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  • Musical park slated to open in early June

    The grand opening of the Evergreen Rotary-funded musical-instrument play area in Stagecoach Park is set for June 10. Some of the landscaping work already has been done.

    The park is northeast of the intersection of Highway 74 and Stagecoach Boulevard. 

    The June celebration will culminate six years of effort to find the money and secure an appropriate location in a park around Evergreen, said Rotary member Kay LaMontagne, owner of Mountain Home, who spearheaded the project.

  • Resignations of three top EDC execs termed a ‘restructuring’

    An executive board member of the Jeffco Economic Development Corp. said last week’s simultaneous resignations of three high-level staffers were part of a restructuring.

    Rob Osborn, a past chair of the EDC’s board of directors, said the departures of president and CEO Kevin McCasky, executive vice president Doug Bene and investor relations manager Lilly Daniels mark the first step in a downsizing of the Golden-based organization.

  • Former school board president Monson appointed to Clear Creek's county commission

    Former school board president Peter Monson was appointed Wednesday by the governor to fill the seat of the late Tom Hayden on Clear Creek's county commission.

    Hayden died unexpectedly Feb. 29; his term on the commission was to expire this year. Only unaffiliated residents of District 2 were eligible for the appointment.

  • Organizers gearing up for 2016 Relay for Life

    By Michael Elizabeth Sakas, For the Courier

    Twenty-four committee members are in the early stages of planning this year's Relay for Life of the Mountain Area, which is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 12, at Evergreen High School. 

  • First responders practice extrications at scene of mock accident

    At 6:15 p.m. Saturday, a call came into Foothills Fire & Rescue: A multi-vehicle accident. One vehicle on fire. Three people trapped in vehicles. A possible hazardous-material issue.

    Four minutes later, another call went out for mutual aid from the Indian Hills and Genesee fire departments, and from the Highland Rescue Team Ambulance Service, and suddenly fire trucks and ambulances converged on a location in El Rancho.

  • EPRD tests the waters for potential tax hike

     The Evergreen Park and Recreation District is surveying some district residents to gauge their willingness to approve a tax increase this fall.

    Denver-based Public Opinion Strategies will choose random residents and ask them to participate in a phone survey between March 8 and 13, according to a district news release.

    The tax hike — which would include a bond package and a change in the district mill levy — would go toward the district’s programs and facilities, the release said.


    Jeffco, Comcast continue talks

    Jeffco officials and Comcast have not yet agreed on a change in the company’s fee structure for its use of county-managed right-of-way.

    The county commissioners told Comcast on Feb. 2 that unless the company signed a contract by month’s end to change the way it pays to do business in unincorporated Jeffco, the commission would consider revoking its use license.

  • DA seeks grant to boost prosecutions in sex assault cases

    Jeffco’s district attorney and his staff want to focus more resources on prosecuting felony sexual offenders, and have applied for state grant funding to help with that goal.

    Eva Wilson, who serves as DA Pete Weir’s senior chief deputy district attorney, told the county commissioners March 1 that she hopes a grant will help the office double the number of felony sexual assaults that it prosecutes.

  • Emily’s Parade has seen its final run

    Emily’s Parade, the longstanding annual procession honoring the memory of a Bailey student killed in a shooting 10 years ago and other victims of school violence, has run its course, organizers announced last week.

  • Organizers gearing up for 2016 Relay for Life

     By Michael Elizabeth Sakas/For the Times

    Twenty-four committee members are in the early stages of planning this year’s Mountain Area Relay for Life, which is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 12, at Evergreen High School.