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Today's News

  • Remaining evacuees return to homes as weather deals final blow to deadly Lower North Fork Fire

    With containment of the deadly Lower North Fork Fire at 100 percent and wetter weather answering the prayers of residents and firefighters, the remaining evacuated residents were headed back to their homes on Monday —a week after the wildfire brought fear and devastation to a massive area south of Conifer. 

     

    Kuehster Road, where the most damage was done, was open to residents only on Monday, Jeffco sheriff’s spokeswoman Jacki Kelley said. All pre-evacuation notices also were lifted April 2.

  • Flight student who died in Longmont crash was Evergreen resident

    An Evergreen man was one of two people who died Friday when two small planes collided over Longmont, published reports said.

    Edward Omohundro, 64, of Evergreen, a flight student, died along with instructor Ryan Brungardt when their single-engine Cessna crashed a mile south of Colorado 119. The plane had reportedly collided in midair with a single-engine Cessna 180.

  • Red-flag warning in effect in Jefferson County

    The National Weather Service issued a red-flag warning, citing low relative humidity (5 to 15 percent), from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday as the weather continued to be windy and unseasonably warm. Under the conditions, a single spark from a cigarette butt can start a wildfire, the weather service said.

    The warning was in effect for Jefferson and west Douglas counties above 6,000 feet; Larimer and Boulder counties between 6,000 and 9,000 feet; and parts of Gilpin, Clear Creek and northeast Park counties.

  • School board seeks input on budget questions

    While there are many opinions about how we should educate our children in Jefferson County, we can all agree on one underlying principle — we care about our children, and we want the best for them.
    Jeffco schools have struggled over the last three years to manage more than $60 million in state funding cuts without hurting kids. We have reduced costs, closed under-enrolled schools, trimmed staff, streamlined administration and cut compensation.

  • Many in the community still need help

    When the going gets tough, the tough get going. No, relax, I’m not going to ply you with Lombardi-isms this week, but when I saw pleas for help from two area nonprofits in the last week, I found myself thinking about the need for us to dig down and support people in need in our community. It made me think of the kind of inspirational speech the coach of the Green Bay Packers would have given to his team while I was growing up.

  • Warm weather brings buds on narrow-leaf cottonwoods

    What a remarkable day this has been. It is only March, but the temperature soared to 72 degrees in Denver, and it feels like spring.
    The sky is mostly blue, and the willows along Bear Creek area dressed in their brilliant spring orange-yellow. The buds of the narrow-leaf cottonwood are swelling. The sticky bud scales are giving color to the otherwise bare crown. As the buds swell, the crown appears to start to fill in or thicken even though there is not yet a true leaf in sight.

  • Fire district receives 76 applications for chief job

    The selection committee charged with helping to select a new chief of Evergreen Fire/Rescue has narrowed down the number of candidates from 76 applicants to 12 semifinalists.
    In-person interviews are expected to take place in April, after the committee meets to decide which of the 12 candidates to question in depth.
    At some point, the committee will announce the finalists, and those finalists are expected to be interviewed by the entire board of directors of the Evergreen Fire Protection District, said human resources manager Eva Whitehead. The number of finalists has not been determined.

  • Evergreen Wellness offers a palette of healing arts

    A plethora of healing arts are in one place in Bergen Park.
    Wellness Evergreen Healing and Learning Center has close to a dozen practitioners with a wealth of experience in everything from massage therapy to clinical hypnotherapy to nutritional consulting and homeopathy.
    The center, which opened in February in the Elk Bridge Center next to the Buchanan Park Rec Center, is the brainchild of Cherie Peterson, a massage therapist, spiritual counselor and meditation facilitator.

  • Free CPR classes to help Evergreen become heart safe

    Several local groups want to make Evergreen a heart-safe community by teaching CPR to as many people as possible.
    Evergreen Fire/Rescue and local nonprofit Evergreen Public Access Defibrillation, or EPAD, will teach free CPR classes throughout the year. The Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce is helping with publicity, and St. Anthony Hospital is helping to pay for advertising.

  • A century of fortitude

    When you live to be 100, and you live most of your life in Evergreen, several things are a given:

    • You remember a time when horses and buggies outnumbered cars.
    • You remember when Evergreen was largely a tourist town, with very few people staying during the winter.
    • You lived through the Depression, when growing your own vegetables and finding ways to earn a few pennies were very important.