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MALT protects 108 acres near Floyd Hill

Written by Linda Besler on .

Mountain Area Land Trust (MALT) has closed on a conservation easement on 108 acres on North Floyd Hill protecting this land in perpetuity. MALT led the way for the purchase of this meadow and forested area of land highly visible off I-70 on North Floyd Hill, located within Clear Creek County. The Trust for Public Land (TPL) managed the purchase transaction of the property with Clear Creek County contributing $300,000, Jefferson County contributing $200,000 and Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) granting $545,000 towards the purchase price and due diligence.

The land was conveyed on March 17, 2017 to Clear Creek and Jefferson Counties and will be directly managed as public open space by Clear Creek County, with the Conservation Easement ensuring its permanent protection being held by MALT. This area will allow outdoor recreationists to conveniently access over 12,000 acres of public land from I-70 to reach miles of connected Peaks to Plains trails. MALT was also awarded a Connecting Youth Initiative grant from GOCO to fund guided hikes for kids in the Denver area.

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Barrel drops through the ice March 15th

Written by Staff Editor on .

With warm temperatures prevailing through most of March, the barrel – center of the Ice Melt Contest – fell through the ice on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 12:38:54. One edge of the barrel had dipped a toe into the water earlier in the week but not sufficiently to be considered that "the barrel had gone through the ice," not enough to trigger the timing device inside the barrel.  

On Friday, March 17th, Evergreen Fire/Rescue volunteers in wet suits swam out to the barrel, which had floated to an area between the Lake House and Warming Hut.

The March 15th date marks the second earliest date in the 11 years that the Ice Melt Contest has been held.  In 2009 it dropped at 2:13 pm on March 5th.  The following year marked the latest drop date in the 11years.

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Meet Pam Hinish

Written by Scott Gibson on .

If anything, Pam Hinish is busier in retirement than when she was working full time. “I retired in 2004,” she says. “And I’m loving it!”

When she left her job as Acting Director of Child Welfare Services for the State of Colorado, she wanted to become involved in the local community, a resolution she’s managed to fulfill nicely. She and husband Tony Trumbly have volunteered with The Evergreen Rodeo Association and The Rodeo Parade for many years. Pam was integral to the development of the Oktoberfest Fundraiser for The Evergreen Parks and Recreation District, and oversaw the volunteer program. She also coordinated volunteers for The Evergreen Music Festival that takes place at The Buchanan Rec Center ball field every July 4th.