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  • Firefighters respond to downed power line, house fire

    Firefighters doused a small grass fire caused by a downed power line Thursday night near Idledale.

    According to reports, the power line fell from about 250 feet up a ridge to within 100 feet of the road at 11:30 a.m. Friday. The 10-foot-by-10-foot fire was pretty easily contained because of the wet weather, said Evergreen Fire Chief Mike Weege.

    But firefighters from the Foothills Fire Protection District had to climb a power pole to cut the line, after the power was turned off. It took until 1:30 p.m. to resolve the issue, Weege said.

  • Body of woman found on Lookout Mountain identified

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office has identified the body of a woman found murdered on May 8 near the parking lot of the Windy Saddle Trailhead on Lookout Mountain as Sandra Mercado, 38, of Aurora.
    Mercado was stabbed to death, said sheriff’s spokeswoman Jacki Kelley.
    A visiting out-of-state hiker found the body. The hiker was questioned and is not considered a person of interest in the case, Kelley said.

  • Sheriff's Office urges caution in wake of car break-ins

    Purses, wallets and other items were taken from seven locked vehicles that were broken into in Evergreen on May 2, said Jeffco sheriff's spokeswoman Jacki Kelley.

    The thefts from vehicles occurred between 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. in areas between Bergen Park and Evergreen Lake, Kelley said. Incidents took place at Dedisse and Stagecoach parks, as well as other locations.

    "The victims left property in plain view," Kelley said. "People need to put property in the trunk of the car."

  • Rosenberg, Walton, Lehman re-elected to Indian Hills fire board

    Incumbent board members Marc Rosenberg, Ron Walton and Kelley Lehman will continue serving the Indian Hills Fire Protection District, according to unofficial election results posted Tuesday night.

    In a close race with low voter turnout, challengers Don Schoenbein and Ty Robbins were narrowly defeated. Rosenberg came in first among candidates, with 108 votes. Lehman followed with 96 votes, and Walton received 87 votes. Schoenbein and Robbins trailed in the race, receiving 80 and 70 votes, respectively.

  • Linn, Ellis, Lindquist elected to park district board

    Evergreen voters chose Peg Linn and John Ellis to join the five-member board of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District in Tuesday’s election. Peter Lindquist, the only incumbent in the race, was re-elected, according to unofficial results.

    Linn received 513 votes, Ellis 446 and Lindquist 445. Candidate Monty Estis, a relative newcomer to Evergreen, received 210 votes in the election.

  • 200 flock to Mountain Area Job Fair

    More than 200 job seekers attended the Mountain Area Job Fair at Aspen Ridge Church on May 1, hoping to find employment close to home.

    “The fair is really convenient in that I don’t have to drive around to all these places to see if they’re hiring,” said Sommer Randol of Conifer. “I’m excited to see what happens. There were a lot of different types of employers.”

  • School board OKs new math curriculum

    The Jeffco school board unanimously approved a $4.3 million purchase of the Math Expressions curriculum for next school year at its May 1 meeting.

    Math Expressions will replace Math Investigations, the math curriculum Jeffco had used for the last nine years.

    A panel of 10 district employees gave a presentation on Math Expressions before the board took a vote. District staff said the new curriculum aligns with new Colorado academic standards and that Investigations has run its course in the district.

  • Former governor Lamm to speak at Rotary Club meeting

    The community is invited to the May 9 meeting of the Rotary Club of Evergreen, when former governor Richard Lamm will be the guest speaker. Lamm will speak from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. Friday at Evergreen Country Day School.

    Lamm was elected to three terms as governor, serving from 1975 to 1987. He was the longest-serving governor in the history of Colorado to that date.

  • Zoning change would facilitate caretaker dwellings

    Aging adults who would like to stay in their homes rather than move to retirement communities may need assistance from a caretaker who lives on the premises.

    To make it easier to build an accessory dwelling unit for a care provider, a revision to current regulations is being proposed by the Jeffco Planning and Zoning Division. Instead of requiring a Board of Adjustment hearing for an accessory dwelling unit, a decision would be made by planning staff. 

  • Park district exploring expansion of Buchanan Rec Center

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District has hired a design firm to conduct a feasibility study for possible additions to Buchanan Recreation Center.

    "We heard from a number of residents a fairly strong desire to expand Buchanan Recreation Center," Scott Robson, EPRD executive director, said during his presentation to board members at the April 22 meeting.