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  • Linn, Ellis ready to take seats on EPRD board

    Evergreen residents Peg Linn and John Ellis say they are looking forward to serving on the board of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District after their success in the May 6 election. They will join EPRD board member Peter Lindquist, who was re-elected, and members Janet Doyle and Andrew Adamowski at the May 27 meeting.

    Board members Kit Darrow and Mark Footer are leaving office.

    Ellis, Linn and Lindquist all say they are hoping to encourage greater community involvement with the park district. 

  • Upper Bear homeowners seek faster Internet

    About 100 homeowners in the Upper Bear Creek neighborhood plan to lobby CenturyLink for Internet upgrades, now that money from a state telephone fund can be used to pay for broadband infrastructure.

    About $50 million is reimbursed to Colorado phone carriers annually from a statewide High Cost Fund. The money is collected through a 2.6 percent surcharge on land-line and cell-phone bills to pay for telephone infrastructure, mostly in rural areas. State legislators recently passed a bill that will make the money available for broadband infrastructure upgrades as well.

  • Spring storm wreaks havoc on roads

    Up to a foot of snow slammed the mountain area Sunday and Monday in a spring storm that wreaked havoc on the roads and left branches bending and breaking.

    A Jeffco sheriff's deputy was reported to be OK after his patrol vehicle was rear-ended while he was stopped to help a stranded motorist on U.S. 285 north of Conifer.  

  • One finalist named in Jeffco superintendent search

    The Jeffco school board announced Saturday that Daniel McMinimee is the lone finalist for Jeffco’s superintendent position.

    McMinimee is the assistant superintendent of secondary education for Douglas County Schools. 

    The board voted 3-2 in favor of making McMinimee its only finalist, with board members Ken Witt, Julie Williams and John Newkirk voting yes. Board members Lesley Dahlkemper and Jill Fellman voted no. 

  • Board balks, imperiling pact with teachers

    An apparent agreement between Jeffco Public Schools and the teachers union is now less than certain after school board members quickly requested changes in the pact.

    Bargaining teams for the school district and the Jeffco Education Association reached a tentative agreement last Thursday night on raises for teachers and other items in the contract. But the district stipulated later that non-probationary teachers rated as not effective or partially effective would not be eligible for raises.

    The original agreement reached Thursday included:

  • Firefighters respond to downed power line, house fire

    Firefighters doused a small grass fire caused by a downed power line Thursday night near Idledale.

    According to reports, the power line fell from about 250 feet up a ridge to within 100 feet of the road at 11:30 a.m. Friday. The 10-foot-by-10-foot fire was pretty easily contained because of the wet weather, said Evergreen Fire Chief Mike Weege.

    But firefighters from the Foothills Fire Protection District had to climb a power pole to cut the line, after the power was turned off. It took until 1:30 p.m. to resolve the issue, Weege said.

  • Body of woman found on Lookout Mountain identified

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office has identified the body of a woman found murdered on May 8 near the parking lot of the Windy Saddle Trailhead on Lookout Mountain as Sandra Mercado, 38, of Aurora.
    Mercado was stabbed to death, said sheriff’s spokeswoman Jacki Kelley.
    A visiting out-of-state hiker found the body. The hiker was questioned and is not considered a person of interest in the case, Kelley said.

  • Sheriff's Office urges caution in wake of car break-ins

    Purses, wallets and other items were taken from seven locked vehicles that were broken into in Evergreen on May 2, said Jeffco sheriff's spokeswoman Jacki Kelley.

    The thefts from vehicles occurred between 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. in areas between Bergen Park and Evergreen Lake, Kelley said. Incidents took place at Dedisse and Stagecoach parks, as well as other locations.

    "The victims left property in plain view," Kelley said. "People need to put property in the trunk of the car."

  • Rosenberg, Walton, Lehman re-elected to Indian Hills fire board

    Incumbent board members Marc Rosenberg, Ron Walton and Kelley Lehman will continue serving the Indian Hills Fire Protection District, according to unofficial election results posted Tuesday night.

    In a close race with low voter turnout, challengers Don Schoenbein and Ty Robbins were narrowly defeated. Rosenberg came in first among candidates, with 108 votes. Lehman followed with 96 votes, and Walton received 87 votes. Schoenbein and Robbins trailed in the race, receiving 80 and 70 votes, respectively.

  • Linn, Ellis, Lindquist elected to park district board

    Evergreen voters chose Peg Linn and John Ellis to join the five-member board of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District in Tuesday’s election. Peter Lindquist, the only incumbent in the race, was re-elected, according to unofficial results.

    Linn received 513 votes, Ellis 446 and Lindquist 445. Candidate Monty Estis, a relative newcomer to Evergreen, received 210 votes in the election.