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  • Park district board approves 2013 budget

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District is heading into the coming year with a $5.3 million budget that reflects a 2 percent increase in both revenue and expenses, said Scott Robson, EPRD executive director.

    "We were more or less flat with net revenue compared to 2012, despite the fact that property-tax revenue is going down," said Robson. "In general, we've got a good, solid budget for 2013."

  • Branding Evergreen

    What’s in a name? Quite a bit, it seems.

    A group of business and community leaders brainstormed ideas for branding Evergreen with an engaging slogan while meeting at the Center for the Arts on Dec. 11.

     “Our Evergreen” emerged as the apparent winner because of its inclusiveness.

    Close runner-ups were “My Evergreen,” “Evergreen First” and “One Evergreen.”

  • Fire board approves funds for training facility

    The Evergreen Fire Protection District board appropriated $500,000 in funds to build the proposed fire training facility at Evergreen Fire Station 2 — while also agreeing to seek another site for future use at the Dec. 11 meeting.

    Fire Chief Mike Weege said he is waiting to get the final schedule from the contractor, and that the prefabricated building is expected to arrive in six to eight weeks. Rewriting the specifications for the facility and reducing its height from four to three stories saved $7,500 on the project, he said.

  • Celebrating Hanukkah with music and art

    On a chilly Saturday evening, a large crowd gathered around the menorah at Evergreen Lake Park to celebrate Hanukkah and its meaning.

     

    “This is a coming together of the community,” said Levi Brackman, rabbi at Judaism in the Foothills. “We’re all here to support this event as equals.”

    One by one, representatives of the eight organizations that sponsored the event climbed a ladder to light a lamp on the tall menorah.

  • Hikers find skeleton at Red Rocks Park

    A human skeleton has been found by hikers near Red Rocks Park. 

    Three hikers found the skeleton three tenths of a mile above and to the west of Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Friday, Dec. 14.

    The hikers notified a Jeffco sheriff's deputy who was patrolling the area and led the deputy back to the remains. 

    The skeleton was found in thick brush and appeared to have been there for some time. The person had been clad in blue sweatpants or shorts, and there were no noticeable signs of trauma, the Sheriff's Office reported.

  • Former Evergreen marijuana grower gets 48 years in prison for attempted murder

    A man on the FBI’s Most Wanted list has been sentenced to 48 years in prison for the execution-style shooting of two men in Evergreen in 2004.

    Robert Otilio Montoya, 34, was a part-owner of a marijuana growing operation in Evergreen when the incident took place.

    Montoya shot Ed Miller and Leland Travis four times each after finding them at a rental home where the plants were being grown. Miller and Travis were cleaning, as they had been hired to do, when Montoya entered the house and tied their hands behind their backs.

  • Ice-skating season to open this Saturday

    This winter's ice skating season on Evergreen Lake is scheduled to open on Saturday, Dec. 15, weather permitting. 

    Evergreen has the biggest outdoor Zamboni-maintained ice skating rink in North America. Hockey players are invited to grab their sticks and jump into one of 10 hockey rinks for a drop-in game.

    Skaters can take and break and warm up in the Evergreen Lake House, where hot chocolate and popcorn are available along with a large fire in the fireplace. 

  • Ice-skating season to open this Saturday

    This winter's ice skating season on Evergreen Lake is scheduled to open on Saturday, Dec. 15, weather permitting. 

    Evergreen has the biggest outdoor Zamboni-maintained ice skating rink in North America. Hockey players are invited to grab their sticks and jump into one of 10 hockey rinks for a drop-in game.

    Skaters can take and break and warm up in the Evergreen Lake House, where hot chocolate and popcorn are available along with a large fire in the fireplace. 

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  • County commissioners approve 2013 budget

    Jefferson County will tighten its purse strings next year.

    The $468.3 million 2013 budget for Jefferson County, approved Dec. 4 by County Commissioners Donald Rosier and Faye Griffin with Commissioner John Odom absent, represents a 1.3 percent decrease over last year.

    The adopted budget was $3.6 million less than what had been originally proposed for next year.

    To help balance the budget, the county is dipping into reserve funds to make up a $20.9 million shortfall, including a transfer of $3.4 million into the social services fund.