Local News

  • First Western Winefest kicks off with style

    An eclectic selection of serious Colorado wineries was on hand for the first Bootstraps Western Winefest on Sunday at the Evergreen Rodeo Grounds.

    The event attracted 17 wineries and 33 art, retail and food vendors, said Rob Potrykus, the volunteer event director and board member of Bootstraps Inc., which provides mountain area high school graduates with college scholarships. The Evergreen Rodeo Association donated use of the rodeo grounds to Bootstraps for the day.

  • Evergreen Oktoberfest returns with even more family fun

    Ahh, September in Evergreen. Warm sunny days, cool fragrant nights, amorous elk bugling at all hours, and summer’s largely untouched to-do list demanding immediate satisfaction.

    Sure, you could blow these precious weekends changing furnace filters and mucking out gutters, or you could do the sensible thing and, on Sunday the 19th, grab September by both crisp lapels and head over to the second annual Oktoberfest at Evergreen Lake.

  • Deer Creek Challenge presents challenges

    Some 1,120 riders took to the windy mountain roads of Conifer, Evergreen and Kittredge early Sunday as the inaugural Deer Creek Challenge bike ride got rolling at 5:30 a.m.

    The riders were greeted civilly, if not happily, by local residents, with few outward signs of the contentious, longstanding battle between motorists and bicyclists over use of narrow foothills roads. But the controversy was never far below the surface.

  • OktoberPets fund-raiser set for Sept. 10

    If it’s September, it must be time for OktoberPets, the major annual fund-raiser for the Evergreen Animal Protective League, which finds foster homes and provides veterinary care for abandoned animals.

    This year the nonprofit is auctioning a special weekend vacation and private log cabin for two at the 7D Ranch near Yellowstone National Park, 50 miles northwest of Cody, Wyo.

    OktoberPets will be at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, at the Evergreen Elks Lodge, 27972 Iris Drive.

  • Santaguida pleads not guilty in sister's slaying

    The 19-year-old Evergreen man accused of murder in the death of his 24-year-old sister Elizabeth on Hilltop Drive on April 8 pleaded not guilty to all charges in Jefferson County District Court on Monday.

    The not-guilty plea paves the way for a trial, which is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Jan. 21 with jury selection. A pretrial conference was set for 10 a.m. Nov. 15 in District Judge Margie Enquist’s courtroom.

  • Weeds meet their match at Evergreen Lake

    Many mountain residents routinely admire the array of “wild” flowers that grace the landscape, but Evergreen resident Cathy Shelton is quick to point out that some of these beautiful plants are actually noxious weeds.

    That point took root Saturday morning at Evergreen Lake, as 29 volunteers ages 7 to 75 showed up to pull weeds during Evergreen Audubon’s Wake Up and Weed event. Participants packing pruners and a strong work ethic gathered under cloudless skies to battle the botanical invaders.

  • Gravitational pull: Evergreen scientist hopes to follow Newton's footsteps to the stars

    Can you imagine a million tourists in outer space by the year 2020? Evergreen resident Ben Solomon can, and he believes he’s found the key that could one day put touring the cosmos on a par with weekending in Cabo.

  • Park district survey questions


    From the Evergreen Park District opinion survey:

    “Evergreen District Residents’ Use of and Opinion on the Evergreen District and its Programs and Facilitiies”

    Conducted by Responsive Management Inc.

    June 2010

    Sample size 1,008

    Telephone survey/ random digit dialing



    Q. 13: Overall, how satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the district’s service?

    Very satisfied, 48

    Somewhat satisfied, 31

  • Park district gets high marks in community survey

    The results of the long-awaited park district community opinion survey say a lot about how much people love the rec centers, trails, pools and parks in Evergreen but very little specifically about the controversial arts center proposal that was the subject of a recent feasibility study.

    Commissioned in December 2009 and conducted by a professional research company in June, the telephone survey asked more than 100 questions to 1,008 residents of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District.

  • Boaters rescued from top of dam at Evergreen Lake

    Park district workers at Evergreen Lake rescued five people in a paddleboat at noon and three people later in a canoe in one unusually busy day on Thursday. No injuries were reported.

    It was a casual outing on the lake for two grandparents and their three grandchildren from Ohio, who were all wearing life jackets, until a gust of wind suddenly blew them to the edge of the dam, said Brad Bednar, Lake House supervisor with the Evergreen Park and Recreation District.