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  • Open Space unveils possible upgrades at Mount Falcon

    Jeffco Open Space's proposed renovations at Mount Falcon's west trailhead include more centralized amenities around the main parking lot area.

    At an open house Thursday night at the Indian Hills Community Center, Open Space representatives said the trailhead's current challenges include the lower parking lot, which requires visitors to walk up the road to the trailhead; a kiosk that is not centrally located; an outdated restroom; and excessive after-hours use.

  • Toxic waste found buried at Lockheed Martin facility in South Jeffco

    Lockheed Martin has publicly disclosed that a solid mass of industrial waste containing hexavalent chromium — a toxin known to cause cancer — was discovered at its Waterton Road facility last October.

    The state health department confirmed that the waste was safely removed along with surrounding soil, and said the health of the public and company employees was never at risk. The department also said the waste “had no impact on surface or ground water.”

  • Morrison Holiday Bar hosts holiday duck races

    There's one resembling the Statue of Liberty, another covered in stars and stripes. There's a calico-cat version and one resembling a soccer ball. These small rubber ducks were the competitors in the duck races hosted Monday by the Holiday Bar in downtown Morrison.

    Dave and Yvonne Killingsworth, who have owned the bar the past 10 years, started the duck races about six years ago to provide entertainment when large crowds are downtown. 

    "Just people wanting to do fun stuff," Dave said.

  • Concerns persist about proposed apartments near tennis bubble

    From what they have seen of developer David Zucker’s plans for a three-building, three-story apartment complex on 5 acres southeast of the Evergreen Tennis Club, nearby homeowners Ken Bland and Cindy Sanders Alvarez are not pleased.

    The proposal attracted an unusually large crowd of about 100 people to an informational meeting at the tennis bubble in the spring, and the general atmosphere was not welcoming. 

  • Local sculptor John Scott remembered for his passions

    Local artist John Scott, a renowned sculptor and landscape painter, is known as much for his resilience as his talent, a man whose passion for his art and the outdoors remained intense over a half-century of creativity.  

    Scott, whose studio still stands atop a peak in Kittredge, and who was just a month shy of his 97th birthday, died Tuesday, June 28, of a sudden heart attack.

  • Prisoner at Jeffco jail dies; autopsy inconclusive

    A prisoner in the Jeffco jail died early Tuesday, the Sheriff's Office confirmed.

    According to sheriff's spokesman Mark Techmeyer, 53-year-old Patrick O'Day, who had been booked into the jail at 5:45 p.m. Monday, was found unresponsive at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday in a holding cell in the booking unit. He was pronounced dead at the jail.

  • 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.