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  • Rec district scrapping last racquetball court

    It’s been bouncing around for years, but the decision has been made to scrap Evergreen’s last racquetball court.

    Repurposing of the court at Wulf Rec Center began the week of Jan. 6, said Scott Robson, executive director of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District. The court is being turned into a multipurpose fitness room that eventually will host a variety of classes, but initially will be used for spinning. 

    This is not good news to Mark Stone. 

  • Investigators: Parents should monitor kids’ use of technology

    Parents need to be vigilant in keeping track of their children’s activities on cell phones and on the Internet because they are falling prey to sexual predators, two Jefferson County investigators said Thursday.

    Even children in elementary school are becoming victims of sexual predators because more of them have cell phones and frequent social-networking sites, said Mike Harris, an investigator with the Jeffco district attorney’s Child Sexual Offender Internet Investigations Unit.

  • Ice Bike Races a slick event

    You don’t have to be a bicycle enthusiast to want to get in on this icy tradition.

    The third annual Ice Bike Race on Evergreen Lake will be Saturday, Jan. 25, and the event promises not just a race over the frozen waters, but cash prizes and refreshments including pizza and barbecue afterward. Registration starts at 8 a.m., and the races begin at 9.

  • Evergreen Fire/Rescue braces for another wildfire season

    With wildfire season looming and recent foothills weather relatively dry, Evergreen Fire/Rescue is preparing for what could be another difficult fire season. 

    “The fire the other day, in Golden Gate Canyon, went from a house fire to a forest fire pretty quickly,” said Doug Saba, a spokesman for Evergreen Fire/Rescue. “… If this pace keeps up, and moisture stays down, we’re looking at a record year for wildfires again.”

  • Details emerge about Indian Hills shooting

    Details of the fatal shooting on the night of Jan. 20 in Indian Hills indicate a man shot his father and stepmother, then turned the gun on himself.

    The Jeffco Sheriff's Office has reported that Robert Leiman, 25, shot Margaret Leiman, 53, and Bruce Leiman, 58, after the three were involved in an argument inside the home in the 23000 block of Pawnee Road.

  • Interfaith group to offer MLK service on Jan. 20

    Those who enjoy modern cinema may have seen “Lincoln,” “The Butler” or “Twelve Years a Slave.” It is good to be reminded of these sad chapters in American history. It is good to remember the anguish of Abraham Lincoln in doing the work to abolish slavery. This spirit was revived in the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the past century. Using nonviolent methods, he moved our consciousness forward to a place of more mutual acceptance. For this, he gave his life.

  • Inter-Canyon Fire plans special meeting on finances

    Members of the Inter-Canyon Fire District board have scheduled a special meeting to discuss the district’s financial forecast and the current status of the department.

    “We feel we need to get back to strategic planning and take a look at our financial plan moving forward,” board President Michael Reddy said at the Inter-Canyon board meeting last Wednesday.

    The special meeting comes in the wake of accusations that former chief Dave MacBean embezzled approximately $643,000 from Inter-Canyon’s reserve fund from 2010 to 2012.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Hang on loosely, but don’t let go

  • Whooping cough at epidemic levels in Jefferson County

    Jeffco has a distinction it most certainly doesn’t want: The county currently leads the metro area in the number of pertussis cases.

    “We do have that dubious honor, unfortunately,” said Brown Kyle Brown, a public health nurse with Jeffco Public Health. 

    Brown, who works in communicable disease control and immunization, said the county had 309 reported cases of pertussis in 2013. The current outbreak has been classified as an epidemic by the state, Brown said.

  • Family escapes house fire in Evergreen

    A family living on Armadillo Trail off Highway 73 escaped a house fire on Friday evening that severely damaged their home.

    Part of the roof collapsed, according to Evergreen Fire/Rescue spokesman Doug Saba, so firefighters switched to defensive mode, which means they worked only from the outside to keep the flames from spreading further or to nearby trees.

    “It’s so dry out there right now,” Saba said, “that a house fire can turn into a forest fire very quickly.”