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  • Trial set for July in Berry case

    A trial rather than a plea bargain appears to be in store in the case of Ken Berry and his wife, Anne Wakeford Berry, an Evergreen couple accused of securities fraud.

    A judge has set a trial date in July for the couple, who now have separate attorneys, although they appeared together in Jefferson County District Court on Feb. 16.

    Anne Berry’s attorneys, Matthew Margeson and Jeremy Reed of Margeson and Reed of Denver, filed a motion asking the court to separate the trials instead of holding them concurrently. Margeson and Reed joined the case in September.

  • OBITUARY CORRECTION

    The Canyon Courier inadvertently published a photograph of the Rev. Vera E. Guebert-Steward with the obituary for H. Frost Theiss in the Feb. 10 issue. The obituary was republished on Page 8 this week. Pastor Vera continues to be in good health.

  • The sweetest month: Girl Scout cookies arrive; sales benefit local charities, Haitian relief

    For many, the annual drive by local Girl Scouts to sell cookies is one of the sweetest times of the year. But the effort also proves a sweet deal for mountain area charities.

    Groups such as the Evergreen Animal Protective League and Alpine Rescue will benefit from this year’s sales by the Blue Spruce Unit of the Girl Scouts. The unit, with 27 troops, includes 290 girls from schools in Evergreen, Indian Hills and Clear Creek County.

    Under a program called Hometown Heroes, each troop chooses a local charity to receive a donation of cookies.

  • Warm sounds at the Ice House

    When the Ice House Café opens its doors to musicians on Thursday nights, the result is like having a bunch of friends and relatives making music in someone’s living room.

    Thanks to entrepreneurs Charles and Cindy Shirley, the no-cover open-mic night has been a regular feature at the Ice House in downtown Evergreen for the last two years. The only requirement for taking the stage is to sign up and show up.

  • Musicians to hold benefit for Charles Shirley on April 18

    Members of the Ice House musician community are holding a benefit for Charles Shirley, co-owner of the Ice House, from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, April 18, at Center/Stage in Evergreen. Refreshments, wine and beer will be available. The suggested donation amount has not been decided.

    Shirley has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and is without insurance. The proceeds will be used to pay for his $30,000 surgery. As a result of the diagnosis, Cindy and Charles Shirley have decided to offer the Ice House for sale for $175,000.

  • Park district to hold workshops seeking public input

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District is inviting the public to contribute to the design of the 2010 District-Wide Needs Analysis/Community Survey later this spring.

    The district is hosting two community workshops: at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at Wulf Recreation Center, 5300 S. Olive Road; and at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, at Buchanan Park Recreation Center, 32003 Ellingwood Trail. All interested people are encouraged to attend.

  • Fate of community/arts center remains uncertain

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District board voted 4-1 to continue to work with Center for the Arts Evergreen to come up with a long-range plan to address the needs of the park district, the Center for the Arts and the community at large.

    It was not determined whether the result of the collaboration would be a new combined community center/arts building, although the building concept was not ruled out.

  • Ice is a hot ticket: Evergreen Lake logged 75 skating days in 2009, compared to the average of 35 to 45

    The best skating season in at least four years, along with a new weight room at Wulf Rec Center, gave Evergreen Park and Recreation District revenue an unexpected boost in 2009.

    The year started on a pessimistic note, with news of the banking crisis and mounting layoffs, but the late-October cold front that plunged temperatures to 17 below turned Evergreen Lake into a hot ticket.

    The result was 48,000 skater-days for 2009, an increase of 71 percent, compared to 28,000 in 2008 and only 16,500 in 2006.

  • School seeks to build out lower level for multipurpose rooms

    Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen, a public charter school, unveiled a proposal Feb. 11 to remodel the lower level of one of its three buildings to make room for a cafeteria/gym and special classrooms.

    Since 2008, the school has been housed in three buildings south of Elk Meadow Open Space and west of Evergreen Parkway, off Bergen Peak Drive.

    The 8,000-square-foot space would consist of a music room, a technology resource center, a Spanish language classroom, an art room, teachers’ lounge and a cafeteria that can double as a gymnasium.

  • Evergreen resident hooked on history of state of Virginia

    An Evergreen resident has put 20 years of compulsive research in American history into an exhaustive work of historical fiction about Washington, D.C., the Capitol and the state of Virginia before the Civil War.

    Author Gloria Parnham Bradfield already has at least one sequel in the rough-draft stage in the computer.

    In 734 pages, “Thrones” covers politics, slavery, plantation life, women’s issues, race, debates and events leading up to the Civil War, during the period from 1848 to 1851.