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  • Top-dog judge: Local to appraise pups at iconic event

    Less than a week after the NFL’s Super Bowl, the “Super Bowl of dog shows” — the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show — will take place in New York City from Thursday through Feb. 16.

    Walking among 3,000 dogs will be Evergreen’s Joyce Vanek, who has been to Westminster as a spectator, an exhibitor, a competitor — and now one of the show’s 30 judges.

    Vanek will judge five breeds in the working-class category: Black Russian terriers, Doberman pinschers, English mastiffs, great Danes and Portuguese water dogs.

  • Intermountain Humane Society seeking a new home

    After many years in its rented space off U.S. 285 and Wandcrest Road in Pine, the Intermountain Humane Society is looking for some permanent roots — that is, a building the organization can call its own.

    The 35-year-old nonprofit is raising money in a $500,000 capital campaign to purchase either land it can build on or an existing facility that can better house its animal shelter and thrift store.

  • Platte Canyon teacher ending 30-plus-year career

    Sue Villarreal has spent more than 30 years teaching at Platte Canyon High School in Bailey. In the mid-1980s — less than 10 years after graduating from the high school — the Bailey native returned to teach home economics, known now as consumer and family studies. Back then, the classes revolved around managing a household: balancing a checkbook, meal preparation, parenting, sewing and any number of other tasks involved in family life.

  • Evergreen couple win big on ‘The Wall’

    Where does an Evergreen couple go after winning more than a half-million dollars on a television game show?

    To Pizza Hut, of course.

    Shana and Mike Gustafson won $529,921 on the new NBC game show “The Wall.” After the taping, which took five hours, they were exhausted.

    “We could have gone anywhere (in Los Angeles),” Shana said. “We were driving, and we saw a Pizza Hut.”

    They went in and had a deep-dish supreme pizza and beer.

  • Mountain Area Science Fair winners

    2017 Mountain Area Science Fair results

     

    Division II  2nd and 3rd Grade

    Aerodynamics

    First place, Avery Zouski, Bergen, “Capillary Action”, second place, Amend Balderas, Parmalee, “Fastest Track”, third place, Benny Vath, Evergreen Country Day School, “Floaty Boaty”, fourth place, Carter Wilson, West Jeff, “Tornado in a Bottle”.

     

    Botany

  • Students’ high-tech projects see how the cookie crumbles at science fair

    Who needs a computer search engine when there’s the Mountain Area Science Fair?

    At this year’s fair on Saturday, attendees could learn about what recipe makes the best chocolate-chip cookie, which water filter works best, whether electricity can be made from lemons, which diaper holds the most water, and whether dogs, cats or humans have the most bacteria in their mouths.

  • Jeffco Open Space prepping for second community meeting about challenges facing Elk Meadow dog park

    Jeffco Open Space this week will host the second in a series of community meetings to address public safety and environmental issues plaguing the Elk Meadow off-leash area in Evergreen.

  • Evergreen man hospitalized with injuries

    An Evergreen man has been hospitalized with injuries possibly consistent with being struck by a vehicle, the Jeffco Sheriff's Office reports.

    According to sheriff's spokesman Mark Techmeyer, a 34-year-old man was found injured along the 27000 block of Meadow Drive in Evergreen about 6 a.m. Wednesday. The man had been walking to his residence sometime after 1:30 a.m. He was unsure how he sustained his injuries or when he fell unconscious in a ditch along Meadow Drive.

  • Longtime Seniors’ Resource Center head Zabawa retiring

    John Zabawa can recall a time many years ago when he went before Jeffco’s county commissioners to urge preparation for a growing population of seniors.

    “I felt like I was Paul Revere sounding the alarm,” Zabawa said. “The seniors are coming! The seniors are coming!”

  • School board president undecided about whether to seek re-election

    The president of Jeffco’s school board, Ron Mitchell, says he is undecided about running for re-election when his term expires later this year.