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Today's News

  • Branching out: Local treehouse enthusiasts take their projects to a whole new level

    If you can’t see the forest for the trees, maybe that’s because you’re in a treehouse.

    The Evergreen area has a wide variety of treehouses that make their owners proud — from a Hobbit-like playhouse to one with a zip-line attached to a playhouse/treehouse with a suspension bridge. Don’t forget the “Geometree,” an octagonal treehouse.

  • Dredging work completed at Evergreen Lake

    Dredging at Evergreen Lake was completed last week, two months earlier than planned.

    ESCO Construction removed 12,000 cubic feet of sediment from the north side of the lake. Much of that sediment had flowed into the lake during the 2013 flooding. Twelve-thousand cubic feet is the equivalent of putting sediment nearly 6 feet deep onto a football field.

    The work was funded by a $1.4 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

  • Fire Station 1 to stay in current location

    The Evergreen Fire Protection District will rebuild Station 1 at its current location near downtown rather than relocate the facility, a plan that will involve the purchase and sale of several properties.

    Fire Chief Mike Weege said the difficulty in finding available land led to the decision to keep Station 1 where it is. He also raised the possibility that Station 1 and Station 4, which is farther south on Highway 73, would be merged.

  • Cleansing canines

    Barking bundles of wet fur lined the Evergreen National Bank drive-thru in downtown Evergreen on Sunday as volunteers ran a dog-wash assembly line — all to benefit the Evergreen Animal Protective League.

    Dogs ranging from Bernese mountain dogs to shih tzus stood in several kiddie pools to be washed and rinsed, and finally dried. Once a dog shook off water and moved to the drying station, another was walked in for its turn to get a bath.

    Owners, holding glasses of wine, took charge of their now clean canines that sported green bandanas around their necks.

  • Evergreen 911 outage tied to CenturyLink

    A recent interruption in Evergreen area emergency dispatch operations was a result of equipment problems at CenturyLink, according to information released at last week’s meeting of the Evergreen Fire Protection District board.

    Secondary 911 dispatch operations were knocked out for nearly five hours July 7 — meaning the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office had to call Evergreen Fire/Rescue directly about any serious incidents that would have normally been routed to EFR dispatch.

  • Pokémon GO craze comes to mountain area

    Increased foot traffic at area monuments, statues, sculptures, schools, churches, trailheads and other landmarks partly is thanks to Pokémon GO.

    The smart-phone game application, which launched two weeks ago and is now the biggest mobile game in U.S. history, encourages players to find virtual creatures called Pokémon. The game uses the phones’ GPS to track the players’ movements and locations, and rewards them for visiting local landmarks.

  • Paddleboard yoga keeps participants in balance

    Yoga at the recreation center is customary, and yoga outside with a scenic view is ideal. But yoga on a paddleboard on a pond with mountain views is a bit unusual.

    On July 13, six students prepared for bent-knee, or sridaiva, yoga — also known as bowspring — on paddleboards in Buchanan Ponds.

  • 'Creatures of the Night' a spectacle for young learners

    Toad. Scorpion. Snake. Owl.

    This lineup of nocturnal stars won over the 30 library visitors who came to see them July 11.

    The Evergreen Library hosted a “Creatures of the Night” presentation by the Sedalia-based Nature’s Educators, as part of its children’s program. The educators presented the animals, and informed younger and older audience members how each had adapted to live and hunt during the nighttime.

  • Church has no ill will toward vandals

    The pastor at Ascent Church, whose buildings and grounds were defaced by vandals late last week, says church members shouldn’t be angry but instead should have compassion for whoever perpetrated the crimes.

    “This is more evidence of why we need to be here,” Pastor John Morlan said Monday. “If there’s something churning inside of them to make them act out, I’m hoping we get a chance to meet them and find out why. … Hopefully next year, the person who did this is in the front row of our church.”

  • Former Conifer resident Jana Elliott lived ‘a life of service’

    Former Conifer resident Jana Elliott, who was killed in a highway crash July 10 after stopping to assist other motorists in Lakewood, is remembered as a person who always wanted to help others.

    Elliott was a passenger in a vehicle traveling east on West Sixth Avenue near Indiana Street when she and the driver, Sharon Young, saw a bicycle fall off a car in front of them.