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  • Plenty of earthy events remain for Earth Day

    Editor’s note: The Courier is publishing a series of columns provided by the organizers of this year’s local Earth Month events.

    By Betsy Kelson

    If you’ve been promising yourself a night out to take part in the Earth Day celebration, some educational and interesting events are still coming up.

  • Evergreen author relates supernatural, religious experiences in book

    After living an existence he described as devoid of meaning, Evergreen resident E. Wiseman Woomer Jr. became a born-again Christian who experiences supernatural visions and messages.

    Woomer said he has seen Jesus three times, and has had an encounter with a demonic apparition that unleashed bolts of lightning.

    “These are things most people don’t experience. They are controversial because many people don’t believe,” Woomer said.

  • Short, sweet and icy is the trek to Maxwell Falls

    Trees and bushes along the road to Upper Maxwell Falls are coming alive with the golden and rosy hues of spring. However, the trail and falls are still cloaked in winter attire.

    A few slippery places and slush didn’t keep Stephanie Dziedziak and Eric Kelley from taking the hike with their dog Griff on Sunday. Dziedziak and Kelley said it was their second venture to the falls in the Arapaho National Forest, and they were hoping to see running water rather than white frozen ice.

  • Water supply diminishing in Lookout Mountain district

    Residents  in the Lookout Mountain Water District can anticipate dwindling water supplies in the coming months — a scenario created by extended drought conditions and low-priority rights.

    At the end of 2012, the reservoir on Squaw Pass Road was only 67 percent of capacity with 174 acre-feet of water, according to water district information. The 500 residents connected to the district system typically use 200 acre-feet of water a year collectively.

  • Creating faith-based awareness of environmental issues

    A rabbi and two Christian ministers offered their perspectives on environmental awareness during an interfaith discussion on Sunday evening.

    “We are having a huge impact on this planet,” said the Rev. Peter Sawtell, executive director of Eco-Justice Ministries of the United Church of Christ. 

    Over the past 100 years, humans have dramatically affected the Earth with “soaring and powerful technology,” he said.

  • Rams not clubbed before slaughter at Evergreen residence

    A Jeffco sheriff’s report on an April 9 incident in which two rams were slaughtered at a residence near Wilmot Elementary School states they were not clubbed beforehand.

    Sheriff’s deputies initially responded to a report from a resident that the animals were being bludgeoned and carved up, according to sheriff's spokeswoman Jacki Kelley. 

  • Informing residents of fire evacuation routes called a priority

     With the ever-present danger of wildland fire, informing residents of evacuation routes is a major concern for Evergreen fire officials.

    At the April 9 meeting of the Evergreen Fire Protection District board, Fire Chief Mike Weege said information on evacuation routes should be posted on the EFR website within a month.

    “How do we assume they’re looking at it?” asked board member Charlie Simons.

    “It is hard to get the word out,” replied Weege.

  • Pulling in the barrel

     Dressed in bright red wetsuits, Evergreen firefighters Rob Dodge and Dave Skerda ventured over thin ice to retrieve the Mountain Foothills Rotary Club's ice-melt barrel on Evergreen Lake last Thursday afternoon. 

     

    The barrel's platform was frozen into the ice, making its recovery more difficult than Dodge and Skerda had anticipated. After hacking away for a while, they loosened the large blue cylinder and hauled it to the edge of the lake, with help from others pulling an attached rope.

  • Firefighters extinguish blaze at Kerr Gulch residence

    Evergreen firefighters on on Friday quickly extinguished a blaze that started in a chicken coop and spread to grass on the property of a residence at Highway 74 and Kerr Gulch.

    After receiving a call from the homeowner at 11:53 a.m., an Evergreen Fire/Rescue crew was on the scene with a fire engine and water tender by 12:01 p.m., said EFR spokesperson Stacee Montague.

    “We were able to get water on the structure by 12:06 p.m.,” she said.