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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. 

  • While excited about the recent purchase of the Bergen Park Church building as the new home of the Center for the Arts Evergreen, Steve Sumner, CEA executive director, is now facing the challenge of acquiring funds to renovate it.

    “We badly need help,” Sumner says. “The building needs to be totally gutted and rebuilt.”
    Last month the CAE capital campaign committee purchased the property for $500,000. To complete the renovation, another $600,000 is required, according to estimates.

  • 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.

  • 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.