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  • Of all the feedlots in all the towns in all the world …

    Bogart the mammoth donkey has a new lease on life thanks to the efforts of a West Jefferson Middle School seventh-grader and the kind-hearted staff at Colorado Horse Rescue.

    Bogart was at a feedlot waiting to be sent to a slaughterhouse when 12-year-old Klaire Funderburgh fell in love with the gentle giant.

    “She kept saying, ‘Mom, I can’t let him be killed. I have to save him,’ ” said Klaire’s mother, Kristin Manley.

  • Cougars roll over Lobos in Mountain Bowl

    CONIFER — As an ominous cloud hovered overhead Saturday afternoon, a light sprinkle fell on Lobo Field. But by game’s end, the sun had peeked through, shining brightly on the visiting Evergreen Cougars.

    The Mountain Bowl has, at least in recent years, been a nip-and-tuck battle waged until the closing seconds. Not this time. Not for Conifer’s homecoming. Evergreen, ranked No. 5 in the 3A state poll, stole the spotlight in a 44-6 demolition of the ninth-ranked Lobos that was every bit as lopsided as the final score suggests.

  • Park district's 2015 budget plan ‘conservative,’ financial manager says

    Although there are upward trends in revenue for the Evergreen Park and Recreation District, the first draft of the 2015 budget is “very conservative,” said Karen Messler, EPRD financial controller.

    “We are not doing a lot of major projects,” Messler said Sept. 30 in a presentation to EPRD board members.

  • Jeffco issuing same-sex marriage licenses

    Same-sex couples in Jefferson County — and in all the other cities and counties in Colorado — can now be legally wed. 

    Colorado Attorney General John Suthers issued a statement Tuesday ordering all 64 counties to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review lower-court decisions that struck down several states’ bans on same-sex marriage. 

  • Escaped inmate suspected in county crime spree

     An inmate who escaped from the Jeffco jail in Golden last Sunday night is suspected of stealing several cars and credit cards across the county.

    Travis Sandlin, 32, broke out of the jail between 9 and 10 p.m. Oct. 5, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Sandlin fled after breaking fencing in the outdoor recreation area. He is the first person to escape from the current county jail.

  • Hushen embodied community spirit, caring

    If a man’s life can be measured by the ways he elevated his community, then Tom Hushen stood as tall as Mount Evans. If a soul can be judged by the light it shone upon others, then Tom’s irrepressible spirit sparkled like Evergreen Lake on the Fourth of July.

  • School board approves amended version of curriculum review plan

    On a 3-2 vote, the Jeffco school board on Thursday approved an amended version of a plan to review the AP history curriculum, after 10 days of student protests and teacher sick-outs.

    A new committee will not be formed, but changes to the district’s two existing curriculum review committees were approved. The two committees will add community members and students to help in the curriculum review process.

  • School board members meet with EHS students

    Jeffco school board members Jill Fellman and John Newkirk told Evergreen High School students Wednesday morning that the school board has yet to act on school board member Julie Williams’ proposal to form a controversial curriculum review committee. 

    “We as a board have not even had a conversation about who would even staff the committee,” Fellman said.

  • Marshdale residents protest rezoning for vacation rental

    Rezoning property in Marshdale for a vacation rental could set the stage for loud parties and create havoc with the area’s water supply, say residents protesting the request.

    Denver residents Renda and Luke Beard have requested rezoning for their property on Highway 73 from mountain-residential 1 to planned development in order to rent the 10-bedroom home on a short-term basis.

  • Park district gauging interest for facilities expansion, renovation

    Residents who responded to a recent Evergreen Park and Recreation District survey on needs for additional facilities and programs expressed interest in an indoor gym and jogging track, as well as other amenities.

    Now the park district is gauging support for these and other improvements, and their cost to residents.

    “We need to ask the public if they would vote for an increase in property tax,” said Bob Schmitz, EPRD operations manager.