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Today's News

  • Jeffco sheriff lifts fire restrictions

    The Jeffco sheriff has lifted the temporary fire restriction for all areas of unincorporated Jefferson County, including all federal lands, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release. Current and predicted weather conditions have reduced the danger of wildfire, the release stated. However, residents are encouraged to be vigilant, as fire danger is always present in the high country.

  • String of burglaries reported in mountain area over long weekend

    Authorities are investigating a string of burglaries at Evergreen and Conifer businesses that occurred over the Labor Day weekend.

    Jeffco sheriff's spokeswoman Jenny Fulton said at least 10 businesses in the mountain area were broken into, and it's believed the crimes could be connected.

  • Rec district takes look at 2017 budget

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District took a very preliminary look at its possible 2017 budget at a work session Sept. 30.

    Executive Director Ellen O’Connor, financial controller Jason Leslie and human resources manager Heather Facer presented EPRD’s five board members with items the staff would like to include in next year’s budget — particularly, improvements in employee compensation. The staff members will present a more detailed budget draft at the next board meeting on Sept. 27.

  • Fire district board decides not to pursue bond issue

    The Evergreen Fire Protection District board voted Sunday not to pursue a proposed multimillion-dollar bond issue that would have paid for the replacement of Station 1, citing a number of factors, including a need for further exploration of long-term costs associated with rebuilding the station and competition with ballot measures from Jeffco Public Schools.

  • EMS coordinator resigns at Evergreen Fire/Rescue

    Evergreen Fire/Rescue’s longtime emergency medical services coordinator, Bob Walter, has resigned.

    According to EFR spokesman Doug Saba, Walter submitted his resignation the week of Aug. 14, and his last day was Friday. Walter confirmed by telephone that he is leaving the department but did not say what motivated the decision or where he is moving on to.

  • Park district seeks $200,000 grant to redesign Lake Trail

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District has applied for a $200,000 federal grant to design and engineer a solution for the closed portion of the Evergreen Lake Trail.

    The trail on the north side of the lake has been closed since April between the dam and Upper Bear Creek Road because of instability caused by drainage and erosion issues.

    EPRD submitted the application for the Transportation Alternatives Grant on Aug. 1, and should know by November if it wins approval.

  • Judge refuses to toss evidence in shooting of bear cubs

    The attorney for the Evergreen resident accused of fatally shooting two bears cubs last September unsuccessfully tried to have evidence in the case suppressed at a hearing Thursday in Jeffco District Court.

  • Local elementary principals say they’re not concerned about high lead levels

    The principals at Bergen Meadow and Parmalee elementary schools are not concerned about the high lead levels found in some of the faucets because the sinks where the lead was present are rarely used.

    Bergen principal Peggy Miller and Parmalee principal Ingrid Mielke said they don’t believe students were at risk, and the sinks all have been cordoned off.

    They attribute the issue to the age of the building and the pipes. Bergen Meadow is 45 years old, and Parmalee is 54 years old.

  • High lead levels found in drinking water at 38 Jeffco elementary schools

    Test results released by Jeffco Public Schools last week have revealed that at least 38 elementary schools in the district have high levels of lead in the drinking water from at least one sink or water fountain, including 11 schools in the mountain area and in South Jeffco. 

  • Replacement of bridge at Lake Park is delayed

    The project to replace the bridge over Bear Creek at the entrance to Evergreen Lake Park has been delayed until next year.

    Ellen O’Connor, executive director of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District, confirmed that the city of Denver, which is in charge of the project, contacted EPRD and said work would be delayed until sometime in 2017. The project originally had been scheduled for this fall.