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Today's News

  • Candidates turn out in force to meet Evergreen voters

    More than 100 people nearly filled the Lake House on Thursday night, Oct. 2, for a candidate forum, despite competition from the high-profile vice presidential debate on TV.

    The forum was sponsored by the Canyon Courier and the Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce, with Shelly DeWitt of DeWitt Strategic Solutions as moderator.

    Chamber personnel booked the Lake House more than a month before the announcement that Sarah Palin and Joe Biden would debate on national TV the same night.

  • Mount Evans Scenic Byway closes for season

    The Mount Evans Scenic Byway, the highest paved road in North America, was closed for the season on Oct. 6.

    The road is closed at the Echo Lake entry station, 12 miles southwest of exit 240 on Interstate 70. The road is scheduled to reopen on Memorial Day weekend in 2009.

    Many other roads and trails are still open in the Clear Creek Ranger District. To get information on other places to enjoy the national forest, stop by the Clear Creek Ranger District office, or call 303-567-3000.

  • 'Cabin-baby' couple get prison time

    More than a year after it began in fire and ruin, Jefferson County’s chapter in the strange and unhappy tale of Summer Lynn Baker and Gregory Allen Leon may finally have drawn to a close. Last week, the one-time “Cabin Baby” parents received long prison sentences for crimes committed during their short stay in Evergreen.

  • Bergen Park condos go back on market under new owner

    The long-vacant 24-unit condo complex at the Highway 74 turnoff to Bergen Park staged a grand opening last week under a new owner, a Broomfield-based real estate investment company.

    On Thursday, Oct. 2, the new owners debuted the project to the public for the first time at a festive open house complete with jazz ensemble, wine and buffet banquet in a fully furnished model.

    A lot of landscaping and cleanup work has been done to make the area come to life after a two-year period of dormancy.

  • Not-so-innocent prank crosses the line

    Driving south on Barkley Road about 9:30 on a Saturday night, John wasn’t expecting any trouble, but trouble is exactly what he got. Truth be told, he feels lucky he didn’t get more trouble than he could handle.

    “I’d just been to the King Soopers, and I was heading home,” recalls John, who asked that his last name not be used. “I remember this small white car approaching me from the other direction, and as it passed by there was this loud bang — really loud.”

    Startled and shaken, he pulled to the shoulder and stopped.

  • Celebrate the arts in Evergreen in October

    Every year, the Center for the Arts Evergreen selects an Arts Person of the Year. The center solicits names from all of the different arts organizations in Evergreen. Nominees are selected from the performing as well as visual arts. This year’s winner, glass artist Kate Loomiller, will be honored at an Evening for the Arts on Oct. 14.

  • Faust has a way with side-splitting songwriting

    What do a 2-foot wooden Viking named Sven, a song about Mad Cow disease and three follicularly challenged men singing “Bald guys are happenin’ ee” have in common? One man ee Wayne Faust.

    The talented singer/songwriter/comedian is appearing at Sammy’s Tavern on Oct. 11. And as disparate as those three things may seem, Faust has a way of making his audiences roll with laughter at all of them.

  • A new approach to holiday decorating, by design

    Only 79 days left until Christmas. And if the thought of decorating is already getting you down, Redesignology may have a solution.

    The company will take your interior holiday decorations and create displays in your house. It will also help people prepare for holiday parties, said Carole Lofing, owner of the company.

  • Candidates discuss community plans, immigration at forum

    The question of how closely Jefferson County should follow community plans took center stage at a forum for political candidates Oct. 2 at the Evergreen Lake House.

    District 2 county commission candidate Jason Bane, a Democrat, seized on the issue to turn up the heat on his opponent, Republican incumbent Kevin McCasky.

    "Community plans must be respected," Bane said. "There were a couple of cases where, by and large, they were ignored."

  • A new home for Jeffco's homeless pets

    When it comes to replacing Jeffco’s aging and crowded animal shelter, County Commissioner Kevin McCasky has set an ambitious goal: Groundbreaking for the new $9 million facility will take place by Nov. 1.

    "How's that for an optimistic schedule?" McCasky asked the assembled crowd Oct. 1 at the northwest corner of the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, where the 30,000-square-foot shelter will be built. The Table Mountain Animal Center — the name of the current shelter and of the new one — serves Jefferson County and its municipalities.