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  • Scout and his friends build pergola at lake

    A local boy scout and his friends helped build a pergola for the deck area near the Evergreen Lake House.

    Steven McDermond, 16, a Conifer High School student and a member of Troop 400, organized the project as part of his efforts to become an Eagle Scout.

    McDermond said he asked for ideas for his service project at the Wulf Recreation Center, and special-populations coordinator Maren Schreiber said that when lake visitors use the picnic tables in the summer, it can get very warm in the sun.

  • Author honored for memoir about surviving abuse

    A Conifer author was awarded first place in the nonfiction category of the 2016 Kindle eBook Awards.

    Kathryn Brettell’s “The Olive Picker” is a memoir about surviving domestic violence and abuse. The book’s opening chapter is about Brettell’s life-changing experience on Oct. 8, 2008, when her then-husband attacked her and she fought him off.

    The rest of the book deals with the different types of abuse Brettell experienced throughout her life and the “common threads” among them.

  • Program to shelter homeless up and running in Evergreen

    More than 200 volunteers are prepared to provide the area’s homeless with a warm meal and a place to sleep now that temperatures have gotten colder.

    Evergreen’s Emergency Shelter Program went into action two weeks ago, though as of Friday no one had yet taken advantage of the program, according to program director Kaethe Zellner.

    “We have nine people pre-registered,” Zellner said, “but nobody has actually shown up to use it.”

  • Investigators say Green Mountain Fire was suspicious

    The blaze earlier this week that charred nearly 100 acres on Green Mountain in Lakewood apparently was one of five suspicious fires in the area in November, according to a news release from West Metro Fire.

    The other four fires all were less than an acre in size. But Monday's blaze on Green Mountain spread quickly in high winds and threatened several homes to the east before it was contained.

  • Mountain lion chases off-leash dog in Morrison

    A Morrison area resident and his dog encountered a mountain lion on their walk last week, and the cougar chased the canine some distance before running off.

    According to Jennifer Churchill at Colorado Parks & Wildlife, the man was walking his dog on Wild Turkey Trail near Red Rocks Country Club on Nov. 21. He let the dog off her leash, and she ran ahead of him and out of his sight.

    He called the dog, but she did not respond, and the man heard her yelping. He ran toward her and saw a mountain lion chasing the canine.

  • EPRD’s 2017 budget brings little public comment at hearing

    Little public comment was heard at a meeting of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District board Nov. 16 on the proposed 2017 budget, but the focus was on increases in compensation for district employees.

    EPRD is anticipating a 4.7 percent increase in district revenues and a 2.4 percent increase in expenses overall from 2016’s budget.

  • West Jeff kindergartners retell the Thanksgiving story

    West Jefferson Elementary School’s kindergarten class performed a Thanksgiving play for parents, family members and friends last Thursday morning.

    The play performed by the 34 youngsters re-created the history of the Puritan pilgrims who came to America from England to escape religious persecution, and to make a new life in the so-called New World. The play has been a tradition at West Jeff for at least a decade.

  • Aspen Ridge Church serves up holiday dinner for 300

    Getting Thanksgiving dinner on the table for 20 people involves a yearly orchestration to make sure everything is ready on time.

    Multiply that by 15, and you have dinner for 300 at Aspen Ridge Church in Marshdale. At 5 p.m. Sunday, volunteers served tons of turkey, mounds of mashed potatoes, gobs of gravy and scores of scoops of stuffing. Top that off with plenty of pie — pumpkin, apple, pecan — and lots of whipped cream.

  • Former senator Gary Hart addresses Evergreen interfaith service

    By Kevin M. Smith, for the Courier

    The Community Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at United Methodist Church in Evergreen welcomed a familiar face Sunday to deliver its Thanksgiving message — former senator and presidential candidate Gary Hart.

    Hart talked about the history of national security, gratitude and the future of security during the appearance. 

  • EFPD plans spending increases after voter approval of tax increase

    Employee compensation at Evergreen Fire/Rescue will get a boost next year as a result of the 3.5-mill property-tax increase approved by voters earlier this month.