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  • Buyers, sellers both can benefit as real estate market starts to balance

    While the foothills real estate market is still strongly favoring sellers, area agents say it’s slowly beginning to cool — a good thing for both buyers and sellers.

    The market here is moving toward being more neutral, especially for homes priced under $2 million, agents say, with some homes selling within hours while others are on the market for several months — a huge change from three years ago when homes were being snapped up at lightning speed.

  • Evergreen Chamber taking over Skate the Lake

    New Year’s activities at Evergreen Lake will see big changes this year.

    Skate the Lake on New Year’s Eve now will be operated by the Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce rather than Drive Smart, which conceived of and ran the non-alcoholic family friendly event for more than 20 years.

    In addition, the New Year’s Day Polar Plunge and the youth pond hockey tournament on New Year’s Eve, also run by Drive Smart, have been canceled.

  • BIZBEAT: Barber Lee Shortt plans retirement in October

    Lee Shortt, who has been a staple in downtown Evergreen for 51 years, has decided to hang up his hair-cutting shears.

    The barber, located in the building at the southeast corner of Highways 73 and 74, has cut hair on thousands of heads during his time in Evergreen. Shortt says he will miss his clients, but it’s time to retire and move to Nevada, in part because the weather is better for his wife’s health.

    “It’s been a long time coming,” he said recently. “I’ll miss all my customers that I’ve had for years.”

  • Grassfire at Red Rocks extinguished

    Firefighters from West Metro Fire are mopping up at Red Rocks Friday afternoon after a lightning strike ignited a small grassfire near the concert venue.

    According to Ronda Scholting, spokeswoman for West Metro Fire, the fire burned about 1 ½ acres and led to the temporary closure of the entrances to Red Rocks Amphitheatre before it was extinguished at 5 p.m.

    While the department requested assistance from Evergreen Fire/Rescue, Scholting said West Metro was ultimately able to tackle the blaze on its own.    

     

  • Three wildfires burning near Pine

    Firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service, and the North Fork and Platte Canyon fire departments responded to three wildfires burning near Pine on Thursday.

    According to Joe Burgett, Platte Canyon assistant fire chief, the fires are on U.S. Forest Service land. 

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  • EPRD going for $24 million bond

    Evergreen Park & Recreation District constituents will decide this November whether to pass a $24 million bond to fund major repairs and enhancements throughout the district, and building a gym and additional pool space at Buchanan Recreation Center.
    On Aug. 21, the EPRD Board of Directors voted 4-1 to approve having two questions on the ballot — the bond and a corresponding mill levy override.
    If passed, the district will sell bonds for $23.86 million, and the revenues would go toward funding:

  • Property-tax question set for Indian Hills Fire

    An Aug. 22 meeting made it official: Voters in Indian Hills Fire Protection District will face a ballot question in the November election.

    Similar to the initiative being put forth by the Evergreen Fire Protection District, the question Indian Hills voters should expect to see will protect the fire district from the effects of the Gallagher Amendment.

    If approved, the question Indian Hills board members unanimously backed will allow the district to adjust its mill levy to compensate for a lower residential assessment rate.

  • Inter-Canyon Fire officially pursuing November ballot question

    During a special meeting Friday, Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District officially decided to pursue a property tax increase in the upcoming general election.

    In addition to a 3-mill property tax increase, which results in an additional $7 a month in taxes for a home valued at $400,000, Inter-Canyon voters will face a question about “de-Gallagher-izing” the district. If approved, this ballot measure would lock the district in at its current residential assessment rate of 7.2 percent in an effort to avoid the impact of the Gallagher Amendment.

  • Morrison's Holiday Bar keeps liquor license

    After a lengthy discussion during its Aug. 21 meeting, the Morrison Town Board agreed to let the Morrison Holiday Bar keep its liquor license without any conditions.