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  • Lightning strike causes fire on roof of home on Pine Road

    Lightning struck the roof of a home on Pine Road on Thursday evening, causing a fire that firefighters quickly extinguished, said Doug Saba, Evergreen Fire/Rescue spokesperson.

    The blaze started about 5:30 p.m. during a severe thunderstorm that swept through Evergreen and surrounding areas.

    Saba said it was fortunate that the residents were at home and immediately called the fire department. Otherwise, the blaze could have spread and caused more extensive damage to the home, he said.

  • Johnson resigns from school board

    Robin Johnson resigned from the Jeffco school board on Monday night, said Helen Neal, chief of staff for the board.

    The resignation is a result of Johnson moving out of the county. Johnson represented District 1, which covers the northern part of Jefferson County.

    “I didn’t hear anything about it until Monday night … when Johnson sent a letter to each board member,” Neal said.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    On the dawn patrol

  • Gleaming glory

    A dazzling blue 1971 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia is in mint condition and ready for a fund-raising raffle sponsored by the Evergreen Recreation and Park Foundation.

     

  • Spirits high at Bootstraps' annual fund-raiser

    “Don’t drink it yet,” wine connoisseur C. S. Vin told a group of people holding glasses half-filled with a Bordeaux blend from Creekside Cellars of Evergreen.

     

    Vin was explaining the art of wine tasting at Bootstraps Inc.’s annual Western WineFest on Saturday afternoon.

    “First you take the glass, you swirl it, you smell it,” he said. “We taste with our emotions … our memory.”

  • Our Evergreen group ponders its future

    After months of meetings and discussion, members of an Evergreen focus group with a goal of promoting local shopping are wondering whether to continue their efforts.

    Participation at the meetings has dwindled since the group organized several months ago.

    Only five people attended the Aug. 14 meeting of Our Evergreen at the Center for the Arts Evergreen.

    Steve Sumner, CAE director, has attended all of the meetings, and he said that if enough people are not interested in participating, it might be time to stop.

  • Audit of emergency medical services shows low error rate for Medicare billing

    The results of an audit of EMS claims that Medicare pays to Evergreen Fire/Rescue has revealed efficiency in dispatch and billing practices for the department.

    "We are on the right track and doing what is right, and are trying hard to be compliant," Bob Walter, EMS coordinator, said during his report to the Evergreen Fire Protection District board on Aug. 13. 

    "The biggest thing to note was the (billing) error rate was 2.9 percent," Walter said. 

  • No kidding: Goats making debut at Humphrey Museum festival

    Two baby Nubian goats will be a featured attraction at the upcoming Hay Days Harvest Festival at the Humphrey Memorial Park and Museum in Evergreen.

     

    Attendees at the festival on Aug. 31 will have a chance to bid on names for goats in the Foster Parent competition. The winners will be invited to stay for a private party with their new kids at 4 p.m.

    Proceeds from the bidding will be used to buy food for the goats, which costs $365 annually for each, said Angela Rayne, executive director of the museum and park.

  • County commissioners plan telephone town halls

    Pick up the phone — it’s your county commissioners calling.
    In the next few weeks, all three members of Jeffco’s Board of Commissioners will take part in telephone town hall meetings focused on transportation issues. During the meetings, the commissioners will randomly call constituents to invite them to participate in the hour-long discussion.

  • Foothills Animal Shelter takes over pet-licensing program

    As of July 20, Foothills Animal Shelter has taken over the pet-licensing program in Jefferson County.

    Since 2007, licensing funds collected by Jeffco have been used to pay down debt from construction of the new shelter next to the Jeffco Fairgrounds. The facility, which opened in 2010, has 46 staff members and 400 volunteers.

    Foothills Animal Shelter has also launched a new interactive website that offers a number of features and resources for pet owners, said Jennifer Strickland, spokeswoman for the shelter.