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  • World of music: Jazz Fest brings a swinging weekend

    “The hippest thing you can do is not play at all. Just listen.”

    — Lennie Tristano

    The word “jazz” covers more ground than any other in the musical lexicon, which means it had a lot in common with them what played and them what listened at last weekend’s eighth annual Evergreen Jazz Festival.

  • Calendar photo contest begins

    Mount Evans Hospice is looking for photographs of the mountain community’s scenery, wildlife and landmarks to include in the 2009 Seasons of Our Mountains Community Calendar.

    Amateur and professional photographers are encouraged to submit entries for this popular calendar, sponsored by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Evergreen National Bank and Evergreen Newspapers.

  • Jeffco enacts fire restrictions

    The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has announced temporary fire restrictions for all unincorporated areas of the county.

    The restrictions also include a portion of the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest off Brook Forest Road and will be in effect until further notice.

    While the restrictions are in effect, the following activities are prohibited:

    • Building, maintaining, attending or using any fire or campfire except within a permanently constructed fire grate in a developed park, campground or picnic area.

  • Reverse-911 glitch sent wrong people packing during Oxyoke Fire

    When Buffalo Creek resident Vicki Porter got a reverse-911 call July 20 during the Oxyoke Fire notifying her household of a mandatory evacuation, she and her family acted immediately, filling boxes and preparing to flee.

    But the family’s panic was short-lived — and unnecessary. Another call came a half-hour later saying that the first was in error: Porter’s home was one of 1,350 households that were wrongly contacted because of a glitch in the notification system.

  • Walgreens to open by end of August

    Never fear. Walgreens will be here.

    The new Walgreens off Evergreen Parkway will definitely be opening by the end of August, according to a company spokeswoman.

    Construction issues have delayed the original opening date, according to Carol Hively, corporate spokeswoman for Walgreens.

    Rumors circulating around Evergreen that Walgreens is backing out or that the company is having a hard time hiring workers are false, Hively said.

    Walgreens’ fiscal year ends Aug. 31, and the company likes to have all of its new stores open by that time, she said.

  • A moose is on the loose in Evergreen

    Gianna Vinci’s fascination with moose began a month ago when her family traveled to Yellowstone National Park and she saw one of the lanky creatures there.

    The Evergreen toddler’s interest was reinforced when her mother, Patty, bought a children’s book about Orville the Moose — whose antlers were loose — at a gift shop in the park. The book has been favorite reading at the Vinci home ever since.

    But Gianna’s desire to see a moose in Evergreen seemed an unlikely wish until the family drove right by one July 20 on their way to Summerfest.

  • 2 yaks making tracks in Evergreen

    Evergreen resident Hans von Barby would like to have his yaks back.

    But the two furry beasts apparently remain at large after escaping their enclosure sometime in June. And von Barby, who lives on Elk Ridge, is especially worried because the two cows may have been pregnant when they went on the lam.

    The fugitive bovines, whose breed is native to Tibet and the Himalayas, were last spotted two weeks ago near the Clear Creek County line but haven’t been heard from since.

    “I’d sure like to have them back,” von Barby said July 18.

  • MRC teen program loses funding

    For eight years, high school students in Evergreen and Conifer have had a rare chance to interact with elementary and middle school children in a mentoring program that promoted nonviolent behavior.

    The program was known as PACT — Peers Acting to Connect Teens — and was funded by grants through the Mountain Resource Center. MRC contracted with Sheila Kelly and Heather Kassman, co-founders of Bridges to Peace, to administer the program.

  • 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.