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  • Jeffco participates in first-of-its-kind land deal in Clear Creek County

    Jeffco Open Space announced this week it has completed an unprecedented land deal on 108 acres in Clear Creek County that drew the participation of several land management agencies and land trust organizations.

  • Pickleball Club seeking more space for courts at Wulf Rec Center

    More than two dozen members of the Evergreen Pickleball Club were present at the Dec. 6 EPRD board meeting to ask for more indoor space for their sport.

    Al Buenning, who spoke for the club members, thanked the board members for the outdoor pickleball facilities at Marshdale, which he said were “a godsend this summer.” He said all the courts frequently were full at peak playing times.

  • EPRD board approves 2017 budget

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District board approved the district’s 2017 budget on Dec. 6, which includes employee pay raises and several capital projects, thanks to a projected increase in revenue.

    The district is seeing participation growth and demand in children’s programs, gymnastics and Lake House rental, plus it plans to increase the price of recreation passes by 5 percent.

  • 'Santa's Beard' started growing at Flying J Ranch

    Former Conifer resident Sharon Thayer, whose book “The Myth of Santa’s Beard” is now available in hardback, has revealed the source of inspiration for the holiday favorite: Flying J Ranch Park.

    Thayer, now a resident of Texas, worked with children in a day-care center when she lived in Conifer. She wrote the book in 2001 and had it published in 2012 with illustrations by Marci Chambers, a former resident of the South Park area.

  • A window to the artistic soul

    Pamela Rhoades sat at a table inside the cozy Java Groove, not looking out the windows but at them.

    Each window was decorated with paintings of various winter scenes — a snowman, children ice-skating, a man ice-fishing, a snow-covered hillside.

    This is Rhoades’ handiwork, and she hopes the paintings portray wintry scenes the mountain area recognizes as its own.

  • Planners recommend approval of controversial Rooney Valley rezoning

    The Jeffco Planning Commission recommended last Thursday night that land on the northwest corner of C-470 and Alameda Parkway near Dinosaur Ridge be rezoned for planned development, which could pave the way for car dealerships, a hotel and retail.

    On a 5-2 vote that came after two nights of presentations and vociferous opposition, the commission largely cited fears over what the current zoning could permit as a reason for granting the approval.

  • Victims of Bailey fire owe lives to alert niece

    If you ask LuAnn Pierce, she and husband Christian Brown — as well as 11 of their pets and special-needs rescue animals — owe their lives to one person: their 21-year old niece, Katie Tuten.

    About two weeks ago, the cottage on Holmes Gulch Road in Bailey that Pierce and Brown called home for a year burned to the ground in an early-morning fire. Despite the efforts of 27 responders from the Elk Creek and Platte Canyon fire departments, the house was declared a total loss within an hour of the initial emergency call.

  • Expectations don’t crumble at Cookie Walk

    At Our Lady of the Pines in Conifer, it’s all about the cookie —at least for one day a year.

    The 13th annual Cookie Walk was held Saturday, and more than 100 parishioners at the Catholic church baked thousands of cookies that were sold to hundreds of buyers.

    The concept is simple: On the second Saturday in December, customers walk around the tables — hence the name Cookie Walk — and decide which cookies they want to buy. They can purchase as many as they want of each.

  • RMAE trims budget by $532,500

    Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen has now cut nearly $532,500 from this year’s budget and plans to tap into its reserve funds to make up for a shortfall.

    Two preschool teachers will be laid off in January, and their classrooms will be combined. In the K-8 school, the work hours of one music teacher and the Spanish and art teachers have been trimmed. However, all students will still get instruction in those subjects.

    In addition, some pay raises given at the start of the school year have been rescinded.

  • EPRD awarded $100,000 grant for study of closed section of Lake Trail

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District has received a $100,000 grant from Great Outdoors Colorado for an engineering study and preliminary design work for repairs to the closed northern segment of the Lake Trail.

    The trail between the dam and Upper Bear Creek Road has been closed since April because of drainage and stability issues along the trail and along Highway 74.