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  • Group aims to ease soldiers' minds, families' burdens

    Thanks to the Evergreen Rotary Club and its just-launched Operation Warmheart, young Army privates deployed overseas can breathe easier about the loved ones they leave at home.

  • Record turnout reported at caucuses

    Colorado Democrats and Republicans attended precinct caucuses on Super Tuesday in record numbers, and the healthy turnout was reflected throughout Jefferson County.

    On the GOP side, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won a Jeffco presidential straw poll running away, according to unofficial results provided by the Jeffco GOP.

  • Q&A: John Skeel

    Q: What’s your background?

  • School bus, plow have close encounter

    Some Bergen kids had a ripping story to tell their parents around the dinner table on Monday.

    As their school bus drove along the snow-deep streets at about Inverness and Canterbury in the Hiwan Country Club, they got clipped by a county plow truck. It was a glancing blow and, according to Jefferson County Schools spokewoman Lynn Setzer, damage was minimal.

  • Jeffco schools pull beef from lunch menus

    Jeffco Public Schools is one of several districts in Colorado that has pulled beef from its lunch menus this week in response to an undercover Humane Society investigation that showed improper practices in a slaughterhouse.

    Commodity beef — loose meat made into hamburger or otherwise processed — from Westland/Hallmark Meat Co. is the culprit for the lunchtime adjustment. Humane Society insider video showed one of Westland’s slaughterhouses processing “downer cows,” or cows that were abused or too sick to stand.

  • A crash course in God: Pastor honored for 25 years of contributions

    Pastor Keith Kraakevik wrecked two of his father’s cars the first year he had his driver’s license.

    It was 1959, in Iowa, and he rear-ended another vehicle while driving his father’s Pontiac — the sight of his girlfriend in another fellow’s car had distracted him.

    When his father replaced the Pontiac with a new Ford Fairlane, the young Kraakevik hit black ice one Sunday morning and slid into a road sign while taking his mother to church.

  • Giving voice to hope: Evergreen resident helps women inmates find 'the summer in life'

    When Sophia’s Sisters raise their voices, crowds of 400 people come to their feet to cheer and sing along with the women’s choir.

    And that happens even when the group doesn’t have a captive audience, and is performing outside the prison walls.

    The Sisters are part of Unbound Grace, a nonprofit organization that takes arts-based programming inside the Denver Women’s Prison to bring healing to women who have suffered neglect, domestic abuse or other unfortunate circumstances.

  • Penguin power: Author's character helps teach kids about fire safety

    Pasqual the Penguin is an unlikely hero. The young animal doesn’t quite fit in at the zoo, but he makes a difference in Rhonda Spellman’s children’s book “Fire and Ice,” teaching kids important lessons about fire safety along the way.

    The story is written to appeal to a broad audience of young children, but it was created especially for those who don’t learn via traditional means.

    “Teaching children who learn differently is really my mission,” said Spellman, a resident of Parker.

  • Wulf hangs up his EPRD spurs after a 35-year ride

    At the start of the new year, Dick Wulf stepped down as Evergreen Park and Recreation District’s first and only executive director and left behind a matchless record of service to his neighbors.

    “A lot of people in this community, when they think of park and rec, think of Dick Wulf,” says EPRD treasurer Allan Casey. “He’s been here pretty much from day one. He is the district.”

    Casey makes no overstatement. EPRD’s history and that of Wulf are virtually one and the same.

  • Evergreen mail-theft suspects linked to Jeffco burglaries

    Two Bailey residents accused of stealing hundreds of pieces of mail from residential mailboxes in Evergreen, Morrison, Conifer and Pine have been linked to "several" Jeffco burglaries, according to a statement from the Jeffco Sheriff's Office.

    Michael Pantera, 27, and Sophie Shafer, 18, were arrested on suspicion of felony theft Dec. 22 in the 27000 block of Richmond Hill Road with more than 375 pieces of stolen mail, gift cards, cash, and a batch of homemade cookies that had been sent through the mail.