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  • First responders practice extrications at scene of mock accident

    At 6:15 p.m. Saturday, a call came into Foothills Fire & Rescue: A multi-vehicle accident. One vehicle on fire. Three people trapped in vehicles. A possible hazardous-material issue.

    Four minutes later, another call went out for mutual aid from the Indian Hills and Genesee fire departments, and from the Highland Rescue Team Ambulance Service, and suddenly fire trucks and ambulances converged on a location in El Rancho.

  • EPRD tests the waters for potential tax hike

     The Evergreen Park and Recreation District is surveying some district residents to gauge their willingness to approve a tax increase this fall.

    Denver-based Public Opinion Strategies will choose random residents and ask them to participate in a phone survey between March 8 and 13, according to a district news release.

    The tax hike — which would include a bond package and a change in the district mill levy — would go toward the district’s programs and facilities, the release said.

  • COUNTY BRIEFS

    Jeffco, Comcast continue talks

    Jeffco officials and Comcast have not yet agreed on a change in the company’s fee structure for its use of county-managed right-of-way.

    The county commissioners told Comcast on Feb. 2 that unless the company signed a contract by month’s end to change the way it pays to do business in unincorporated Jeffco, the commission would consider revoking its use license.

  • DA seeks grant to boost prosecutions in sex assault cases

    Jeffco’s district attorney and his staff want to focus more resources on prosecuting felony sexual offenders, and have applied for state grant funding to help with that goal.

    Eva Wilson, who serves as DA Pete Weir’s senior chief deputy district attorney, told the county commissioners March 1 that she hopes a grant will help the office double the number of felony sexual assaults that it prosecutes.

  • Emily’s Parade has seen its final run

    Emily’s Parade, the longstanding annual procession honoring the memory of a Bailey student killed in a shooting 10 years ago and other victims of school violence, has run its course, organizers announced last week.

  • Organizers gearing up for 2016 Relay for Life

     By Michael Elizabeth Sakas/For the Times

    Twenty-four committee members are in the early stages of planning this year’s Mountain Area Relay for Life, which is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 12, at Evergreen High School. 

  • McCasky resigns as head of economic development group

     Kevin McCasky has resigned as president and CEO of the Jeffco Economic Development Corp., according to a news release.

    The former county commissioner, who had led the Golden-based economic development organization since 2011, stepped down effective March 2, according to the release. No reason was given for his departure.

  • Dems pack area caucuses; Republicans bemoan lack of presidential straw poll

    Evergreen-area caucuses echoed state trends on Super Tuesday, with Democrats turning out in full force and some Republicans walking away frustrated over their party’s canceled presidential straw poll.

    Neither party had turnout numbers before print deadline, but the halls were humming at Evergreen High School, which hosted 12 Democratic and two Republican precincts on March 1.

  • Clear Creek officials tell governor what county needs in next commissioner

    The Clear Creek commissioners are sending Gov. John Hickenlooper a letter requesting he select a county commissioner qualified to tackle the many challenges the county faces in days to come.

  • Highway 73 to be widened for left-turn lane into ambulance center

    By Vicky Gits, For the Courier 

    Road crews in January partially removed about 50 trees from the east side of County Highway 73 south of Brook Forest Road to make way for a left-turn lane into the parking lot of the Evergreen Fire/Rescue ambulance center, 5411 County Road 73.  

    A 100-foot-long swath of tree stumps now marks the area where the road will be widened by 12 to 15 feet. Also, 4-foot asphalt shoulders will be installed.