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Today's News

  • $75,000 approved for remodeling of two fire stations

    The Evergreen Fire Protection District board voted unanimously to spend $75,000 combined to spruce up aging fire stations No. 1 and No. 4. The decision came at a regular meeting of the board on May 28.

    Fire Chief Garry DeJong recommended spending $35,000 on a cosmetic makeover for Station 4, about halfway between Marshdale station No. 3 and station No. 1 near downtown.

    Station 4 serves as sleeping quarters for two paramedics while they are on 24-hour duty.

  • Hamilton making move to Western Slope

    Jaine Hamilton, secretary of the board of directors of the Evergreen Fire Protection District, has decided to leave Evergreen and move to the Western Slope, where she has accepted a job as manager of a hardware store in Newcastle near Glenwood Springs.

    Hamilton will maintain her position as a member of the board of directors in the short term but said she would have to resign her seat as soon as she gives up her residence in Evergreen, where she has lived for 25 years.

  • Fire district finance director departs; political environment cited

    In her going-away presentation May 28, the finance director of the Evergreen Fire Protection District said she has felt “personally and professionally attacked by the board” since the controversy leading to a recall election surfaced last year.

    “Many of you may think it’s about the money. That is not the reason,” said Christina Griggs, who held the part-time position as finance director for four years. Her last day was Friday, May 30.

  • Dykeman re-elected president of EFPD board

    Chick Dykeman was re-elected president of the Evergreen Fire Protection District board for a two-year term  after becoming the only candidate of the five board members to get a nomination, which came from George Goldbach.

    Goldbach was later elected treasurer in a 3-2 vote over Jeff deDisse at the regular meeting of the board on May 28 at fire district headquarters.

  • New sheriff's substation on back burner

    Signs of activity on property designated for a sheriff’s substation in Marshdale are not what they seem, a spokesperson for Jefferson County said this week.

    Heavy equipment and construction trailers at the location near the Bistro Restaurant belong to a contractor building a roundabout at a nearby intersection and to Jefferson County Highways and Transportation engineers who are overseeing that project.

    “The contractor is simply using that area to stage his equipment and materials,” said resident engineer Dixie Shear.

  • Coffee entrepreneur takes business on the road

    As a mom with two athletic kids in Evergreen schools, Kristin Heidenfelder spent a lot of time at lacrosse games looking at other people standing around with coffee and beverage cups in hand.

    “Wouldn’t it be a cool moneymaking idea to bring the coffee drinks to the spectators?” Heidenfelder thought. She bought a truck, quit her at-home job as a medical transcriptionist, and is now the owner of Evergreen Espresso, a traveling beverage business.

  • Trailblazer Stadium undergoing renovations

    Natural beauty has its limitations. Trailblazer Stadium is no different.

    The stadium, located in Lakewood, is undergoing a $1 million upgrade this summer and will become the first Jefferson County district field with a synthetic surface when it reopens August 28.

  • Cheer for their spirit

    Tammy Dufford just did what she knew in her heart to be right.

    Now she realizes just how many other people’s hearts she has touched.

  • School district seeks funds for building upgrades, educational needs

    Taxpayers in Jefferson County will be asked to decide this fall whether to allow the school district to issue $323 million to $350 million in debt and assess taxpayers between $32 million and $36 million a year.

    The district is proposing a two-part program — the bond issue and a “mill levy override.” The mill levy override is an increase in the mill levy, above and beyond what taxpayers have previously approved.

    The mill levy override would cost a homeowner about $3.35 a month for each $100,000 of assessed valuation.

  • Turning up the heat in the polar bear debate

    Hannah Hayes