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  • Morrison Holiday Bar hosts holiday duck races

    There's one resembling the Statue of Liberty, another covered in stars and stripes. There's a calico-cat version and one resembling a soccer ball. These small rubber ducks were the competitors in the duck races hosted Monday by the Holiday Bar in downtown Morrison.

    Dave and Yvonne Killingsworth, who have owned the bar the past 10 years, started the duck races about six years ago to provide entertainment when large crowds are downtown. 

    "Just people wanting to do fun stuff," Dave said.

  • Concerns persist about proposed apartments near tennis bubble

    From what they have seen of developer David Zucker’s plans for a three-building, three-story apartment complex on 5 acres southeast of the Evergreen Tennis Club, nearby homeowners Ken Bland and Cindy Sanders Alvarez are not pleased.

    The proposal attracted an unusually large crowd of about 100 people to an informational meeting at the tennis bubble in the spring, and the general atmosphere was not welcoming. 

  • Local sculptor John Scott remembered for his passions

    Local artist John Scott, a renowned sculptor and landscape painter, is known as much for his resilience as his talent, a man whose passion for his art and the outdoors remained intense over a half-century of creativity.  

    Scott, whose studio still stands atop a peak in Kittredge, and who was just a month shy of his 97th birthday, died Tuesday, June 28, of a sudden heart attack.

  • Prisoner at Jeffco jail dies; autopsy inconclusive

    A prisoner in the Jeffco jail died early Tuesday, the Sheriff's Office confirmed.

    According to sheriff's spokesman Mark Techmeyer, 53-year-old Patrick O'Day, who had been booked into the jail at 5:45 p.m. Monday, was found unresponsive at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday in a holding cell in the booking unit. He was pronounced dead at the jail.

  • Evergreen Fire makes case for tax increase at town hall meeting

    The Evergreen Fire Protection District's need for a bond issue and property-tax increase is being driven by increased expenses, declining tax revenue and declining billing revenue from emergency medical services. That was the message at the district's first town hall meeting June 23 to discuss the measures planned for the November ballot. 

  • Overnight homeless shelter expected to open in the fall

    Several Evergreen religious and charitable groups are continuing their quest to open an overnight shelter for the homeless when the weather turns cold this fall.

    Organizers of a group now called Evergreen Shelter Program met with about 35 people on Tuesday night to recruit more volunteers and to explain the program. The group originally was called SWEEPS — Severe Weather Emergency? Evergreen Provides Shelter.

  • Evergreen loves a Rodeo Parade

    Miss Rodeo America and Miss Rodeo Colorado sat side by side on the top of a restored fire truck Saturday, smiling and waving to the thousands of Rodeo Parade attendees lining downtown Evergreen.

    “See you at the rodeo!” said Miss Rodeo America Katherine Merck, who wore a white hat and a sash emblazoned with her prestigious title.

  • Evergreen Fire board discusses district’s financial challenges

    The Evergreen Fire Protection District board discussed the district’s financial situation June 16, including the plan to seek a property-tax increase and bond issue on the November ballot.

    At the meeting, the fire district formally introduced Webb Strategic Communications — the public relations firm it will work with to inform residents about the need for more revenue. Pete Webb, president of the firm, will lead the campaign, which kicks off with a town hall meeting Thursday.

  • District weighs options after marijuana bill becomes law

    Jeffco Public Schools may be drafting a policy on medical marijuana after Gov. John Hickenlooper signed legislation that requires the state’s districts to allow use of the remedy on school grounds.

    “Jack’s Law” law requires school districts to “adopt a policy permitting the use of medical marijuana by students authorized” to use it. The legislation was named for Jack Splitt, a Wheat Ridge middle school student with cerebral palsy whose medical marijuana was confiscated last year by school officials.

  • Smoke in the area attributed to out-of-state fires

    Smoke visible in the Evergreen and Conifer area is not from a local fire but rather the result of major wildfires burning in New Mexico and Arizona.

    According to Curt Rogers, fire chief at the North Fork Volunteer Fire Department, smoke from the Dog Head Fire in New Mexico, as well as the Cedar Creek Fire in Arizona, is drifting into Colorado and causing visibility issues. Rogers also said that a 700-acre wildfire at Fort Carson also could be contributing to the visibility issues.