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  • Evergreen, Conifer well-represented at Vegas rodeo

    LAS VEGAS, NEV. — For 10 days a year, what happens in Vegas involves wearing a cowboy hat. And at the recent National Finals Rodeo, hats were off to a group of Evergreen and Conifer natives.

    Tim Shirley of Conifer, a two-time champ at the Evergreen Rodeo, was among the top competitors at the national event. He was joined in Las Vegas by 2008 Evergreen Rodeo queen Amanda Bodkin, Evergreen artist Gary Sohrweid, and author, actor and singer Junior Ray.

  • Fire district seeks radio upgrade for $900,000

    The Evergreen Fire Protection District board voted to spend $250,000 in hopes of gaining $650,000 in grant money to pay for a massive, $900,000 radio communications system overhaul by 2013.

    At a regular meeting of the board of directors on Dec. 19, the board found out the department could be eligible for a grant from the Department of Homeland Security to pay for the bulk of the radio upgrade.

    The $250,000 would constitute matching funds to start the grant process and make the transition to VHF radio frequency. A formal proposal is due Jan. 19.

  • Idaho Springs man sentenced in illegal hunting of elk

    Larry C. Losch of Idaho Springs was sentenced Dec. 17 for his role in the illegal hunting of a large elk in Evergreen on Sept. 13, 2007.

  • School board seeks community feedback on budget cuts

    The Jefferson County school board is asking for the community’s help in making decisions about the district’s budget. The district will need to cut at least $35 million between 2009 and 2012 after voters rejected the bond and mill levy measures on the November ballot.

    The board has received recommendations from staff and community budget work groups and wants to continue to gather feedback from many different voices in Jefferson County.

  • Christmases past: Two area residents recall the deprivations, challenges of the Great Depression

    This holiday season, amid a struggling economy and feelings of uncertainty, wants are succumbing to needs for many area residents.

    But today’s definition of “needs” is dramatically different from the one of 80 years ago. The Roaring Twenties, when indulgence was common and pretty things trumped the practical, came to an abrupt end on Oct. 29, 1929, the day the stock market crashed. Banks failed, businesses closed and more than 15 million Americans were left unemployed.

  • Mail thief to get 24 years in prison

    Mail pilferer Michael John Pantera pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary on Dec. 19.

    In November 2007, Pantera, 27, and his girlfriend, Sophie Rose Shafer of Pine, 19, drove through neighborhoods in Jefferson and Park counties stealing mail from mailboxes, searching for holiday gift cards and cash.

    Pantera is scheduled to be sentenced March 27 to 24 years in prison. He was convicted in the November 2007 mailbox thefts and also as a habitual criminal, according to a news release from the Jefferson County district attorney.

  • Locals flock to help stranded goose

    A bit of summer stranded at Evergreen Lake drew the attention and sympathy of a small army of local wildlife enthusiasts. Yet the good-hearted citizens determined to save a solitary Canada goose from a cold and bitter end found themselves torn between love and the law.

     

  • Luckylure to give Christmas trees to needy families

    Luckylure Christmas tree of Evergreen will be giving away two dozen tannenbaums to area families who have experienced layoffs or have special needs this holiday season.

    The 24 free trees will be given away at noon Thursday at Luckylure, at Highway 73 and Brook Forest Road. A drawing will be held if more than 24 families are seeking trees.

  • Baskets full of joy delivered to those in need

    You can tell by the smiles on their faces that delivering big boxes full of food is fun for everybody, including the seniors, the volunteers and the eighth-graders from the Rocky Mountain Academy charter school who served as delivery girls and boys.

    On Wednesday, Dec. 10, volunteers finally got the opportunity to distribute around Evergreen the baskets full of good cheer that they had been collecting since Halloween.

  • Survey, conditions at issue in trial over Wah Keeney development

    The property dispute between a developer who wants to build housing units on 90 small lots on the east end of Wah Keeney Park in Evergreen landed in Jefferson County District Court on Dec. 11 after settlement discussions failed to produce an agreement.

    At the last minute, the trial was assigned to Judge Stephen M. Munsinger, instead of Tamara Russell, who originally was set to preside over the two-day trial.