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  • Beaty Foundation scholarships an ace in the hole for students

    A family's love for their deceased father and husband, as well as a lifelong friendship between two golfers, has meant big benefits for area high school students in recent years.

    With help from the Bob Beaty Foundation scholarships, many of those students have graduated from college and are out in the working world.

  • Aktion Club members to participate in connector trail walk

    Several members of the Aktion Club of Blue Spruce Kiwanis are planning to participate in the celebratory walk across the new connector trail leading to Evergreen Lake on June 3.

  • Car-racing team raising money for Special Needs Program of Evergreen park district

    The Geezers Racing Team of Evergreen is dedicating this season’s races to raising funds to support the Special Needs Program of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District.

    The team’s first 12-hour endurance race is scheduled for June 6 at the High Plains Raceway in Byers, said Dan Smith, one of six drivers in the competition. He and the others on the team will take turns driving a rebuilt 1984 Toyota Corolla that is sporting a new motor. Other upcoming races are scheduled in July and September.

  • Aktion Club members to participate in connector trail walk

    Several members of the Aktion Club of Blue Spruce Kiwanis are planning to participate in the celebratory walk across the new connector trail leading to Evergreen Lake on June 3.

    The club, organized by Kiwanis members four years ago, is a group of adults with disabilities who live in Evergreen and nearby mountain communities. Participants in the organization work on service projects in the community, including a recent one in which they helped build a playground at Marshdale Elementary School.

  • ‘Blessed are the dreamers’

    Standing before a group of recent high school graduates, veteran journalist Greg Dobbs advised them to follow their dreams at a baccalaureate service on Sunday afternoon.

    “I want to tell you how great your lives can be, if you will dream,” Dobbs said. “If you dream, there’s a chance your dream will come true.”

    During his career as an international television correspondent, a youthful dream of traveling came true, Dobbs said. His work involved both rewards and hardships, he added.

  • Connector trail to get finishing touches this week

    Working between rain showers last week, Bear Excavating installed wooden railings on the elevated connector trail leading from downtown to Evergreen Lake, which is in the final stages of completion.

    “As of now, the railings are about 95 percent complete, and we just need some dry weather to wrap them up,” Dean Dalvit of the Downtown Evergreen Economic District, who has taken the lead on the project said Friday.

  • Scouts honor veterans with flag tradition

    Area Scouts understand what Memorial Day is all about.

    Scouts from Troops 737 and 1776 and Packs 39 and 50 volunteered their time Friday evening and Saturday morning to place American flags on veterans’ graves at Bear Creek Cemetery and Evergreen Memorial Park in time for the holiday.

    The soggy ground made the work easy, and the rain abated temporarily while the Scouts did their patriotic duty.

  • Snows keep Mount Evans Scenic Byway closed

    Recent spring snowstorms continue to keep the Mount Evans Scenic Byway closed.

    Road crews cleared 6 miles of the 14.7-mile-long road through May 18. But storms continue to cover the road with snow every couple days after crews clear it, said Tony DeVito, Colorado Department of Transportation Region 1 director. Snow has so far thwarted the clearing operations that began April 28, DeVito said.

  • Conifer couple purchases Journey Ranch

    A Conifer couple has purchased the 45-acre ranch formerly owned by Journey Community Church.

    Joshua and Brita Letvin are the new owners of the prominent parcel at 10101 Highway 73, according to the Jeffco clerk and recorder’s office. 

    The Letvins, who did not return calls seeking comment, closed on the property April 15 for $950,000. The ranch was originally listed for $1.25 million, although the price had been reduced to $1.1 million, according to real estate websites. 

  • County to add 15 child-welfare employees

    A statewide initiative to increase the number of child welfare caseworkers could mean up to 15 new employees for Jeffco’s Human Services Department. 

    The state legislature approved $6 million this year to add 100 child welfare caseworkers across Colorado. The funds come with a required 10 percent match from counties; Jeffco would need to put up $100,000 to create the 15 positions.

    The county commissioners gave initial approval for spending the $100,000 during their May 12 staff briefings.