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Today's News

  • Health focus in Open Space master plan criticized by advisory committee members

    The relationship between open space and public health gets an inordinate amount of attention in a second draft of the master plan for Jeffco Parks and Open Space, according to some members of the advisory committee.

    “I think there is an inordinate amount of text devoted to community health,” Jan Wilkins said while reviewing the second draft of the plan with other committee members last Thursday night.

    “There are so many aspects of open space,” Wilkins said. “There should be a more comprehensive description of what we do.”

  • Evergreen firefighters come to the aid of flood victims

    As relentless rain created major flooding problems in Evergreen, local firefighters organized and initiated efforts to keep residents and property safe during the weekend of Sept. 13.

    Chris Johnson, Evergreen fire operations chief, set up a command post for the Jefferson County Incident Management Team at Fire Station 2 in Bergen Park. Firefighters also were at Stations 1 and 5 that weekend to assist with operations.

    An initial task for firefighters was getting word to residents about evacuations.

  • Narrow-band radio use for EFR to go live this week

    After extended efforts to get the system up and running, Evergreen Fire/Rescue is planning to make the switch from wide- to narrow-band radio this week.

    “We’re doing test drives now,” Evergreen Fire Chief Mike Weege said at the Sept. 17 fire district board meeting. “Everything’s set up and ready to go."

     “In a worst-case scenario, we would have to cut back to UHF," Weege added.

  • Neighbors help neighbors dig out of flooded areas along Upper Bear Creek

    Neighbors were helping Upper Bear Creek resident Mark Footer clean up his yard and garage on Saturday afternoon while two backhoe operators shoveled debris from the property.

    “The creek just covered the whole valley,” Footer said, describing the recent heavy rains that caused Bear Creek to rise over its banks.

    Although his yard is soggy and many items in his garage were ruined, only one room of his home suffered damage, Footer said.

    “We really came out well,” he said.

  • Wulf Park ribbon-cutting postponed

    The ribbon-cutting ceremony for Wulf Park renovations, which was scheduled for this Saturday, Sept. 28, at 11 a.m., has been indefinitely postponed because of rain-related conditions.
    For further details, visit  www.evergreenrecreation.com.

  • Generosity flows in wake of flooding

    Sometimes good can come out of tragedy.

    When Cactus Jack’s Saloon bore the brunt of the flood caused by the overflowing Bear Creek on Friday, owner Gary Mitchell Jr. knew he wouldn’t be reopening soon.

    So rather than waste the 1,500 pounds of food in the saloon, he donated it to Evergreen Christian Outreach.

  • Evergreen resident seeks school board seat

    Evergreen resident John Newkirk, a graduate of Jeffco Public Schools, is running for the school board in District 2.

    Newkirk is pitted against Jeff Lamontagne for the seat, which represents the spacious, western part of Jefferson County. Incumbent Laura Boggs is not running for re-election.

    “I’m a product of Jeffco schools,” Newkirk said. “I want every student to have access to the great education that I received in Jeffco.”

    The election is Nov. 5.

    A lifelong fan of Jeffco schools

  • Cleanup moving along at Cactus Jack’s

    There’s a whirlwind of activity at Cactus Jack’s Saloon as the owners and employees work to rebuild the landmark business at the corner of Highway 74/73 in downtown Evergreen.

    The remnants of the deck that was demolished by the flooding caused by a week of incessant rains will be lifted out by a crane this week.

    The old floor has been removed, and an electrician and plumber were expected early this week to make sure everything is working before inspections can take place.

  • Mirada artists strive for emotional resonance

    Each year, the American Art Awards select 25 galleries with different strengths. In March 2013, Mirada Fine Art was named the AAA’s Best in Choice in Colorado and one the top 25 galleries in the nation.
    “Mirada Fine Art has impressed us with their history, drive and unique trajectory,” says Thom Bierdz, president of the American Art Awards.

  • Photographer's wanderlust led him to Colorado's beauty

    Many artists, photographers in particular, suffer from wanderlust. They can be seen perching with their tripods on the stone walls of Santorini or lugging their camera equipment through the rivers of Katmai, Alaska.