Today's News

  • Summerfest to bring art, fun to Buchanan Park

    Every year, passers-by can watch as the athletic fields at Buchanan Park are transformed into the artists’ extravaganza known as Summerfest. First the white-roofed tents are raised, then the walkways between the tent pods are carefully established, and finally the artists arrive.  Buchanan Park and all of Evergreen are filled with a buzz as a whole new group of artists display their fine arts and handmade crafts for all to see and purchase.

  • Possible signs of better times

    While there is nothing scientific about it, I’ve been thinking that the number of empty seats at Major League Baseball games this year suggests our economy is rebounding faster than most of the rest of the country. Our very mediocre Rockies draw big crowds while it seems like a lot of empty seats are watching better teams that have the misfortune of being located in areas with terrible economic stress.

  • Summer rains bring colorful wildflowers to the foothills

    Late June and early July are probably the most beautiful time of year in the mountains. Rain has finally come in enough quantity to restore life to the foothills and everything is lush green.

    It is so green that you might think you are in Ireland. The grasses are green, the trees are green, kinnikinnick is green, our whole immediate world is green with blue sky overhead, and around every twist of a road or trail you are greeted by a splash of color from wildflowers.

  • A (not) guilty pleasure

    It’s a chocoholic’s dream come true: an hour spent tasting chocolate — with a little bit of information about the health benefits of the confection thrown in for good measure.

    About 30 teens participated in the chocolate-fest on July 10 sponsored by Julie Pech, author of “The Chocolate Therapist: A User's Guide to the Extraordinary Health Benefits of Chocolate.”

  • Former Evergreen man gets probation in Internet liaison case

    A 34-year-old former Evergreen man has been sentenced to five years probation after pleading guilty to attempted sex assault after making arrangements on the Internet to meet someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl.

    District Judge Lily Oeffler issued the sentence July 11 after hearing pleas for leniency from the defendant, Ryan Michael Lafferty, and his attorney. A charge of Internet luring had been dropped as part of the plea bargain.

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  • Pawfest has tongues wagging

    Canines from the small to the tall, along with their owners, roamed Heritage Grove in Evergreen on Saturday as part of Pawfest, the Evergreen Animal Protective League’s day dedicated to man’s best friend.

    The park was filled with booths promoting dog products, dog services and dog adoptions. An agility course was set up, and the stage was the site of a dog costume competition, as well as a dog-and-owner look-alike contest.

    And there were dogs. Lots of dogs. St. Bernards and Great Danes mingled with pugs, Labs and golden retrievers.

  • Landmark conference center for sale at half off


    The historic Evergreen Conference Center is on the market for the asking price of $636,000, down from $1.2 million four years ago.

    In the last few weeks, a Wisconsin buyer has been negotiating to buy the property, but the deal has fallen through, said Bill Downes, real estate broker with Keller Williams Commercial of Evergreen on Monday, July 11.

  • Too many dog owners leaving trails on trails

     It has become obvious to one Soda Creek resident that in some places around Evergreen and as far as certain dog owners were concerned, the "leave no trace" policy was being widely ignored.

    Since then, Chris Sletten has found herself unofficially spearheading the Evergreen portion of the countywide campaign, "There is no poop fairy," which aims to encourage people to clean up after their dogs in local parks and open spaces.

  • Mountain ride takes on twice the challenge

    Shortly after 7 a.m. on July 9, 53-year-old Dan Oracion felt like he was ready for the challenge he was about to embark on. The Casper, Wyo., cyclist was about to begin his journey in the 23rd annual Triple Bypass. Only this time, he was going to do it twice, both ways, in the same weekend.

    “I’ll have to make sure to recover real well tonight, get a good meal and get to bed early so my battery is recharged, my legs are recharged to do it again tomorrow,” he said.