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  • Evergreen Fire makes case for tax increase at town hall meeting

    The Evergreen Fire Protection District's need for a bond issue and property-tax increase is being driven by increased expenses, declining tax revenue and declining billing revenue from emergency medical services. That was the message at the district's first town hall meeting June 23 to discuss the measures planned for the November ballot. 

  • Overnight homeless shelter expected to open in the fall

    Several Evergreen religious and charitable groups are continuing their quest to open an overnight shelter for the homeless when the weather turns cold this fall.

    Organizers of a group now called Evergreen Shelter Program met with about 35 people on Tuesday night to recruit more volunteers and to explain the program. The group originally was called SWEEPS — Severe Weather Emergency? Evergreen Provides Shelter.

  • Evergreen loves a Rodeo Parade

    Miss Rodeo America and Miss Rodeo Colorado sat side by side on the top of a restored fire truck Saturday, smiling and waving to the thousands of Rodeo Parade attendees lining downtown Evergreen.

    “See you at the rodeo!” said Miss Rodeo America Katherine Merck, who wore a white hat and a sash emblazoned with her prestigious title.

  • Evergreen Fire board discusses district’s financial challenges

    The Evergreen Fire Protection District board discussed the district’s financial situation June 16, including the plan to seek a property-tax increase and bond issue on the November ballot.

    At the meeting, the fire district formally introduced Webb Strategic Communications — the public relations firm it will work with to inform residents about the need for more revenue. Pete Webb, president of the firm, will lead the campaign, which kicks off with a town hall meeting Thursday.

  • District weighs options after marijuana bill becomes law

    Jeffco Public Schools may be drafting a policy on medical marijuana after Gov. John Hickenlooper signed legislation that requires the state’s districts to allow use of the remedy on school grounds.

    “Jack’s Law” law requires school districts to “adopt a policy permitting the use of medical marijuana by students authorized” to use it. The legislation was named for Jack Splitt, a Wheat Ridge middle school student with cerebral palsy whose medical marijuana was confiscated last year by school officials.

  • Smoke in the area attributed to out-of-state fires

    Smoke visible in the Evergreen and Conifer area is not from a local fire but rather the result of major wildfires burning in New Mexico and Arizona.

    According to Curt Rogers, fire chief at the North Fork Volunteer Fire Department, smoke from the Dog Head Fire in New Mexico, as well as the Cedar Creek Fire in Arizona, is drifting into Colorado and causing visibility issues. Rogers also said that a 700-acre wildfire at Fort Carson also could be contributing to the visibility issues.

  • Entry with ‘bite’ is tops at Rhubarb Fest

    Pine Grove’s 29th annual Rhubarb Festival was a hot one — from scorching temperatures to a parade featuring the chrome bumpers of classic cars to the unusual dish that won the annual bake-off, it was a weekend burned into memory.

  • Heritage Ride kicks off Evergreen Rodeo week

    About 30 horses and their riders returned to scattered cheers at the Evergreen Rodeo Grounds after a two-hour fund-raising trail ride Sunday. Led by Evergreen Rodeo Association president Mark Johnson, the Heritage Ride kicked off the start of Evergreen Rodeo week by supporting the Colorado Horse Council.

  • Evergreen Rodeo turns 50 in style

    The Evergreen Rodeo is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a weekend packed with excitement and entertainment Friday through Sunday.  

    “It’s one thing to slap a board on your feet and slide down a mountain; it’s another thing to get on a 2,000-pound bull,” said Evergreen Rodeo Association president Mark Johnson. “This is an extreme sport, so if you want to see athleticism and if you want to see danger, if you want to see unpredictability, it is all wrapped up in about a two-hour rodeo.”

  • Suspect in I-70 hit-and-run appears in court

    The motorist accused of hitting a sheriff's deputy in March at the scene of a massive pileup on eastbound I-70 at the Lookout Mountain exit had his first court appearance June 6.

    Robert Landsperg, a former Colorado resident now living in California, faces charges of leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident, careless driving and careless driving resulting in injury.