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  • Stingers hires Cortis to be director of coaching for girls

    The Stingers Soccer Club has hired a veteran college-level soccer coach to join the organization as the director of coaching for girls. She started playing soccer when she was 5 years old.

    Kate Cortis of Minneapolis succeeds Eddie Bairam, who resigned in the aftermath of the Stingers board’s decision to downsize the job of top coach and general manager after eight years.

  • Friends remember Main Street's philosopher-musician

    A free spirit who became part of the living scenery of downtown Evergreen, Mark Cairns will be remembered as a gentle soul who had few possessions other than an enduring passion for music.

    Cairns got the nickname “Walking Mark” because he never had a car and was always seen around town on foot, sporting a white ponytail, guitar on his back, wearing brown corduroy pants and a gray Irish fisherman sweater.

    Cairns died the evening of June 19 of undetermined causes. Sources said he was taking a shower at a friend’s house when he suddenly collapsed.

  • Fire damages Swede Gulch McDonald’s

    The McDonald’s next to Walmart is closed for about a month after a grease fire Saturday morning that damaged the restaurant.

    The McDonald’s at 902 Swede Gulch Road is closed for repair and is awaiting inspections to make sure it is up to building and environmental health codes, Evergreen Fire-Rescue Chief Garry DeJong said.

    “Any time there is a fire involving a food preparation organization, they must go through more than just regular repairs,” DeJong said. “There are a lot of additional inspections involved.”

  • Hiker bitten by rattlesnake at Mount Falcon

    A woman bitten by a rattlesnake Wednesday at Mount Falcon Park suffered a severe reaction, according to Indian Hills Fire Chief Don Schoenbein.

    Susan Schwartz, 59, was hiking alone on the Devil’s Elbow Trail when she was bit in the leg by a rattlesnake about 11:50 a.m. June 24. She was wearing shorts.

    Schoenbein said Schwartz wrapped a constricting band above the bite and walked about 1½ miles to the west parking area along Picutis Road off Parmalee Gulch Road, where she found a park ranger who called 911.

  • Egg Hunt winner

    Joan Ridgely of Golden was the winner of Evergreen Newspapers’ Easter Egg Hunt this year. Ridgely said she used the library to research clues and found that Eden Park was the former name for Dedisse Park, where she searched for and discovered the egg on Easter morning.

     

  • Rookie riders take on mechanical bull

    Six hometown “celebrities” faced the fear of public humiliation and physical impairment to try their luck at riding a mechanical bull on the opening night of the 2009 Evergreen Rodeo on June 19.

    Their combined efforts generated about $6,000 for the rodeo association coffers. It was a fitting attempt to warm up the crowd before the evening’s main event, the Evergreen debut of Professional Bull Riders tour.

  • Jeffco school board president resigns, cites personal reasons

    Scott Benefield, president of the Jeffco school board, is resigning effective June 30.

    "I'm resigning for personal reasons," Benefield said in a June 20 interview. "There's things going on in my family, and with the board work, it was the right thing to do. I enjoyed my time working on the school board and feel we've made a lot of progress and done a lot of good things."

    Benefield was elected to the school board in 2005, representing the northern parts of the county, including portions of Arvada, Standley Lake and Westminster.

  • Congrove legal fees still being paid by the county

    Jefferson County taxpayers continue to fund former county commissioner Jim Congrove's legal bills, even though he hasn't worked for the county in nearly six months.

  • Democratic challengers in CD6 race face tough time raising dough

    Although nearly 18 months remain in the race for the 6th Congressional District seat, an early look shows that the two Democratic challengers are facing hurdles when it comes to fund-raising.

    "It's been slow," says John Flerlage, one of two Democrats running to oust Rep. Mike Coffman from his congressional perch in November 2010. Flerlage, a South Jeffco Democrat, says his fund-raising has been difficult because of the economy.

  • Designers of new pretrial bond program get grilled at town hall

    The architects of a program aimed at releasing more defendants before their trials were grilled June 20 about how it would work and if it would really save the county money.

    Mike Jones, manager of the county's criminal justice strategic planning staff, told county residents and several elected officials that the program will increase public safety and court appearances by defendants while safeguarding due process.