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  • Harlie R. Bacon, 77

    Harlie R. Bacon died on Sept. 10, 2008, from an aortic aneurism following a very brief illness. He was 77.

    Harlie moved to Evergreen in 1974 to open and manage a Sims Tire and Automotive store on State Highway 74 at Bryant Drive. In 1985, he became a partner in the Swis Auto Glass business in Denver. Later, he moved to Elite Auto Glass in Denver. He retired from Elite in 2005.

  • Evergreen gets a new backyard

    Bergen Meadow Elementary was built in 1969 with a giant, flat gravel patch for a backyard. The 115,000-square-foot gravel patch was a perfect rectangle, already graded, and in a central location in our community. School administrators, park and rec personnel, sports clubs, and parents all recognized the great potential of the field. But for 39 years, Evergreen kids played recess games and sports in the dirt.

  • Medal of Honor recipient schools local kids in courage and country

    What does a true hero look like? On Thursday, Sept. 18, a small army of local schoolchildren filed into the Evergreen High School gymnasium to see one for themselves.

    As they discovered, retired Army Maj. Bruce Crandall isn’t 10 feet tall, doesn’t speak in thunder and can’t leap tall buildings in a single bound. Nor does he have an NFL contract, a song in the Top 40, or a sure-fire plan for the economy.

  • Attendance drop forces Humphrey Museum to take hiatus

    The board of directors of the Humphrey Memorial Park and Museum has decided not to host the Gloaminfest in October and is closing the vintage home for the season early this year, instead of staying open for the Christmas season as it has in the past.

    The Gloaminfest will be at St. Laurence Episcopal Church in Conifer instead.

    The museum will close Oct. 1 and reopen April 1 to save money and perhaps find a new partner and regroup. The board has decided to sell an attached 14-acre property for an undisclosed amount, which could help replenish the coffers.

  • Bear Mountain neighbors join forces to fight fire danger

    A group of homeowners on Bear Mountain in Evergreen has applied for a 2009 wildland-urban interface grant from the Colorado State Forest Service to help mitigate fire danger in their mountaintop neighborhood of 200 homes.

    The idea is to join forces and launch a war against dead and diseased trees and to identify trees to be thinned. Participants use their own equipment and volunteer time and muscle power.

    The proposal also asks for funds to educate people on FireWise principles of home protection.

  • Officials urge Coloradans to vote early

    County commissioners, county clerks and even the governor are urging people to either vote by mail or vote early this year, citing an unusually long ballot and a projected record turnout.

    "We've had a lot of activity here in the last couple of weeks from both sides of the presidential campaign, with both Sen. Obama and Gov. Palin visiting Colorado," Gov. Bill Ritter said at a news conference Sept. 16. He said that Colorado is one of the few swing states in the national election. "It is important as a swing state that every vote count."

  • McCasky, Bane trade barbs at candidate forum

    Jeffco Commissioner Kevin McCasky took most of the heat Sept. 15 in the first forum for the five county commission candidates.

    Republican McCasky, the only incumbent, faces two challengers in District 2 in the Nov. 4 election: Democrat Jason Bane and Scott Zulauf of the Green Party. Jeffco Treasurer Faye Griffin, a Republican, and state Sen. Sue Windels, a Democrat, are battling for the District 1 commission seat, vying to replace Jim Congrove, who decided not to seek a second term.

  • School 'bails out' principal, raises $42,000

    Justice was swift for Ryan “Mad Dog” Lucas, director of Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen.

    Lucas was arrested, tried and convicted last Wednesday of what some of his students thought was a rather heinous crime — not proclaiming enough snow days during the last school year.

    His bail was set by Judge Tucker S. Gordon, a fifth-grader at the school, at $30,000.

  • Thousands turn out to see Palin at Jeffco Fairgrounds

    Doors opened at 7 a.m. Sept. 15 for Sarah Palin’s appearance at the Westernaires Equestrian Center at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, but that wasn't early enough for some.

    Thousands turned out to see the Alaska governor, who has electrified the campaign of Sen. John McCain since he named her as his running mate.

  • Motorcyclist critically injured in I-70 crash

    JEFFERSON COUNTY — An Idaho Springs man was thrown 50 feet Thursday afternoon after losing control of his motorcycle while allegedly racing another motorist on I-70.

    Steven P. Smith, 39, was heading west on I-70 near Lookout Mountain when his red 1998 Honda motorcycle crossed two lanes and hit the guardrail. Police said witnesses reported that a black 2004 Porsche was racing with Smith’s motorcycle. Smith was airlifted to St. Anthony Hospital with serious bodily injury and as of Friday afternoon remained in critical condition.