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  • Penry brings campaign to Jeffco

    MORRISON — Conservative state Sen. Josh Penry brought his nascent gubernatorial campaign to Jefferson County on Sunday, speaking to enthusiastic supporters and outlining his intentions for Colorado’s economy. He invoked former President Reagan and took swings at Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter along the way.

  • Memorial planned for Inter-Canyon Fire president

    A memorial service for Bob Chamberlain, Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District board president, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 18, at Bear Valley Church, 10001 W. Jewell Ave. in Lakewood.

    Firefighters and firefighting apparatus from Inter-Canyon Fire/Rescue, the Elk Creek Fire Department, Indian Hills Fire/Rescue, Platte Canyon Fire Rescue, Evergreen Fire/Rescue and West Metro Fire Rescue will be on hand to honor Chamberlain’s service to the community.

  • Little houses in the woods: Playhouse fund-raiser benefits local nonprofits, children’s imaginations

    What do you get when you cross a bunch of grownups who like to play around with saws and hammers with a bunch of kids who just like to play around? Why, the Mountain Area Playhouse Fundraiser, of course, an imaginative new way to support a variety of worthy local causes that’s — quite literally — fun for the whole family.

  • Evergreen brothers cycling across America for charity

    A couple of brothers who grew up in Evergreen are spending the summer riding across America to raise money for PUSH America, a charity that helps the disabled. They have pledged to raise $10,000.

    Bobby Blackstock, 21, and Charlie Blackstock, 19, are members of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, which supports the PUSH charity nationwide. Many of the 100 or so Journey of Hope bike riders are drawn from the fraternity’s ranks.

    Bobby has lived in Evergreen since he was 7 and has been riding mountain bikes his entire life around the area.

  • Damage estimate for fire truck is $203,000

    The Evergreen Fire/Rescue fire truck that rolled off a steep road on Floyd Hill last month has been sent to Wisconsin for $203,000 in repairs.

    Fire Chief Garry DeJong said Engine No. 2 was put on a flatbed truck for the trip and is expected back in October.

    The 1997 model truck was on the way to a suspicious-odor call June 9 when it plunged down an embankment and pancaked an empty, vintage 1969 Pontiac Firebird parked 25 feet below.

  • Flea market targets local vendors, customers

    The weather was beautiful Saturday for the first day of what might be the first-ever Kittredge flea market.

    More than a half-dozen vendors displayed their wares in the west parking lot of the former Evergreen Nursery on Highway 74 in Kittredge. A steady trickle of people strolled through the lot to check out the offerings, which ran the gamut from books, CDs and records to furniture, bicycle tires and jams.

     

    There was food from a CJ’s Chicago Style Hotdogs and music by the band My Friend Tom.

  • Evergreen Jazz Fest to offer all that and more

    Toes will be tapping, venues will be packed and Evergreen will get a bit more hip for three days as the town welcomes back the Evergreen Jazz Festival July 24-26.

    The extravaganza will feature more than 70 hours of live music and 10 performing ensembles ranging in genre from Dixieland to swing to ragtime. Each day will feature free dance lessons, and the festival will kick off with an educational clinic given by the Carl Sonny Leyland Trio along with saxophonist and vocalist Anita Thomas.

  • President of Inter-Canyon fire board dies in July 4 plane crash

    Bob Chamberlain of Morrison died doing what he loved to do — flying airplanes.

    The 62-year-old pilot, and president of the Inter-Canyon Fire District board of directors, was in a restored military-style training aircraft with two other planes doing a test run for a July 4 fly-over in Tehachapi, Calif. The plane left the formation and crashed in a nearby field about 12:30 p.m.

    Chamberlain and David Zweigle, who also was in the plane, died instantly, according to Dan Hatlestad, spokesman for the Inter-Canyon Fire District.

  • 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.