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  • Holiday Walk warms hearts: 17th annual event brings merry sounds, sights

    A balmy evening couldn’t melt the Christmas spirit in downtown Evergreen at the 17th annual Holiday Walk, where merchants were merry and visitors reveled in the small-town spirit.

    Sponsored by the Evergreen Downtown Business Association, the event was the perfect chance to get out of the house for a couple of hours and get in the holiday spirit.

  • Sheriff working with bars, liquor stores on enforcement

    Earlier this year, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office conducted sting operations at 51 liquor stores and bars. Cadets under age 21 with either fake IDs or no IDs were able to buy liquor at 28 of the 51 establishments. That 55-percent failure rate was not acceptable to Capt. Daniel Gard and other sheriff's office staff.

  • Group files appeal in Mount Morrison tower case

    The group fighting the construction of a horizontal TV tower on Mount Morrison above Red Rocks Amphitheatre has filed a last-minute appeal to the state Court of Appeals. But the move is not likely to halt construction plans in the meantime.

    The filing follows an Oct. 7 district court ruling that the Jefferson County commissioners had followed the proper process in approving the tower proposal.

  • Wah Keeney Park builder clearing land

    Residents of Wah Keeney Park are up in arms for the second time since 2006 about the same developer’s preliminary building activities on the 92 small lots he owns on the ridge above Troublesome Creek.

    This time it’s about the construction of a temporary road and the related felling of hundreds of trees in September at the end of Larkspur Road on the far eastern fringe of Wah Keeney Park.

    The developer, Tim Barbachano of Ridge Creek Development LLC of Lone Tree, is also embroiled in a lawsuit with neighbors Mike and Roseanne Paslay on nearby Larkspur Drive.

  • Holiday lights keep landscapers busy this season

    This is the time of year when the pleasure of seeing lights from rooftop to treetop all over town is frequently overwhelmed by the pain of ladder-climbing and unwinding tangled strings of mini-bulbs.

    Decorating is one of those things that seems like a good idea in theory. But who has the time?

    That’s where the summertime landscape companies, such as Lam Tree Service and JP Total, come to the rescue. For those with $200 to $5,000 to spend, JP Total of Evergreen will do it all. It buys the lights, puts them up, and removes, replaces and stores them.

  • BMC Building Materials closes doors in Bergen Park

    Bergen Park mainstay BMC Building Materials, 1232 Bergen Parkway, has closed its doors to the public. The last day of business was Sunday, Dec. 7.

    Some of the sales staff have been reassigned to the BMC store in Centennial, but at least 12 other workers were laid off, according to store manager Andy Roe, who was reached at the store on Monday.

    Roe said the decision to close the store was made elsewhere at the corporate level.

    Questions about the shutdown were referred to the Centennial store.

     

  • A lot of heart: Evergreen rescuer is Paramedic of the Year

    For Evergreen paramedic Dave Montesi, it wasn’t enough to come to the rescue in a cardiac emergency himself — he wanted the public to be trained to render first-aid as well.

    The result was the Evergreen Public Access Defibrillation program, which raised about $70,000 over eight years to install 36 life-saving defibrillators, or AEDs, in various locations around Evergreen.

  • BREAKING NEWS: Sheriff searching for missing Conifer woman

    The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is looking for Laurette Doerr, an 86-year-old Conifer woman who has gone missing.

    Doerr left Conifer about noon Dec. 3 headed south to Denver to see her daughter. She was driving a blue 2000 Subaru Impreza with Colorado license plate PAZ-9120. Doerr likely traveling on U.S. 285 from Conifer to Denver.

    Doerr is 5-foot-1, with gray hair and brown eyes.

  • BREAKING NEWS: Missing Conifer woman is found

    A Conifer woman who was reported missing at midmorning on Dec. 3 was found Thursday night in Fairplay.

    Laurette Doerr, 86, left her home in Conifer on Dec. 3 to visit her daughter in Denver and never arrived. Shortly before she was found a senior Amber Alert was released—the first time the state has done that.

    According to Park County Sheriff Fred Wegener, a truck driver who had seen the Amber Alert was traveling on U.S. 285 and spotted Doerr’s blue 2000 Subaru Impreza. The truck driver notified the Fairplay Police Department.

  • Birding legend Bill Brockner dies at 93 in Evergreen

    Bill Brockner, a longtime Evergreen resident and co-founder of the Evergreen Naturalists Audubon Society, died Wednesday night, Nov. 19, at Life Care Center of Evergreen. He was 93.

    Brockner was the husband of Courier columnist Sylvia Brockner. His interest in birds traced to his youth and led to his first meeting with Sylvia. The two, who became renowned birding experts, married in 1940.