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  • Murphy’s a comfy eatery — just like the owners’ dog

    Murphy’s Mountain Grill in downtown Evergreen has been keeping busy since it opened on May 5.

    The eatery, owned by Rand and Tiffani Packer of Evergreen, is named after the family’s 100-pound bernedoodle, Murphy.

    “Before we opened the restaurant,” Tiffani said, “we joked that we would call it Murphy’s. It’s a fun word, and it’s kind of different, kind of comfortable — just like our Murphy, cozy yet crazy.”

    The Packers also own a restaurant in Florida.

  • Platte Canyon school board votes to increase CORA processing fees to state maximum

    The Platte Canyon school board voted Aug. 14 to increase the school district’s processing fees for Colorado Open Records Act requests to the state-allowed maximum of $30 an hour for research and retrieval after the first hour.

    Discussed briefly as a change to the board’s freedom of information policy, the move stems from what district officials and board members called abuse of the state open records law.

  • Shrader seeking a second term as Jefferson County Sheriff

    Jeffco Sheriff Jeff Shrader announced Aug. 22 that he is running for re-election in 2018, in part because there’s still more community work he wants to do.

    “I’m not done yet. I’m really proud of what we’ve been able to do at the Sheriff’s Office over the last few years, but one term is not enough,” said Shrader in a phone interview.

  • Community boogies down at IMHS fund-raiser

    There is perhaps little else that so vividly calls to mind Colorado’s Old West heritage than a hoedown — cowboy boots, Stetsons, square dancing in a barn, a solid barbecue spread and, of course, a rowdy country-western band. Pair that with a fund-raiser for the local animal shelter, and you have a boisterous evening that’s certain to draw area residents.

    And draw area residents it did.

  • Pine man dies hiking 14er

    Authorities have confirmed the identity of the Pine man who died while hiking Capitol Peak last weekend.
    Zackaria White, 21, had summited the peak with his roommate Brandon Wilhelm, and the two disagreed on how to descend the mountain. White turned left off the "knife edge" ridge and took a direct line toward the lake, even though he was told there was a cliff band below.

  • Thousands flock to the path of totality

    FAIRMONT, Neb. — Thousands of people flocked to the 100-mile-wide band of totality that ran from Oregon to South Carolina midday Monday. While many in Colorado made the lengthy day trip to Wyoming — made even lengthier than normal by the traffic — others in Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Iowa drove to Nebraska to enjoy the 2 minutes of darkness when the moon totally eclipsed the sun.

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  • Elk Creek’s red carpet gives students superhero treatment

    People should have the chance to walk a red carpet at least once in their lives, and on Thursday, every student at Elk Creek Elementary in Conifer strutted their way along a red carpet after celebrating the start of the new school year.

    Kicking off at 9 a.m., Elk Creek’s first-day-of-school festivities were one part welcome for the Class of 2030 — incoming kindergartners — and one part celebration of a year principal Ryan Lucas hopes will encourage everyone to embrace their inner strengths.

  • Fund-raiser for IMHS to feature hoedown, festivities

    The Intermountain Humane Society’s annual Cause for Paws fund-raiser will be a little different this year as the event moves from an afternoon gathering to an evening, Old West-themed affair.

    Taking place Saturday in Pine, the 2017 Cause for Paws will feature a hoedown in a working barn, music from the Rowdy Country Combo, carnival games, and libations that include local craft beer from Mad Jack’s Mountain Brewery in Bailey. Scooter’s Smokehouse BBQ will also cater the event with a special buffet for kids.

  • Decision delayed in woman’s bid to overturn 2010 conviction

    A decision has been delayed in a former Evergreen woman’s bid to have her 2010 conviction for criminal impersonation overturned due to ineffective counsel and thus, stymie U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement efforts to deport her back to Peru.