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  • Taking the climb: Annual 9/11 event at Red Rocks Amphitheatre honors fallen

    Toting American flags, full fire gear and, in some instances, extra weights, approximately 2,000 men, women and children climbed the stairs of Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre.

    Up, around and down nine times they went.

    Their trek on Monday was a symbolic one, meant to mimic the 110 flights climbed by first responders during the Sept. 11 attacks at the World Trade Center in New York City. Many climbers wore an ID badge of a New York firefighter who died on 9/11, and the significance of the event didn’t go unnoticed by organizers, participants or spectators.

  • Retiring the Stars & Stripes

    Colter Snyder, 16, gently put the final U.S. flag into the fire, its stars and stripes turning dark in the heat and slowly collapsing in the flames. It was the 142nd U.S. flag to be retired on Saturday evening.

    Colter, a Life Scout, and his fellow Scouts in Troop 737 hosted an official flag retirement ceremony at the Evergreen Fire/Rescue Administration Building. The event was Colter’s Eagle Scout project, and commemorated and recognized the flag’s significance, as well as honored veterans and 9/11 victims.

  • Lake bridge replacement delayed until spring 2018

    The replacement for the bridge over Bear Creek leading to the Lake House has been delayed once again and is now being projected for spring 2018.

    While the City and County of Denver had approached both the Evergreen Metropolitan District and Evergreen Park & Recreation District to help with cost overruns, Denver now has withdrawn this request.

    According to EPRD Executive Director Ellen O’Connor, Denver has told the district that the Colorado Department of Transportation will be covering the majority of the cost overruns, alongside Denver.

  • Friends of Evergreen Dog Park staying active in the community

    Even though the dog park in Evergreen is closed, the dogs — and, more importantly, their friends — aren’t content to stay indoors.

    Since the Elk Meadow dog park was closed last spring, the Friends of Evergreen Dog Park are staying active, both on the political level and within the mountain community.

  • Evergreen High grad Tom Babb enjoying college life with his fraternity brothers

    LAWRENCE, KAN. — Leaving the Beta Theta Pi fraternity house, Tom Babb waited for the automatic door to open and navigated his wheelchair onto the sidewalk toward the campus.

    But there was an obstacle: a short flight of stairs to get up to the road. No matter. He simply navigated his wheelchair up the adjacent grass instead.

    “Sometimes, I joke that I’ll just get out and walk,” he said.

  • Firefighters mark Big Chili as important fund-raiser, social event

    No matter the weather, the mountain community will always come out and show its support for the cause.

    No matter who’s cooking, the chili will always be delicious.

    And, no matter how much time has passes, the Big Chili Cook-off will always be a tribute to firefighters near and far, past and present, alive and deceased.

    Fifteen years ago, the Big Chili Cook-off started as both a fund-raiser for mountain area fire departments and as a way to honor the first responders and civilians who died on 9/11.

  • Helping in Houston: Crow Hill vet leads group to Texas to help furry hurricane victims

    A caravan of area residents spent a long weekend in the Houston area to help both two-legged and four-legged victims of Hurricane Harvey.

    The crew from Crow Hill Pet Hospital in Bailey and their friends left on Sept. 1, drove 24 hours to southeast Texas, spent 60 hours there, and then drove back — along the way distributing supplies they collected here and offering help.

  • Helping in Houston: ICU nurse from Evergreen is glad she could treat Houston patients after hurricane

    They call her “Colorado.”

    That’s the nickname that Deb Fuller, Evergreen resident and intensive care unit nurse, has at a hospital in Houston, where she’s been working since Sept. 1. Fuller is one of hundreds of medical professionals who’ve gone to help in the areas devastated by Hurricane Harvey.

    Fuller said since much of the staff is from other states, they’ve taken to calling each other by where they’re from.

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  • How seniors benefit from strength training

    The leaves are just starting to turn and I’m hoping we are getting ready for a colorful and warm fall. Recently, I had a few “seasoned citizens” working out and we were all sharing some laughs as they worked out. I thought it would be a great time to bring attention to all of the wonderful benefits of strength training for seniors.
    The American College of Sports Medicine and the American Heart Association have published the following activity recommendations for adults over the age of 65 OR adults ages 50-64 with chronic conditions such as arthritis: