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  • Ex-EHS teacher guilty of sex assault

    Former Evergreen High music teacher William Eisenman, on trial for 13 sexual assault counts involving sexual relations with two students, was found guilty June 24 of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust.

    He also was convicted of providing alcohol to a minor but was acquitted of one count of unlawful sexual contact. He faces a mandatory prison term of eight to 24 years in prison, and possibly life behind bars. A sentencing date had yet to be set.

  • Floats fill downtown for a sassy spectacle

    Horses, floats and firefighters graced the streets of Evergreen during Saturday’s Rodeo Parade, as a crowd of 3,000 gathered on a beautiful 75-degree day to watch the annual Western-themed walk.

    “It gets better every year,” said spectator Casey Downare.

    The parade sauntered down Highway 74 into downtown, where three judges sized up the floats based on crowd appeal, originality and use of this year’s theme, Belles and Bulls. The Evergreen High Poms won a $50 cash prize, and three more prizes were awarded later.

  • The buck starts here: Celebrity bull riding lassos another kind of bucks

    Just when you thought Rodeo Weekend couldn’t get wilder, woollier or wackier, on June 13 the ever-innovative Evergreen Rodeo Association kicked off Friday Night Bulls with some rootin’, tootin’ and hootin’ at the expense of the high-falutin’.

    “We’re calling it the Celebrity Buck-off,” said association honcho Gail Ridings. “Last year’s ATV raffle was a big pain in the neck, and we thought this would be a fun way to raise some money for improvements on the rodeo grounds.”

  • Evergreen family climbing Mount Shasta to fight cancer

    Nancy Wilhelm has never been a big fan of climbing mountains, but when it comes to raising money for breast cancer research, she’d do just about anything.

    The Evergreen resident, along with her husband, Mark, and son, Brandon, is climbing Mount Shasta in Northern California this week.

    “I’m not used to climbing mountains, but I’m out there for a purpose,” Nancy said.

  • Habitat for Humanity builds on local volunteers

    Evergreen volunteers are stepping up to help shelter their fellow citizens — not by writing checks but by actually building them houses.

    And in the 17 years since Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity was organized in 1991, said Pandora Reagan, development director for the agency, those volunteers have built 21 houses under the aegis of the local affiliate of the international organization, which was begun in 1976 in Georgia.

  • A big step: The search for Sasquatch

    Editor’s note: Scout around Google Earth these days, and you might be astonished by what you find — such as the report by a man who claimed he spotted bigfoot between Kittredge and Indian Hills in 1974. He was a boy at the time, hiking with his brothers and the family dog. The incident scared him so badly he nearly choked the dog to death with its leash while climbing a tree.

  • Cabin-baby couple plead guilty in arson, theft

    An Evergreen couple pleaded guilty June 16 to setting a house on fire and stealing the owners' car and jewelry.

    Gregory Allen Leon, 24, and his girlfriend, Summer Lynn Baker, 24, will be sentenced Aug. 21. Leon faces between four and 48 years in prison, and Baker faces two to six years in prison. Leon is not eligible for probation.

    Leon pleaded guilty to first-degree arson and theft from an at-risk adult, both class 3 felonies. Baker pleaded guilty to class 4 felony theft.

  • Beckoning grace: A father's devotion brings soothing melodies to the life of his autistic son

    It’s an exhilarating experience when a father hears his son’s first “Da-Da.” But the experience can be crushing if a child stops saying it.

    Garrett Kelty appeared normal in every way when he was born on Nov. 5, 1994 — a few months before his parents, Robert and Rebecca, bought Alpine Pastries in Evergreen.

  • Humphrey Museum offers food, fun and fascination

    This Saturday, folks who like their local history served al fresco with something hot off the grill and a heaping side of old-time ambience can satisfy their appetites for all three at Evergreen’s most enchanting pioneer artifact, the Humphrey Memorial Park & Museum.

  • Bergen kids trample fund-raising record

    If foul weather set the start of this year’s Buffalo Stampede back a couple of days, the more than 600 Bergen kids who ran their little hearts out on May 16 to benefit the Bergen Meadow Field Project finished way ahead of expectations.

    “They raised more than $20,000,” says Lisa McLagan, vice president of fund-raising for the Bergen Parent Teacher Association. “It’s amazing. The most the Stampede’s ever raised is $9,000, and they doubled it.”