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  • Master plan to connect Evergreen with trails, bike lanes completed

    An ambitious master plan to link key areas of Evergreen through trails and bike lanes is complete after more than a year of development.

    The next step is deciding on the first project to build in the Evergreen Trails Master Plan, said Dean Dalvit of the Downtown Evergreen Economic District, which is leading the effort.

    Once DEED selects a feasible project, the organization will begin seeking partners and grant funding to implement it, Dalvit said.

  • Teachers unions played major role in recall effort

     Local and national teachers unions made major donations to the campaign to recall three conservative members of the Jeffco school board, according to financial records ordered released by a state judge.

    Recall critics have said donations from the National Education Association and the Jefferson County Education Association prove that union interests were a guiding force in the ousting of board members John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams in the November election.

  • Evergreen firefighters douse small brush fire

    Evergreen firefighters were quick to douse a small brush fire Saturday afternoon on Upper Bear Creek in Clear Creek County. 

    The blaze, in dry vegetation on a south-facing slope near Evans Ranch, was about an acre in size. Firefighters arrived minutes after the fire was reported and extinguished the flames shortly after arriving.

    “It proves that wildland fires do happen in winter,” said Evergreen Fire/Rescue spokesman Doug Saba.

    The flames reportedly were extinguished just before 2 p.m. 

  • Tap water returns to normal color after firefighting effort

    Tap water in the neighborhood adjacent to the Evergreen Golf Course seems to be back to normal after firefighters tapped into two hydrants on New Year’s Day to help douse a house fire on Golf Way.

    The water became discolored, but there was no health risk, according to Dave Lighthart, general manager for the Evergreen Metropolitan District. He said the discoloration was confined to that neighborhood, and his office received seven calls from residents concerned about water safety.

  • Christmas tree drop-off sites available in Littleton

    The city of Littleton and South Suburban Parks and Recreation are collecting and mulching Christmas trees now through Jan. 11.

    The Littleton collection site is in Cornerstone Park at the southeast corner of West Belleview Avenue and South Windermere Street. The drop-off site is in the parking lot beside the soccer fields.

    South Suburban Parks is collecting trees at the Willow Springs Service Center, 7100 S. Holly St.

    Both sites are open every day during daylight hours.

  • First phase complete at business park at C-470, West Bowles

    The first two buildings are complete in a planned 300,000-square-foot business center at C-470 and West Bowles Avenue, and construction on the project’s second phase is scheduled to begin early next year.

    Fred Baker of Ojala and Co. said 3D Systems of Golden will be the first business to occupy one 70,000-square-foot building in the Mountain West Business Center. The company, formerly known as Medical Modeling, recently was acquired by 3D Systems, a national firm, and is relocating to Littleton.

  • First phase complete at business park at C-470, West Bowles

    The first two buildings are complete in a planned 300,000-square-foot business center at C-470 and West Bowles Avenue, and construction on the project’s second phase is scheduled to begin early next year.

    Fred Baker of Ojala and Co. said 3D Systems of Golden will be the first business to occupy one 70,000-square-foot building in the Mountain West Business Center. The company, formerly known as Medical Modeling, recently was acquired by 3D Systems, a national firm, and is relocating to Littleton.

  • EAS+Y offers annual holiday tree recycling

    Evergreen’s Alliance for Sustainability is planning its annual holiday tree recycling on Jan. 2 and 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Evergreen Lutheran Church, 5980 Highway 73.

    People can bring their live trees to the site, and volunteers will collect them at no charge. However, donations are welcome and appreciated, said EAS+Y member Tupper Briggs, who is coordinating the event.

    All tinsel, ornaments and stands should be removed from the trees before they're brought to the site for recycling. Only natural trees can be accepted.

  • Action against former Journey pastor won’t be refiled

    The state agency that sought to have a former Conifer pastor banned from selling securities in Colorado will not refile the action in an administrative court, staff said several weeks after the original case was dismissed.

    Former Journey Community Church pastor Michael Cheshire was accused of securities fraud related to a bond offering the church made in 2013; state investigators sought to have him banned from selling securities in Colorado again. The church — which no longer exists — was also named.

  • Card ‘skimmers’ found at Safeway in Conifer

    Card “skimmers” were found on PIN transaction devices at several Colorado Safeway stores — including in Conifer, a company spokeswoman has said.

    Safeway spokeswoman Teena Massingill said the devices, which are designed to collect information from the magnetic strips on the back of credit and debit cards, were found by staff members during regular inspections in November and were quickly removed.

    “There was a very small impact to our customers,” Massingill said.