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  • Demonstrators show up at Taj to protest Odom no-shows

    A small group of protesters with a one-man band and a bugler gathered March 26 in front of the Jeffco government building to protest what they see as the unethical behavior of former county commissioner John Odom.

    After losing the District 2 seat in last November’s election to Democrat Casey Tighe, Odom stopped attending meetings. Starting after the Nov. 15 regular meeting of the commission, Odom missed up to six meetings.

  • Looking at ways to improve Winter Festival

    This year’s Winter Festival at Evergreen Lake brought record-setting attendance but somewhat disappointing revenues, according to a review by Evergreen Park and Recreation District staff.

    “By all accounts, the second community event could be considered a success,” EPRD Executive Director Scott Robson said during his presentation to the park district board on March 26. “We had some fantastic state and national support … a lot of positive energy to build on.”

  • Old firefighters never die ... they just keep on serving

    Evergreen resident Kenny Erhardt is among a group of retired volunteer firefighters heading back into service for Evergreen Fire/Rescue.


    Erhardt will be using his skills as an auto mechanic and trainer to teach active firefighters how to extricate people from vehicles. He and other volunteers will also be hauling water to fires on tenders as auxiliary drivers.

    “I’m excited about doing this. It gets me active again,” he said. 

  • Park district staff developing rules for patrons

    “As our open spaces continue to be more and more used, I think it’s important to have an adopted set of rules and regulations,” said Scott Robson, executive director of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District.

    Among the proposed rules and conduct codes that Robson presented to the EPRD board on March 26 was one prohibiting weapons — with one exception. According the park rules list, all firearms and other weapons will be prohibited on EPRD-managed lands, except for concealed handguns for which individuals have permits.

  • Evergreen golf course, restaurant opening with new management

    Soon after the snow melts from the Evergreen Golf Course, it will be opening with a new manager.

    Susie Helmerich says she will be managing “everything golf” at the pro shop and course for Denver City and County Parks, which has taken over the operation.

    “Our focus here is to be guest-oriented, to provide great service,” she said.

  • Ballots head to voters in fire district recall election

    Ballots for the recall election are being mailed this week to residents of the Evergreen Fire Protection District. 

    As district residents decide on whether, and how, to cast their votes, they are relying on information presented on the mail-in ballots, on candidate profiles posted on the Canyon Courier website — and other related articles published in the newspaper.

  • Toddling down the bunny trail

    Toddlers ruled at Saturday’s Easter egg hunt on the grounds of the Evergreen Elks Lodge.


    Dressed in her Easter finery, 2-year-old Ginny Pihlak collected eggs with hidden treasures, with help from 16-month-old Katie Lundquist.

    Other little ones scampered on the lodge grounds where 1,000 eggs had been placed for each series of hunts for various age groups.

  • Victims of Lower North Fork Fire gather at Capitol on one-year anniversary

    Victims of the Lower North Fork Fire packed the state Capitol on the blaze’s one-year anniversary to appeal to Gov. John Hickenlooper and Colorado Attorney General John Suthers for compensation for damages.

    March 26 marked the one-year anniversary of the start of the wildfire, which burned 4,100 acres, destroyed two dozen homes and claimed three lives. The fire erupted when a state-overseen prescribed burn re-ignited in high winds 6 miles south of Conifer.


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  • Party for Parks planned April 5 at Red Rocks

    Three organizations are joining forces to produce a public fund-raiser to support programs that connect children and families to nature. The Party for Parks will be held at the Red Rocks Visitor Center from 6 to 10 p.m. April 5. Tickets are $50 at www.jeffcooutdoors.org.  
    The Jefferson County Outdoors Foundation, the Denver Mountain Parks Association and Great Outdoors Colorado are sponsoring the gala, which celebrates multiple anniversaries. Proceeds benefit nonprofit Jeffco Outdoors,  formerly known as the Jeffco Open Space Foundation.