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  • Littleton investment banker running for state treasurer

    Littleton investment banker J.J. Ament has thrown his hat into the 2010 race for state treasurer.

    Ament, who is running as a Republican, has spent years in the private banking industry working mostly with governments on major investment projects, and he says taxpayers' dollars can be used and invested more efficiently.

    "I've worked with this treasurer (and) with this governor," Ament said. "And it was frustrating for me to show them the right things to do and have them not do them, and then have to sit there afterward and show them the losses."

  • Kickin’ it: Kids chase down fun at Stingers soccer camp

    It was a beautiful morning in Evergreen on July 27.

    The sky was blue, the sun was shining, the mountains and trees were in full view, and the temperature was just right. A perfect recipe for summer fun.

    And have fun they did.

    From 9 to 11 a.m., a group of 20 or so kids between the ages of 6 and 12 gathered at Marshdale Elementary School to partake in the week-long Stingers Soccer Skills Camp. The youngsters ran through a bevy of drills that were all designed to not only teach the kids new skills but to get them outside and enjoying life.

  • Evergreen Town Race set for Aug. 2

    The 31st annual Evergreen Town Race, slated for Aug. 2, features a 5K walk, 5K run and 10K run. The courses wind gradually down Upper Bear Creek Road, and the finish is at the Lake House. The theme of this year’s race is “Finishing is Winning.”

    It is one of the most scenic races in Colorado, and the fastest 5K time ever recorded in the state was on this course.

  • Commissioners backpedaling on bike restrictions?

    After several public meetings about a proposed cycling event through Deer Creek Canyon — and amid a continuing debate about the safety of bikes and cars co-existing on narrow foothills roads — the commissioners had announced they would seek legislative authority to regulate cycling.

    But an uproar from the cycling community, including outraged missives from cyclists all over the world, has apparently led the commissioners to take a step back.

  • EHS old-timers reminisce at reunion

    Imagine Evergreen in 1943. It’s graduation time at Evergreen High School, and six students proudly accept their diplomas.

    The majority of the class of 1943 attended the annual Evergreen High School old-timers reunion Saturday at Evergreen Lutheran Church. More than 100 graduates spanning the 1930s to the 1970s were on hand to talk about the old times, to catch up on new developments in their lives, and to spend a pleasant afternoon together.

  • $2.5 million worth of marijuana plants seized in Pike National Forest

    The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and the West Metro Drug Task Force seized more than 5,100 marijuana plants weighing nearly 2,000 pounds from land near Sugarloaf Mountain on July 9.

    The plants have an estimated street value of $2.5 million.

    The large grow area had a sophisticated irrigation system using water from a nearby stream, according to sheriff's spokeswoman Jacki Kelley.

    "This looked like a very sophisticated operation," Kelley said.

    Sugarloaf Mountain is in the Pike National Forest near Cheesman Reservoir.

  • Scam targets classified-ad customers

    Landmark newspapers in other parts of the U.S. have reported a telephone scam involving classified advertising customers.

    Several classified customers reported being contacted by telephone by individuals falsely identifying themselves as an employee of the newspaper. The customers were told that a payment problem had occurred with their advertisement and asked for a credit card number or checking account transaction routing number.

  • Conifer Rotary kicks off peach of a fund-raiser

    It’s summertime, and people’s thoughts naturally turn to Colorado peaches.

    The Conifer Rotary again is selling boxes of peaches from the Western Slope to raise money for its philanthropic projects.

    The peaches this year will be from High Country Farms and will cost $35 per box. The peaches will be available for pick-up between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Aug. 28 in the parking lot by Copy Copy in Aspen Park.

  • EHS grads to reunite Sunday at annual old-timers picnic

    Attention, Evergreen High School graduates: The EHS old-timers reunion is July 25.

    The old-timers reunion comes in the form of a picnic and has been an annual event for more than 20 years, according to its coordinator, Lois Arnold. This year’s reunion will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Evergreen Lutheran Church, 5980 Highway 73.

    Not just EHS graduates and their families are invited. Arnold said the entire community should join in the potluck lunch. Just bring a dish and meet graduates from many decades past.

  • Local teens’ Nassau mission an eye-opening un-vacation

    Usually conducted in the world’s less organized quarters, mission work requires a degree of flexibility. As the 14 local kids who traveled to Nassau last month to bring emotional comfort and spiritual support to impoverished Bahamians stricken with the HIV virus learned, it can also demand a strong back and an iron constitution.