Today's Features

  • For most kids, the best part of baking is licking the spoon or savoring that first bite. But for Evergreen first-grader Ava Guyton, the best part of baking is giving her treats to others.

    “She loves to give them away at school,” says Ava’s mom, Allison Guyton.

  • Jeffco District Attorney Peter Weir is on a crusade to end sexting.

    He will get on his soapbox, as he puts it, with anyone who’ll listen to advice on stopping teenagers from sending naked photos of themselves to one another.

    Sexting was in the news recently thanks to a scandal in Cañon City Schools that involved 100 students. Some were suspended, and others could face felony charges because sexting in Colorado is considered sexual exploitation of a child, a class 3 felony.

  • Students at The Bergens have been snowboarding in the gymnasium.

    OK, not real snowboarding, but they have been learning the techniques needed to snowboard, especially balance and agility. They’ve learned how to grab the board when doing tricks and making 180-degree turns.

    The snowboard training is coming from this year’s artist-in-residence, a representative from Skate Pass, a Boulder-based company that teaches kids to snowboard and skateboard.

  • The Force was strong among the more than 300 Princess Leias, Luke Skywalkers and Darth Vaders who participated in Star Wars Day at the Evergreen Library on Saturday.

    The children — some dressed in Star Wars attire — did everything from coloring Yoda ears that they could wear to decorating Princess Leia cookies to learning how to wield pretend light sabers.

  • As Evergreen resident Don Trickel led his platoon through the jungle in the Vietnam War, his wife, Judy, was at their home worrying.

    “She would always have that fear, that feeling of uncertainty and unknowing,” he said.
    There’s always somebody back home who is suffering just as much as the soldiers fighting a war, Trickel said.

  • Think of the Evergreen High School marching band as the little engine that could.

    With only 52 members including the color guard — half of them freshmen and only five of them seniors — the band took seventh place in the 3A state championship in Colorado Springs last week. The band competes regularly against bands at least twice its size.

  • Iron Man attended the Superhero Training Academy on Oct. 21 at the Evergreen Library.

    Portrayed by 5-year-old Declan Van Praag of Evergreen, Iron Man was ready to save the world in his mask, cape and cuff, which he designed at the training academy to enhance his superpowers.

    Declan’s Iron Man character was definitely his take on the superhero: His Iron Man ironed clothes. He ran around the library meeting room, holding his hand up and pretending to iron the clothes of the people he saved.

  • Saturday was a night for screams and terror — and some fun, too — at the Haunting in Evergreen haunted house at Church of the Transfiguration.

    From the ghost and spider inviting visitors into the parking lot to the 9-foot-tall goblin available for photographs outside, to the Frankenstein, werewolf and other beasties inside, the haunted house had something to terrify everyone.

  • Halloween pumpkins can make a haute fashion statement.

    At Creative Bridges in Kittredge, children at a special pumpkin-decorating class on Friday didn’t just carve, they added earrings, necklaces, hair and accessories to create fashionable gourds for Halloween.

  • If you want to teach seventh-graders about the parts of a cell, what better way than to put them inside one?

    Reminiscent of the “The Magic School Bus” television show, Evergreen Middle School students recently entered a giant “cell” that filled a classroom. They didn’t have to shrink to get inside a la the TV show, but they did have to crouch a bit to get into the cell made of large pieces of tarp taped together with duct tape. A little imagination helped, too.