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  • Securities commissioner rejects recommendation absolving church pastor

    Colorado’s securities commissioner has reached a mixed decision in the administrative case examining whether a former Conifer-area pastor accused of securities fraud should be banned from selling securities in the state.

    Securities Commissioner Gerald Rome rejected a recommendation in favor of former Journey Community Church pastor Michael Cheshire from a panel of state Securities Board members who heard several hours of testimony.

  • Mountains Taxi suspends service

    Mountains Taxi has temporarily suspended service because of a big jump in premiums for auto liability insurance.

    “We didn’t receive the new quote until the eleventh hour, and it was an increase of 22 percent,” said Chris Phelps, an owner of Mountains Taxi. Phelps said the company halted service on Nov. 11.

    “We have some customers with special needs, and those folks are really struggling because they need us,” said Phelps, who said the company had been providing 50 to 60 rides a day.

  • Evergreen resident solves marketing riddle

    What's a more creative way to say "I love you"?

    That question plagued Evergreen resident Helene Hughes as she wrote notes for her children’s lunch boxes every day when they were growing up. 

    Hughes’ musings led her to create "Symbuzzles" (from the words “symbols” and “puzzles”): word-picture puzzle cards that her kids could figure out.

  • Auto parts store not coming to Evergreen after all

    O'Reilly Auto Parts won't be coming to an Evergreen location on Bryant Drive after all.

    After drawing up preliminary plans for a 6,500-square-foot store and 20 parking spaces at 30406 Bryant Drive, officials decided to look at other locations in Colorado, said Mark Merz, a spokesman for the auto parts company.

    Gallerie Quilt is currently leasing the iconic A-frame building, and store owner Steve Starr wants to buy and remodel it. The building is currently listed for sale at $549,000.

  • Fledgling brewpub changes name to Lariat Lodge

    Fireweed Brewing has changed its name to Lariat Lodge because of a potential trademark conflict.

    The brewpub isn't open for business yet, but it's expected to open in September in the former Evergreen Conference Center with about 100 seats. 

  • El Rancho Restaurant to become brewpub

    El Rancho Restaurant has a new owner and a new future — as a brewpub.

    The Vincent family — three Vincent brothers and their spouses — bought the iconic property on Interstate 70 on May 4 for $1.2 million, according to Jefferson County clerk and recorder records.

    The group plans a multimillion-dollar renovation, including a complete overhaul inside, and new brewing equipment, said Bob Vincent, who lives in Hiwan Hills with wife Laurie Vincent and their children.

  • BUSINESS BEAT: Home tour will showcase luxury properties in Evergreen

    If you've ever wanted to tour some of the luxury homes in Evergreen, there will be an opportunity on May 31.

    The first Parade of Luxury Homes Evergreen will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. that day, and you will be able to visit eight homes for sale on Upper Bear Creek Road, Squaw Pass and in Soda Creek, greeted by interior designers, artists, brokers, wealth managers, Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce members and neighbors. Each home is worth between $2.5 million and $7 million.

  • Hays officially takes helm of Evergreen chamber

    After serving as interim president for the past two months, Betsy Hays is officially at the helm of the Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce.

    Last week the chamber’s board of directors selected Hays from a number of candidates for the full-time position, which includes responsibilities as CEO for the organization.

    In her leadership role Hays says she is focusing on serving chamber members and promoting Evergreen businesses.

  • Detour a bust for some businesses; others get more exposure

    The detour around Evergreen Lake is getting mixed reviews from the businesses affected most — those on Meadow Drive and those off Upper Bear Creek Road.

    For businesses along Meadow Drive, the detour means hundreds of motorists seeing what they have to offer, and business owners say that while those cars may not be stopping now, they hope to see new customers when traffic returns to normal.

  • BUSINESS BEAT: High Country Pizza is all about the pie

    It’s a good thing the owners of the new pizzeria in Kittredge really like pizza.

    They say they eat pizza all the time, mostly at their Colorado High Country Pizza restaurant, but sometimes when co-owner Steve Abbott goes home after a long day of throwing pizza dough, slathering on sauce, sprinkling the cheese and adding the toppings, he orders out pizza.

    Now that’s pizza dedication.