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Today's News

  • State budget woes haven't trickled down to Jeffco - yet

    Budget cuts hitting Colorado hard aren't expected to have an immediate impact on county operations, but Jeffco officials are concerned that human services programs could be hurt down the road.

    State budget officials announced last week that the state would have to close a $384 million budget gap heading into fiscal 2009-10, which begins July 1.

  • Slacker draws record crowd

    GEORGETOWN — With his Michael Jordan tank top, plaid shorts and basketball shoes, Brady Eftong looked like a guy that was out walking his dog on June 27 and got swept up in a marathon.

    That’s pretty much what happened.

  • Visitors imagine Albertsons’ artistic possibilities

    In his ongoing quest to turn the abandoned Albertsons supermarket in Evergreen into a regional cultural center, Russ Campbell called a couple dozen people together for a pep talk and tour of the building June 25.

    Campbell is spearheading a drive to turn the supermarket into a multipurpose arts center using private donations. The architectural embodiment of the phrase “blank canvas,” the building is listed for sale at $5 million, said Grant A. Maves, a broker with SullivanHayes.

  • CARE loses case against Mount Morrison tower on appeal

    After appealing a district court decision, Canyon Area Residents for the Environment has lost its latest bid to prevent the construction of a new TV broadcast tower on Mount Morrison.

    The state Court of Appeals has sided with the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners and District Judge Stephen Munsinger in rejecting the claim that the commissioners were mistaken when they approved the construction of a new TV broadcast tower on Mount Morrison.

  • Stingers hires Cortis to be director of coaching for girls

    The Stingers Soccer Club has hired a veteran college-level soccer coach to join the organization as the director of coaching for girls. She started playing soccer when she was 5 years old.

    Kate Cortis of Minneapolis succeeds Eddie Bairam, who resigned in the aftermath of the Stingers board’s decision to downsize the job of top coach and general manager after eight years.

  • Friends remember Main Street's philosopher-musician

    A free spirit who became part of the living scenery of downtown Evergreen, Mark Cairns will be remembered as a gentle soul who had few possessions other than an enduring passion for music.

    Cairns got the nickname “Walking Mark” because he never had a car and was always seen around town on foot, sporting a white ponytail, guitar on his back, wearing brown corduroy pants and a gray Irish fisherman sweater.

    Cairns died the evening of June 19 of undetermined causes. Sources said he was taking a shower at a friend’s house when he suddenly collapsed.

  • Fire damages Swede Gulch McDonald’s

    The McDonald’s next to Walmart is closed for about a month after a grease fire Saturday morning that damaged the restaurant.

    The McDonald’s at 902 Swede Gulch Road is closed for repair and is awaiting inspections to make sure it is up to building and environmental health codes, Evergreen Fire-Rescue Chief Garry DeJong said.

    “Any time there is a fire involving a food preparation organization, they must go through more than just regular repairs,” DeJong said. “There are a lot of additional inspections involved.”

  • Hiker bitten by rattlesnake at Mount Falcon

    A woman bitten by a rattlesnake Wednesday at Mount Falcon Park suffered a severe reaction, according to Indian Hills Fire Chief Don Schoenbein.

    Susan Schwartz, 59, was hiking alone on the Devil’s Elbow Trail when she was bit in the leg by a rattlesnake about 11:50 a.m. June 24. She was wearing shorts.

    Schoenbein said Schwartz wrapped a constricting band above the bite and walked about 1½ miles to the west parking area along Picutis Road off Parmalee Gulch Road, where she found a park ranger who called 911.

  • Egg Hunt winner

    Joan Ridgely of Golden was the winner of Evergreen Newspapers’ Easter Egg Hunt this year. Ridgely said she used the library to research clues and found that Eden Park was the former name for Dedisse Park, where she searched for and discovered the egg on Easter morning.

     

  • The many and varied forms of clematis

    Last week we took a brief look at the white clematis, or Western virgin’s bower. This week we will take a look at a very similar plant known as yellow clematis or Chinese clematis, formerly Clematis orientalis. This is the plant that is on the noxious weed list and which so many people are concerned about.