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  • BUSINESS BEAT: Evergreen eatery returning to making primarily soup

    Da Kind Soups in Evergreen is going back to its roots.

    The restaurant on Meadow Drive will close on Friday, spend about a month reconfiguring its space and reopen selling bags of soups. There will be more soup options and bag sizes from single servings to quarts, which will be available for pickup or to ship.

    The soups, which are not frozen, can be heated up in hot water, the preferable method, or in a microwave. Soup will be available for purchase in the store, and they are expanding to offer a soup-shipping business.

  • RMAE to cut five teaching positions for next year

    In its continuing effort to balance its budget, Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen is planning to have five fewer classroom teachers for the 2017-18 school year.

    With around 250 students and 12 teachers, the average student-teacher ratio next year will be about 21:1. This year’s average student-teacher ratio is 15:1.

    Interim executive director Gary Stueven informed staff about the non-contract renewals on Thursday and sent a letter to parents on Friday explaining his decisions.

  • Elk Meadow dog park set to close completely

    Jeffco Open Space announced Friday that it will close the Elk Meadow Dog Off-leash Area in Evergreen in its entirety on Tuesday, April 4.

    The Elk Meadow dog park has multiple safety and environmental challenges that need to be addressed immediately, an Open Space news release stated. Earlier this month, Open Space evaluated keeping an eight-acre parcel open for park visitor enjoyment. It has become apparent that this would help address some concerns, but not all, the release stated.

  • 2 arrested in connection with North Turkey Creek Fire

    Two men have been arrested, accused of lighting fireworks that started the North Turkey Creek Fire on Wednesday.

    Andrew Askins and Riley Costello, both 18, face second-degree arson charges for lighting fireworks while Jeffco is in a stage-2 fire ban. The pair have been booked and are no longer in custody, said Jenny Fulton, spokeswoman for the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office.

    The 7-acre fire began around 1 p.m. Wednesday at U.S. 285 and North Turkey Creek Road.

  • Two teens injured but safe after illegally rock climbing at Red Rocks

    Two teenagers were injured Wednesday night while illegally rock climbing atop a cliff in Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre.

  • Relocation of dog park’s fenced-in area announced

    How does a government entity weigh the importance of providing residents the privilege of walking their dogs off-leash versus the rights of neighbors to have access to clean drinking water?

  • Burn ban in effect for Park County

    A burn ban affecting all public and private land in Park County took effect at 8:24 a.m. Monday due to dry conditions, high winds and warm temperatures.

  • Sheriff's Calls: R.E.S.P.E.C.T.
  • Meeting set on plan for oil-extraction business

    The owner of a building on Bryant Drive in Evergreen interested in putting a plant oil-extraction business there will host a public hearing in conjunction with Jeffco Planning and Zoning next week to gauge the public’s reaction.
    The meeting will be at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, at the Evergreen Fire/Rescue Administration Building, 1802 Bergen Parkway.
    The community meeting is the first step before the building owner, Paradigm Enterprises LLC, formally applies for a zoning request to allow the business to operate there.

  • EFR boasts two new hires in top roles

    Longtime EFR paramedic Dave Montesi has been promoted to the role of EMS coordinator after nearly 20 years with the department.

    Promoted in February, Montesi has worked as a paramedic since 1997 and is the president of Evergreen Public Access Defibrillation, a nonprofit whose mission “is to facilitate access to automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in order to dramatically increase the survival of a victim of sudden cardiac arrest.”

    Montesi replaces Bob Walter, who suddenly resigned from his role in September 2016 after more than six years.