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  • Evergreen man arrested after bomb scare in El Rancho area

    A 61-year-old Evergreen man was arrested Sunday after a bomb scare in the El Rancho area.

    Michael Longfellow is being held on suspicion of felony false reporting of explosives, weapons or harmful substances, according to the arrest affidavit.

    He appeared in court Monday morning, during which time his bond was set at $2,000, and he was appointed a public defender. He will be back in court on Aug. 23 to be advised of charges against him, according to Pam Russell, Jeffco district attorney’s office spokeswoman.

  • Officials working to find way to open lake to watercraft

    Officials continue to discuss whether Evergreen Lake can be reopened to private watercraft.

    The Evergreen Metropolitan District and the Evergreen Park & Recreation District closed the lake to private boats, kayaks, paddle boards and the like last weekend for two reasons:

    • EPRD is concerned about safety issues because no one is there to monitor the vessels and make sure people are wearing life vests, which is a liability for those responsible for the lake.

  • Performers of all ages audition for Evergreen Talent Showcase

    Evergreen youth showed off their talents Saturday as they auditioned to be part of the Evergreen Talent Showcase.

    The talent show will be at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at Evergreen High School, and auditions on Saturday were brisk. However, organizers continue to look for more acts of all ages to round out the 20 that will be selected.

    The showcase is a collaboration between Blue Spruce Kiwanis and Evergreen Players, and it’s been in the works for a few years, according to Kiwanian Beth Foster.

  • Development briefs

    Planning commission recommends approval of subdivision

    When Joe Knolmayer drives home each day, he hopes he’ll continue to see the band of native trees separating his property from 65 acres across the street where there may soon be 21 new homes.

  • Fire briefs

    Lightning strike takes out Inter-Canyon tower

    Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District is working to replace its radio tower in Hilldale Pines after a direct lightning strike damaged it three weeks ago.

    “... It knocked the whole tower out. We lost our microwave. We lost PolyPhasers. … It just took everything out,” said Chief Skip Shirlaw during an Aug. 14 board meeting.

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  • Dear Creek Canyon fire 100 percent contained

    Firefighters have contained a 20-acre fire in Deer Creek Canyon Park that began Thursday evening and called for evacuations of more than 300 homes. 

    Fire officials made the announcement around 1 p.m. Friday, although firefighters remain on-scene to take care of hot spots. There are no reported injuries and no structures lost because of the fire. 

  • County kicks off budget discourse

    Budget talks are underway in Jefferson County.

    Currently, the county is proposing a base budget with revenues of $475.8 million and expenditures of $535.1 million. The proposed base is meant to “simply serve as a starting point or base from which subsequent requests and decisions will be made,” said Jeffco budget manager Dan Conway.

    Initial numbers are down from the 2019 approved budget of $586.4 million.

  • Elk Creek Fire Protection District to go for mill levy increase

    Elk Creek Fire Protection District is putting an initiative on the ballot in the November election that could increase property taxes and offset some of the financial challenges the district has been facing.

  • Spero addiction recovery center looking to rezone properties

    The owners of the Spero addiction recovery center proposed for the former Basecamp on Buffalo Park Road are planning to rezone the property to allow the center to operate.