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Today's News

  • Man dies after ATV falls through ice on Evergreen Lake

    An Idledale man died Thursday after the ATV he was using to groom Evergreen Lake fell through the ice.

    Greg Henika, 67, was pulled from the water about 10 a.m. by a rescue diver, according to Doug Saba of Evergreen Fire/Rescue. The ATV that Henika was driving broke through the ice about 9:35 a.m., and people nearby called 911.

    Henika was pronounced dead at St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood, where he had been taken by helicopter, said Gordon Johnson, a deputy coroner for Jefferson County. An autopsy will be performed, Johnson said.

  • Candlelight vigil for Greg Henika on Sunday at EHS

    A candlelight vigil honoring Greg Henika will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Evergreen High School football field, hosted by Blue Spruce Kiwanis and the Evergreen Park and Recreation District.

    Henika, 67, died Thursday after the ATV fitted with a plow that he was driving fell through the ice on Evergreen Lake. He was rescued about 35 minutes after he went into the water Thursday morning and taken to St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood. He was pronounced dead that afternoon.

  • Singing songs of Selma

    People who see the film “Selma” depicting the historic civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., in 1965 might wonder what it was like to actually be there. 

    Evergreen residents Ann and Mike Moore know. They were among 25,000 people who participated in the march organized by Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders seeking voting rights for disenfranchised African-Americans.

  • GOP legislator named to county commission

    A Jeffco GOP vacancy committee has named state Rep. Libby Szabo to take over the remainder of the term of former county commissioner Faye Griffin. 

    Szabo was elected in November to a third term in House District 27, which includes western Arvada, and served as assistant minority leader for the House Republicans.   

  • Evergreen chamber president Browning resigns

    Lin Browning, president and CEO of the Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce, has resigned from the job, citing personal reasons. Her last day at work was Jan. 14.

    “As some of you may know,” she said in an e-mail letter to chamber members, “I've been dealing with major family health issues and have decided to take this time in my life to focus on being a mom and a daughter.”

  • Petition signed by 6,500 seeks resignation of school board majority

    A petition signed by 6,554 Jeffco residents calling for school board President Ken Witt and board members John Newkirk and Julie Williams to resign caused a stir at the board’s meeting on Thursday evening.

    Jeffco parent and petition organizer Molly Snyder told board members she is not affiliated with the teachers union, the Jefferson County Education Association. 

  • New recreation manager selected for Evergreen park district

    Brian Tucker of Arvada has been selected as recreation manager for the Evergreen Park and Recreation District and will begin working in the position on Jan. 29. 

    Tucker is replacing Ellen O’Connor, whom the EPRD board of directors chose in November as executive director for the district. 

    Since 2008, Tucker has served as executive director for the Susan M. Duncan Family YMCA in Arvada.  

  • Advance tickets for Big Chili Cook-off available to mountain community

    Advance tickets for the 2015 Big Chili Cook-off are now available to residents in the mountain communities through the organization’s website.

    Headliner bands for this year’s event on Saturday, Sept. 12, at Buchanan Park in Evergreen are Jimmie Van Zant and Molly Hatchet.

    Visit the Big Chili website at www.bigchili.org  to purchase tickets, become a sponsor or reserve vendor and artist space. Tickets cost $15 for adults. Firefighters with identification and children under 12 are admitted free.

  • Spreading the word about benefits of organic, locally produced food

    Since moving to Evergreen from Illinois 1½ years ago, John Emrich has been exploring ways to encourage local production of organic foods in this area.

    “The demand for organic food is going up 12 percent a year. … Demand continues to outstrip supply,” says Emrich, who has a financial background. “Our organic farmers are making more money. That’s a sign it is for real.”

  • Reading takes center stage at Marshdale Elementary

    The land of Narnia came alive for Marshdale Elementary students on Jan. 9 courtesy of Conifer’s StageDoor Theatre.

    Members of the middle school company performed a portion of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” to whet students’ appetites to read C.S. Lewis’ book.