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  • Hiwan exhibit captures history on a string

    Art, craft and history are deftly woven together in the Hiwan Homestead Museum’s latest showcase, Brilliant Beads: Native American Beadwork of the Wild West.

    “It was a natural for us,” says Hiwan’s program coordinator, Meghan McGinnes. “We’ve done exhibits on Navajo rugs, Indian jewelry and horsehair baskets, so this is a perfect extension of that theme. And Indian beadwork fits the house so well.”

  • Outside influences: Retiring DOW veteran won't forsake outdoors

    After 27 years of working in the outdoors, Evergreen resident Jerry Brinker is set to retire at the end of July. But that won’t mean a radical change.

    His plans? “Hunt, fish, work on tractors.” That, and volunteer for the state Division of Wildlife, the agency from which he will retire.

    Brinker, a DOW wildlife technician, said working for the agency was the “chance of a lifetime,” and his desire to work while surrounded by nature can be traced to his childhood.

  • Some Evergreen residents face power outage Sunday morning

    Some customers of the Intermountain Rural Electric Association in Evergreen will be without power for four hours Sunday morning while IREA and Xcel Energy fix a transmission pole and line damaged by fire two weeks ago.

    Another 16,000 households in the 285 Corridor also will lose power. The outage is scheduled from 6 to 10 a.m. July 20, according to IREA.

  • Mountain tourism a mixed bag amid higher gas prices

    Last year, Leroy Turley of Lakewood spent five and a half weeks driving 6,000 miles from Colorado to the East Coast and back. This year, his RV is staying in the garage.

    The retiree, who was attending a family reunion at Chief Hosa Campground near Evergreen on July 12, said his vehicle gets 7 miles per gallon, and he can’t afford the rising gas prices on his Social Security income.

    “They aren’t going to give Social Security a raise,” Turley said, pondering the matter with other relatives on a recent Saturday morning. 

  • OPEN HOUSES THIS WEEKEND

    For a listing of open houses this weekend in the area, refer to the Courier's printed real estate section, and check the Marketplace area of our home page.

  • Election officials pushing postal option

    Jeffco election officials are continuing to suggest that registered voters sign up to be permanent mail voters and join the 58 percent of registered county residents — 152,038 as of June 30 — who have chosen that option.

    Becoming a mail voter will help ease the Election Day burden at the polls and ensure that residents don’t feel rushed to vote, said Pam Anderson, Jeffco’s clerk and recorder. She added that many voters also have a hard time making it to their polling places on Election Day.

  • Asphalt shortage threatens paving projects statewide

    A nationwide asphalt shortage is jeopardizing road projects across the state during the peak of the 2008 paving season.

    "This caught us completely by surprise," said Jeff Kullman, a regional director for the Colorado Department of Transportation. "There are critical interstate projects we won't be able to deliver on."

    CDOT says 34 projects could be affected by the shortage.

    In the last two weeks, CDOT has learned from suppliers that there will not be enough asphalt to complete projects that have already gone out to bid.

  • Concerts and community mark Independence Day at Evergreen Lake

    Last Friday, as proud citizens from sea to shining sea gathered in backyards, town squares and city parks to honor the vast, sovereign community that is America, hundreds of local patriots celebrated the liberty-loving slice of it that is Evergreen by toasting the Republic with smiles, suds and Sousa at the Evergreen Music Festival’s star-spangled Fourth of July at the Lake.

  • Sheriff's employees get raises after all

    Jeffco sheriff's deputies and other employees at the sheriff's office have received a 3 percent raise, months after being told it wasn't possible.

    The raises were effective July 1.

    "The ability to effect this pay increase is possible in part because of the diligent management of our overtime resources," Sheriff Ted Mink said in a June 23 memo. "New scheduling plans and judicious management have enabled us to proved this pay increase within our existing budget."

  • Time travelers make a trip to commissioners' offices

    It was late in the workday July 2, and Pam Penton was getting ready to leave her job at the information desk just inside the Jefferson County Courts and Administration Building.

    And then things turned weird.

    A man outfitted from head to toe in Revolutionary War regalia, accompanied by two children in similar garb, asked where he could find the commissioners’ offices. The man also was carrying an American flag on a 5-foot pole.