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  • Wiener dog race added to festivities at this year’s Oktoberfest

    Wieners of the canine variety will add pizzazz to this year’s Oktoberfest at Buchanan Park on Sunday, Sept. 21.

    The annual festival sponsored by the Evergreen Recreation and Park Foundation is featuring a race for canines with long torsos and short legs. Dog owners who would like to participate can register at Chow Down Pet Supplies in Bergen Park, and should be at the festival by 3 p.m. the day of the race. First-, second- and third-place prizes will be awarded to the winning wiener dogs.

  • A walk on the wild side

    Nearly 140 people of all ages, plus dozens of dogs and two llamas, traversed the Pioneer Trail from Bergen Park to Evergreen Lake on Saturday in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.

  • Big Chili winners

    Firefighter Challenge: Clint Sayler, 26, from Platte Canyon 1:27.51

    Judges' Choice Restaurant Veggie: Pam McQuin and Nancy Tzeng

     from the Seniors' Resource Center: Pam’s Rompin Stompin Veggie

    Judges' Choice Restaurant Red: Brian Ormerod, Tommyknocker

     Buffalo Roadhouse Red

    Judges' Choice Restaurant Green: Matt Vogler, The Tributary @244 

  • There's oil in the Jeffco hills

    Oil seeping from an outcrop of the Dakota Hogback formation and at another site north of U.S. 285 in Morrison suggests the oil and gas industry could one day get a toehold in Jefferson County. 

    “The Turkey Creek outcrop is oil-saturated,” said Dr. Steve Sonnenberg, professor of petroleum geology at the Colorado School of Mines.

  • Hearing dates rescheduled for retreat center in Marshdale

    Hearings for a proposed retreat center at the former Grandma’s Mountain Home on Highway 73 have been rescheduled after a requested delay by the property owners.

    The Jeffco Planning and Zoning Commission is scheduled to hear the case on Sept. 24  and make a recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners, which will review and vote on it at the Oct. 14 meeting.

  • Wiener dog race adds to festivities at this year’s Oktoberfest

    Wieners of the canine variety will add pizzazz to this year’s Oktoberfest at Buchanan Park on Sunday, Sept. 21.

    The annual festival sponsored by the Evergreen Recreation and Park Foundation is featuring a race for canines with long torsos and short legs. Dog owners who would like to participate can register at Chow Down Pet Supplies in Bergen Park, and should be at the festival by 3 p.m. the day of the race. First-, second- and third-place prizes will be awarded to the winning wiener dogs.

  • Backpack program provides weekend food for needy students

    Volunteers were busy filling backpacks with food last Wednesday afternoon at Evergreen Lutheran Church.

    When their task was complete, they were planning to take the backpacks to several area schools for students enrolled in a food assistance program. Each Friday afternoon, students pick up the backpacks, which contain food for two breakfasts, lunches and snacks, and take them home for the weekend.

  • Kid stuff spices up Big Chili Cook-off

    Luke Gilchrist, 6, picked up a fire hose, turned on the heavy stream of water and knocked down all three plywood “windows” in a wood house facade in the obstacle course at Sunday’s Big Chili Cook-off.

    Luke finished first in the 6-and-under category of the kids version of the Firefighter Challenge, with a time of 55 seconds. 

  • Sustainability group has new board members

    Four new board members have been named to vacant seats at the Evergreen Alliance for Sustainability.

    The Evergreen nonprofit group works on projects in areas such as renewable energy and recycling. The group operates with a budget of about $50,000 per year, a part-time executive director, a 13-member board, and an advisory board.

    “We’re really excited to have the new energy,” said Rachel Emmer, executive director of the group. 

  • Walk to commemorate 50th anniversary of Wilderness Act

     

     

    The 5-mile hike begins at 9 a.m. at the trailhead at the RTD Park-n-Ride in Bergen Park at the Highway 74 and County Road 65, and continues to the Evergreen Lake House.

     

    “We encourage outdoor enthusiasts,” said Dee Lyons of the Friends of Mount Evans and Lost Creek Wildernesses, the organization hosting the walk in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service and other agencies.