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  • 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.

  • Fresh and friendly: Two farmers markets bring adventurous offerings to Evergreen each week

    Both farmers markets in Evergreen offer a bountiful harvest of small pleasures: shopping outdoors, chatting with vendors, loading up on fresh asparagus, and discovering your neighbor got downsized and is now making ecologically correct detergent or toddler pants for a living.

    The Evergreen Farmer’s Market operates downtown on Mondays, and the Evergreen Farmers’ Market in the Bergen Village shopping center, which was originally founded in the parking lot of the El Rancho Walmart in 2000, is open on Tuesdays.

  • Mountain movie magic: Evergreen residents line up behind local indie producer

    It’s a story as old as romance: Stinging from a recent breakup, an ordinarily passive woman lets a more gonzo friend drag her to a local honky-tonk for a little re-immersion therapy. The beer runs cold, emotions run hot, the band is smokin’, and when she spies her one-time lover burning it up on the dance floor with his new flame, things heat up fast.

    Just another Saturday night in downtown Evergreen?

  • Former county contractor will testify for Zinna in wiretapping lawsuit

    A federal wiretapping lawsuit against former Jeffco commissioner Jim Congrove became more interesting June 26 when a defendant in the case settled with the plaintiff and agreed to testify against Congrove and the other defendants.

    Mike Zinna, a longtime county critic, is suing Congrove, private investigator Daril Cinquanta, former deputy county attorney Duncan Bradley and Robert Cook in federal court. Zinna alleges the men illegally intercepted his personal e-mails and posted them to a website used to defame Zinna.

  • Commissioners nix charity bike ride on Deer Creek Canyon Road

    The Jefferson County commissioners have denied a special-event permit for a charity bicycling event Sept.13 on Deer Creek Canyon Road.

    Tuesday’s 2-1 decision came after two hearings, the first of which Commissioner Faye Griffin did not attend, and after numerous objections from canyon residents.

    Commissioners Kathy Hartman and Griffin voted against issuing a special-event permit, deeming the two-lane road unsafe for the event and citing hostilities between motorists and bicyclists.

  • State budget woes haven't trickled down to Jeffco - yet

    Budget cuts hitting Colorado hard aren't expected to have an immediate impact on county operations, but Jeffco officials are concerned that human services programs could be hurt down the road.

    State budget officials announced last week that the state would have to close a $384 million budget gap heading into fiscal 2009-10, which begins July 1.