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  • Spring thaw could help in search for missing hikers

    As the days get warmer, search-and-rescue teams are hoping enough snow will melt on Mount Evans to find out what happened to two missing hikers from Minnesota.

    Searchers have now spent an estimated 5,000 hours looking for father and son Damian McManus 52, and Evan McManus, 19, of St. Louis Park, Minn., said Bill Barwick, an Alpine Rescue Team spokesman. The two were reported missing April 6 after they did not return from a spring-break trip to Colorado. Their SUV was found parked at Echo Lake Campground.

  • Students take on a hot issue

    Residents with fireplace ashes to throw away need to know the proper way to dispose of them.

    A seven-minute video made by first- through third-grade students at the Montessori School of Evergreen offers some tips.

    Put ashes in metal buckets — not plastic buckets or paper bags — and cover them with water, according to information in the video. Don’t dump ashes on the ground outside if there’s any chance they could smolder and start a fire, the video instructs.

  • Homeowners struggling to keep fire insurance

    An Evergreen homeowner in the Hiwan Hills neighborhood recently spent $3,500 to have 18 trees cut down around his home to keep his State Farm fire insurance policy.

    Other homeowners have not been so lucky. One said his insurance company canceled his fire insurance policy recently. He declined to give the address of his rural Clear Creek County home. A Floyd Hill resident said recently that the price of his fire insurance policy doubled overnight.

  • Barks and Belts fund-raiser planned June 1

    Isaac Mohr is looking forward to the Barks and Belts fund-raiser on June 1.

    He’s asking several friends to join him in walking foster dogs in the 5K walk/run that benefits both the Evergreen Animal Protective League and Evergreen/Conifer Drive Smart.

  • Barks and Belts fund-raiser on June 1

    Isaac Mohr is looking forward to the Barks and Belts fund-raiser on June 1.

    He’s asking several friends to join him in walking foster dogs in the 5K walk/run that benefits both the Evergreen Animal Protective League and Evergreen/Conifer Drive Smart.

    Never mind that Isaac’s mom, Jackie Mohr, is the executive director of Drive Smart. Animals and EAPL are near and dear to Isaac’s heart.

  • Dedication of soldier statue touches Evergreen residents at Memorial Day service

    After a hushed silence, more than 200 people at the Memorial Day service at Buchanan Park stood and applauded as a bronze statue of a kneeling soldier was unveiled on Monday afternoon.

    Titled "The Sentry," the life-size sculpture was placed within the wall of the Veterans Commemorative Walk in remembrance of those who died in war. The infantryman depicted in the work is holding a rifle, and appears to be gazing at pavers dedicated to soldiers killed in action.

  • Evergreen residents walk through plans for connecting trails

    During an open house May 20 for a trails master plan, Evergreen residents Jennifer and Troy Berens said they would like to see a connecting trail from their Hiwan Hills neighborhood to downtown Evergreen.

    Other suggestions from residents included closing the downtown area to traffic to increase walkability and creating a walking and biking path from Evergreen to Conifer.

  • Clear Creek school board fires superintendent

    Clear Creek Schools Superintendent Todd Lancaster was fired on a split vote at the school board's May 20 meeting, and the sentiment for ousting Lancaster became unanimous at a hastily scheduled executive session three days later. 

    Lancaster and the board had been at odds at times over some issues, but that friction apparently had grown to include teachers disgruntled over changes planned in the district's administrative structure. 

  • Latest plan to move Community Corrections abandoned

    Jeffco has decided to abandon its latest idea for relocating the Community Corrections facility after hearing from angry neighbors of a potential site near the Jeffco Fairgrounds.

    The county had identified a property near the fairgrounds and Foothills Animal Shelter at 15650 W. Sixth Ave. as a potential new home for Community Corrections. The current facility, commonly referred to as the New York Building, is on Kendall Street between West 16th and 17th avenues.

  • Teachers approve initial agreement with district

    Members of the teachers union have overwhelmingly approved a contract agreement reached May 8 with the school district’s bargaining team, but teachers voted on a version of the pact that did not include a later addition from the district.

    Just hours after bargaining teams reached the original agreement, the district added the stipulation that non-probationary teachers rated as not effective or partially effective would not be eligible for raises.