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  • Jeffco has Colorado's first 2009 case of West Nile virus

    The first confirmed case of the West Nile virus in Colorado in 2009 was confirmed last week in Jefferson County, according to the county health department.

    Jeffco public health spokeswoman Kodi Bryant said the case was confirmed in late June in an Arvada man who is recovering at home and expected to make a full recovery.

  • Postmaster shuffle in mountain area

    The Evergreen and Conifer post offices are playing musical chairs with their postmasters.

    When Evergreen postmaster Sid Henderson left to become postmaster in Parker, Lisa Mantey left the Conifer postmaster position to become the temporary Evergreen postmaster, known as the officer in charge.

    Trudy Finan, who has been Eagle’s postmaster, is filling in as Conifer’s officer in charge while Mantey is at the Evergreen post office.

  • Jeffco sheriff joins countywide auto theft task force

    Car thieves in Jeffco now must combat a much more organized police presence.

    The Jefferson County Regional Auto Theft Task Force, which launched July 1, teams car-theft investigators from the Jeffco Sheriff's Office and police from Arvada, Lakewood and Wheat Ridge.

  • Church raising funds for football bleachers

    This October, Evergreen High School might be able to host a home football game for the first time since 1978.

    The school, whose current bleachers seat a little over 300, may be getting larger, portable bleachers with the help of Journey Community Church, Conifer High School and the Jefferson County school district.

    Conifer and Evergreen high schools will share the bleachers, which can seat 2,000 people.

  • County to seek legislation granting more power to regulate bicyclists

    Amid the controversy over a proposed charity bicycle event on Deer Creek Canyon Road, the Jeffco commissioners will propose state legislation that would give them more authority to bar cyclists from some county roads altogether.

  • Woman enters guilty plea in dog attack

    Evergreen dog owner Carol Peterson pleaded guilty to a class 2 misdemeanor June 29 for an incident in which her Labrador mix attacked a Hiwan Hills woman on May 18. Peterson paid $151 in fines and court fees. A restitution hearing is set for Sept. 14.

    The Hiwan Hills woman who was attacked was bitten five times on the backs of both legs while walking down the street near a home on 2957 Hiwan Drive.

  • Park district closes door on ‘real estate matter’

    For the second month in a row, the Evergreen Park and Recreation District board concluded a regular meeting by closing the doors to the public for a discussion about an unidentified “real estate matter.”

    The board of directors added the executive session to the agenda of the June 23 regular meeting at the last minute and did not reveal any details at the time. The Colorado Open Meetings Law has strict rules about closing meetings to the public, but boards can do so in the case of real estate and personnel matters.

  • Teens use henna for their body of work

    Creativity combined with henna dye for about 30 area teens, who learned the art of henna body painting last week.

    The youths attended a seminar July 1 at the Evergreen Library with henna artist Kandra Churchwell. Churchwell, who works professionally as a graphic artist, has learned to work with henna dye and spent an hour in the packed room helping girls and boys master the ancient art.

    In her 15-minute introductory lecture, Churchwell explained that henna body art is something that she and her family do for fun.

  • Longtime hospice director Walthers stepping down

    Louisa Walthers, who has served as executive director of Mount Evans Hospice and Home Health Care for the past 24 years, has announced plans to step down at the end of August.

    Walthers, 54, joined the agency as its second director 24 years ago, only five years after it was founded. At that time, Mount Evans had a $300,000 annual budget and served three counties out of a two-room office in the Evergreen North shopping center.

    Walthers will be leaving an agency with its own building, serving four mountain counties and operating on a $3 million budget.

  • Fireworks at the Little Bear: Couple marry a year later after chance meeting sparked romance

    On Independence Day 2008, Crystal Lovell and Peter Harnden met for the first time while occupying neighboring bar stools at the Little Bear.

    One year later, on July 4, 2009, they both gave up their independence — taking wedding vows at the very same spot.

    The local pair exchanged their vows in front of customers, friends and relatives in a nontraditional wedding with a “black sheep” theme.

    The bride wore tidy blue jeans, a black T-shirt and a turquoise necklace, with earrings to match.