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  • Evergreen Fire District board to discuss potential $200,000 budget hole

    Ambulance workers have gone on fewer calls this year than during the same period last year, potentially creating a $200,000 budget hole for 2014, according to Evergreen Fire Chief Mike Weege.

    Specifically, ambulance service revenue was $676,144 through the end of August, according to a draft budget document released by Weege. If ambulance service revenue collection continues through the end of the year at the same rate, it would be about $1.014 million.

    Ambulance service revenue was $1.19 million in 2013.

  • No slash collection planned in Indian Hills this fall

    Plans did not work out for slash collection sites in Indian Hills this fall, said Bret Roller, coordinator of the Jeffco program.

    However, residents may take slash to sites in Evergreen during upcoming collection dates. The first opportunity is this weekend, Oct. 25 and 26, when slash will be accepted at Evergreen Fire Station 8, 33377 Forest Estates Road.

    On Nov. 1 and 2, slash collection will take place at Evergreen Memorial Park, 7400 Highway 73 in Marshdale.

  • Park district seeking comments on rec center study

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District is seeking additional comments from residents on a feasibility study for potential improvements to Buchanan Recreation Center.

    Representatives of the architectural firm Sink Combs Dethlefs are scheduled to make a presentation on proposed projects at the EPRD Board of Directors meeting Oct. 28. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at Wulf Recreation Center.

  • Jeffco commissioners deny rezoning for guest-house rental in Marshdale

    After hearing from numerous residents opposed to rezoning for a guest-house rental in Marshdale, the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners voted 2-1 against the proposal on Oct. 14.

    Denver Realtors Renda and Luke Beard had requested the rezoning of their property on Highway 73 from mountain-residential 1 to planned development in order to rent out the 10-bedroom home on a short-term basis.

  • Escaped jail inmate captured in Boulder

    The man who escaped from the Jeffco jail last week and is suspected in a string of subsequent car thefts was arrested Thursday morning.

    Travis Sandlin, 32, a registered sex offender, was arrested about 8:30 a.m in the 3900 block of Sunshine Canyon Drive in Boulder by the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office after a stolen car he was driving flipped while he was fleeing officers. Sandlin, who escaped from the Jeffco jail Oct. 5, apparently was staying in a vacant house that is up for sale.

  • Pumpkin-carving party to fight 9-year-old’s cancer

    By Stephanie Alderton, For the Courier

    Evergreen resident Peg Solomon is helping her family fight a very real monster this Halloween season, with the help of some donated pumpkins.

    Solomon’s 9-year-old granddaughter, Jamie Crook, is battling a rare form of liver cancer called fibrolamellar. On Friday her mother, Sarah, is hosting a pumpkin-carving party to raise money for research into the disease. 

  • County’s 2015 budget eases draw-down of reserve funds

    This article was corrected to show the county is considering a two percent merit increase, not a three percent merit increase. 

    Jeffco is set to present a preliminary budget for 2015 this week that represents a slight decrease in spending from 2014 but maintains funding for nonprofits and uses less of the county’s reserve funds. 

  • A Q&A with the three county commissioner candidates

    Ed note: With Election Day fast approaching, the Courier is taking a final look at local races.

    The three candidates vying for the county commission seat in District 3 offer a variety of views, and this week Evergreen Newspapers is publishing their responses to questions about issues important to the county. 

  • McMinimee says compromise was close on curriculum review

    Jeffco schools Superintendent Dan McMinimee believes he almost negotiated a compromise on the school board majority's controversial proposal to create a curriculum review committee at the board's Oct. 2 meeting. 

  • Cougars roll over Lobos in Mountain Bowl

    CONIFER — As an ominous cloud hovered overhead Saturday afternoon, a light sprinkle fell on Lobo Field. But by game’s end, the sun had peeked through, shining brightly on the visiting Evergreen Cougars.

    The Mountain Bowl has, at least in recent years, been a nip-and-tuck battle waged until the closing seconds. Not this time. Not for Conifer’s homecoming. Evergreen, ranked No. 5 in the 3A state poll, stole the spotlight in a 44-6 demolition of the ninth-ranked Lobos that was every bit as lopsided as the final score suggests.