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Today's News

  • Eagle Scout hears siren song

    A historic volunteer fire department siren now has a prominent spot at Evergreen Fire/Rescue thanks to a high school student’s Eagle Scout project.

    The siren was once used by fire department volunteers in the region for years. Volunteer “kitchen dispatchers” with red telephones from the fire department could activate the siren by pushing a button on their phones. When volunteer firefighters called in, the “kitchen dispatchers” would give them the address of the fire.

  • Evergreen Fire to discuss potential $200,000 budget hole

    Ambulance workers have gone on fewer calls this year than they did for the same period last year, potentially creating a $200,000 budget hole for 2014, according to Evergreen Fire Rescue Chief Mike Weege.

    Specifically, ambulance service revenue was $676,144 through the end of August, according to a draft budget document released by Weege. If ambulance service revenue collection continues through the end of the year at the same rate, it would be about $1.014 million.

    Ambulance service revenue was $1.19 million in 2013.

  • Jeffco commissioners deny rezoning for guest-house rental in Marshdale

    After hearing from numerous residents opposed to rezoning for a guest-house rental in Marshdale, the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners voted 2-1 against the proposal on Oct. 14.

    Denver Realtors Renda and Luke Beard had requested the rezoning of their property on Highway 73 from mountain-residential 1 to planned development in order to rent out the 10-bedroom home on a short-term basis.

  • Downtown Business Association seeking new president

    The Evergreen Downtown Business Association is launching a search to replace president Trish Wales, who resigned last week.

    After three years of being in the high-profile position and coordinating events for the organization, Wales said she wanted to spend more time with her family. She is also planning to help her husband with his business.

    Meanwhile, the association has hired Betsy Hays, former development director of the Mountain Area Land Trust, to oversee this year's annual Breakfast with Santa and the Holiday Walk in December.

  • Jeffco student leaders want to see board majority recalled

    Student walkout organizers from several Jeffco high schools said they want to see the majority members of the school board recalled but don’t want to lead the charge.

    “We want another organization to make the recall instead of us,” said Mali Holmes, an Evergreen High School senior who was part of a panel discussion held at the Auraria Campus in Denver on Oct. 16. 

    “We feel like it would be more powerful coming from somebody else,” Holmes said.

  • A ringing endorsement

    Evergreen’s historic bell tower is getting a much-needed makeover, and it should be standing sentry over the east end of downtown by the end of the week.

    The nonprofit HistoriCorps brought staff and volunteers to work on the tower, which is part of the historic buildings on the Church of the Transfiguration property. The tower is 115 years old, and it was restored in 1979 by the U.S. Army Reserves, but weather exposure slowly rots the wood, and church officials were afraid the tower might fall.

  • Parmalee 4th-grader wins Distinguished Student Award

    Maya Dawson’s teachers at Parmalee Elementary say the 10-year-old has a sunny disposition, is a great student and is wise beyond her years.

    She will tell you that she enjoys school, has a natural love of learning and sometimes puts a lot of pressure on herself to succeed.

    These traits are detailed in recommendation letters that led the Colorado Association of Gifted and Talented to present Maya with a Distinguished Student Award at its convention in Denver this week.

  • Slice of life

    For some, it was an icky, slimy assignment. For others, it was pretty cool.
    By the end of the science class at King-Murphy Elementary School recently, the fifth-graders had a deeper appreciation for the human heart after dissecting a pig’s heart.

    “It was disgusting but good,” fourth-grader Maddison Bailey said of her first foray into dissection. “It’s like you’re doing surgery on someone.”
    “It smells like rotten bacon,” Lilli Lemascus added.

  • Recycling center at King Soopers now charges $3

    You now have to pay $3 to drop off your recycling items at the formerly free private center behind the Bergen Park King Soopers.

    Commodities prices for glass, paper and other recyclable materials aren’t high enough to operate the center for free, said Preston Loos, owner of the recycling center, which was affiliated with the now-closed EDS Waste Solutions Inc. transfer station on Highway 73. The King Soopers site is at 1173 Bergen Parkway.

  • Escaped jail inmate captured in Boulder

    The man who escaped from the Jeffco jail last week and is suspected in a string of subsequent car thefts was arrested Thursday morning.

    Travis Sandlin, 32, a registered sex offender, was arrested about 8:30 a.m in the 3900 block of Sunshine Canyon Drive in Boulder by the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office after a stolen car he was driving flipped while he was fleeing officers. Sandlin, who escaped from the Jeffco jail Oct. 5, apparently was staying in a vacant house that is up for sale.