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  • 5-year-old Evergreen girl an inspiration for others fighting cystic fibrosis

    By all outward appearances, Sloan Scott is a typical 5-year-old: Her artwork is displayed on the walls of her playroom, she’s a soccer player, she loves reading books and she loves being outside.

    But on the inside, Sloan battles cystic fibrosis every day, and last week, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation sent a photographer to Evergreen to capture photos of Sloan being a regular kid. The photos will be used on CFF’s website and in promotional materials.

  • Summerfest continues tradition of mixing art, beer and music

    Something old, something new, something bought, and something brewed.

    This year’s Summerfest is looking to be bigger, better and longer than previous years, organizers say, with extended hours on Saturday, “all local, all live” musical acts and the classic mixture of art and artists that attendees have come to expect.

    Center for the Arts Evergreen is hosting the 38th annual Summerfest on July 15-16 at Buchanan Park. Organizers have been planning for almost a year, and artists started applying in December.

  • EPRD board discusses drone use on park property

    In the wake of more people wanting to use drones around Evergreen’s parks, particularly for weddings at the Lake House, the Evergreen Park & Recreation District Board of Directors talked with a local commercial drone operating company about the rules and regulations governing the activity.

    Chris Swathwood and Chris Hanson of Evergreen-based Alpha Pixel presented the topic at the board of directors meeting on June 25 at Wulf Recreation Center, clarifying that the rules that govern hobby flights and commercial flights are very different.

  • Campfire an opportunity to teach kids about wildfires, ecosystem

    After their instructor for the evening told the kids that honey is essentially bee vomit, some of the youngsters made audible groans. Meanwhile, others couldn’t help but smile and shout out, “Cool!” and then made pretend-vomiting noises and gestures.

    About a dozen children and their parents attended Jeffco Open Space’s campfire, which was substituted with a gas-powered fire pit because of area fire restrictions, at Lair o’ the Bear on Thursday night.

  • Commissioners vote to keep getting federal affordable housing grants

    Jefferson County will continue accepting federal funds to help support local affordable housing projects, the Jeffco commissioners decided on June 27 — with one caveat.

    They asked county staff to conduct a thorough assessment of the program over the next three years and determine whether the county should stop accepting these funds. If so, staff should create a plan to wean Jeffco off the dollars.

  • Fire restrictions enacted in Jeffco

    Due to dry conditions favorable to the possibility of a wildfire and limited fire-fighting resources, the Jeffco Sheriff's Office has issued temporary stage 1 fire restrictions for parts of Jefferson County, including areas west of Highway 93, and south and west of the intersection of Wadsworth Blvd. and C-470 to the Platte River.

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  • Jeffco Libraries working with funds from mill levy increase

    Less than two years after voters agreed to a one-mill property-tax increase, the Jefferson County Public Library System is making good on its promises to library patrons — and has plans to continue doing so.
    A citizens’ advisory committee was organized to help guide plans for the library system’s new funds. Members of the committee, as well as some 5,000 Jeffco residents, asked library officials to:
    • Restore core services.
    • Provide more books and materials.
    • Restore open hours.

  • Polarization comes from lack of listening

    Over the last several years. I’ve often written about the polarization in our country. I truly believe it is destructive. Lincoln said that a country divided can not stand. We can clearly see that the shooting of Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise was a product of political hatred. The shooter had a list of Republicans in his pocket when he fired on a ball field of Republican legislators. At least in the short term, we are talking about being less hateful towards those on the other side. That’s a good thing, but how can that really happen.

  • Training wraps up for Inter-Canyon Fire recruits

    Last Saturday was a busy day for the 11 Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District recruits. The group concluded its fire academy and became official members of the fire service.