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Today's News

  • Mountain lions attacking pets in Hiwan Hills

     

    The state Department of Parks and Wildlife has received a number of reports since Dec. 25 of pets being taken by mountain lions in the Hiwan Hills area on Ridge Road, Mossy Rock Lane, Buchanan Drive and Western Court, according to spokesperson Jennifer Churchill.

    Four attacks were documented:

    • On Dec. 25 at 9:30 p.m., a 40-pound dog was taken from a deck on Ridge Road while reporting parties were watching a movie. After they ran outside yelling, the lion dropped the dog and left, but the dog did not survive.

  • Single mom, kids find forever home

    When Liz Thompson first heard about Habitat for Humanity, she figured she made too much money working full-time as a victim advocate to qualify for the low-cost houses. She had two part-time jobs, as well.

    She thought such houses were for the kind of people she was trying to help on an everyday basis. Then she thought, "I could use a little help too."

  • Fire department seeks new paid fire chief

    Evergreen Fire/Rescue inaugurated the search for a new fire chief as of Dec. 15, with the intention of having a leader in place by June 1.

    The in-house selection committee recommended at the October meeting that a new chief be hired to replace Garry DeJong, who resigned in August to take a job with the Lewiston Fire Department in Idaho.

    In the interim, volunteer firefighter Jeff Ashford, currently the deputy chief of fire operations, was named unpaid statutory chief. Fire marshal Frank Dearborn was named acting district administrator.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    A parting gift, perhaps

  • Radio to put Evergreen on same emergency wavelength

    After a $1 million overhaul of its radio system, the Evergreen fire department finally will be able to talk to the Clear Creek, Gilpin, Elk Creek and Indian Hills fire departments on the same radio frequency without having to borrow each other's radios.

    The money comes from a 2009 federal Urban Area Security Initiative grant of $711,000 and matching funds of $189,000 from the2009 Evergreen Fire Protection District budget. UASI is part of the Homeland Security Department.

  • Skate the Lake a cool way to ring in 2012

    A bit of cold weather didn’t deter about 3,000 people from attending the 16th annual Skate the Lake on Saturday night to ring in the new year.

    The Evergreen Lake House was standing-room-only as partiers – some in family groups and others with friends -- donned skates and chatted with music playing in the background. While some simply wore warm clothing, others were bedecked in 2012 hats.

  • Lessons of Fourmile Canyon Fire

    People who live in a wildfire-risk zone should create a wide swath of defensible space around their homes to have the best chance of surviving a wildfire, according to the preliminary findings of a recently released study of the Fourmile Canyon fire.

    The study concludes that fuel treatments such as creating shaded fuel breaks and thinning trees aren't effective when there is widespread spotting or rampant flying embers landing as far as a mile away and setting trees on fire.

  • I-70 reopens after 4-hour closure

    Interstate 70 westbound reopened Saturday evening after a four-hour closure due to icy road conditions and numerous accidents.
    The road had been closed from Rooney Road at mile marker 259 to Floyd Hill at mile marker 241.
    The National Weather Service is predicting a total of 3 to 6 inches of snow in the area before it dissipates early Sunday morning.
    The warm weather for the past few days is being blamed for melting the initial snowfall, creating icy conditions Saturday afternoon and causing vehicles to spin out and crash.

     

  • Freeze frame 2012

    A ferocious wind storm blew away the park district’s tent on Dec. 30, but the wind calmed down enough for about 275 enthusiastic jumpers to defy fear during the annual Evergreen Lake Plunge 2012 at noon New Year’s Day.

  • It’s simple, we are the 99 percent

    The Occupy movement has been a wake-up call. Although the media first balked at covering it and has at times reduced it to its most absurd, the stories keep coming. People are being made aware of important core issues: the huge divide between the rich and poor. There are poor, and it’s no fun being poor.
    This isn’t a “lunatic fringe.” The 99 percent are a flash mob of humanity waking up to their own best self-interests.