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  • Evergreen's gateway

    The relentless winds of change sweeping up Mount Vernon Canyon have the power to both destroy and to build. During the last half century, much of historical significance and sentimental interest has been swept away by the tempest, but much of value has risen in its wake. At the eye of that storm, held fast by deep roots while a commercial forest explodes around it, stands El Rancho.

    If few mountain-area institutions can equal the venerable restaurant’s longevity, none can match it for pure distinction.

  • Evergreen’s gateway

    The relentless winds of change sweeping up Mount Vernon Canyon have the power to both destroy and to build. During the last half century, much of historical significance and sentimental interest has been swept away by the tempest, but much of value has risen in its wake. At the eye of that storm, held fast by deep roots while a commercial forest explodes around it, stands El Rancho.

  • Evergreen man killed in accident near Golden

    Richard Benavidez of Evergreen was killed in a car accident near Golden Oct. 28.

    Benavidez, 68, was driving a 2008 Nissan Titan at about 12:19 p.m. on westbound Highway 40 near Golden when he went off the right side of the road, hit an embankment and then a tree, according to the Colorado State Patrol. The truck then went airborne and rolled onto its side.

  • Ralston Ranch divided into five mega-estates

    Ralston Ranch, one of the last large undeveloped parcels on the Front Range, has been divided into five large parcels that are being sold to individual buyers as mega-estates at multimillion-dollar prices.

    The entire 768-acre ranch was sold to Talavera Properties Inc. of Denver in a single transaction in September 2007. It has since been divided into mega-lots.

  • Judge affirms approval of Mount Morrison TV tower

    A judge has dismissed a neighborhood group’s complaint against the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners over its approval of a plan for a horizontal TV tower just below the ridgeline on the east face of Mount Morrison above Red Rocks Amphitheater.

    The approved tower will have at least five towers extending at least 30 to 50 feet or more above the ridgeline.

    Canyon Area Residents for the Environment, or CARE, contested the decision to allow the tower on grounds that Bear Creek Development Co. hadn’t complied with a higher court’s orders.

  • Some regional trails through Evergreen moving forward

    Of the 11 or so regional trails competing for the attention of Jefferson County Open Space, the Evergreen-to-Conifer Trail through Cub Creek Ranch is near the top of the constantly shifting priority list.

    Lately, attention has been focused on the important trail connection around Conifer, especially the Flying J-to-Meyer Ranch link.

    But progress is also slowly being made on the Cub Creek part of the future 7-mile-long, north-south trail planned to extend from Evergreen High School to U.S. 285.

  • Trail building in the works for Buchanan/Bergen Park land

    Construction work could begin this month on a 3,568-foot asphalt multipurpose trail on the eastern perimeter of Buchanan/Bergen Park under the direction of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District.

    The trail is part of a number of improvements planned for the island-shaped park between Evergreen and Bergen parkways south of the RTD parking lot.

    The trail will connect the RTD parking lot with the Buchanan Rec Center lot and the Pioneer Trail to downtown Evergreen.

  • Gibbs running — literally — to reclaim state Senate seat

    Dan Gibbs’ secret weapon in his campaign to reclaim the state Senate seat in District 16 is the stamina of a long-distance runner.

    A marathoner and ultra-marathoner who survived the Leadville 100-mile race in 2007, Democrat Gibbs is well qualified to knock on as many doors as possible in his vast district, which ranges from Grand County to Jefferson County.

    If he isn’t running or walking, Gibbs is driving his thrifty Ford Focus with 90,000 miles on it to a couple of meetings a day.

  • Ytterberg touts business experience in Senate race

    As a longtime businessman in Colorado, Don Ytterberg identifies with the economic problems faced by the state in terms of maintaining the transportation network and creating jobs.

    A 21-year resident of Hiwan in Evergreen, Ytterberg is challenging Democrat Dan Gibbs in state Senate District 16.

    Ytterberg has raised five children, now ages 17 to 31, in the area and has been a participant in numerous community groups. All of his children went to Evergreen schools. He.

  • Crew removes dog's body from lake

    A recovery team from the Evergreen Metro District on Tuesday retrieved the body of a dog that had fallen into Evergreen Lake on Sunday night and drowned.

    The team had tried on Monday to reach the body, but it was lodged against the top of the spillway, and the technicians couldn’t safely reach it at the time, said Gerry Schulte, executive director of the water district.