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  • Evergreen's Big Chili Cook-off a September staple for attendees, volunteers

    Phil and Laura Yates of Aurora wore bags of Fritos around their necks because experience had taught them how to prepare for an event like Saturday’s.

    As they stood in line for the kids firefighter challenge with their 4-year-old Gwendolyn, they couldn’t remember how they first heard about Evergreen’s Big Chili Cook-off some 10 years ago. But they remembered anyway, and the family has been attending the event almost annually ever since.

    “We love little festivals and chili, and it’s a chance to get out of the city,” Laura said.

  • 64A Fire in Bailey is fully contained

    A 12-acre wildfire that burned on national forest land in Bailey for two days has been fully contained, Platte Canyon Fire Protection District said via Twitter on Tuesday evening.

    “The (64A Fire) is now 100 percent contained,” Platte Canyon Fire confirmed via social media. “The evacuation orders have been lifted. All residents can return home.”

    The 64A Fire burned through the night Sunday and into Monday, but it remained within containment lines, according to Tanya Wismar, spokeswoman with Platte Canyon Fire Protection District.

  • Jeffco solves 38-year-old cold case

    Genetic genealogical testing helped the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office solve a 38-year-old homicide cold case, and it appears to be the first instance of its kind in the state.

    “This is perhaps the first genealogical DNA match in solving a cold case crime in Colorado,” said Jeffco Sheriff Jeff Shrader.

  • Jeffco inmate diagnosed with Hepatitis A

    An inmate in the Jefferson County jail has been diagnosed with Hepatitis A, a highly contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus.

  • Annual Living History Days teaches Staunton visitors about park’s past

    Staunton State Park was transported back in time last weekend during its annual Living History Days celebration.

    The two-day event, now in its sixth year, offers a wealth of history on the park and includes a number of interactive activities for all to enjoy.

    For Suzi Morris, former president of the Conifer Historical Society, who manned the organization’s booth at the event, Living History Days is important to support.

  • Official: Caution used when allowing paddle boards on lake

    Despite watercraft being prohibited on Evergreen Lake, the city of Denver recently offered a paddle board class there because the class had already been scheduled, a Denver official said.

    Yolanda Quesada, spokeswoman for Denver Parks and Recreation, said all of the paddle boards brought to the class were power-washed before entering the water to allay the Evergreen Metropolitan District’s concerns about invasive species getting into the lake.

  • EPRD getting closer to rebuilding Evergreen Lake North Trail

    Evergreen Park & Recreation District has gotten a giant leap closer to rebuilding the Evergreen Lake North Trail after being awarded a large grant, but it needs one more to make this effort a reality.

    The district received a $2.61 million federal grant through the Denver Regional Council of Governments for the project, but it still is hoping for a $550,000 Colorado the Beautiful grant from Colorado Parks & Wildlife. If the district gets that grant in January, it will have the $3.7 million necessary to begin construction on the project.

  • EPRD briefs

    EPRD board looks at additional revenue, salary increases for 2020

    The Evergreen Park & Recreation District is expecting to see an additional $231,000 in property taxes in 2020, which will help it afford to give employees an average 3.3 percent merit increase to keep salaries competitive with surrounding rec districts.

  • Community meeting on Xcel tower proposal scheduled

    The community can learn about a 190-foot tall tower that Xcel Energy wants to erect at its service center on Evergreen Parkway.

    A meeting to explain the project will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at the Xcel building, 4019 Evergreen Parkway.

    According to Xcel spokeswoman Michelle Aguayo, the tower will aid Xcel in updating its power grid, allowing meters at homes and at businesses to communicate with Xcel. So far, 50 similar towers have been installed in the metro area.

  • Morrison delays decision on comprehensive plan amendment

    The Morrison Town Board wants additional time to consider a proposal to amend the town’s comprehensive plan. 

    Although the matter came before the board for approval during its Sept. 3 meeting, board members unanimously voted to table the issue until an undetermined future date.