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Today's Features

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Sometimes it seems the yule season is all about ugly holiday sweaters and who makes the best eggnog. “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” presented by StageDoor Theatre’s Junior Company, offers a message of acceptance, forgiveness and recapturing the true meaning of Christmas, even if it’s delivered by the most unlikely messengers — ones who probably where ugly holiday sweaters themselves.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The Lake House was aglow with festive table decorations and a hub of activity at the second annual Thanksgiving dinner for senior adults last Thursday.

    Dressed in crisp white shirts, members of the Evergreen and Mountain Foothills Rotary clubs seated guests and served appetizers before the main course they had helped to prepare.

    Gathered around tables, about 160 old friends and new acquaintances talked and enjoyed a turkey dinner with all the trimmings.

  • 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.