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Today's Features

  • Former Inter-Canyon fire chief David MacBean blames a lack of oversight and his own personal problems for stealing $647,000 from the district.

    In an exclusive interview with the Courier, MacBean, who pleaded guilty in April to two counts of theft and one of embezzlement, also said the nominal stipend he received as chief led him to resent the job, and to use the district credit card “to surround myself with stuff.”

    He faces up to 27 years in prison at sentencing on June 24.

  • Kai Bianco is being called a “miracle baby” by Evergreen Fire/Rescue paramedics and Flight for Life personnel.

    Kai, who turned 1 on Saturday, was bitten in the head by the family dog on March 4. Not only did he survive, but according to his parents, he’s back to doing everything he was doing before the accident: pulling himself up to standing, babbling like babies do, and feeding himself.

  • Colorado Civil Air Patrol cadets in military uniforms and bright yellow vests were seen on Highway 73 on Saturday, searching for a hiker reported missing near Cub Creek Park in Evergreen.

    Fortunately, the search-and-rescue effort was just a ground training exercise for some CAP members and cadets. The nonprofit group includes an Evergreen squadron and several teenage cadets.

  • The cloudy skies parted Saturday long enough for the first patriotic Field of Honor ceremony to take place at the Evergreen Elks Lodge.

    Elks Lodge 2363, with the assistance of Evergreen’s American Legion Post 2001, dedicated 60 flags honoring servicemen and women as a precursor to Memorial Day. The flags, which can be seen from Fireweed Drive, will be flown until June 8.

  • A few days after stocking ponds at Buchanan Park with 300 pounds of rainbow trout, members of Evergreen Trout Unlimited were teaching youngsters how to catch them.

    From casting lines to tying flies, kids at the fishing camp were caught up in the learning curve on Saturday. 

    After reeling in a 17-inch trout earlier in the morning, 5-year-old Addison Kerper was among those watching Dr. Leonard Wheaton wind thread around a vise as he crafted a fly for trout.

  • For firefighter Craig O’Connell, working as a volunteer for the Evergreen Fire Department was all about the camaraderie.

    While it might sound like a cliché, the friendship and loyalty kindled among volunteer firefighters can’t be beat, said O’Connell, who was honored April 28 for serving for 26 years as a volunteer firefighter, including three as volunteer chief of the department. He currently works as a paid staffer and paramedic at South Metro Fire Rescue in Littleton.

  • The young actors of the Venue Theatre in Conifer are heading for France. The Elementary Company opens its production of "The Aristocats" on May 9. The show will be a feline frolic through the Parisian countryside set to a jazzy score by Disney.

    The Venue’s Elementary Company is divided into two casts, the Toughcats and the Wildcats. Each cast will perform in four productions during its assigned weekend. The Toughcats will perform on opening weekend, and the Wildcats will perform during the second weekend. 

  • The jungle is jumping with jazz in StageDoor Theatre’s latest production of "The Jungle Book Kids." StageDoor’s elementary-age casts are geared up for the final weeks of school and a toe-tapping production filled with monkeys and tigers and bears, oh my.

    "The Jungle Book Kids" is adapted from the classic Disney film and includes all of the Disney tunes that will have you whistling on your way home. Children of all ages will love singing along with “The Bare Necessities” and “I Wan’na Be Like You.”

  • “The Final Scene” album and the Yellow Plate Hotel Band have been a labor of love for several Evergreen residents — but especially for lead singer and guitarist Jason Koski.

    Both the band and the album were born at the Muddy Buck Café in Evergreen, where Koski met many of his musician friends. Koski came up with the band’s name while working with vocalist Lacey Capel at the Muddy Buck. (Capel now works and lives in Port Townsend, Wash.) Koski’s bandmate, bass player Gary Loffler, came from another Muddy Buck friendship.

  • Chow Down was the perfect place to get a puppy fix on Saturday afternoon.

    Dozens of people gathered behind the pet store in Bergen Village, awaiting a minivan loaded with 37 pups and 13 kittens that arrived from the Pryor Animal League in Pryor, Okla.

    Linda Biscorner, president of Oklahoma organization, drove more than 10 hours with the animals, hoping that the Evergreen Animal Protective League could help find them forever homes.