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  • Planning commission postpones decision on short-term rentals

    At the end of two hours, the planning commission leaned toward saying it needed more information and more time to consider the issue. Members voted to hold another hearing Oct. 14 at 6 p.m. at the Jefferson County Courts and Administration Building.

    A number of people from the Blue Spruce Road area attended the meeting to protest the ongoing use of a private home at 4799 S. Blue Spruce Road as a rental unit on a short-term basis.

  • Bicyclists plan to protest Apex Park rules

    The group is asking trail users to meet at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, at the lower Apex Park parking lot at the Heritage Square amusement center.

    The group then will ride to the Jefferson County Open Space board meeting, 700 Jefferson County Parkway, Suite 100, in the county government complex.

    The Open Space Advisory Commission is scheduled to consider voting on the plan at the Thursday meeting, which begins at 7 p.m.

  • Home, sweet home: EHS set for long-awaited homecoming

    On Oct. 21, 1978, the Evergreen High School Cougars varsity football team became the little team that could. Against long odds, it beat Columbine 29-22 in Evergreen’s homecoming game.

    That was the last varsity football game to be played in Evergreen … until now.

    Travel forward 31 years to Oct. 2, 2009, and the football team will once again play a homecoming game on its own turf, against the Conifer Lobos. The big game, dubbed the Mountain Bowl, is set for 7 p.m.

  • Voice of the CU Buffs to announce homecoming game

    The Evergreen High School homecoming game on Friday will have an added attraction this year: Mark Johnson.

    While his name might not be recognizable to some, his voice is. Johnson, who will be the homecoming game announcer, is a celebrity of sorts — the play-by-play announcer for the University of Colorado Buffaloes. He’s also sports director at KOA radio, and, more importantly, he’s the father of Evergreen’s No. 44, Nicolas Johnson.

  • Big, enthusiastic crowd expected at game

    When Tony Barnett took the job as Evergreen High athletic director, he was dogged by one question: Why couldn’t the Cougars play a football game at home?

    Barnett figured it’d be no problem to arrange a game on the home turf.

    Think again.

    “I met with the district and they explained their reasoning, and it became pretty clear why games were no longer played up here in Evergreen,” Barnett said.

  • Voter registration deadline is Monday

    The deadline to register to vote in the 2009 coordinated mail-ballot election in Jefferson County is Monday, Oct. 5.

    Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3.

    This election is being conducted by Jefferson County as an all-mail ballot election. Ballots will automatically be sent to eligible voters between Oct. 13 and 16. 

    Voters registering after Oct. 5 will be registered to vote but will not be eligible to vote in the November election. 

  • Beloved area painter Juli Bermann dies at 96

    Painter Julia C. Bermann, 96, a well-known member of the Evergreen arts community, died Sept. 16 at her daughter’s home in Evergreen.

    Born April 24, 1913, in New York City, Bermann was an artist for most of her life. She attended art school in New York and worked as an illustrator, designer, teacher and painter. Her paintings are in art collections throughout the U.S.

    In a profile in the Canyon Courier, she was asked for her advice to other artists.

  • Mom, daughter will light the night for cancer research

    When the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's annual Light the Night Walk illuminates Denver's Washington Park on Thursday evening, Oct. 1, longtime Evergreen residents Mary and Cassidy Brewer hope to make that gala promenade in the company of neighbors.

    "It would be great if the mountain area had a good representation," says Mary, who's been busy assembling a team since August. "Blood cancers are major killers, right up there with breast and prostate cancer, but they don't seem to get as much attention. I don't think most people know all very much about them."

  • West Jeff Middle School students return after evacuation

    Students returned to West Jefferson Middle School at midmorning Wednesday after the school was evacuated when a teacher found a suspicious package in the school. The box turned out to be full of garden tools.

    School district spokeswoman Lynn Setzer said the 583 students at West Jeff were taken to Conifer High School after the package was discovered about 6:30 a.m. The evacuation occurred about 8 a.m.

    Setzer said the Jefferson County sheriff's bomb squad reported to the school and determined the package was not hazardous. Students then were bused back to the school.

  • Elk injures woman in Evergreen

    An Evergreen woman suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries in an encounter with an elk about 11 a.m. Sept. 22 on South San Souci Drive, near Dedisse Park and Troutdale Scenic Drive, about a mile from downtown Evergreen.

    A neighbor who talked to the woman’s husband said she was heading back to her car after retrieving a small dog. She didn’t see the elk before it attacked her and knocked her to the ground.

    A herd of about 17 elk was in the woman’s yard at the time, said the neighbor, who did not want to be identified.