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  • Shooting of elk in front yard rattles neighbors at Chief Hosa

    A man who shot, killed and gutted an elk in his front yard near Chief Hosa Lodge on Saturday morning had an elk-hunting permit and violated no laws, although some neighbors were upset that he was shooting so close to nearby houses.

    “It was a legal hunting area. He had the license to take an elk. Everything was on the up and up,” said Jennifer Churchill, a spokeswoman for the Colorado Division of Wildlife.

    Still, some neighbors were upset.

  • Maes to stay in governor's race

    Evergreen resident Dan Maes announced Friday afternoon that he will stay in the governor’s race as the Republican nominee, despite pressure from the party and others to drop out.

    Maes, who upset Scott McInnis in the GOP primary in August, has been under fire for a growing list of problems. He faces Democrat John Hickenlooper and Constitution Party latecomer Tom Tancredo in the Nov. 2 election.

    Maes said in a news release that he decided to stay in the race after consulting with supporters and detractors.

  • Community garden gets preliminary OK

    Groups backing a community garden in Buchanan Park have permission to start digging up turf and preparing the soil this fall to be ready to plant in the spring, if they can work out a contract with the park district by the Sept. 28 board meeting.

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District board gave preliminary approval for a scaled-down version of a community garden of about 12,000 square feet, or one quarter of an acre.

  • Evergreen library closing on Mondays due to budget crunch

    All Jeffco libraries normally open seven days a week, including the Evergreen Public Library, will be closed on Mondays beginning in 2011 as administrators try to reduce the operating budget by about $3 million over the next two years.

    Library officials are forced to cut the budget because of increased employee benefit costs, lower county tax revenues and an expected 7 percent reduction in assessed property values beginning in 2012.

  • First Western Winefest kicks off with style

    An eclectic selection of serious Colorado wineries was on hand for the first Bootstraps Western Winefest on Sunday at the Evergreen Rodeo Grounds.

    The event attracted 17 wineries and 33 art, retail and food vendors, said Rob Potrykus, the volunteer event director and board member of Bootstraps Inc., which provides mountain area high school graduates with college scholarships. The Evergreen Rodeo Association donated use of the rodeo grounds to Bootstraps for the day.

  • Evergreen Oktoberfest returns with even more family fun

    Ahh, September in Evergreen. Warm sunny days, cool fragrant nights, amorous elk bugling at all hours, and summer’s largely untouched to-do list demanding immediate satisfaction.

    Sure, you could blow these precious weekends changing furnace filters and mucking out gutters, or you could do the sensible thing and, on Sunday the 19th, grab September by both crisp lapels and head over to the second annual Oktoberfest at Evergreen Lake.

  • Deer Creek Challenge presents challenges

    Some 1,120 riders took to the windy mountain roads of Conifer, Evergreen and Kittredge early Sunday as the inaugural Deer Creek Challenge bike ride got rolling at 5:30 a.m.

    The riders were greeted civilly, if not happily, by local residents, with few outward signs of the contentious, longstanding battle between motorists and bicyclists over use of narrow foothills roads. But the controversy was never far below the surface.

  • OktoberPets fund-raiser set for Sept. 10

    If it’s September, it must be time for OktoberPets, the major annual fund-raiser for the Evergreen Animal Protective League, which finds foster homes and provides veterinary care for abandoned animals.

    This year the nonprofit is auctioning a special weekend vacation and private log cabin for two at the 7D Ranch near Yellowstone National Park, 50 miles northwest of Cody, Wyo.

    OktoberPets will be at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, at the Evergreen Elks Lodge, 27972 Iris Drive.

  • Santaguida pleads not guilty in sister's slaying

    The 19-year-old Evergreen man accused of murder in the death of his 24-year-old sister Elizabeth on Hilltop Drive on April 8 pleaded not guilty to all charges in Jefferson County District Court on Monday.

    The not-guilty plea paves the way for a trial, which is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Jan. 21 with jury selection. A pretrial conference was set for 10 a.m. Nov. 15 in District Judge Margie Enquist’s courtroom.

  • Weeds meet their match at Evergreen Lake

    Many mountain residents routinely admire the array of “wild” flowers that grace the landscape, but Evergreen resident Cathy Shelton is quick to point out that some of these beautiful plants are actually noxious weeds.

    That point took root Saturday morning at Evergreen Lake, as 29 volunteers ages 7 to 75 showed up to pull weeds during Evergreen Audubon’s Wake Up and Weed event. Participants packing pruners and a strong work ethic gathered under cloudless skies to battle the botanical invaders.