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  • 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. 

  • Community garden at Wilmot gets go-ahead

    The plan for a new community garden near Wilmot Elementary School cleared its final legal hurdle this week after the nonprofit starting it agreed to terms set by the Evergreen Park and Recreation District, which is acting as a pass-through for state grant funds for the project.

  • New time, location set for Jeffco foreclosure sales

    The Jeffco public trustee has announced that foreclosure sales are being moved to a new location and time.

    Starting March 24, the sales will be held at 2 p.m. Thursdays in the jury assembly room on the court side of the Jeffco Administration and Courts Facility, 100 Jefferson County Parkway in Golden.

  • Hearts, horizons expand on Cultural Day at Bergen Meadow

    A guest at Bergen Meadow Elementary School’s Cultural Day on Feb. 24 told second-graders something that summarized the event’s purpose: “All our hearts beat the same even if we look different.”

    The statement came from Eishita Nariani with the Mudra Dance Studio in Aurora. She and her mom, Namita Khanna, helped Evergreen Middle School principal Joelle Broberg teach students dances from India.

  • Clear Creek Commissioner Tom Hayden dies at age 60

    Clear Creek County Commissioner Tom Hayden, 60, died Feb. 29 at his home near Upper Bear Creek Road.

    The cause of Hayden's death has not yet been released. County officials said emergency responders were initially called to his home.

    Hayden was completing his first four-year term as a county commissioner and was registered to run for his second term as an unaffiliated candidate.

  • Gunman had troubled history with law enforcement

    Martin Wirth, the 58-year-old Park County resident who shot three sheriff’s officers last week before dying himself in the gunbattle, had a troubled background that included numerous brushes with law enforcement. 

    Eight Park County officers went to a home at 36 Iris Drive in Bailey on Feb. 24 to serve a “high-risk” eviction notice. Wirth opened fire when the officers followed him inside the home, killing Cpl. Nate Carrigan and wounding two deputies.

  • Slain officer ‘went above and beyond’

    Park County Sheriff Fred Wegener describes Cpl. Nate Carrigan as a caring law enforcement officer who “went above and beyond” his responsibilities.

    Terri Poulsen backs him up with the story of how she first met Carrigan several years ago.

    A chimney fire had broken out in her Bailey home, and Carrigan was among those who responded. Everybody was safe, but Terri’s daughter Meghan, now 20, was beside herself because her collection of American Girl Dolls was still inside.


    Ice-skating season ends at Evergreen Lake

    Ice-skating season has ended at Evergreen Lake after two weeks of unseasonably warm temperatures, said Brad Bednar, Evergreen Lake House supervisor.

    People in the community may come by the Lake House on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. to purchase hot dogs and other foods at the concession stand before it also closes for the season.

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District will begin preparing for boating season at the lake, which opens in May.

  • Sheriff’s Office receiving complaints about apparent IRS scam

     The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office over the weekend received six complaints about an apparent scammer claiming to work for the Internal Revenue Service, a spokesman said.

    The scammer reportedly called and in some cases left voice-mails telling county residents they were behind in their tax payments and threatening arrest, said sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer.