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  • 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:

  • Morrison questions development plans in the Rooney Valley

    Development in the Rooney Valley may be inevitable, but the town of Morrison is faced with an important question: Will the development actually be in Morrison? Or will it be disconnected into unincorporated Jefferson County?

    Dozens of community members joined board members at the Morrison Town Hall on Aug. 29 to hear an informal update from Ventana Capital, the real estate investment group representing the ownership of the 300-plus acre property now called Red Rocks Ranch.

  • PCSB race crowded with six candidates

    Park County residents will see a slate of at least six candidates for three Platte Canyon school board seats this fall, including at least two members of local advocacy group Parents and Citizens for Education.

  • Colorado native perks up Aspen Park with new coffee, tea boutique

    The newest shop at Aspen Park is not what you’d expect — it smells like a bakery, containers of espresso beans and tea leaves line the shelves, and there’s an array of mugs, infusers and other goodies for coffee and tea connoisseurs of all flavors.

    But it’s not a coffee shop. And it’s not a teahouse.

    The Bean and the Leaf is a boutique — for those whose coffee and tea predilections veer more toward the local or the exotic, and less toward the mediocre, middle-shelf grocery store selection.

  • Encalada seeking pardon

    Ingrid Encalada, the former Evergreen resident who sought to have her 2010 conviction for criminal impersonation overturned due to ineffective counsel, is now seeking a full pardon from Gov. John Hickenlooper after a Jeffco district judge denied her motion on Aug. 29 — all in an effort to stymie U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement efforts to deport her to Peru.