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  • 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.

  • Evergreen’s 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 on Tuesday 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 was tantalizingly close to victory, but the race was still too close to call. Maes now faces Democrat John Hickenlooper and Constitution Party latecomer Tom Tancredo in November.

  • South Jeffco’s Flerlage touts his fiscal approach

      South Jeffco Democrat John Flerlage began his lengthy campaign to unseat U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman in early 2009, only months after the newly elected congressman had taken office. With the general election now just four months away, Flerlage is confident he can sway voters in the historically Republican 6th District — despite having raised a fraction of the funds that Coffman has.

    The key to Flerlage’s approach, not surprisingly, is campaigning on ideas rather than divisive platforms, at least on fiscal issues.

  • Driver who hit cyclist released to probation

    The Evergreen man who was driving drunk when he hit a cyclist on Evergreen Parkway last August is being allowed to leave prison after 120 days.

    Jeffrey Detlefs, 58, will be on probation for nine years and is forbidden to either drink or drive.

    The victim of the accident, Rex Hegyi, was thrown 125 feet and landed on the pavement. He spent 26 days in the hospital with five broken vertebrae, 15 broken bones, a shattered shoulder and a broken pelvis.

  • House cat in Pine dies of bubonic plague

    A 6-year-old domestic cat from Pine died July 28 of a confirmed case of bubonic plague.

    “It’s not a very common thing. I’ve never seen it before,” said Dr. Kevin Inman of Family Veterinary Hospital at 3951 Evergreen Parkway. The owners brought the cat to the clinic on July 26 after it was found unconscious on their back steps.