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  • Woman prisoner dies in Jeffco jail

    A woman died Monday night while in custody at the Jefferson County jail.

    The 38-year-old woman complained about feeling ill earlier Monday, according to a Jeffco Sheriff’s Office news release. The jail staff scheduled the woman to be seen by medical personnel that evening.

    Jail staff was notified at 7:15 p.m. by the woman’s cellmate that she was not breathing. Deputies performed CPR on the woman but were unable to revive her, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

  • Funding in place for bridge replacement at Evergreen Lake Park

    A costly bridge replacement project at Evergreen Lake Park has received grant funding to move forward. 

    The $790,000 price of constructing a new bridge over Bear Creek is primarily funded by a grant from the Colorado Department of Transportation that has been approved. The Evergreen Park and Recreation District is contributing $80,000 to the project — an amount that includes a $40,000 grant from Jeffco Open Space. The Evergreen Metropolitan District is contributing $40,000.

  • Evergreen Metro District offers help with water rights issue at Buchanan Ponds

    The Evergreen Metropolitan District is offering the use of its senior water rights to guarantee a supply of water for two ponds at Buchanan Park.

  • A gathering of gardeners

    Plans for gardens at Wilmot Elementary and Evergreen High schools have blossomed into one collaborative, community effort with assistance from Evergreen’s Alliance for Sustainability.

    Wilmot Elementary parent Shawn Hamam has been planning an educational garden at her children’s school while Cheri Skipp, a special education teacher at Evergreen High, was looking for a spot to grow vegetables and herbs at her school.

  • Park district hires new human resources manager

    Evergreen resident Heather McBroome has been hired by the Evergreen Park and Recreation District to serve as part-time human resources manager, Ellen O’Connor, EPRD executive director, announced last Thursday.

    McBroome is replacing former HR manager Chris Jeffery, who left the district in January to accept a full-time position.

  • Heritage Square announces closing on Dec. 31

    Heritage Square Family Entertainment Center will close on Dec. 31, said Peter Bovis, property manager for the Victorian-themed park in Golden. 

    The closure includes the alpine slide and all shops and businesses. The amusement park and Victorian Event Center, which are independently operated businesses, will remain open as stand-alone operations, Bovis said.

    Bovis, who has served as manager of the park for the past three years, cited economic factors in the decision to close the main portion of it. 

  • Work on connector trail at Evergreen Lake dam to begin in April

    Construction on the long-anticipated connector trail at the Evergreen Lake dam is scheduled to begin the second week of April, said Dean Dalvit of the Downtown Evergreen Economic District.

    The 200-foot trail connection, which has been in planning stages for several years, will provide an alternative to the steep metal stairs leading from the base of the dam to the lake trail. The project is a collaborative effort involving DEED and the Evergreen Park and Recreation District.

  • Snow days

    A snowstorm in the foothills — whether 6 inches or 60 inches — brings a series of rituals that include both outdoor and indoor activities.

    As Evergreen and Conifer prepared on Friday for a snowy blast over the weekend, one of the first rituals for many was a trip to the grocery store to stock up on supplies, with reports of long lines at checkout stands and empty shelves after the onslaught.

  • Winter ice-skating season ends at Evergreen Lake

    The only people on the ice at Evergreen Lake last week were a few fishermen and workers who were cleaning the frozen surface.

    Warm weather mixed with intermittent snow created unstable conditions on the ice, prompting the Evergreen Park and Recreation District to close the skating rinks for the season.

    Ellen O'Connor, EPRD executive director, said that a collaborative decision had been made after conferring with Brad Bednar, Evergreen Lake House supervisor, and Heart Cameron, EPRD operations manager.

  • All about bears, squirrels, gophers

    “Do mice hibernate?” 4½-year-old Maia Maestas asked volunteer naturalist Connie Hauver.

    Maia and other youngsters were gathered around Hauver for a Preschool Nature Nuts program at Lookout Mountain Nature Center last Thursday.

    Mice don’t hibernate like bears and other creatures during the wintertime, Hauver said.