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  • Evergreen resident wins hot-wing contest, feels the after-burn

    Conifer’s newest reigning champion is a winged warrior with intestinal fortitude that few dare challenge. The contest? Eating as many fiery hot wings as possible.

    Sunday’s contest was held by the Lord Knights of the Circle of Death, a group of mountain-area residents who delight in firing up their taste buds.

    Wing Wagon owner Bill Straight said the competition determines who can take the heat.

    “This isn’t about a contest between people — it’s a contest between them and the wings,” Straight said.

  • Group seeks independence for Jeffco libraries

      A former library board trustee says it's time for the Jeffco Public Library system to be an independent library district and keep the county commissioners from shifting money that rightly belongs to the library to other accounts.

    Thomas Atkins, founder of the nonprofit grassroots organization Save Jeffco Libraries, was at the Evergreen Public Library on July 13 speaking to a group of about 10 interested citizens in the community room. Atkins is also a former Jeffco library trustee.

  • Teen charged as juvenile in stabbing of mother


    The Jefferson County district attorney's office has filed juvenile charges of attempted first-degree murder and first-degree assault against a 15-year-old in connection with his mother's stabbing on July 6.

    Being charged as a juvenile means the boy cannot go to prison for any crimes he may have committed. If he were convicted on all counts as charged he would face a mandatory 3-5 years in the Department of Youth Corrections.

    He is also charged with four counts of being a violent offender, which could enhance his sentence.

  • NEAT trail construction set to begin

    Construction work is tentatively expected to start the last week of July or the first week in August on the next segment of the NEAT trail connecting Evergreen Middle School and Bergen Village along Bergen Parkway.

    Road work may result in a single lane being closed from time to time. The duration of the build is to be decided.

    Jefferson County Road and Bridge is building a half-mile-long, 6-foot-wide concrete trail, separated from the parkway by approximately 5 feet, except near the Keystone and Broadmoor intersections.

  • Contractor fined for dirt work without a permit at Conifer Safeway

    A general contractor in charge of construction of the Shaffers Crossing intersection at U.S. 285 and Elk Creek Road has been approved to remove fill dirt after been fined between $10,000 and $30,000 by the state in connection with working without a permit at a site near the Conifer Safeway.

    Following the sanction, the company reapplied for and received approval to remove the material, which was being used to build the intersection at Shaffers Crossing.

  • Eggers won’t run for fifth term on park board


    Peter Eggers has decided not to run in 2012 for another term on the Evergreen Park and Recreation District board.

    Elected in 2008 to a four-year term, Eggers previously served 12 years on the board from 1992 to 2004. Eggers was the chairperson of the Buchanan Park Improvement Executive Committee and spearheaded the creation of the 2008 Buchanan Park Master Plan.

  • A (not) guilty pleasure

    It’s a chocoholic’s dream come true: an hour spent tasting chocolate — with a little bit of information about the health benefits of the confection thrown in for good measure.

    About 30 teens participated in the chocolate-fest on July 10 sponsored by Julie Pech, author of “The Chocolate Therapist: A User's Guide to the Extraordinary Health Benefits of Chocolate.”

  • Former Evergreen man gets probation in Internet liaison case

    A 34-year-old former Evergreen man has been sentenced to five years probation after pleading guilty to attempted sex assault after making arrangements on the Internet to meet someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl.

    District Judge Lily Oeffler issued the sentence July 11 after hearing pleas for leniency from the defendant, Ryan Michael Lafferty, and his attorney. A charge of Internet luring had been dropped as part of the plea bargain.

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  • Pawfest has tongues wagging

    Canines from the small to the tall, along with their owners, roamed Heritage Grove in Evergreen on Saturday as part of Pawfest, the Evergreen Animal Protective League’s day dedicated to man’s best friend.

    The park was filled with booths promoting dog products, dog services and dog adoptions. An agility course was set up, and the stage was the site of a dog costume competition, as well as a dog-and-owner look-alike contest.

    And there were dogs. Lots of dogs. St. Bernards and Great Danes mingled with pugs, Labs and golden retrievers.