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  • Evergreen businessman running for state Senate

    Evergreen businessman Tim Leonard is fed up with government spending and has announced a bid for elected office, jumping into the void created when Democrat Dan Gibbs decided not to run again for the state Senate.

    “I’m not a politician. I’m a businessman. I have a family (his wife, Monica, and six kids). The last thing I want to do is leave my (home base) and go around the state and talk to people about where I stand,” said Leonard, who is running as a Republican. The family has lived in the same stone-and-timber home in Kittredge for 15 years.

  • 'A wonderful story of hope': Firefighter, bystanders save 3-year-old trapped under car at Walmart

    After saving the life of 3-year-old Joshua Johnson in the Walmart parking lot Saturday, Evergreen volunteer firefighter Scott Martin was back on the job and coping pretty well by Tuesday morning.

    “As tragic as the incident was, the fact that he is still alive is such a wonderful story of hope. The news is always so doom and gloom,” Martin said.

    Martin’s heroic quick thinking and crisis expertise turned a near fatality into a miracle lifesaving opportunity, as bystanders joined forces to lift the car and free the boy.

  • Evergreen native facing charges in Iraq

    A local man who joined the Army after graduating from high school, with dreams of becoming a career officer, is being accused of ordering Iraqi police officers to kill two civilians.

    Carl Bjork, 28, who was awarded a Bronze Star for his heroism overseas, attended Evergreen High School from 1995 to 1997 before transferring to Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, Mo. He graduated from CU in 2004 and immediately went into the Army.

  • Lawyer withdraws in Kenneth Berry case

    The lawyer for Kenneth G. Berry, the Evergreen man accused of securities fraud, has withdrawn from the case, forcing the arraignment of Berry and his wife to be postponed another month.

    District Judge Tamara Russell granted attorney John Tinder’s request to withdraw after he appeared with his client, Ken Berry, for an arraignment in Jefferson County District Court on Dec. 21.

    In an arraignment, either the parties are formally advised of the charges against them and a trial date is set or a plea may be entered.

  • EHS National Honor Society collects food for needy

    Forty boxes of donated food collected by Evergreen High’s National Honor Society will make the holiday a little brighter for clients of the Seniors’ Resource Center and Evergreen Christian Outreach.

    The annual food drive, which runs from before Thanksgiving through mid-December, helped feed 17 EHS families plus those using the services at the two Evergreen nonprofits.

    The boxes filled three SUVs, said Tracy Thompson, a counselor at the school and adviser to the club.

  • Young Santas bring Christmas to older generation

    Christmas comes early at the Green Ridge Meadow Apartments when the community room begins to fill up with wrapping-paper-covered boxes full of holiday dinners and groceries.

    The Seniors’ Resource Center-Evergreen packed and delivered 120 baskets of food and other goodies to seniors and people with disabilities living in the foothills from Central City to Evergreen. The SRC has sponsored this project annually since 1981.

    SRC began collecting food for the basket giveaway on Nov. 3 by putting out bins at Safeway and King Soopers.

  • Banner for Ice Melt contest swiped from bank

    The banner advertising the Ice Melt Barrel contest was stolen from Evergreen National Bank on Dec. 12 or 13.

    The Ice Melt contest is a benefit for local nonprofit organizations Drive Smart Evergreen-Conifer and the special needs program of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District.

    Call Maren Schreiber, coordinator of the special needs program, at 720-880-1219 with any information.

    Contact Vicky Gits at vicky@evergreenco.com or 303-350-1042. Check www.CanyonCourier.com for updates.

     

     

  • Schell named permanent county administrator

    Former Jeffco Open Space director Ralph Schell was appointed Tuesday as the new county administrator in a permanent, full-time capacity.

    Schell was earlier appointed acting county administrator Dec. 10, the day after Commissioners Kevin McCasky, Faye Griffin and Kathy Hartman unanimously voted to terminate former administrator Jim Moore’s contract.

  • Cost of electricity driving up rates for IREA customers

    IREA customers have seen at least a 16.5 percent increase in the cost of heating and lighting their homes since the beginning of December and should prepare for an additional 6.5 percent boost starting Jan. 1.

    However, IREA will freeze rates after the Jan. 1 increase in an effort to cap rising energy costs that are passed along to its 138,000 households, according to Bill Schroeder, manager of public affairs for the Intermountain Rural Electric Association.

  • Elk Run debuts comfort care suites

    “Be careful what you wish for!” laughed Lisa Rogers, director of resident services at Evergreen’s Elk Run Assisted Living Community. “This started as the glimmer of an idea less than three months ago — and now look where we are!”