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  • Temporary closure of Maxwell Falls mulled

    The Evergreen Fire Protection District is joining the Elk Creek Fire Protection District in its support for at least temporarily closing access to Maxwell Falls, citing concerns over increased illegal fires in the area.
    Discussed at the monthly Evergreen fire board meeting on July 11, the issue was first brought up by Connell O’Brien, an Evergreen Fire/Rescue firefighter and president of the Evergreen Volunteer Fire Department, during his report on the department’s operations.

  • Reprieve for the disabled: Bailey horse therapy haven caters to the physically challenged

    Twenty minutes outside of Bailey, there’s a place where every body is the same — even if some of those bodies look different on the outside, function differently on the inside, and sometimes operate with the help of wheelchairs, canes and other aids.
    It’s a place on 35 acres of private property, obscured by a grove of trees that stretch higher than high, and noticeable only by a roped-off horse arena and a shed that serves as an office.

  • Community turns out to meet Jeffco’s new superintendent

    Ten days into his tenure as Jeffco Public Schools’ new superintendent, Jason Glass hit the ground running July 10 with a whirlwind of hour-long community meetings across the entirety of Jeffco.

    Aimed at giving the public an opportunity to meet Glass and ask questions town hall-style, the tour began at a Westminster Village Inn restaurant and wound down at The Wild Game in Evergreen.

  • The top of the world: Morrison slackliner breaks world record

    At the top of a mountain, gazing out at the vast wilderness below, there is a sense of stillness.

    For many, there also is a rush of adrenaline, and maybe — for some — a bit of fear.

    As Taylor VanAllen harnesses himself in, removes his shoes, balances on a 1-inch piece of webbing and takes his first step away from solid ground, he draws on these very feelings. Despite more than seven years of practice, the 26-year-old slackliner is not without fear.

  • Sprucing up history: Volunteers restore century-old shelters on trail to Mount Evans

    Imagine hiking to Mount Evans 100 years ago — and stopping at two new shelters in Clear Creek County that provide some respite from weather and wildlife along the way.

    Fast-forward to Saturday, and 15 volunteers hiked to the same spot to refurbish them, so hikers in the next century can enjoy the shelters — and the history — they provide.

  • Evergreen family riding in Courage Classic in son’s honor

    Seven-year-old Fynn Cox fought an uphill medical battle since he was born.

    Despite dealing with lesions on his brain, autism, a genetic disorder and finally a malignant brain tumor in his short life — the youngster lived each day to the fullest.

    His fight ended on April 9, and Fynn’s family is riding bicycles in the Courage Classic July 22-23 to benefit the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s Hospital Colorado.

  • Inaugural Evergreen Lake paddleboard race was a win

    Despite only having paddleboarded twice, I was excited to see the Evergreen Park & Recreation District hosting the inaugural paddleboard races Saturday morning. So excited, in fact, that I asked my editor if I could cover the races from a first-person perspective — that is, as a participant.

    “Sure,” he said, “just don’t win.”

    “Yeah, that’s not going to be a problem,” I told him.

  • Artwork finds new homes with Summerfest attendees

    All weekend, Summerfest patrons found types of art to enjoy and appreciate.

    While some art forms were more temporary by nature — namely, live music, food and brewed refreshments — the more tactile and permanent works of art were the main attraction Saturday and Sunday at Buchanan Park.

    The 35th annual Summerfest offered attendees an opportunity to connect with artists and add unique works to their homes, yards, offices, wardrobes and jewelry collections.

  • Bereaved kids find friends, support at summer camp

    Editor’s Note: The campers’ names have been changed to protect their privacy.

    One-by-one on Friday night, 53 kids took turns passing the talking stick around the circle, introducing themselves and describing who they had lost.

    “My name is Tom; my dad died,” one 6-year-old shared. “He was a great singer, and I loved him.”

  • I-70 reopens after RV fire near Floyd Hill

    All lanes of Interstate 70 are open Thursday afternoon near Floyd Hill after a burning RV had earlier shut down both sides of the highway.

    A 50-year-old male, who has not yet been identified, was the driver of the RV. He was not injured in the incident, according to Trooper Josh Lewis with the Colorado State Patrol. The RV was pulling a trailer of ATVs.

    Evergreen Fire/Rescue received a call about an RV engulfed in flames just after noon on Thursday. Other agencies, including Foothills Fire/Rescue and Clear Creek Fire Authority, also responded to the call.