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  • Board president discusses school choice

    In an appearance in Evergreen on Monday night, Jeffco school board President Ken Witt said each of his four children had different experiences going through public schools.

    “One loved school for school and excelled no matter what the environment or teacher was like,” Witt said. “Another really struggled and found it a challenge to focus in a classroom setting. I put value on the breadth of choice for educating children.”

  • Evergreen’s role as regional dispatch hub looming

    The plan to make Evergreen Fire/Rescue the hub for regional dispatch services is moving closer to implementation. 

    The Foothills, Elk Creek, Inter-Canyon, Indian Hills and North Fork districts will participate in the regionalization of emergency dispatch, and will enter an intergovernmental agreement with the Jeffco Emergency Communications Authority and the Evergreen Fire Protection District.

  • Repairs under way on flood-damaged lot downtown

    It might be just a parking lot to some, but it’s a lot more than that to downtown Evergreen — and it should be as good as new by the end of the summer.

    The retaining wall in the triangular lot across from the CenturyLink building, undermined when Bear Creek flooded last September, has been removed, said Jeff Bradley of Evergreen National Bank, which is paying for the repairs.

    “I got the old stuff gone. Now, I’ve got to put the new stuff in,” he said.

  • EMS students plan barbecue fund-raiser

    A family and consumer science class at Evergreen Middle School is hoping Evergreen residents will be hungry for barbecue on Feb. 11.

    The class, with help from the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America Club, is planning a take-out barbecue dinner to benefit Evergreen Christian Outreach.

    Tickets are $5 and must be purchased either by EMS students during lunch hours or by the public at the school front desk by Friday, Feb. 7.

  • MacBean trial is slated for July

    The trial of former Inter-Canyon fire chief David MacBean is scheduled to begin July 7.

    MacBean is accused of stealing approximately $643,000 from the Morrison-based fire district. The charges include three counts of theft of $20,000 or more and three counts of embezzlement of public property, both felonies.

    MacBean’s jury trial is scheduled from July 7 through 11.

  • Economy, gun control among topics fielded by state senator

    As the 2014 session of the Colorado legislature unfolds, state Sen. Jeanne Nicholson is visiting towns in her district to gauge issues of concern among constituents — and in Conifer and Evergreen, those issues included the economy and gun control.

    On Saturday, Nicholson heard from mountain area residents who asked about assistance for small businesses and wildfire mitigation for their properties. The District 16 Democrat also discussed escalating costs of higher education and possible amendments to gun control laws enacted last year.

  • Overnight fire damages home on Troutdale Scenic Drive

    A house in the 29000 block of Troutdale Scenic Drive was nearly destroyed by a fire Tuesday morning that had firefighters from five agencies battling the flames in below-zero temperatures. No one was injured.

    The cause of the blaze is still being investigated, and firefighters were still at the home at noon Tuesday to put out hot spots. The house is heavily damaged, though there is still structure remaining, according to Evergreen Fire/Rescue spokeswoman Stacee Montague.

  • A financial meltdown: Inter-Canyon Fire board missed chances to prevent alleged theft

     By Ann Imse, For the Courier

    The Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District board failed to investigate serious overspending for five years, records show — and that allowed $643,000 to vanish before the fire chief was indicted on embezzlement charges.

    The board did not discover the alleged theft until there was no money left in the bank, in December 2012.

  • Sledding plan for Evergreen Golf Course temporarily off the runners

    Local residents with sleds at the ready won’t be lining up at the Evergreen Golf Course this weekend, or this winter season.

    This Saturday’s scheduled opening of a sledding and tubing hill on the course has been delayed until November, according to an Evergreen Parks and Recreation District board agenda for Tuesday's meeting.

  • Jeffco motorcycle deputy killed in collision with SUV

    A Jeffco sheriff's deputy, Sgt. David Baldwin, died Sunday morning when his patrol motorcycle collided head-on with an SUV on Colorado 93 north of West 64th Parkway.

    The accident occurred just after 10 a.m. when a southbound 2004 Saturn Vue reportedly crossed into the oncoming lane while passing on a curve. 

    Baldwin's Harley-Davidson, which was traveling in the left northbound lane, was struck by the SUV, according to a news release from the Sheriff's Office. Baldwin was thrown from the bike; he was pronounced dead at the scene.