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  • Firefighters contain small wildland blaze near Mount Evans Wilderness

    Evergreen firefighters contained a small wildfire near the Mount Evans Wilderness on Thursday afternoon.

    According to the Evergreen Fire/Rescue Twitter feed, the blaze, near the Indian Creek area, was less than a quarter acre in size. 

    EFR said no homes were threatened, and that firefighters were still at the scene conducting mop-up operations.

    A resident of Yankee Creek Road said at least four fire trucks and six pickups had headed in the direction of the fire. 

    Check canyoncourier.com for updates to this story.

  • Sentencing of former Inter-Canyon fire chief rescheduled for Aug. 1

    The sentencing of former Inter-Canyon fire chief David MacBean, who pleaded guilty to three counts in the theft of $647,000 from the district, has been rescheduled for 1 p.m. Aug. 1.

  • Evergreen residents selected for Jeffco sustainability commission

    Evergreen residents Rachel Emmer and Erich Harris and Genesee resident Steve Brown are among nine founding members on the recently formed sustainability commission in Jefferson County.

    A vision of Jeffco Commissioner Casey Tighe, the commission is designed to assist businesses and county agencies by providing expertise and resources for them.

    “We are hoping to be able to partner with businesses,” said Emmer.

    The commission will serve as a clearinghouse of information on best practices for sustainability, she said.

  • Evergreen Lake getting new boardwalk

    While kids play in a grassy field by Evergreen Lake, workers saw and place planks of wood for a new boardwalk at the park.


    “This time around, we're replacing the entire boardwalk,” said Scott Robson, executive director of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District.

    “We're removing it completely down to the foundation,” he added.

    Although the flooding last fall did some minor damage to the structure, its 20-year age and the wear and tear on the walkway made the replacement necessary, Robson said.

  • Site for shooting range still under discussion

    A working group continues to discuss potential locations in Jeffco for a county-owned public shooting range, and open-space land appears to be a possibility. 

    For the past two months, Jeffco Parks and Open Space Director Tom Hoby, county planning staff, a mediator and others have been discussing a possible location for a shooting range and its costs.

    “It’s a delicate issue,” Hoby said. 

  • Fire district delays audit release to reflect new radio equipment

    The Evergreen Fire Protection District now plans to release its annual audit in July so that auditors have time to properly account for new radio equipment, Fire Chief Mike Weege said.

    The district has been using the new two-way radio equipment since September. The audit was first scheduled to be released on May 13.

  • Lower speed limit eyed near dog park

    A new “advisory” speed limit of 30 mph on Stagecoach Boulevard near the Elk Meadow Open Space dog park is being considered after a dog was killed on the road there recently.

    The county has added several safety measures at the spot over the years, said Kevin French, director of Jeffco's Transportation and Engineering Division. The division is considering the new speed limit, which would be 10 mph lower than the current 40-mph limit, French said.

  • Jeffco updating Evergreen community plan

    Jefferson County planners are updating and combining community plans, including one created for Evergreen that is almost 10 years old.

    “The biggest challenge is rolling this plan into the comprehensive master plan,” said Jeffco planner Russ Clark, who is working on a 2015 update.

    “The intent here is to take items to create area plans for future land use,” he explained.

    All redundant policies will be removed from the individual community plans to create a streamlined plan, said Clark. 

  • Big R opens in grand style on rodeo weekend

    While shoppers were looking at clothing, guns and home supplies at Big R on Saturday, Evergreen resident Fritz Coellen was hunting for a wife — his own, Shirley — who was somewhere in the store.

    The Coellens were among the first customers at the grand opening of the 40,000-square-foot store, which offers a wide array of items from greeting cards to chicken coops.

    “They’ve got a good store here,” said Fritz Coellen, who came in to buy hardware.

  • Rodeo queen injured in fall from horse

    Sierra Knodle — who was crowned Evergreen Rodeo Queen 2015 — is recovering at home after she broke her collarbone in a fall from her horse during the grand entry into the rodeo grounds on Saturday.

    The bridle of Knodle’s horse broke during the event, which happened before the rodeo performance at 2 p.m. at the Esco Construction Arena.

    Knodle, 16, was taken to a hospital by ambulance after the fall. She was back at the rodeo grounds on Sunday, said mom Jennifer Knodle.