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  • Our Evergreen group ponders its future

    After months of meetings and discussion, members of an Evergreen focus group with a goal of promoting local shopping are wondering whether to continue their efforts.

    Participation at the meetings has dwindled since the group organized several months ago.

    Only five people attended the Aug. 14 meeting of Our Evergreen at the Center for the Arts Evergreen.

    Steve Sumner, CAE director, has attended all of the meetings, and he said that if enough people are not interested in participating, it might be time to stop.

  • Audit of emergency medical services shows low error rate for Medicare billing

    The results of an audit of EMS claims that Medicare pays to Evergreen Fire/Rescue has revealed efficiency in dispatch and billing practices for the department.

    "We are on the right track and doing what is right, and are trying hard to be compliant," Bob Walter, EMS coordinator, said during his report to the Evergreen Fire Protection District board on Aug. 13. 

    "The biggest thing to note was the (billing) error rate was 2.9 percent," Walter said. 

  • No kidding: Goats making debut at Humphrey Museum festival

    Two baby Nubian goats will be a featured attraction at the upcoming Hay Days Harvest Festival at the Humphrey Memorial Park and Museum in Evergreen.

     

    Attendees at the festival on Aug. 31 will have a chance to bid on names for goats in the Foster Parent competition. The winners will be invited to stay for a private party with their new kids at 4 p.m.

    Proceeds from the bidding will be used to buy food for the goats, which costs $365 annually for each, said Angela Rayne, executive director of the museum and park.

  • County commissioners plan telephone town halls

    Pick up the phone — it’s your county commissioners calling.
    In the next few weeks, all three members of Jeffco’s Board of Commissioners will take part in telephone town hall meetings focused on transportation issues. During the meetings, the commissioners will randomly call constituents to invite them to participate in the hour-long discussion.

  • Foothills Animal Shelter takes over pet-licensing program

    As of July 20, Foothills Animal Shelter has taken over the pet-licensing program in Jefferson County.

    Since 2007, licensing funds collected by Jeffco have been used to pay down debt from construction of the new shelter next to the Jeffco Fairgrounds. The facility, which opened in 2010, has 46 staff members and 400 volunteers.

    Foothills Animal Shelter has also launched a new interactive website that offers a number of features and resources for pet owners, said Jennifer Strickland, spokeswoman for the shelter.

  • Evergreen author creates spicy mystery with local setting

    Evergreen author Diane Mott Davidson has concocted “The Whole Enchilada,” her 17th suspense novel, with a spicy twist.

     

    The mystery, set in the town of Aspen Meadow, serves up a cast of characters and intriguing story line, along with tested recipes for readers to try in their kitchens.

    As in her other novels, caterer Goldy Schulz is the central character, around which murder and dire threats swirl in disturbing fashion. Early in the book, Goldy’s friend dies suddenly at a party, apparently from a heart attack.

  • Leadership Evergreen encouraging CodeRED participation

    “Don’t be dead. Use CodeRED” is the message that the 2013 class of Leadership Evergreen is sending out to the community.

    New members of the organization are planning to be at several upcoming events to educate people about emergency notification services available to them.

    The CodeRED program offered though Jefferson County allows the Sheriff’s Office to call residents to warn them of dangers such as wildland fires, tornadoes and other emergencies.

  • Leadership Evergreen encouraging CodeRED participation

    “Don’t be dead. Use CodeRED” is the message that the 2013 class of Leadership Evergreen is sending out to the community.

    New members of the organization are planning to be at several upcoming events to educate people about emergency notification services available to them.

    The CodeRED program offered though Jefferson County allows the Sheriff’s Office to call residents to warn them of dangers such as wildland fires, tornadoes and other emergencies.

  • Annual Bootstraps fund-raiser this Saturday in Evergreen

     

    Bootstraps Inc. is hosting its fourth annual Western Winefest at the El Pinal Rodeo Grounds in Evergreen on Saturday from noon until 5 p.m.

    The event is a major fund-raiser for the nonprofit organization, which offers scholarships to area college students.

    Twenty wineries, including Creekside Cellars of Evergreen and Aspen Park Cellars of Conifer, will offer samples of their wines. Food and other vendors selling wine-related products will also be available.

  • Conservative groups rally in Evergreen

     Freedom from Marxism in American politics was the prevailing theme at a gathering of Tea Party members and other libertarian groups at Evergreen Memorial Park on Sunday afternoon.

     

    During the Colorado Freedom Festival, Republican candidates and conservative activists spoke out against the federal Affordable Care Act, gun control legislation and immigration reform, which they cite as examples of growing socialism in national and state politics.