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  • Dog day afternoon: Firefighter pulls pooches from pond's perils

    When you need to get your cat out of a tree, call a firefighter. Turns out that works with dogs and ponds, too.

    About 1:30 p.m. Feb. 26, a pair of unlucky dogs were taking their constitutional outside Buchanan Recreation Center when, unwisely tasting the ice in the pond across from Evergreen Fire/Rescue’s station, they broke through and wound up in the drink. Trouble was, they couldn’t pull themselves back out.

  • Flying J patriarch dies at 93

    It is with great tenderness that Linda and Carol Schoonhoven remember the last three years of their father’s life. And they most fondly recall his baby blue eyes filled with mischief.

    As a professional pilot and rancher, John Schoonhoven’s early years were filled with experiences abroad flying for United Airlines along with time spent raising black angus cattle and horses at his Flying J Ranch on County Road 73.

  • Six in the running for four fire board seats

    Two new faces, Kenny Erhardt and Jeff Ashford, have entered the May 6 race for the four open seats on the five-member board of the Evergreen Fire Protection District. Both are longtime members of the volunteer firefighters’ organization.

    They will be competing for the jobs against four incumbents who have decided to run again: Jeff deDisse, Charles “Chick” Dykeman, George Goldbach and Lloyd See.

  • A tie that binds: Jeffco leash law

    With an abundance of dogs living in close proximity to a healthy population of mountain lions, the number of confrontations, injuries and lion attacks on dogs is on the upswing in the Evergreen area.

    But that’s only one reason why it’s a good idea to keep dogs on leashes at all times. The other reason is that it is illegal to let a dog off leash almost everywhere in Jefferson County, except on privately owned property. The other exception is designated off-leash areas.

  • Curious critters invade Hiwan Homestead Museum

    For the next few weeks, visitors to the Hiwan Homestead Museum would do well to look sharp. The place is crawling with Naugas.

    What’s a Nauga? Imagine a throw pillow with 2-inch claws, big googly eyes and a broad, toothy grin, and you’ve got the flavor of it.

    “I think Naugas look like something from Monsters Inc.,” says Hiwan program coordinator Meghan McGinnes, “but I’ve heard people say they remind them of ‘Where the Wild Things Are.’ ”

  • Paschall found not guilty of soliciting kickback

    More than a year after being indicted in an alleged kickback scheme when investigators produced a recording that seemed to suggest guilt, former Jeffco treasurer Mark Paschall was found not guilty of one of the felony counts he was facing.

    The second count — compensation for past official behavior — left the jury deadlocked, and lawyers will come together at 8 a.m. Feb. 28 to determine if that charge will be retried or dismissed.

  • School district weighs putting tax hike on November ballot issue

    Jeffco Public Schools is in early discussions regarding a possible bond issue and tax increase on the November ballot.

    Superintendent Cindy Stevenson said the district has begun talking about the idea of a bond and mill levy with its staff and the public. The decision ultimately lies with the school board, which has until August or September to move forward.

    “I would say there’s a likelihood we will, but the decision has to be formalized by the Board of Education,” Stevenson said.

  • Candidates sought for 2 EPRD board seats

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District is looking for a few good men and women who’d like to serve on its board.

    Come May, board members Jeff Knetsch and Geoff Wormer will have finished their tour, and their seats will be up for grabs. Civic-minded individuals interested taking a crack at the openings have until 5 p.m. Feb. 29 to throw their hats in the ring.

  • Area Democrats see super turnout on Super Tuesday

    Judging by Super Tuesday caucus attendance at Evergreen High School, local Democratic Party troops are fully mobilized and highly motivated.

    Thirteen precincts met at the school for what, during previous election cycles, has been a fairly casual confab.

  • Mountain Area Science Fair results

    Division I (kindergarten-third grade)

    Aerodynamics and fluid mechanics: 1st, Kathryn Cole (Parmalee); 2nd, Riley Morgenthaler (West Jefferson); 3rd, Lucas Gardner (Wilmot)

    Botany: 1st, Riley Brook (Evergreen Country Day School); 2nd, Rachel Elander (Marshdale); 3rd, Maia Clayton (Parmalee)

    Chemistry: 1st, Baylee Browne (Bergen); 2nd, Thomas Murphy (Bergen); 3rd, Katie Solis (Wilmot)

    Earth and environmental science: 1st, Jake Haefeli (Wilmot); 2nd, Nicole Ellis (Parmalee); 3rd, Eli Born (Marshdale)