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  • Mountain Area Land Trust expanding stewardship to neighboring counties

    The Mountain Area Land Trust is expanding its conservation efforts in the Front Range area, Brian Ballard, president of the Evergreen-based organization, said at the organization’s annual Night in the Park event on Saturday.

    “We’re measuring our success by the connectivity it creates,” Ballard said.

    Among recent accomplishments is the acquisition of 92 acres in the Pennsylvania Mountain Natural Area near Fairplay, said Ballard. The entire 500-acre property has rich biodiversity that university scientists are studying.

  • Fugitive arrested on drug charges in Indian Hills

    A fugitive wanted on felony drug charges in Aurora and two other people were arrested in Indian Hills on the evening of Thursday, Aug. 7.

    Raymond Lindley, 29, was arrested at a private residence. He also is suspected of stealing a motorcycle and an all-terrain vehicle, said Mark Techmeyer, a spokesman for the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office. 

    FBI officers involved with the Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force aided Aurora police officers with the arrests, said Dave Joly, a spokesman for the Denver office. Jeffco deputies also responded to the scene.

  • Missing woman suffering from Alzheimer's found safe

    An Evergreen woman suffering from Alzheimer’s disease who was missing overnight was found safe Thursday morning at the Bradley station at Meadow Drive and Highway 74.

    A neighbor driving to work spotted the missing woman and called authorities. She was “a little chilly” but unharmed after going missing at 7 p.m. Wednesday from her home on Troutdale Village Drive, said sheriff’s spokeswoman Jacki Kelley.

  • Suspect in carjacking/burglary rampage now faces charge of sex trafficking of a minor

    The man facing 46 charges in connection with a crime spree July 23 in the Jeffco foothills is now facing a separate charge of sexual trafficking of a minor.

    Christopher David Sullivan was charged Aug. 5 with trafficking of a minor for sexual servitude, a felony. The charge is related to the 17-year-old girl with Sullivan during a carjacking/burglary rampage that ended when Sullivan was tackled by Deputy Fred Haggett on Interstate 70.

  • Missing girl found in Marshdale

    Jefferson County deputies and area fire personnel worked together to locate a 10-year-old girl who was reported missing in Marshdale late Wednesday morning, said Jeffco sheriff's spokesperson Jacki Kelley.

    While with her family at The Bistro, the girl reportedly left the restaurant on her bicycle. 

    She was found about an hour and a half later, Kelley said.

  • Evergreen Legacy Fund growing

    If you buy an ice cream cone at Baskin-Robbins in downtown Evergreen, 1 percent of your purchase goes to the Downtown Evergreen Economic District's Legacy Fund.

    So far, more than $80,000 has been raised through the fee on goods and services, which is collected voluntarily by most downtown Evergreen businesses. Since Evergreen isn’t an incorporated city, there’s no way to require businesses to charge the fee, but virtually all of them do, said Dean Dalvit, a spokesman for the Downtown Evergreen Economic District, or DEED.

  • The last roundup

    By Carol McKinley, for the Courier

    Rest, best friends.  

    Nell’s Ladybug lies here, as do Muffy Pumpkin and Rocky Doodle Clinton. Spot and Elsie Yu have been rewarded for the love the rabbits gave their family with a stately grave marker that proclaims, “Hopping in Heaven.” 

    On another marker is a picture of Ri the German shepherd and a poignant farewell: “Good night, sweet prince. We’ll see you in the morning.” 

  • EChO moving home furnishings store to expanded space

    Evergreen Christian Outreach is moving its home furnishings department to a space next to its resale shop in the Evergreen North Shopping Center on Highway 74.

    “One continuous space will be all of EChO,” said Sharon Smith, executive director of the interfaith service organization. “We’re going to eventually take over the whole space.”

  • Fire district bolsters its bottom line

    The Evergreen Fire Protection District strengthened its balance sheet by almost $620,000 in 2013, based on a draft of its annual audit.

    The fire district reported $10.9 million in net assets for 2013, compared with about $10.3 million in 2012. 

    Total general fund revenue was $5,899,020 in 2013, up $185,813 from 2012 revenue. The increase in revenue came generally from an increase in donations, among other things. 

  • Fracking, immigration top town hall topics

    Discussion about fracking, the Affordable Care Act and the U.S.-Mexico border dominated a town hall meeting hosted by U.S. Rep. Jared Polis at the Mountain Resource Center in Conifer on Monday night.

    More than 35 people showed up for the Boulder Democrat’s first meeting in Conifer since Polis started representing Conifer and Evergreen in Congress in 2010.

    “It’s great to be back where there’s some sanity,” he said of his brief break from the nation’s capital.