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  • Raising glasses for a good cause

    Wine and music flowed freely at the Bootstraps Western Winefest on Saturday afternoon.

    Attendees at the fifth annual event at the Evergreen rodeo grounds sampled a variety of Colorado wines and listened to the bright sounds of BooDaddy.

    Along with music from the band, the delicious aroma of food floated through the summer air as chefs prepared treats for festival-goers.

    In the demonstration tent, Michael Coughlin, proprietor of 240 Union restaurant in Lakewood, was grilling shrimp and scallops as his audience watched and tasted samples. 

  • Robson resigning as exec director of Evergreen Park and Rec District

    Scott Robson is resigning his position as executive director of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District. He has accepted another position as CEO of the Colorado Mountain Club and the American Alpine Museum based in Golden, which he will begin Sept. 1.

    Robson has served as chief of the park district for the past three years. He is a former manager of Denver Parks and Recreation.

    Robson has lived in the Evergreen community for the past 10 years.

  • Seniors’ Resource Center offers home cleaning service for elderly

    The Seniors’ Resource Center in Evergreen is offering a home cleaning service called CHORES for elderly people who need occasional assistance. The program, which is free of charge, can be used three times a year for home projects such as deep cleaning, organizing closets, and trash cleanup and removal at residences.

    The only requirement for eligibility for the CHORES program is that a person be at least 60 years old. 

  • Plans delayed for retreat center in Marshdale

    Plans for creating a retreat center at the former Grandma’s Mountain Home on Highway 73 have been delayed. 

    The current owners of the property, Luke and Renda Beard, have canceled scheduled hearings for a rezoning required to move forward with the project, said Alan Tiefenbach, a Jefferson County planner who is managing the case. The Beards want more time to work on the proposal before continuing with it, he said.

    Both the hearing for the Jeffco Planning and Zoning Commission and one scheduled for the county commissioners have been canceled.

  • Bootstraps annual Western Winefest to raise funds for scholarships

    The fifth annual Western Winefest on Aug. 16 is an opportunity to sample Colorado wines and enjoy catered foods while helping college students in need of financial assistance.

    The event is the major fund-raiser for Bootstraps, an organization that provides scholarships and loans for area students. 

    In addition to selections from 18 wineries on the Front Range and Western Slope, admission to the festival includes live entertainment by BooDaddy.

    Evergreen caterer Fresh Tracks has been selected to provide food for purchase.

  • Jeffco Open Space plan promotes increased use of social media

    Expanding the use of social media is a key strategy of the communications and community plan for Jeffco Open Space, which Thea Rock presented to the Open Space Advisory Committee last Thursday.  

    “We have 3,000 people who follow us on Facebook. We would like to increase that to 7,000,” Rock said. 

    Expanding Twitter followers from 1,300 to 5,000 also is in the plan, she said.

    “They reach a different demographic,” Rock remarked.

  • Mountain Area Land Trust expanding stewardship to neighboring counties

    The Mountain Area Land Trust is expanding its conservation efforts in the Front Range area, Brian Ballard, president of the Evergreen-based organization, said at the organization’s annual Night in the Park event on Saturday.

    “We’re measuring our success by the connectivity it creates,” Ballard said.

    Among recent accomplishments is the acquisition of 92 acres in the Pennsylvania Mountain Natural Area near Fairplay, said Ballard. The entire 500-acre property has rich biodiversity that university scientists are studying.

  • Fugitive arrested on drug charges in Indian Hills

    A fugitive wanted on felony drug charges in Aurora and two other people were arrested in Indian Hills on the evening of Thursday, Aug. 7.

    Raymond Lindley, 29, was arrested at a private residence. He also is suspected of stealing a motorcycle and an all-terrain vehicle, said Mark Techmeyer, a spokesman for the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office. 

    FBI officers involved with the Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force aided Aurora police officers with the arrests, said Dave Joly, a spokesman for the Denver office. Jeffco deputies also responded to the scene.

  • Missing woman suffering from Alzheimer's found safe

    An Evergreen woman suffering from Alzheimer’s disease who was missing overnight was found safe Thursday morning at the Bradley station at Meadow Drive and Highway 74.

    A neighbor driving to work spotted the missing woman and called authorities. She was “a little chilly” but unharmed after going missing at 7 p.m. Wednesday from her home on Troutdale Village Drive, said sheriff’s spokeswoman Jacki Kelley.

  • Suspect in carjacking/burglary rampage now faces charge of sex trafficking of a minor

    The man facing 46 charges in connection with a crime spree July 23 in the Jeffco foothills is now facing a separate charge of sexual trafficking of a minor.

    Christopher David Sullivan was charged Aug. 5 with trafficking of a minor for sexual servitude, a felony. The charge is related to the 17-year-old girl with Sullivan during a carjacking/burglary rampage that ended when Sullivan was tackled by Deputy Fred Haggett on Interstate 70.