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  • Concerts and community mark Independence Day at Evergreen Lake

    Last Friday, as proud citizens from sea to shining sea gathered in backyards, town squares and city parks to honor the vast, sovereign community that is America, hundreds of local patriots celebrated the liberty-loving slice of it that is Evergreen by toasting the Republic with smiles, suds and Sousa at the Evergreen Music Festival’s star-spangled Fourth of July at the Lake.

  • Sheriff's employees get raises after all

    Jeffco sheriff's deputies and other employees at the sheriff's office have received a 3 percent raise, months after being told it wasn't possible.

    The raises were effective July 1.

    "The ability to effect this pay increase is possible in part because of the diligent management of our overtime resources," Sheriff Ted Mink said in a June 23 memo. "New scheduling plans and judicious management have enabled us to proved this pay increase within our existing budget."

  • Time travelers make a trip to commissioners' offices

    It was late in the workday July 2, and Pam Penton was getting ready to leave her job at the information desk just inside the Jefferson County Courts and Administration Building.

    And then things turned weird.

    A man outfitted from head to toe in Revolutionary War regalia, accompanied by two children in similar garb, asked where he could find the commissioners’ offices. The man also was carrying an American flag on a 5-foot pole.

  • Third of four men pleads guilty to violating Samson's Law

    The third of the four men arrested Sept. 14, 2007, for illegally taking a bull elk in Evergreen pleaded guilty June 26, according to the 1st Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

    John Keith Johnson, 23, a resident of Idaho Springs, pleaded guilty to aggravated illegal possession of wildlife, illegal possession of wildlife and illegal taking of wildlife. Each count is an unclassified misdemeanor.

  • Parade, fireworks make for a raucous Fourth in Indian Hills

    In the 1920s, poet Lilian White Spencer described the tiny community of Indian Hills as a “sanctuary” bathed in beauty and romance, with a fierce, colorful past involving Native Americans who once camped and hunted in the area.

    Spencer, who had a summer cabin in Indian Hills, said the meadows and rolling hills, with breathless views of the Continental Divide, were a “scant hour by automobile from the tumults of civilization.”

  • The hills were alive: Parade, fireworks make for a raucous Fourth in Indian Hills

    In the 1920s, poet Lilian White Spencer described the tiny community of Indian Hills as a “sanctuary” bathed in beauty and romance, with a fierce, colorful past involving Native Americans who once camped and hunted in the area.

    Spencer, who had a summer cabin in Indian Hills, said the meadows and rolling hills, with breathless views of the Continental Divide, were a “scant hour by automobile from the tumults of civilization.”

  • School board seeks Chowdhury’s resignation in wake of guilty plea

    Jeffco school board member and state House candidate Vince Chowdhury should resign his board position after pleading guilty to a charge stemming from accusations that he choked and slapped his 16-year-old daughter, the school board said July 8.

    Chowdhury, 48, pleaded guilty to third-degree assault July 8 in Jefferson County Court. A harassment charge and a charge for violating a protective order were dismissed. Chowdhury was given a supervised, one-year deferred sentence and ordered to complete anger management and parenting classes.

  • Rodeo Parade winners

    The winning entries in the Evergreen Rodeo Parade on June 14 were: Youth Division: first, Cub Scout Pack No. 50; second, Evergreen High School Cheerleaders; third, Jefferson County 4-H Livestock Council. Non-Commercial, Adult: first, Mountain High Christian Center; second, Evergreen Animal Protective League; third, Jefferson County Public Library drill team. Commercial, Adult: first, Evergreen National Bank; second, Canyon Courier; third, Square Deal Riding Center. Judges’ Crowd Pleaser, Evergreen High School Poms.

  • Longtime postal worker recalls 34 years of Evergreen faces

    Does every community have a center? A convenient hub where its citizens and their diverse personal and public interests converge? A single point where daily snapshots of a whole town’s unfolding history are available live and in color?

  • Mixed signals: Mountain residents not receiving DTV broadcasts

    Free television reception could be a thing of the past for some mountain area residents when analog TV signals stop emanating from Lookout Mountain in February 2009 and the switch to digital signals is complete.

    In fact, some mountain residents who have already installed digital converters are failing to get the digital signals, because a new DTV antenna on Lookout Mountain is not broadcasting in our direction.