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  • Fall Carnival, Safety Fair combine for one Evergreen event

    Two annual Evergreen events, the Fall Carnival and the Safety Fair, have joined forces to create one large event for families on Sept. 29.

    Many activities are planned for the event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at both Bergen Meadow Elementary School, 1892 Bergen Parkway, and the adjacent Evergreen Fire/Rescue Administration Building. The day begins with a free pancake breakfast served by firefighters at the fire station from 8 to 10:30 a.m.

  • Da Kind brews a broth of kindness

    As the floodwaters receded on Sept. 16, Da Kind Soups decided to help downtown businesses hurt by the natural disaster.

    The restaurant, owned by Dustin and Ariane Speck, usually holds fund-raisers for local groups on Mondays. On Sept. 16, it asked the Evergreen High School tennis team to postpone its fund-raiser, and in its place, the Specks asked for donations to help local businesses.

  • Local agencies prepare to help flood victims

    Area service agencies are expecting requests for help starting this week from residents affected by the recent flooding.

    The executive directors have learned from past experience with wildfires that it takes people a couple of weeks to figure out what they need and to seek help.

  • Evergreen merchants open for business in wake of floods

    Downtown Evergreen businesses want people to know that they’re open for business.

    Most lost between one and five days worth of revenue when they were closed during the flooding that began Sept. 13. The proprietors are hoping that locals will frequent the shops and restaurants to help make up the difference.

    All downtown shops and restaurants are open again except Evergreen Clothing Co. on the east end of downtown and Cactus Jack’s Saloon on the west end.

  • Parks along Bear Creek closed due to flood damage

    A few people were fishing and picnicking at Evergreen Lake Park on Saturday afternoon despite flood damage and only one lane of traffic permitted across the bridge over Bear Creek.

    A wedding party was setting up at the Lake House, which had not suffered flood damage.

    However, most of the trails were closed, including the popular boardwalk, because of recent flooding.

    The golf course also was closed on Saturday. A group of elk was taking the opportunity to rest and graze on the bright green grass while visitors took photos of them.

  • Fascination with Clear Creek mining history leads to author's 2nd book

    Wearing a small metal hat, Ben Dugan used to venture into an abandoned mine by candlelight as a young boy growing up in Empire.

    “Everybody who grew up there played in the old mines,” Dugan said. “It was the epitome of fun.”

    Dugan is now an accountant with a 6-year-old son named Sam who sat listening to his father talk about his new book titled “Mines of Clear Creek County.”

  • Health focus in Open Space master plan criticized by advisory committee members

    The relationship between open space and public health gets an inordinate amount of attention in a second draft of the master plan for Jeffco Parks and Open Space, according to some members of the advisory committee.

    “I think there is an inordinate amount of text devoted to community health,” Jan Wilkins said while reviewing the second draft of the plan with other committee members last Thursday night.

    “There are so many aspects of open space,” Wilkins said. “There should be a more comprehensive description of what we do.”

  • Evergreen firefighters come to the aid of flood victims

    As relentless rain created major flooding problems in Evergreen, local firefighters organized and initiated efforts to keep residents and property safe during the weekend of Sept. 13.

    Chris Johnson, Evergreen fire operations chief, set up a command post for the Jefferson County Incident Management Team at Fire Station 2 in Bergen Park. Firefighters also were at Stations 1 and 5 that weekend to assist with operations.

    An initial task for firefighters was getting word to residents about evacuations.

  • Narrow-band radio use for EFR to go live this week

    After extended efforts to get the system up and running, Evergreen Fire/Rescue is planning to make the switch from wide- to narrow-band radio this week.

    “We’re doing test drives now,” Evergreen Fire Chief Mike Weege said at the Sept. 17 fire district board meeting. “Everything’s set up and ready to go."

     “In a worst-case scenario, we would have to cut back to UHF," Weege added.

  • Neighbors help neighbors dig out of flooded areas along Upper Bear Creek

    Neighbors were helping Upper Bear Creek resident Mark Footer clean up his yard and garage on Saturday afternoon while two backhoe operators shoveled debris from the property.

    “The creek just covered the whole valley,” Footer said, describing the recent heavy rains that caused Bear Creek to rise over its banks.

    Although his yard is soggy and many items in his garage were ruined, only one room of his home suffered damage, Footer said.

    “We really came out well,” he said.