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  • Police raid marijuana-growing operation in Conifer

    Denver drug enforcement officials went on a marijuana-growing raid Friday morning in Conifer.

    Police had a warrant for an "illegal marijuana grow" on South Foxton Road, according to Christine Downs, a Denver Police Department spokeswoman. She declined to comment further or give a specific street address, saying the investigation was ongoing.

  • Candlelight vigil for Greg Henika on Sunday at EHS

    A candlelight vigil honoring Greg Henika will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Evergreen High School football field, hosted by Blue Spruce Kiwanis and the Evergreen Park and Recreation District.

    Henika, 67, died Thursday after the ATV fitted with a plow that he was driving fell through the ice on Evergreen Lake. He was rescued about 35 minutes after he went into the water Thursday morning and taken to St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood. He was pronounced dead that afternoon.

  • Tribute to Greg Henika planned Sunday

    Local residents are planning a tribute to Greg Henika, who died Thursday after the ATV he was driving fell through the ice on Evergreen Lake, on Sunday evening.
    A thread on Facebook said people would gather and light candles to honor Henika and his family. The location and time are yet to be determined.

    Henika, an Idledale resident, was clearing the ice of snow for the Evergreen Ice Golf Tournament, which he founded. The tournament, which has been canceled, was scheduled for Sunday.

  • Hays selected as interim chamber president

    An Evergreen local, who previously was both the Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce advertising and membership director, has been named the chamber's interim president.

    Betsy Hays, who also served as executive director of the Mountain Area Land Trust, will take over the helm of the chamber while its board of directors searches for a permanent president.

    Lin Browning, who was the chamber’s president for four years, resigned abruptly last week, citing family issues.

  • Man dies after ATV falls through ice on Evergreen Lake

    An Idledale man died Thursday after the ATV he was using to groom Evergreen Lake fell through the ice.

    Greg Henika, 67, was pulled from the water about 10 a.m. by a rescue diver, according to Doug Saba of Evergreen Fire/Rescue. The ATV that Henika was driving broke through the ice about 9:35 a.m., and people nearby called 911.

    Henika was pronounced dead at St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood, where he had been taken by helicopter, said Gordon Johnson, a deputy coroner for Jefferson County. An autopsy will be performed, Johnson said.

  • Goodwill flows back to Evergreen Rotary

    In 2010, high school exchange student Toni Ann Santamaria got an idea for a clean-water project after attending an Evergreen Rotary meeting with her host mom, Barbara Wingate.

    Things came full circle on Friday, when Evergreen Rotary members received a $1,000 award for raising money and serving as a catalyst to get the clean-water project built in a village near Santamaria’s home village in the Philippines.

  • Radio-controlled cars hit the ice

    Skaters at Evergreen Lake on Jan. 11 were treated to car races on the ice — radio-controlled cars, that is.

    The small race course was in a corner of the rink, and skaters came by to watch as the cars, 14 inches long by 8 inches wide, moved deftly around hairpin turns and through straightaways. Think video games, only much more real and out of doors.

    Sunday’s races were part of a 10-event series called the Colorado Rally Championship. The races take place October through April, and the cars race on all sorts of terrain: gravel, mud, snow and now ice.

  • A special game for special kids

    The Evergreen High School Lady Cougars basketball team went to the gym at Wulf Recreation Center on Jan. 11, not to play basketball but to cheer on some of its biggest fans.

    The high school girls watched a special match-up with players from the Wildcats Special Olympics team sponsored by the rec center and the ninth-grade competitive national team for the Colorado Premier Basketball Club.

  • Fund-raiser planned for family of sheriff’s sergeant

    The Indian Hills Fire Boots volunteer auxiliary is planning a fund-raising dinner to benefit the family of Jeffco sheriff’s Sgt. Sean Renfro on Saturday, Jan. 24.

    Green and red chili will be served for $5 a plate at the event, which runs from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Indian Hills Fire Station, 4476 Parmalee Gulch Road. Dessert also will be offered for $2, and refreshments will be available at no cost.

  • Evergreen resident’s book a resource for human resources

    Evergreen resident and human resources guru Juan Carlos Marcos has written a business book that he hopes will make workers around the United States sit up and take notice.