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Gravitational pull: Evergreen scientist hopes to follow Newton's footsteps to the stars

By Stephen Knapp

Can you imagine a million tourists in outer space by the year 2020? Evergreen resident Ben Solomon can, and he believes he’s found the key that could one day put touring the cosmos on a par with weekending in Cabo.


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Park district survey questions

By The Staff

STUDY QUESTIONS

From the Evergreen Park District opinion survey:

“Evergreen District Residents’ Use of and Opinion on the Evergreen District and its Programs and Facilitiies”

Conducted by Responsive Management Inc.

June 2010

Sample size 1,008

Telephone survey/ random digit dialing

RESPONSES IN PERCENTS

1. SATISFACTION WITH DISTRICT OVERALL

Q. 13: Overall, how satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the district’s service?

Very satisfied, 48

Somewhat satisfied, 31


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But some criticize study for lack of specifics

Park district gets high marks in community survey

By Vicky Gits

The results of the long-awaited park district community opinion survey say a lot about how much people love the rec centers, trails, pools and parks in Evergreen but very little specifically about the controversial arts center proposal that was the subject of a recent feasibility study.

Commissioned in December 2009 and conducted by a professional research company in June, the telephone survey asked more than 100 questions to 1,008 residents of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District.


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East lot to close at Alderfer/Three Sisters

By Vicky Gits

The east parking lot at Alderfer/Three Sisters Open Space Park in Evergreen will be closed from Monday, Aug. 23, to Oct. 5 for parking lot expansion and other improvements.

Jefferson County Open Space will add 10 vehicle spaces for a total of 33 spaces, pave and stripe the lot, relocate picnic pad and bench, realign some trails to the trailhead, and install a new information kiosk.

Some trees will be removed to allow for construction. The lot will be closed until the paving work is completed, and signs will be posted along Buffalo Park Road to indicate the closure.


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Breezy Travel owner lost her nonsmoking sister to the disease

Local woman to participate in 5K walk for lung cancer cure

By The Staff

A nonsmoker with a healthy lifestyle, Jennifer Ames was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer and died two months later at age 59. By the time the cancer was discovered, it was too late for effective treatment.

It was a devastating blow for her only sister, Sam Johnson, the owner of Breezy Travel of Evergreen.


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Maes wins GOP gubernatorial nomination

By Vicky Gits

After jumping into the governor’s race with no political experience and no establishment credentials or support, Evergreen businessman Dan Maes defeated Scott McInnis in the Republican primary.

Maes won by 50.6 percent to 49.3 percent, with a record number of Coloradans casting primary votes.

After peaking in the final weeks, the Maes campaign rolled to a stunning upset. Maes now faces Democrat John Hickenlooper and Constitution Party latecomer Tom Tancredo in November.


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Maes picks Williams as running mate

By Vicky Gits

 

By Vicky Gits

Staff Writer

After his surprise victory in the Republican primary election for governor Aug. 10, Evergreen resident Dan Maes on Tuesday picked a former state legislator, attorney/mediator Tambor Williams, 69, of Greeley, as his running mate.

Williams was director of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies under Gov. Bill Owens from 2004 to 2006. Prior to that she represented state House District 50 for four terms and served as speaker pro tempore. She served from 1997 to 2004.


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Five people rescued after flash windstorm pushes their paddleboat dangerously close to the precipice

Grandfather saves family from plunge over dam

By Vicky Gits

In a matter of minutes, a casual outing on Evergreen Lake turned into a fight for survival when a couple in a paddleboat with their three grandchildren came within a few feet of going over the dam on Aug. 12.

“My in-laws couldn’t get out. They were paddling their butts off. They were in the middle of the lake and nowhere near the dam,” said the children’s father, Dan Markey of Evergreen. “The people involved feared for their lives.”


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A plea for better safety

By Vicky Gits

In a letter to the Evergreen Park and Recreation District board, the children’s father, Dan Markey, says the paddleboats should be restricted to a roped-off section on the Lake House side of the lake.

“As you may already be aware, my three children almost died today along with my mother- and father-in-law while using your paddleboat on Evergreen Lake,” he said in the letter.

He said the steel cable over the dam is inadequate. “That rope should not be all that stands between life and death,” Markey said.


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Three canoeists also retrieved after taking plunge

Boaters rescued from top of dam at Evergreen Lake

By Vicky Gits

Park district workers at Evergreen Lake rescued five people in a paddleboat at noon and three people later in a canoe in one unusually busy day on Thursday. No injuries were reported.


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