said Jackie Mohr of Drive Smart, the organization sponsoring the event. Beau Jo’s is sponsoring the two hot tubs, which can hold eight to 16 people, Mohr said.

  • Intruder killed by homeowner had contact with deputies four hours before

    The intruder killed by a Genesee homeowner last week had interacted with Jeffco sheriff's deputies four hours before the fatal shooting. 

    Garry Liebreth, 52, was shot and killed by a homeowner in Genesee after he crawled in the "doggie door" in an apparent botched robbery attempt on Dec. 12, according to the Sheriff's Office.

  • Jail inmate who suffered stroke awarded millions

    A former Jeffco jail inmate who was left untreated for 16 hours after suffering a stroke in 2012 has been awarded $11 million by a federal jury.

  • Fire district to update pension bylaws

    Evergreen Fire/Rescue plans to tighten up pension bylaws that govern benefits for volunteer firefighters.

    The bylaws have changed over the years, and the changes aren’t necessarily recorded formally, John Anderson, a member of the Evergreen Fire Protection District board, said at a meeting Dec. 9. Pension board members and Evergreen Fire Chief Mike Weege plan to research minutes of the pension board’s quarterly meetings to figure out exactly when changes were voted on and when they took effect.

  • Luckylure offers yule trees to National Guard members at half price

    Luckylure Holiday Activity Center in Evergreen is planning an early Christmas gift Wednesday for members of the Colorado National Guard.

    All Christmas trees at the business at 5231 County Highway 73 will be sold at 50 percent off for Colorado Guard members to honor their work locally and around the world.

    Hours on Wednesday will be from noon to 7 p.m. For more information, visit coloradochristmastrees.com or call 303-674-5777.

  • Indian Hills fire board approves pared-down budget for 2015

    The 2015 budget for the Indian Hills Fire Protection District approved by board members Dec. 10 reflects the financial challenges of a small district with limited sources of income. Total anticipated revenue for the fire district in the coming year is approximately $297,000, the vast majority of which comes from property taxes generated by a 12-mill levy in the largely residential district.

    Total expenses for the district, which include a $60,000 loan payment on a fire truck, are set at $361,000 in the 2015 budget.

  • Evergreen businesses receive awards for community efforts, enterprise

    Evergreen Clothing Company and E-Town Outlet received the Diamond Award on Friday night as business of the year at the annual Sparkle and Shine event of the Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce. Shop owner Jim Sherwood was recognized for his continued support of other local businesses and for his efforts to market Evergreen to the surrounding area.