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  • New owner promises to keep Ice House open-mic night

    A Denver family group with extensive hospitality and music experience is close to purchasing the Ice House Café in downtown Evergreen from Charles and Cindy Shirley, who have operated it for the last couple of years.

    “We will go on to the next thing. The downside is we have become unemployed,” said Charles, who was forced to sell the coffee shop to raise money to pay medical bills.

  • EDS transfer station adopts single-stream recycling policy

    After years of separating, sorting and classifying bottles, cans and paper into separate categories, recycling has recently gotten much more accepting of individual differences.

    EDS Waste Solutions Inc. of Golden has adopted a single-stream process at the recycling center at the transfer station, 5801 Highway 73, 3 miles south of Evergreen. The company previously charged $3 per bag for mixed recyclables. Sorted materials were accepted for free.

  • Recycling center at King Soopers requires sorting

    Waste Management continues to require sorting and separating at the center behind King Soopers in Bergen Park, although it takes single stream in bins elsewhere all over Denver.

    With the resignation of longtime manager Chilo Dominguez, Waste Management is postponing any major changes for the time being, said Tiffiany Moehring, spokeswoman for the company. “We just want to reassure the community we are there and we aren’t going anywhere,” Moehring said.

  • Democrat Hartman tries to beat the odds with re-election

    Jeffco Commissioner Kathy Hartman was the first Democrat elected to the board in 14 years when she won the seat in 2006. And if re-elected this year, she would trump historical odds be becoming the first in 50 years to win two consecutive terms.

    But even in a Republican stronghold, it may not be entirely surprising that some conservative voters supported her. Hartman is a former Republican — she crossed the aisle in 2004 and took a number of Republican ideals with her.

  • Political newcomer Rosier touts private sector experience

     South Jeffco resident Don Rosier doesn’t have a political background, but the Republican says his experience as a government outsider makes him uniquely qualified to run for the District 3 seat on the Board of Commissioners.

    Rosier, a Jeffco Public Schools graduate, has worked for two decades as a civil engineer, dealing with development, water use and budgeting. Rosier is challenging incumbent Democrat Kathy Hartman in the November election.

  • DOW officer kills bear after it bites Bailey man inside his home

    An early-morning home invasion by a bear has left a Bailey resident with bite wounds and the Colorado Division of Wildlife with a message for residents: Don’t mess with a bear.

    Homeowner Jack Hansel, 51, heard a noise in his house just after midnight Wednesday and contacted the Park County Sheriff’s Office, according to DOW spokeswoman Jennifer Churchill.

    A 320-pound black bear had entered the family’s garage, where a trash can and an open refrigerator beckoned.

  • Artist, woodworker Tolman was well known in arts community

    Evergreen resident Ray Tolman, an artist, teacher, musician and woodworker, died Monday, June 28, at his home west of Bergen Park following a brief illness.

    Tolman, 93, had been a resident of Evergreen since the early 1970s.

    Tolman was a former instructor of construction technology at Fullerton College in Fullerton, Calif., where he also taught art, history, sociology and fine woodworking. Prior to that, he taught high school industrial arts and woodworking in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

  • County bans medical marijuana dispensaries

    Jeffco officials on Tuesday morning approved an outright ban on medical marijuana dispensaries, voting unanimously to keep the businesses out of unincorporated areas of the county.

    The move came weeks after the passage of state legislation that granted autonomy to local governments in either regulating medical marijuana businesses or prohibiting them altogether.

  • Ballot measures assailed at local gathering

    Colorado would be in more economic trouble than it already is if voters pass the three tax-slashing measures on the November ballot, a political consultant told a group recently at Mount Vernon Country Club.

    Amendment 60 would cancel voter-authorized TABOR tax-limit overrides and require public entities like airports and state colleges to pay property tax. Amendment 61 limits municipal borrowing to 10 percent of real property assessed value, among other things, and Proposition 101 virtually eliminates vehicle fees and telephone taxes.

  • Evergreen man arrested after trash workers are menaced

    A local man was arrested June 30 on charges that he fired a shot from a handgun while trying to block a trash truck from leaving the driveway of a home on Gratitude Lane in Evergreen.

    Clifford Herman Farrell, 75, was charged with felony menacing and false imprisonment and released the next day on a personal recognizance bond. Farrell lives at 28998 Fleming Road in Evergreen, west of Highway 73 near South Blue Creek Road, north of the Flying J Ranch.