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  • Winter ice-skating season ends at Evergreen Lake

    The only people on the ice at Evergreen Lake last week were a few fishermen and workers who were cleaning the frozen surface.

    Warm weather mixed with intermittent snow created unstable conditions on the ice, prompting the Evergreen Park and Recreation District to close the skating rinks for the season.

    Ellen O'Connor, EPRD executive director, said that a collaborative decision had been made after conferring with Brad Bednar, Evergreen Lake House supervisor, and Heart Cameron, EPRD operations manager.

  • All about bears, squirrels, gophers

    “Do mice hibernate?” 4½-year-old Maia Maestas asked volunteer naturalist Connie Hauver.

    Maia and other youngsters were gathered around Hauver for a Preschool Nature Nuts program at Lookout Mountain Nature Center last Thursday.

    Mice don’t hibernate like bears and other creatures during the wintertime, Hauver said.

  • Names of teachers involved in sick-outs won't be released, for now

    An injunction will temporarily prevent Jeffco Public Schools from releasing the names of teachers who participated in “sick-outs” last fall pending a court hearing requested by the teachers union, which claims that disclosing the information would violate teachers’ medical privacy.

    The Jefferson County Education Association’s Feb. 18 filing in District Court claims that even when sick-leave records do not contain specific health data, disclosing the records to the public could indirectly reveal private information.

  • Jeffco Open Space working with Arvada to develop public shooting range

    Jeffco Open Space is working with the city of Arvada in hopes of creating a county shooting range on property owned by the municipality.

    “What we’re saying is that we’d like to be at the table,” said Amy Ito, Jeffco Open Space's manager of planning and development. 

    “The timing seems ideal. This was our No. 1 site,” Ito said.

  • Everything’s coming up talent in fund-raising show

    Facing West, the popular sister duo, will headline the third annual Evergreen’s Got Talent show on Saturday at the Muddy Buck.

    “They’ve been with us from the very beginning,” said Schaunon Winter Gilman, organizer of the event. “We have a slate of returning and new people.”

    The talent show is a fund-raiser for Operation Homefront, an organization that provides assistance to military families and wounded veterans in need, Gilman said.

  • New director revamping downtown business organization

    “We’re going through a rebranding process,” said Linda Castle, the new director of the Evergreen Downtown Business Association.

    The organization is updating its website and making efforts to increase membership, she said.

    “It is my desire to get everything organized,” said Castle, who began serving in the position in January.

  • Pine 'hostage situation' now being investigated as false-reporting case

    A reported hostage situation in Pine last Friday is now being investigated as a felony false-reporting case and a possible incidence of “swatting” — when people call in fake reports to try to elicit a heavy law enforcement response.

  • Staffers from now-defunct Journey Church raising funds online

    The former pastor and some staffers of a now-defunct Conifer church are soliciting donations online to produce a documentary and a book, after the church left behind thousands of dollars in debt locally.

    The group is working on the documentary project in conjunction with a book being written by Michael Cheshire, who led Journey Community Church until the congregation disbanded in 2014, according to spokesman Cortland Coffey.  

    The online effort for the documentary had raised $1,290 of its $5,500 goal as of Feb. 7.

  • Conifer Area Council asks Jeffco Open Space to buy Journey Ranch

    The Conifer Area Council has asked Jeffco Open Space to consider buying the 45-acre ranch owned by the now-defunct Journey Community Church to complete CAC’s goal of connecting Conifer’s trails.

  • Marketing guru mobilizing volunteers to help businesses

    Imagine volunteers would work for free to make phone calls to promote your business.

    Or maybe they’d address envelopes or help prepare your taxes. They could type up information and do industry research, or help interview potential new employees.

    How quickly could your business grow?

    Evergreen Nursing Services — started by Mary Pat DeWald in Evergreen — is about to find out.