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  • Just plain ducky: Crowd comes out in droves for the annual Dam Ducky Derby

    It’s the coolest five seconds each year in Evergreen.

    That’s the time it takes for nearly 5,000 plastic ducks to drop from a bucket high atop a fire engine into the water below the Evergreen dam to start the Dam Ducky Derby.

    After the crowd counts down from 10, the ducks fall with a whoosh into the water with the crowd oohing and aahing over the spectacle. Then the crowd disperses with many following the ducks all the way to Highland Haven Creekside Inn.

    The first ducks to cross the finish line will win prizes.

  • Single-vehicle crash cleared after causing traffic delays on U.S. 285

    A single-vehicle accident on southbound U.S. 285 near Windy Point in Conifer has been cleared after causing significant traffic delays Friday afternoon.

  • Wegener resigning as ParkCo sheriff

    Park County Sheriff Fred Wegener is resigning five months before the official end of his term and will be replaced by Tom McGraw, one of five Republicans who campaigned to replace him and who ultimately won the GOP primary in late June.

    In a phone call with the Courier on Thursday, Wegener said the decision stemmed from activities McGraw undertook in the days immediately following the June 26 primary election.

  • Leonard withdraws bid for re-election

    State Rep. Tim Leonard, the current incumbent and Republican nominee for House District 25, has withdrawn from the November election after a judge ruled last month against his request to reduce his alimony and child support payments as determined by the terms of his divorce. 

    In an exclusive interview with the Courier on Thursday Leonard, who lives in Evergreen and has six children, said it wasn’t financially feasible for him to work as a legislator and still fulfill the requirements of the courts.

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  • New name for EPRD’s special needs program

    The Evergreen Park & Recreation District’s special needs program has a new name: INSPIRE.
    INSPIRE is an acronym for:
    INcorporating opportunities for
    Physical and
    Rec district executive director Ellen O’Connor initiated the change because programs for people with special needs in other places have names that incorporate what the programs are about.

  • Indian Hills looking into potential ballot questions

    Indian Hills Fire is joining other mountain-area fire departments in taking the initial first steps to move forward with a ballot measure in the November general election.

    Much like other local departments — including Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District and Evergreen Fire/Rescue — Indian Hills is forced to take a hard look at the financial implications of the Gallagher Amendment, which is likely to cause a residential assessment rate reduction in 2019. That will lower the amount of property taxes the district receives.

  • Parks briefs

    Restoring Elk Meadow

    Jeffco Open Space is applying for a habitat restoration grant through Great Outdoors Colorado to begin restoring the former dog off-leash area in Evergreen’s Elk Meadow Park.

    If approved, the $100,000 grant would be matched by Jeffco Open Space with a $75,000 cash match and an additional $7,724 in-kind match. Planning and site preparation work are already underway and will count for $58,629 of the cash match.

    Applications are due Aug. 31. If the grant is approved, work would begin in 2019.

  • Jeffco DMV locations consider shortening hours

    Jefferson County Motor Vehicle Department is looking to shorten its hours at all locations due to an overload of work and a lack of customers in the early morning and late evening business hours.
    The change, which wouldn’t be enacted until the start of 2019, wasn’t without critique but ultimately was supported by all three commissioners during their staff briefing on July 24.

  • Experts: Residents need to be prepared for wildfires

    By Alex Purcell

    For the Courier

    Recent rains may have eased the immediate fear of wildfire in the Evergreen-Conifer area, but residents should always be prepared because a fire event could be just around the corner, experts said at a surviving wildfire presentation on Thursday.

    The presentation at the Evergreen Fire & Rescue Administration Building was a crash course in protecting life and property from the ever-present threat of wildfire.