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  • 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.

  • 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.