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  • Ducks flocking to Evergreen for big race

    The ducks are lining up for another dramatic plunge over the dam at Evergreen Lake and the race to the finish line on Saturday.

    The excitement is growing along with the number of bright yellow and black rubber duckies participating in the fifth annual Dam Ducky Derby sponsored by the Evergreen Downtown Business Association.

    Nearly half of the 8,000 rubber ducks available for bid have been spoken for, said Trish Wales, EDBA president. And most of the tickets for the 300 black ducks that offer the winner a trip to Mexico are sold.

  • Retreat center planned at former senior care facility

    A Denver couple is seeking rezoning to open a small retreat center in Marshdale.

    If Jefferson County commissioners approve rezoning for the property, the former Grandma’s Mountain Home on Highway 73 will become available for short-term rentals to families and businesses.

    Last October, Luke and Renda Beard purchased the 10-bedroom property, where a senior care facility had operated, and renovated it. After getting an initial permit from Jeffco Planning and Zoning, the Beards began advertising the property on a vacation rental online site.

  • Denver supports park district's plan for liquor license at Lake House

    The city of Denver is supportive of a request by the Evergreen Park and Recreation District to acquire a liquor license for the Lake House, said EPRD Executive Director Scott Robson.

    However, in order for the park district to pursue a liquor license, a master agreement between the EPRD and Denver would need to be in place, Robson said.

    “Do we have any sense that this could be a bargaining chip?” asked EPRD board member Janet Doyle at the July 22 board meeting.

  • Protesters assail Obama outside the post office

    An exhortation to “Impeach Obama” and a picture of the president with a Hitler mustache drawn on his face were the focal point of one poster set out by protesters at the Evergreen post office on July 22.

    Two Texas men from the LaRouche political action committee passed out leaflets and tried to talk to anyone who would listen about LaRouche PAC national political strategies. Lyndon LaRouche, 91, is a political activist and a Labor Party founder who last ran for office in 2004.

  • Question on recreational pot sales won't be on ballot

    Jeffco's county commissioners won't ask residents to vote this fall on whether recreational marijuana stores should be allowed in the county's unincorporated areas. 

    The commissioners decided July 22 against putting a measure on the November ballot, a decision that will let the county’s marijuana task force complete its work and present findings to the board. 

  • Jeffco deputy, first on the scene, tackled carjacking suspect

    When Jeffco sheriff’s Deputy Fred Haggett came face to face with an armed criminal, only one thing went through the deputy’s mind.

    “He was trying to get into and hijack another vehicle; I couldn’t let that happen,” Haggett said.

    Haggett tackled Christopher David Sullivan on Interstate 70 near Lookout Mountain on July 23 after a burglary and carjacking spree.

  • Sweet, sassy sounds of jazz spice up Evergreen

    Skirts swirled and fingers twirled as dancers moved to smoothly styled tunes played by the Blue Suitcase Trio at the Evergreen Jazz Festival on Saturday afternoon. 

    The New York-based musicians were among many talented groups that performed during the annual three-day festival in Evergreen.

    While the trio was playing in the ballroom of the Evergreen Elks Lodge, Big Mama Sue belted out songs that were popular in the early 1900s at the club’s patio venue.

  • Crime spree ends with I-70 arrest

    A feverish crime spree on a dog-day afternoon ended abruptly in the westbound lanes of I-70 on July 23 when a Jeffco sheriff's deputy brought a suspect to heel on the busy highway.

    All told, the carjacking/burglary rampage involved four vehicles and three homes, sheriff's spokeswoman Jacki Kelley said. It ended dramatically near the Genesee exit when Deputy Fred Haggett tackled the male suspect, who had just surrendered two weapons after terrorizing passing motorists on I-70.    

  • Working group recommends Arvada site for outdoor shooting range in Jeffco

    A working group charged with finding an acceptable location for an outdoor public shooting range in Jefferson County has narrowed the choices to a former quarry in Arvada or another site within that city.

    Tom Hoby, Jefferson County Parks and Open Space director, said issues regarding proximity to residents and impacts on natural resources have made the selection process difficult, during a presentation about the shooting-range study to the Jeffco Open Space Advisory Committee on July 10.

  • Evergreen’s community garden flourishing in second year

    Standing beside the recently completed pavilion at the community garden in Buchanan Park, Rachel Emmer of the Evergreen Alliance for Sustainability talks about the success of the project.

    “The infrastructure now is complete,” she said.

    In its second year of development, the community garden has a finished appearance with amenities that were part of the original plan. Grant funds from Great Outdoors Colorado have been used to build the pavilion, which was constructed largely with volunteer labor, Emmer noted.