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Thanks, Evergreen!
As local chairman of the Evergreen Salvation Army Bell Ringing Campaign, I would like to thank all those people who so generously contributed of their time, energy and money to make the campaign a huge success in the Evergreen community.
Particular thanks to the many members of Blue Spruce Kiwanis, Evergreen Rotary, Evergreen Kiwanis, Church of the Hills, Evergreen High School National Honor Society, Evergreen High School Senate, Mount Evans Hospice, United Methodist Church, Foothills Rotary, Evergreen Christian Outreach, Seniors’ Resource Center, Bergen Park Church, Evergreen High School Key Club, Bank of the West,  Evergreen High School Interact Club, Evergreen High School basketball team, Evergreen High School softball team, Evergreen Country Day School, Cub Scout Pack 642, Cub Scout Pack 119, Cub Scout Pack 888, Girl Scouts, Nicks Pro Fitness and numerous individuals who volunteered countless hours of their time to ring the bells on cold winter days and nights.
This year’s effort raised $39,000 to help local mountain residents primarily with food, clothing, shelter and utility needs. The Evergreen community should be very proud of their efforts, as they are consistently one of the communities that raise the most money in the Intermountain Division (a four state area).  This means that Evergreen is raising more money than many areas which have a greater population base and more financial resources to draw on. In addition, in spite of our hard economic times the Evergreen Community contributed more than last year. It is good to see the spirit of volunteerism and giving alive and well in Evergreen.  
You can still contribute to the Evergreen Salvation Army, P.O. Box 696, Evergreen, CO 80437-0696.
Thanks again!
Kent Huff
bell ringing chairman

Fire response was professional, compassionate
Recently, while at home, a fire broke out on our lower level. Alerted by our smoke alarm, we called 911. We are very thankful for the quick arrival of this community’s expert first-responders — 911 dispatch, the deputies, firefighters and first-aid personnel.
Thankfully, this turned out to be a minor incident for us, handled with professionalism and compassion. We are grateful to live in Evergreen, and want to remind every reader that smoke alarms can save lives and property!
Ken and Judy Fera

Elk are meant to be wild
Newcomers to Evergreen just don’t get it!
To all you newcomers: Ever think for a minute why our elk, deer, bears, lions, etc. are called WILDlife? If you want domestic animals in your yard, please get some livestock; hereford calves are kinda cute too.
Is the Colorado Division of Wildlife’s TV campaign having any effect? “Keeping Colorado Wild” is the slogan. It means that, as part of their many duties in managing the state’s wildlife, the biologists and district wildlife managers have a responsibility to try to keep our wild animals from behaving like domestic cattle.
Some of you newcomers (Stan talks about DOW arrogance in reference to our biologist; saying the current elk herd size fits the carrying capacity of the available habitat; Janet makes a ridiculous statement about extermination of elk; Jessi calls a female elk a doe, etc.) would do well to study what’s really happening in Evergreen. Learn something about the wildlife that we as Colorado residents own. Maybe perform some volunteer work with the DOW to get to know the local officers and staff and see what a tough job they have when their fine efforts are thwarted by those who seek to blur the distinction between wildlife and pets.
Elk should get nervous and run away when they see a human. That is the true natural behavior of wildlife, in spite of the inclination of many here in Evergreen to change it.
I’m doing my part to help keep Colorado’s wildlife WILD, by harvesting an elk now and then.
Tom Nelson

Killing elk on golf course sent herd away
I was shocked that the only outcry from the elk hunting on Hiwan Golf Course was that they should have used rifles instead of arrows. A few points need to be made about this: Golf courses are for golfing. Forests are for hunting. We chose to live and have businesses in this area with the wildlife. The golf course made a decision that affects my family. We have not seen an elk in over three weeks at our home in Hiwan. We like seeing the wildlife every one or two days, and Hiwan Golf Course took that enjoyment from us. I hope the elk come back soon. Shame on them. Make a better decision next time.
Brenna Vaughn
Hiwan resident