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Today's News

  • Park district negotiating with Denver on bridge replacement at Lake Park

    Evergreen park district staff and board members are working to reach an agreement with Denver to replace the aging bridge over Bear Creek at Evergreen Lake Park, the only vehicular access to the popular venue.

  • Jeffco Open Space chief discusses crowded parks

    Jeffco Open Space director Tom Hoby acknowledged the need to address the increased use of county parks at a forum last week in Golden: “We’re trying to enhance the visitor experience.” 

    Hoby said Open Space is developing webcams that would allow visitors to check availability at parking lots before driving to parks. 

    With more and more nature lovers visiting Open Space parks, many of them are becoming crowded — especially on weekends, he noted.

  • Lookout Mountain church wins long legal battle

    Members of Gateway on Mount Zion plan to expand their church building on Lookout Mountain in the future, after the Colorado Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from neighbors who oppose its growth.

    Activation Ministries International LLC — now called Gateway on Mount Zion — can build a church building up to 30,000 square feet in size; the current building is 9,000 square feet. Jeffco's county commissioners approved the expansion in 2012 on a 2-1 vote, but their decision was appealed to the courts.

  • Brother of local restaurant owner loses home in Nepal quake

    The brother of Beau Thai restaurant owner Anita Gurung lost his home in Saturday's earthquake in Nepal.

    A rock wall collapsed on one side of the home, which is located in the Gorkha district of Nepal near the earthquake's epicenter. Gurung's family members were unhurt, but many others were injured or killed in the devastation in both Gorkha and Dhading, the home region of Gurung's husband.

  • Rainy forecast leads to delay in connector trail work

    Installation of the bridge for the connector trail at Evergreen Lake dam has been delayed because of inclement weather forecast for this week.

    GoodLand Construction, contractor for the project, is scheduled to resume work Monday night, May 11. The contractor is planning full nighttime closures of Highway 74 between Upper Bear Creek Road and Highway 73 from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. May 11-13. On May 13, one eastbound lane is scheduled to be closed from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • Taking up the challenge

    ABC’s "Extreme Weight Loss" coach Bruce Pitcher took a unique firefighter fitness challenge at Evergreen Fire/Rescue on Monday.

    He passed with flying colors.

    Pitcher finished up the tough, local challenge in 1:54 minutes, a few seconds under the cut-off time of 2 minutes considered “really good” by Evergreen Fire/Rescue volunteer firefighters.
    The fire department-sponsored challenge on Monday was followed by a dinner, and Pitcher was the featured speaker.

  • Indian Hills Fire working to recoup funds from truck purchase

    The Indian Hills Fire Protection District could soon recover some of the $327,000 it is owed by the California-based company that failed to deliver a fire truck the district purchased in 2012. 

    A process server is attempting to collect the money from Fire Trucks Plus owner Paul Batista, according to an April e-mail to district board members from a California law firm.

  • The devil in the details

    Early negotiations between Jeffco Public Schools and the Jeffco Education Association have highlighted a long-existing source of tension: How much detail should be written into teachers’ contracts?

    Union negotiators argued for detailed contracts in sessions last week, pointing out that in the high-pressure day-to-day schedule of a teacher, prescriptive contract language can provide stability. 

  • Evergreen fire chief awaiting performance review

    Evergreen Fire Chief Mike Weege still is awaiting the outcome of his annual job performance review.

    Three fire district board members and Weege all say the review discussion was put off until the board receives feedback comments from volunteer firefighters and other workers. 

    The feedback process is "normal," George Kling, president of the Evergreen Fire Protection District board, said in a voice-mail message. 

  • Evergreen resident dies in avalanche on Everest

    Documentary filmmaker Tom Taplin of Evergreen was one of four Americans who died in an avalanche on Mount Everest that was triggered by an earthquake in Nepal on Saturday.

    Taplin, 61, was making a documentary about the Mount Everest base camp, his wife, Cory Freyer, said in published media reports. He had been there for two weeks, Freyer said. She was not immediately available for comment on Monday. Taplin owned the film company TET Films & Photography.