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  • Local woman to participate in 5K walk for lung cancer cure

    A nonsmoker with a healthy lifestyle, Jennifer Ames was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer and died two months later at age 59. By the time the cancer was discovered, it was too late for effective treatment.

    It was a devastating blow for her only sister, Sam Johnson, the owner of Breezy Travel of Evergreen.

  • Maes wins GOP gubernatorial nomination

    After jumping into the governor’s race with no political experience and no establishment credentials or support, Evergreen businessman Dan Maes defeated Scott McInnis in the Republican primary.

    Maes won by 50.6 percent to 49.3 percent, with a record number of Coloradans casting primary votes.

    After peaking in the final weeks, the Maes campaign rolled to a stunning upset. Maes now faces Democrat John Hickenlooper and Constitution Party latecomer Tom Tancredo in November.

  • Maes picks Williams as running mate

     

    By Vicky Gits

    Staff Writer

    After his surprise victory in the Republican primary election for governor Aug. 10, Evergreen resident Dan Maes on Tuesday picked a former state legislator, attorney/mediator Tambor Williams, 69, of Greeley, as his running mate.

    Williams was director of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies under Gov. Bill Owens from 2004 to 2006. Prior to that she represented state House District 50 for four terms and served as speaker pro tempore. She served from 1997 to 2004.

  • Grandfather saves family from plunge over dam

    In a matter of minutes, a casual outing on Evergreen Lake turned into a fight for survival when a couple in a paddleboat with their three grandchildren came within a few feet of going over the dam on Aug. 12.

    “My in-laws couldn’t get out. They were paddling their butts off. They were in the middle of the lake and nowhere near the dam,” said the children’s father, Dan Markey of Evergreen. “The people involved feared for their lives.”

  • A plea for better safety

    In a letter to the Evergreen Park and Recreation District board, the children’s father, Dan Markey, says the paddleboats should be restricted to a roped-off section on the Lake House side of the lake.

    “As you may already be aware, my three children almost died today along with my mother- and father-in-law while using your paddleboat on Evergreen Lake,” he said in the letter.

    He said the steel cable over the dam is inadequate. “That rope should not be all that stands between life and death,” Markey said.

  • Operator error cited in Tiny Town derailment

    The Tiny Town train is expected to be running again this week after a derailment Aug. 11 left 20 adults and children injured. Operator error is being blamed for the accident.

    Before the ride is reopened, all of the park’s trains will be checked for mechanical defects, even though mechanical issues are not suspected.

  • Veterans break ground on Buchanan Park memorial

    Majestic ponderosas and a mountain backdrop in the heart of Buchanan Park constitute a fitting location for the long-awaited veterans memorial.

    Conceived in 2007 by members of American Legion Post 2001 in Evergreen, the Veterans Commemorative Walk is beginning to take shape in the form of a concrete foundation, which was poured on two consecutive days, July 29 and 30.

  • Local schools weathering budget cuts

    It’s business as usual at Evergreen’s public schools, despite budgets that are 25 percent smaller than last year.

    Principals, who are able to allocate funds any way they wish, want the community to know three things: The budget cuts were made this year in a way that won’t affect classrooms; the schools wouldn’t survive the cuts without their PTAs and community involvement; and even though more budget cuts are forecast for next year, the schools will weather those changes, too.

  • Jeffco sees record turnout in all-mail primary

    Jefferson County voters responded in record numbers to the first all-mail-in primary election, with the 2010 voter turnout vastly surpassing that of previous years.

    An all-time high of 97,447 ballots — 47.41 percent of the 205,539 eligible voters — had been counted by early Wednesday morning, when all precincts had finished tallying votes.

    By contrast, the closely watched primary elections of 2004 and 2008 turned out only 32.14 percent and 36.74 percent of qualified voters, respectively.

  • Evergreen cries fowl: Dam Ducky Derby fills down-town with a deliriously daffy event

    It was billed as the Dam Ducky Derby, and the event on Bear Creek through downtown Evergreen last Saturday certainly left no one feeling down.

    In fact, you could say the race was all it was quacked up to be: 5,000 rubber waterfowl floated down Bear Creek in a cool competition for a very hot $5,000 grand prize. Hundreds of spectators cheered the ducks as they bobbed along the creek from the dam to the bridge near Highland Haven.