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  • Elsie makes short work of book returns at Evergreen library

     Keeping up with the daily avalanche of returned books, DVDs, books on CD and everything else is a lot easier now that the Evergreen library has put Elsie to work.

    Since Oct. 22, Elsie has been working nonstop six days a week,11 hours a day without a bathroom break, sorting books into big bins, which handlers then dispatch to the appropriate library shelves.

  • Menorah lights up Lake Park scene


     Rabbi Levi Brackman, executive director of Judaism in the Foothills of Evergreen, presided over a brief ceremonial lighting of an 8-foot-tall, decorative menorah on the grounds of the Evergreen Lake House on Dec. 22.

    The event marked the third day of Hanukkah, an eight-day Jewish holiday. This year Hanukkah began on Dec. 20 and ended Dec. 28.

  • Winter Festival takes season to the extremes

     Evergreen Park and Rec is revving up for the first Winter Festival, including a nighttime Rail Jam with professional snowboarders and skiers competing for prizes on a custom-built course with jumps and rails finishing on Evergreen Lake.

    Events take place at Echo Mountain and at Evergreen Lake on Saturday, Feb. 4, and proceeds benefit the EPRD park and recreation programs.

    The concept of Rail Jam is similar to Big Air, which took place last year in downtown Denver.

  • Benefit sale to help Kittredge artist rebuild cabin

    Friends and family are staging a benefit art sale on behalf of Kittredge artist John Scott, 92, who was severely burned in a ferocious fire Nov. 7 in his hilltop hideaway.

    Scott survived the fire, but the rustic, log structure he built by hand and furnished with trophies and other mementos is a total loss. As of Dec. 22, Scott was on the mend in a rehab facility in Denver after a couple weeks in the hospital, said his daughter, Laura Scott of Denver.

  • Fires, political districts heat up year in news


    1. Wildland fires fuel prompt home evacuations

    After high winds and dry weather culminated in three fires in the Evergreen area at about the same time on April 8, authorities called for a complete ban on open flames on both federal land and unincorporated Jefferson County.

  • Storm slams area with up to 30 inches of snow

    A row of imposing icicles hanging from a porch in Kittredge points to the unavoidable fact that winter has arrived with a vengeance in the high country, as a storm dumped up to 30 inches of snow on parts of Evergreen and Conifer overnight Wednesday.


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  • Evergreen man dies in rollover accident on Pena Boulevard

    An Evergreen man died and a passenger was taken to a hospital after a rollover traffic accident on Pena Boulevard in Denver about 10 p.m. Monday.

    Ervin Wayne Settles II, 34, died at the scene, according to an Aurora Police Department media release. The woman has not been named.

    Settles was driving a Ford F-250 crew-cab pickup north on Pena Boulevard south of East 40th Avenue when the truck sideswiped a Hyundai Sonata. The Hyundai spun off Pena Boulevard and landed in an unpaved area. None of the three people in the Hyundai were injured.

  • Ice Fest XVI a cool way to party at Evergreen Lake


    The place to be on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day is Evergreen Lake, where sponsors are staging a series of family-friendly events for the 16th year in a row under the new marketing label IceFest XVI.

    The IceFest includes three main events, beginning Dec. 31: Pond Hockey Tournament at 8 a.m., Skate the Lake at 6 p.m. (fireworks at 8 p.m. and midnight), and the entertaining Evergreen Lake Plunge on New Year’s Day for those who enjoy diving into ice water (ridiculous costumes welcome but not required).

  • Starry-eyed couple embody holiday magic

    For Erik and Frances Listou, Santa Claus isn’t just a tradition, it’s a lifestyle — especially around the holidays.


    Married for 22 years, the Listous are the Santa and Mrs. Claus of Evergreen.

    They are the real couple behind the couple that presides over the lighting of the Christmas tree at the Lake House every year. They lead the parade around Evergreen Lake on foot and head for the Ice House, where they patiently pose and be impossibly charming while 200 children have their pictures taken in about three hours.