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Today's News

  • Paradise reclaimed

    When development threatened to turn their paradise into parking lots, the people of Jefferson County decided to preserve the beautiful landscapes they treasured before open land became subdivision material.

  • 'A tsunami of flames’: Residents will never forget that fateful March day, and the ferocious fire

    On March 26 of last year, hell came to 4,000 acres 6 miles south of Conifer.

    As the battle to fully control the Lower North Fork Fire continued for a week, residents waited and watched as they learned about three neighbors who lost their lives and homeowners who lost everything in a blaze that was sparked when a prescribed burn escaped in high winds.

  • One year after Lower North Fork Fire, victims still fight for restitution as area tries to heal

    One year after a state-overseen prescribed burn re-ignited in high winds and torched 4,100 acres south of Conifer, officials have made several changes to address some of the glitches in procedures and protocols that were apparent during the horrific blaze.

    But for victims of the Lower North Fork Fire last March, the changes have amounted to too little, and have come decidedly too late.

  • Couple battling to rebuild lives after losing home

    One year after a state-overseen prescribed burn re-ignited in high winds and torched 4,100 acres south of Conifer, officials have made several changes to address some of the glitches in procedures and protocols that were apparent during the horrific blaze.

    But for victims of the Lower North Fork Fire last March, the changes have amounted to too little, and have come decidedly too late.

  • The mighty Quigley: Pooch on patrol prevents fire in Evergreen

    Quigley is Evergreen Meadows’ new best friend.

    The 4-year-old soft-coated Wheaten terrier saved the subdivision along Highway 73 from a wildfire on March 18. He was honored Monday night by Evergreen firefighters for his keen sense of smell and perseverance in getting his owner to walk across the backyard and find flames in a pile of dry pine needles on a neighbor’s property. The fire ignited after ashes that weren’t completely cooled had been thrown out, and the wind re-ignited them.

  • Re-enactment to have student stars

    Parmalee Elementary School fourth- and fifth-graders will be learning about the Revolutionary War up close and personal on April 9 at Bear Creek Lake Park.

     

    The 53 students will take part in a re-enactment of the Battle of Saratoga with an additional 400 area students — complete with costumes and fake cannon and muskets.

    It will be a sight to behold.

  • Panel discussion will focus on improving water quality

    The water flowing from Mount Evans into the Bear Creek watershed is at the lowest level since the drought in 2002, said Evergreen Metropolitan District environmental technician Tony Langowski.

    Although the water quality is generally good, the lack of snowpack has greatly reduced the volume this season — a scenario that affects aquatic as well as human life.

    Last summer, water levels dropped to the point where there were water-use restrictions for the district, and fishing opportunities were limited.

  • Recall candidate Pier objects to live burn training in Evergreen

    “My interest is in preserving the quality of life in Evergreen,” said Barry Pier, a candidate in the upcoming recall election of the Evergreen Fire Protection District board.

     

    After learning of plans to build a fire training facility at Fire Station 2 in Bergen Park, Pier said, he became involved in the issue to protect his community.

    “A burn building doesn’t belong in Evergreen,” he said. “The only recourse we had to fight it was the recall.”

  • 'One good outcome' will pay for training facility, says Christensen

    Evergreen Fire Protection District board member David Christensen said that before voting to build the fire training facility, he weighed thoroughly the pros and cons. He came to the conclusion that the facility in progress at Fire Station 2 is necessary, and will dramatically improve firefighters’ ability to save property and lives.

     

    “If we have one good outcome, we’ve paid for it,” he said. 

  • Sports briefs

    GIRLS GOLF
    Evergreen’s Tenney cards 88 as Lady Cougars take 3rd in opener
    GOLDEN
    — Madison Tenney carded a team-best score of 88 as the Evergreen Lady Cougars opened the 2013 season with a third-place finish in the 4A Jeffco League opener March 19 at Applewood Golf Course.
    Tenney, a junior, placed fourth individually.
    Evergreen’s Emily Rivers fired a 100, Kelsey Evezich shot a 110, while Hanna Esau and Carly Ratekin carded a 119 each.