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  • Students inaugurate history: At Elk Creek Elementary, inaugural fits right in with studies

    On Tuesday, Jan. 20, instead of learning history at Elk Creek Elementary School, the kids were living it.

    Many people remember where they were when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated or when the Twin Towers fell. On those days, the nation stood still.

    On Tuesday, when the U.S. inaugurated its first African-American president, the nation once again stood still. And the kids in Deanne Spencer’s fifth-grade class quieted and set their pencils down — just in time for all eyes to be glued to the television screen.

  • Proposal dampens spirits at liquor stores

    After losing last year’s bid to sell beer and wine, supermarkets and convenience stores are putting their efforts behind legislation to let them sell full-strength beer.

    The movement has caused alarm among liquor store owners such as Chris Risley of Coconuts liquor store, next to the Bergen Park King Soopers. Risley says the supermarkets want to drive the liquor stores out of business.

    “We know what they are after. We have been fighting this for years,” Risley said.

  • Local Obama fans headed to D.C. for inauguration day

    Barack Obama may not be focusing on it, but according to an unofficial survey, Evergreen will be well represented in Washington, D.C., on Inauguration Day Jan. 20.

    Getting close enough to actually see Obama in person, however, might be difficult if not impossible for almost everybody, since between 2 million and 3 million people are expected to attend the event.

  • Developer prevails in Wah Keeney dispute

    A developer who wants to build townhouses on his property in Wah Keeney Park has a legal right to use the road on someone else’s property to get to his building site across the creek, a judge has ruled.

    The dispute centers on a handful of lots bordering Troublesome Creek at the end of Larkspur Road in Wah Keeney Park, where Michael and Roseanne Paslay built a two-story retirement home. When a developer showed up with tons of dirt and galvanized steel, they felt their rural retreat had been invaded.

  • Lifelong poet has a rhyme for every reason

    No Resolution

    By Natalie Tyson

    I resolve this year not to resolve

    I have resolved before

    There are heaps of resolutions

    Laying dead beside my door

    I resolve that I’d be strong and wise

    For a whole year still to come

    But I can not span a year of days

    I’ll take them one by one …

    There’s endless poetry in a life well-lived, and 82-year-old Natalie Tyson has spent the greater part of her well-lived life helping others find the poetry in their own.

  • I-70 rollover injures two

    Two men were seriously injured Jan. 9 when their Jeep rolled in the eastbound lanes of I-70 just east of the Genesee exit.

    Nicolas S. Ruba, 23, and Michael A. Blakeway, 23, both of Craig, were headed east at the time of the accident, according to the Colorado State Patrol. Just east of the Genesee exit, the Jeep went out of control on a right-hand turn and rolled once into the median, coming to rest on its wheels.

  • Obama team seeks ideas for health care reform in Jeffco

    Everyone has complaints about the U.S. health care system, according to Jeffco Commissioner Kevin McCasky.

    "But we have about 4 million different ideas on how to resolve it," he added, shortly after sitting through a community forum on health care reform Dec. 30. The forum was commissioned by President-elect Barack Obama's transition team and hosted by the West Chamber.

  • Santa gives Skeel family a week without water

    Park district chief John Skeel and his family woke up on Christmas Day to discover that Santa had left them with a dry well, forcing the family of five to go without toilet flushing and hot showers for a week.

    By the day after New Year’s, the problem had been fixed with the addition of two 175-gallon storage tanks, and now the system works better than ever, Skeel said. “I can take a shower and run the dishwasher at the same time.”

    Well experts diagnosed the problem as a relative lack of rain this year.

  • Rec workers' merit raises capped at 6%

    Park district employees stand to get raises ranging from zero to 6 percent under the terms of a new pay-for-performance compensation policy hashed out in a special district board meeting on Dec. 29.

    Under the new policy, employees are not entitled to the 3.5 to 4 percent automatic cost-of-living increases they received in the past. A fixed amount of money, about $50,000, will be distributed according to merit.

  • Developer seeks easement on private retreat

    After failing to reach a deal with private landowners, Evergreen developer Ron Lewis has filed a condemnation action in district court to get an easement on a 700-foot section of road south of Shaffers Crossing off South Elk Creek Road.