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  • Jeffco Schools puts $600 million bond and mill package on ballot

    Taxpayers will see a $600 million ask from Jeffco Public Schools on the ballot this November after the school board voted last week in favor of pursuing a $567 million bond issue and a $33 million mill levy override this fall.

    In a decision that came after more than an hour of public comment Aug. 23 and applause from meeting attendees, board members said the ballot measures were long overdue and called upon voters to invest in their local schools by voting for them.

  • Platte Canyon Fire puts question on November ballot

    The Platte Canyon Fire Protection District is joining a number of other fire districts in placing a mill levy question on the November ballot in hopes of offsetting projected revenue losses associated with the Gallagher Amendment.

    Formally approved by the Platte Canyon fire board on Aug. 14, the ballot question seeks permission from voters to allow the district to annually adjust its mill levy “so that in future years the district’s revenue is not reduced from refunds, abatements and changes in the ratio of valuation for assessment.”

  • Wegener cites severance pay as part of withdrawal of resignation

    Park County Sheriff Fred Wegener has rescinded his resignation from earlier this month, citing compensation concerns as his primary reason.

    In a phone call Thursday, Wegener said that following his resignation, he unsuccessfully attempted to obtain six months of severance pay for Undersheriff Dave Wohlers and Capt. Dan Muldoon — both of whom were set to exit the Sheriff’s Office in tandem with Wegener’s planned departure Sept. 5.

  • Suspects in January bar fight in Pine Junction arraigned

    The two men accused of assaulting a father and endangering his then-4-year old daughter at a Pine Junction bar in January were arraigned Aug. 20 in Jefferson County court.

    Devon Lee Premer of Arvada and Joel Michael Wilson of Evergreen are each facing one felony count of assault in the first degree, one felony count of assault in the second degree, one misdemeanor count of child abuse and one crime of violence count — a sentence enhancer that would allow a judge to give them each a lengthier sentence if convicted.

  • EFPD moving forward with possible land purchase

    The Evergreen Fire Protection District is moving ahead with a possible land purchase that could replace Evergreen Fire/Rescue’s Station 1 on Highway 73. At a special meeting of the Evergreen fire board on Monday, board members approved a request to appropriate $1.5 million from the district’s Station 1 reserve fund for the purpose of moving on one or two properties the district is interested in.

  • Attendees enjoy the artwork, music and food at the annual Fine Arts Festival

    The grove at Hiwan Heritage Park was alive with colorful artwork, toe-tapping music, and tasty food and drink last weekend.

    The Evergreen Artists Association’s 52nd annual Fine Arts Festival was once again a hit — with beautiful weather to accent the paintings, ceramics, photographs, sculptures, clothing, leatherwork and more. Thousands strolled among the booths of artwork and sat in the grove to listen to musicians. Several artists painted during the event on Saturday and Sunday.

  • Families, community celebrate EFR’s Health and Safety Day

    Jack Karle loves anything firefighter.

    The 4-year-old, dressed in a firefighter costume, ran around Evergreen Fire/Rescue’s 20th annual Health and Safety Day on Saturday, wearing a new bike helmet, playing in the fire truck-themed bouncy house and generally enjoying himself.

    He said he liked firefighters, fire trucks — and dinosaurs, showing he’s a youngster with many interests.

    “If there was a fire-osaurus,” he dad, Jay Karle, said, “that would be perfect.”

  • EFPD to hold public hearing on 2018 budget amendment Monday

    The Evergreen fire board will hold a public hearing Monday morning regarding an amendment to the district’s 2018 budget. Exact details of the amendment have yet to be disclosed.

    The hearing will take place alongside board discussion of approving a final payment for a water tender, as well as formal approval of plans to put a “zero-ask” mill levy override question on the November ballot. There will also be an executive session wherein board members will discuss the acquisition or sale of land or property.

  • Motorcyclist injured in head-on collision on Highway 74

    A 21-year-old motorcyclist was seriously injured Thursday afternoon after a head-on collision with a vehicle on Highway 74 in Evergreen.

    A call about the accident came in at 3:51 p.m. Thursday. The accident shut down Highway 74 in the vicinity of Colorado Bear Creek Cabins.

    The motorcyclist had serious but non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to St. Anthony Hospital, according to Trooper Gary Cutler with the Colorado State Patrol. The 34-year-old female driver of the vehicle wasn’t injured.

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