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  • Indian Hills groundwater study completed

    A long-awaited study of groundwater quality in Indian Hills was released last week, complete with new recommendations that could guide future development in the Parmalee Gulch watershed.
    The study, conducted by Dr. Margaret Hertzog, an environmental engineer with PH Associates LLC in Lakewood, was contracted last year by the Jeffco Board of Health to test groundwater in Indian Hills in the wake of nearly four decades of septic system restrictions in Parmalee Gulch.

  • Fire district to finalize bond-issue, tax-hike amounts by month’s end

    Voters will know by the end of the month the exact amount of the proposed bond issue and tax increase for the Evergreen Fire Protection District that will appear on the November ballot.

    At the district’s monthly board meeting last week, board members said they would finalize the amounts, as well as the language of those resolutions, at a special meeting Aug. 28.

    The fire district has spent the last few months gauging public opinion on a multimillion-dollar bond issue and a proposed property-tax boost of 3.5 mills.

  • Crews extinguish small wildfire east of Kittredge

    A small wildfire burning on top of a ridge just east of Kittredge was 100 percent contained at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday.

    According to Doug Saba, spokesman for Evergreen Fire/Rescue, the blaze, which was above O'Fallon Park, was reported just after 3 p.m. and burned about half an acre. No structures were threatened.

  • Local elementary principals say they’re not concerned about high lead levels

    The principals at Bergen Meadow and Parmalee elementary schools are not concerned about the high lead levels found in some of the faucets because the sinks where the lead was present are rarely used.

    Bergen principal Peggy Miller and Parmalee principal Ingrid Mielke said they don’t believe students were at risk, and the sinks all have been cordoned off.

    They attribute the issue to the age of the building and the pipes. Bergen Meadow is 45 years old, and Parmalee is 54 years old.

  • Accident snarls traffic on eastbound I-70 near Genesee

    An accident on eastbound Interstate 70 near the Genesee exit early Tuesday had traffic backed up to Evergreen Parkway.

    At least one eastbound lane was closed, and numerous emergency crews were on the scene, according to a reporter who drove by the accident.

  • Judge refuses to toss evidence in shooting of bear cubs

    The attorney for the Evergreen resident accused of fatally shooting two bears cubs last September unsuccessfully tried to have evidence in the case suppressed at a hearing Thursday in Jeffco District Court.

  • County sees declines in property crimes in second quarter

    Jeffco Sheriff Jeff Shrader last week presented the commissioners the county’s crime stats for the second quarter of 2016, which showed interesting changes in the property-crime categories compared to prior years.

  • Jeffco sheriff eases fire restrictions

    The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has lifted its stage II fire ban and returned to Stage I fire restrictions in the county.

    The less-stringent restrictions were reinstated because of lower temperatures and higher humidity that have reduced wildfire risk. The change was made starting Friday morning.

    People are prohibited from:

  • Woofstock to benefit EAPL

    An event called “Woofstock” should conjure images of canines and the 1960s.

    Both will be part of the benefit for the Evergreen Animal Protective League from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at Mount Vernon Country Club. Admission is free, but fees will be charged at some booths, with proceeds going to EAPL.

  • Grove Sale at Evergreen Lutheran Church

    Evergreen Lutheran Church is looking for a lot of people to both donate and buy everything from furniture to clothes at its 25th annual Grove Sale on Aug. 13.

    All proceeds from the sale, which raises about $30,000 each year, go to charity, according to Carolyn Bergner, one of the sale’s three organizers. This year the beneficiaries include the Mountain Resource Center, Evergreen Christian Outreach, Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice and the Mountain Area Pregnancy Center.