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  • Church has no ill will toward vandals

    The pastor at Ascent Church, whose buildings and grounds were defaced by vandals late last week, says church members shouldn’t be angry but instead should have compassion for whoever perpetrated the crimes.

    “This is more evidence of why we need to be here,” Pastor John Morlan said Monday. “If there’s something churning inside of them to make them act out, I’m hoping we get a chance to meet them and find out why. … Hopefully next year, the person who did this is in the front row of our church.”

  • Evergreen Parkway on track to be paved this fall

    Evergreen Parkway will be repaved this fall as planned, even though the road was recently striped.

    The project to pave the road from Highway 65 on the north to just above Evergreen Lake is now being advertised, and bids are expected to come in shortly, Colorado Department of Transportation engineer Stephen Harelson said. The exact start date depends on the bids, he added.

    The road was striped earlier this month for safety reasons, he said, as most of the lines delineating lanes were barely discernible by drivers.

  • Bucksnort Saloon goes up for sale

    The legendary Bucksnort Saloon near Pine Grove is up for sale for the first time in nearly 20 years, and an unexpected career change is the reason why.

    According to longtime owner Galina Bye, the decision to put the saloon and its properties on the market came after she recently found success as a fine artist.

  • New legislation will change the face of mountain area EMS

    Emergency medical service in Colorado will look a lot different by the end of next year — specifically, people who call 911, you may not end up at the hospital or an urgent-care facility. In fact, first responders might provide care directly themselves, depending on the nature of the call.

  • Evergreen firefighters deployed to Nederland

    Evergreen Fire/Rescue sent eight firefighters and three trucks to help battle the Cold Springs Fire near Nederland over the weekend.

    According to Fire Chief Mike Weege, the department received a call for assistance Saturday afternoon and showed up on site at 6 a.m. Sunday. Of the three trucks deployed, one is a “tactical wildland fire tender,” which is capable of bringing water, foam and other materials to fire trucks.

  • New legislation will change the face of mountain area EMS

    Emergency medical service in Colorado will look a lot different by the end of next year — specifically, people who call 911, you may not end up at the hospital or an urgent-care facility. In fact, first responders might provide care directly themselves, depending on the nature of the call. 

  • Arts Alive! kicks off this weekend with Summerfest

    Arts Alive!, Evergreen’s annual celebration of its diverse arts community and offerings, kicks off this weekend with the Summerfest arts and crafts festival and culminates two weeks later with the venerable Evergreen Jazz Festival.

  • Deputies free bear trapped in car

    Two Jeffco sheriff’s deputies liberated a bear that was trapped in a vehicle at Chief Hosa on Tuesday morning, and they also managed to film the encounter.

    Deputy Josh Tillman said he and Deputy Brian McLaughlin responded to a report about 9 a.m. Tuesday that a bear had somehow managed to become trapped inside a Subaru in the 26000 block of Upper Cold Springs Gulch Road.

  • Stage 1 fire ban enacted in Jeffco

    Jefferson County has enacted a stage 1 fire ban. 

    According to a news release, the following are prohibited until further notice:

    • Building or maintaining any open fire, except within a permanently constructed fire grate in a park, campground or picnic area.

    • Selling, possessing or using any type of fireworks or other pyrotechnic device, including sparklers.

  • Brush fire north of I-70 burns 4 acres

    A wind-whipped brush fire north of I-70 near the Morrison exit closed the westbound lanes of the highway for four hours Sunday before ground crews and a helicopter were able to contain the blaze.

    No structures were threatened, and no injuries were reported. The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office said the fire started about 3:30 p.m. when trash blew out of a truck and hit power lines, then fell to the ground and ignited brush.