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  • Judge denies Encalada’s bid to have 2010 conviction overturned

    A Jeffco district judge had denied a former Evergreen woman’s motion to have her 2010 conviction for criminal impersonation overturned due to ineffective counsel, which was part of a bid to stymie U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement efforts to deport her back to Peru.  

  • Mad Jack’s collecting pet supplies for Hurricane Harvey victims

    Mad Jack’s Brewery in Bailey is collecting pet supplies and other items for victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston.

    According to Allison Hansell, co-owner of the brewery, the collection effort is a collaboration with Crow Hill Pet Hospital’s veterinarian Sheila RiceWatkins, who is traveling to Houston on Friday to assist victims and their pets.

  • EFR, community host annual Health & Safety Day

    Be it hosing down mock fires, taking rides on the fire engine or learning CPR, Evergreen Fire/Rescue and the community made sure children had fun while learning important safety lessons.

  • Arists share stories, creations at annual Fine Arts Fest

    Judi Mitchell was sculpting a couple of wide-eyed animal creations while people walked past her booth, with the occasional few stopping to look at the finished products.

    A group of youngsters flocked toward her and asked if she might give them some clay to play with. After making sure it was OK with the parents, she smiled and passed each child a handful of clay.

  • Indian Hills Fire Rescue seeing more calls, especially mutual aid

    Calls are up for Indian Hills Fire Rescue partially due to a mutual-aid agreement signed in late 2016.

    As of the fire department’s Aug. 23 board meeting, there have been 223 calls in 2017. That is 34 more than last year and 81 more than in 2015.

    “Calls and calls and calls,” said Chief Emery Carson to board members as they reacted to the high number.

    “Yeah, we’re on a pretty good pace here,” added Marc Rosenberg, assistant chief and board member.

  • Authors share history of the area at signing

    Local history lovers gathered at Augustana Elk Run on Aug. 23 to meet local history writers.

    Fourteen books were available that tell of Evergreen’s history from Thomas Bergen, who gave Evergreen its name, to the history of Staunton State Park near Pine — and everywhere in between.

    Marisa Ritchie of Evergreen attended the book signing and authors’ presentations because she loves Colorado history.

    “It really does something for me,” she said. “It’s a dream for me to live here.”

  • Temporary fix may be in store for lake trail

    The North Evergreen Lake Trail may get a temporary fix this fall, but there’s a big if: Engineers must agree the plan is safe and the fix will last more than a few months.

    In addition, the Evergreen Metropolitan District has a plan to shore up two sections of the trail where the soil underneath has collapsed. The work must be done before winter to protect a 12-inch water pipe that runs under the trail.

    Both the Evergreen Park & Recreation District and EMD anticipate that Evergreen Parkway wouldn’t need to be closed during the construction.

  • ‘She took care of us:' Friends, family and neighbors come together to pay tribute to Jodie Stewart

    Jodie Stewart was a “wicked cool person.”

    Neighbor Heather Huntoon coined the term, and many in attendance at a memorial for Jodie on Sunday agreed. Friends, neighbors, coworkers and family packed the back room of Vintage Moose in Idaho Springs to remember the woman they lost in a car accident on Interstate 70 on July 30.

    Her beloved Harley-Davidson motorcycle, her riding jacket and her boots, filled with red roses, were displayed on one side of the room, and dozens of roses were scattered everywhere — a tribute to her love of the flower.

  • Murphy’s a comfy eatery — just like the owners’ dog

    Murphy’s Mountain Grill in downtown Evergreen has been keeping busy since it opened on May 5.

    The eatery, owned by Rand and Tiffani Packer of Evergreen, is named after the family’s 100-pound bernedoodle, Murphy.

    “Before we opened the restaurant,” Tiffani said, “we joked that we would call it Murphy’s. It’s a fun word, and it’s kind of different, kind of comfortable — just like our Murphy, cozy yet crazy.”

    The Packers also own a restaurant in Florida.

  • Platte Canyon school board votes to increase CORA processing fees to state maximum

    The Platte Canyon school board voted Aug. 14 to increase the school district’s processing fees for Colorado Open Records Act requests to the state-allowed maximum of $30 an hour for research and retrieval after the first hour.

    Discussed briefly as a change to the board’s freedom of information policy, the move stems from what district officials and board members called abuse of the state open records law.