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  • N.Y. builder breaks ground on El Rancho duplex project

    In one of the first multifamily residential building projects to emerge in Evergreen in years, a developer has broken ground on utilities for a 22-unit, high-end duplex complex on Tepees Way in El Rancho, near the Richmond Homes subdivision on the ridge behind Walmart and Home Depot.

    Each duplex is a stand-alone unit. Building construction is scheduled to begin this spring.

    The units will be "mountain contemporary," with rooftop patios and lots of outdoor living spaces. They are going to be spread out all over the mountain on 11 lots.

  • Evergreen Democrat announces bid for state House seat

    An education consultant and yoga instructor from Evergreen will run in state House District 25, the seat now held by Cheri Gerou, a Republican from Evergreen.

    The news emerged Saturday at a monthly meeting of the Mountain Area Democrats at the United Methodist Church on Ponderosa Drive in Evergreen.

    “Politics have always been in my blood,” said Lorna Idol, 65. “I remember sitting around the table and discussing politics growing up in Meeker. My mother was a powerhouse in the League of Women Voters.”

  • Clear Creek commission candidate facing road-rage charges

    Clear Creek Board of Commissioners candidate Christopher Trainor has been charged with first-degree burglary and other offenses by the Jefferson County district attorney’s office in connection with a traffic incident in Golden last July.
    Trainor, a Republican, also has been charged with menacing, false imprisonment and criminal mischief. The burglary charge, which is a class 3 felony, could carry a non-mandatory prison sentence of between four and 12 years, DA’s spokeswoman Pam Russell said.

  • Crash on Highway 74 closes lane; wind making driving hazardous

    A two-car crash at 5 p.m. was affecting traffic on Highway 74 at Lewis Ridge Road where an earlier accident closed one lane about 3:30 p.m.  

    High winds are making driving conditions treacherous, especially near Elk Meadow Open Space.

    The northbound lane was closed on Evergreen Parkway at Lewis Ridge Road due to the previous accident. South of Lewis Ridge Road at Ponderosa Drive, across from Safeway, traffic was slowed due to a herd of 25 to 30 elk crossing the highway at 4:45 p.m., a motorist said. 

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  • Gerou bill requires reports on federal funds


    A bill sponsored by state Rep. Cheri Gerou of Evergreen would increase transparency and accountability over the federal funds that Colorado receives.

    Gerou, a Republican, is the sponsor of HB 1009, the Federal Transparency Act. The legislation passed the state House of Representatives on second reading Feb. 14 and awaits final approval.

    A Republican from Evergreen, Gerou is also the chair of the Joint Budget Committee. She has represented House District 25 since 2008.

  • Fire district OKs $4,500 to start honor guard

    The Evergreen Fire District board unanimously agreed to spend $4,500 to pay for uniforms, shoes and training costs to institute the department's first honor guard.

    The board voted 5-0 in favor of the proposal at a regular meeting Feb. 14 at the Fire/Rescue Administration Building.

    The honor guard is a ceremonial unit, usually affiliated with the military. The guard consists of volunteers who attend funerals for fallen comrades and represent the fire service at other community events.

  • Firefighters contain nighttime blaze in Cragmont

    A fire in a single-family residence in Cragmont in Evergreen on Feb. 8 caused moderate structural damage, but the residents and their pets escaped without injury.

    Evergreen Fire/Rescue received the 911 call at 10:45 p.m.

    About 25 firefighters and one emergency medical crew responded.

    When firefighters arrived at 28856 Cragmont Drive, they saw smoke coming from the open front door and the fire in the chimney chase on its way into the soffits, according to a Feb. 16 news release from Evergreen Fire/Rescue.

  • Hunter fined in Evergreen Highlands elk shooting

    The hunter who was charged with two misdemeanors in connection with an elk shooting in Evergreen Highlands has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and was sentenced to pay a fine.

    On Dec. 20, Jefferson County Judge Bradley Allen Burback dismissed the charges of hunting in a careless manner and illegal possession of wildlife against Henry Austin, according to documents on file in the Jefferson County Courts.

  • Desperately seeking a gander

    A new companion still has not surfaced to help Nita the goose rebound from the loss of her beloved Pedro.


    Nita’s owners, Marie and George McLaughlin of Morrison, had hoped someone would have an older Chinese white goose who could live with Nita and help fill the void left by Pedro, who died recently of natural causes.

    Nita continues to waddle around her pen, honking and honking, and then she realizes that Pedro won’t be answering her call, Marie said.