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  • MDA camp offers local boy a sweet taste of freedom

    For millions of kids, summer camp is a transforming rite of passage.

    New friends to make, new places to see, new experiences to try — a well-fed wilderness adventure featuring a rustic slumber-party cabin every night and no meddlesome parents around to rain on the rush. It’s a careful yet exhilarating toe in the pool of personal independence, and everyone comes home a little older and a little bolder.

  • Neighbors protest Elk Rest condo project

    After listening to half a dozen homeowners rail against the proposed Elk Rest condo project, the Jefferson County commissioners voted 2-1 on Aug. 19 to send the idea back to the planning commission for further analysis.

    Commissioner Kathy Hartman said she would have preferred not to postpone the rezoning decision but was overruled by Commissioners Jim Congrove and Kevin McCasky.

  • Hitting it big: Evergreen native puts persistence to music

    Brett Boyett is a big fan of Calvin Coolidge. He particularly likes this quote from the former president: “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.” After years of determination and living by Coolidge’s words, Boyett, an Evergreen native, is reaping the fruits of his labor with a successful career in music.

    Boyett grew up in Evergreen and graduated from Evergreen High School in 1992. Even during his childhood, Boyett knew that he wanted to be a musician.

  • DNC's first day a whirlwind

    Attending day one of the Democratic National Convention in Denver was like going to a party, a game and an industry trade show simultaneously. From a logistical standpoint, the enormous production came off nearly seamlessly.

    The shuttle bus, the security, the sound system, the snack bars, the people-watching, organization, professionalism of the volunteers, general accessibility and the inspiring speeches by famous political figures made the evening go by entertainingly.

    If the rest of the days go off as well, it will be a big win for Denver and Colorado.

  • Jeffco schools to seek tax increase, bond issue

    The Jefferson County school board voted unanimously Aug. 21 to ask voters for a 4.4-mill increase in property taxes and a $350 million bond issue in the Nov. 4 election to pay for more teachers, upkeep, buildings and technology upgrades.

    The mill levy is expected to cost taxpayers an extra $2.92 a month per $100,000 of assessed valuation. The bond issue is to replace the level of borrowing that is in already in place as that is paid off, and it will not result in a tax increase.

    The proposal could be a tough sell in view of the declining economic climate.

  • Walgreens officially opens

    Friday morning's opening of Evergreen's Walgreens was quite eventful for the store's first customers.

    Kristi Leinen of Evergreen had the distinction of being the first shopper. She dashed into the store about 7:40 a.m. — 20 minutes before the store's scheduled opening time — to grab school supplies for her children.

  • Political newcomer challenging DA Storey

    When Jefferson County District Attorney Scott Storey announced in January that he’d be seeking a second term, there was no word on whom the Democrats might run against him.

    Eight months later — and just three months before the November election — Storey finally has an opponent.

    Vicky Peters, a Lakewood Democrat coming off a 20-year career as an environmental attorney in the Colorado attorney general's office, is Storey's challenger.

  • Evergreen Academy sends Iraqi students the keys to success

    Anyone who thinks laboring in service of the less fortunate is just too tedious, or just too time-consuming, just isn’t doing it right. The two dozen generous hearts gathered in Evergreen Academy’s cheery multi-purpose room on Wednesday evening, Aug. 13, on the other hand, knew just how to do it.

  • Fine Arts Festival still going strong in Heritage Grove

    Since its humble beginnings in 1966, the Evergreen Artists Association Fine Arts Festival has rivaled some of the finest art shows in the country. And some say it’s even better than most, given its prime location.

    The festival’s art is displayed among the old-growth Ponderosa pines of Heritage Grove near the Hiwan Homestead Museum. What better way to peruse the work of more than 100 artists than on a sunny mountain afternoon under the shade of these gentle giants.

  • Paschall won't be tried a third time

    It's over.

    District Attorney Scott Storey took two swings at prosecuting former Jeffco treasurer Mark Paschall after Paschall was accused of soliciting a kickback on his way out of the treasurer's office. Both times Storey missed.

    He's decided not to risk a strikeout.