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Today's Features

  • Christmas came early this year for one small turtle with a huge personality. 

    The reptile, affectionately named Stretch by a Jeffco sheriff's officer, was discovered along with his feline cousin, Homer, when deputies responded to a call regarding a deceased person in a home. 

    Jeffco animal control officer Chana Guy also was dispatched to assist on the call, which came during the Dec. 15 snowstorm that closed most local schools. 

  • Her face rosy from the cold, 4-year-old Diah McNeil ditched the skater's helper she had been using and skated freely across the ice rink at Evergreen Lake on Dec. 23.

    Diah and her family were among a large crowd skating and playing hockey at the lake on the opening day of ice-skating season. 

  • Evergreen firefighters and Walmart combined on a recent Saturday to provide needy kids and their families a "shopping day" and a big helping of holiday cheer.

    Christmas for Firefighters has been bringing the holidays home for families facing financial difficulties since 2001. The annual event is the brainchild of Fire Marshal Frank Dearborn and is partially funded by a Walmart community grant.

  • Parents can tell you that teenagers are complicated and aren’t easy to understand.

    That’s hasn’t changed over the decades, but what has become concerning to adolescent experts is how much stress teens are under and how young people often act out with negative behaviors.

    Last Thursday, Evergreen High School students overheard what they believed to be a student making a threat in the school. They reported it to authorities, and a teen was arrested.

  • Some say you can never go home again, but four Evergreen teachers and a staff member now walk the halls of a school they attended.

    They’re pleased to be working in Evergreen schools, saying they’ve felt at home and a special kinship with their alma maters.

    The five are:

    • Sam Jones, 24, a 2010 Evergreen High School graduate who started teaching history at EHS this year.

    • Jenifer Mintle, 50, a 1983 EHS graduate who has been teaching physical education there since 2001.

  • A resident of Life Care Center of Evergreen has become a well-known artist in certain circles.

    Nancy Garner’s watercolor painting of two snowmen won the mountain states division of the Christmas card competition sponsored by Life Care Centers of America, the parent company of the Evergreen location. There are more than 20 facilities in the division.

    Garner, who had a stroke that paralyzed the right side of her body, has learned to paint and draw with her left hand. She has been painting holiday scenes for years that family members turned into cards.

  • Two Evergreen area residents have embarked on a special holiday project called Purses for Purpose to benefit homeless women living in shelters.

    Inspired by a posting they saw on Facebook, Emily Yeager and Jennifer Mathews are seeking donations of purses filled with toiletries, socks, underwear and tights of various sizes, which they will give to two women’s shelters in Denver.

  • Falling snow and frigid temperatures didn’t keep people in Evergreen from participating in the annual Turkey Trot sponsored by Evergreen Christian Outreach on Thanksgiving morning. 

    “Despite the adverse weather, over 400 people participated, with 37 registering the morning of the trot,” said Lori Frease, event organizer.

  • Elle Woods has come to Clear Creek High School.

    Elle — portrayed by senior Emily Gerding — will star in “Legally Blonde the Musical” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The musical follows the plot of the 2001 movie, only with random outbursts of song, as Rachel Smith, the show’s director, put it.

    Smith, a CCHS English teacher, said Gerding is “channeling her inner Elle. She has put in a lot of work to make (Elle) a fun, likable character.”

  • Two Evergreen natives and longtime friends will perform Friday at the Little Bear in a five-piece band that covers the music of The Who.

    Pete Ward, founder of The Substitutes, and David Floyd met in Evergreen in 1974, when they were neighbors and rode the bus together to Bergen Elementary. From good times spent summer camping to winter sledding, music was always a part of their friendship.