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Today's News

  • Ex-fire chief pleads guilty to 3 counts in embezzlement

    Former Inter-Canyon fire chief David MacBean pleaded guilty Monday to three charges in the theft of more than $647,000 from the fire district.

    MacBean, who was indicted last October, seven months after he was asked to step down as chief, entered guilty pleas in district court to two counts of theft and one count of embezzlement of public property. MacBean's sentencing is scheduled for June 24; he faces up to 27 years in prison.

  • Bergen Park Church breaks ground on new building

    Excavators were out Wednesday, April 2, to get the ground ready for the new $2.2 million Bergen Park Church.

    The new 11,000-square-foot structure will help the congregation grow, said Pastor Jim Demolar. It will be built on a 2.7-acre parcel at 31919 Rocky Village Drive. The new church is adjacent to the existing church, which is at 1318 County Road 65. The existing church is getting a new address, too — 31880 Rocky Village Drive.

    Bergen Park Church representatives bought the land in October 2010.

  • Phone scammer posing as Xcel rep calling businesses

    At least four businesses were victims of a recent phone scam involving someone posing as a representative of Xcel Energy, the Jeffco Sheriff's Office reported.

    The scammer would call a businesses and say its Xcel bill was past due. The caller then said that unless a payment was made immediately with a reloadable cash card, the power would be turned off, said Jeffco sheriff's spokeswoman Jacki Kelley.

  • Young writers find inspiration, encouragement at annual conference

    Nineteen years ago, a group of teachers and educators passionate about writing formed the Mountain Area Young Writers’ Conference. These leaders saw the importance of developing the writing abilities and enjoyment of writing in all mountain area students. Since then, more than 5,000 students have participated in the annual event. This year’s conference is scheduled for Thursday, April 24, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Evergreen Country Day School.

  • Friends, indeed: Nonprofit helps fund programs at Staunton State Park

    The nonprofit group Friends of Staunton State Park has been working with Colorado’s newest state park since before it opened last year, and now the group is starting to receive some recognition.

    Friends of Staunton recently was named Best Nonprofit of the Year by the Conifer Area Chamber of Commerce.

    “It was a pleasant surprise,” said Wayne Parkinson, board president of Friends of Staunton. “Talk about a fantastic way to start 2014.”

  • New fire board member wants to focus on wildfire mitigation

    Editor's note: This is the second installment in a series on the two new members joining the board of the Evergreen Fire Protection District.

    Wildfires are a persistent threat to the Evergreen community — and John Anderson wants to help combat them.

    “I think about wildfire every day," Anderson said. "We need to be prepared for a wildfire event, as well as all other services and natural and manmade threats.”

  • Gone country: Museum teaches new generation about agricultural roots

    Saturday was all about the rites of spring at the Humphrey History Park and Museum.

    Visitors learned the basics of raising goats and composting, participated in a seed and chicken swap, and learned about raising herbs, making cheese and spinning thread during the Great Humphrey Animal and Seed Swap.

  • Indian Hills fire board candidate concerned with needs of firefighters

    Editor's note: This story is part of a series on candidates for the board of the Indian Hills Fire Protection District in May's election.

    Indian Hills resident Ty Robbins says he decided to seek a seat on the fire district board to support volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians.

    “I want those guys to know someone cares about them,” Robbins said. “I’m doing this because they deserve fair representation.”

  • Lindquist brings financial management experience to park district board

    Editor's note: This story is part of a series on candidates for the board of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District in May's election.

    Evergreen resident Peter Lindquist says he’s seeking re-election to the board of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District so that he may continue making a contribution to his community.

  • New EMD manager coordinating Evergreen Lake dredging

    Dredging Evergreen Lake is a major project on the radar screen of Dave Lighthart, the recently named general manager of the Evergreen Metropolitan District.

    Removing sand and silt from the lake is necessary to ensure sufficient capacity for the water district, Lighthart said.

    As sediment builds in the lake, it affects the volume of water, he explained. Water capacity in the lake has decreased from 600 to 400 acre-feet in recent years.