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  • Evergreen’s Elk Meadow dog park likely to undergo full closure

    Dozens of the 154 people who attended last Thursday’s community meeting about the Elk Meadow off-leash area stormed out early while mumbling expletives under their breath after learning from Jeffco Open Space officials that closing the popular dog park in Evergreen is all but a foregone conclusion.

  • Becoming restaurateurs

    A chaotic buzz permeated TNT Country Kitchen last Wednesday as fifth- and sixth-graders from Red Rocks Elementary zoomed about the Morrison restaurant.

    Students acted as waiters, bus staff and hostesses for the evening, moving hastily from the kitchen to the dining tables, balancing plates of piping-hot spaghetti, trays of baked goods and glasses of ice water.

  • Wind-whipped wildfire along U.S. 285 contained

    A wildfire that burned 6 acres Wednesday afternoon along U.S. 285 at mile marker 240 near Windy Point was reported contained at 3:15 p.m.

    According to Dan Hatlestad, deputy fire chief with the Inter-Canyon district, the department was notified of the blaze about 1 p.m., and it had burned 3 to 5 acres as of 1:30 p.m. 

    “We don’t know what caused it at this point, but it’s definitely a wind-driven situation,” Hatlestad said. 

  • Boogie at the Barn offers a night of 'positive energy'

    Outside, under a clear night sky, one could see the soft yellow light flowing out of The Barn’s eye-catching stained-glass windows. A faint smell of pizza and barbecue, and the distant strum of music, filled Evergreen Memorial Park.

    A few steps inside The Barn, one was greeted with a blast of energy, boot-stomping, and cheers and smiles from friends, neighbors and strangers.

  • Kids theater troupe wins award at national fest

    Performers from the Colorado Children’s Theatre received a major award at a national conference and competition.

    About 20 local youngsters ages 8 to 14 attended the Junior Theater Festival from Jan. 13-15 in Atlanta. More than 6,800 people from across the country attended the conference, and 5,000 of them participated in a performance competition.

  • Local company marketing interactive technology for concussions

    An Evergreen company is offering a chance to use interactive technology to assess concussions, for rehabilitation, and to do performance training.

    Peak Performance, Powered by TRAZER, located in the U.S. Bank building along Evergreen Parkway, has a space where users can interact with a motion-sensing device called TRAZER.

  • Local church hosts women's conference

    More than 120 women attended an interfaith conference at Bergen Park Church last weekend to build fellowship and better live out their callings, organizers said. The event was a local version of the larger “IF: Gathering” based in Austin, Texas, which was streamed around the world.

    Throughout Friday evening and Saturday, the women listened to talks streamed from Austin, discussed them, enjoyed meals and other activities together, and listened to worship music from a local band.

  • Top-dog judge: Local to appraise pups at iconic event

    Less than a week after the NFL’s Super Bowl, the “Super Bowl of dog shows” — the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show — will take place in New York City from Thursday through Feb. 16.

    Walking among 3,000 dogs will be Evergreen’s Joyce Vanek, who has been to Westminster as a spectator, an exhibitor, a competitor — and now one of the show’s 30 judges.

    Vanek will judge five breeds in the working-class category: Black Russian terriers, Doberman pinschers, English mastiffs, great Danes and Portuguese water dogs.

  • Intermountain Humane Society seeking a new home

    After many years in its rented space off U.S. 285 and Wandcrest Road in Pine, the Intermountain Humane Society is looking for some permanent roots — that is, a building the organization can call its own.

    The 35-year-old nonprofit is raising money in a $500,000 capital campaign to purchase either land it can build on or an existing facility that can better house its animal shelter and thrift store.

  • Platte Canyon teacher ending 30-plus-year career

    Sue Villarreal has spent more than 30 years teaching at Platte Canyon High School in Bailey. In the mid-1980s — less than 10 years after graduating from the high school — the Bailey native returned to teach home economics, known now as consumer and family studies. Back then, the classes revolved around managing a household: balancing a checkbook, meal preparation, parenting, sewing and any number of other tasks involved in family life.