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Today's News

  • A good time with rhyme

    “Roses are red; violets are blue.
    I’m not a professional speaker; how about you?”

    That was the poem kindergartner Mason Wertz wrote and recited at the annual oral interpretation event at Bergen Meadow Elementary last Thursday. Mason was the first speaker, and his poem summed up the event’s mission: give children an opportunity to speak in public.

  • Crews repair water-line break in downtown Evergreen

    A water-line break in downtown Evergreen meant shut-offs for Creekside Winery and Evergreen Crafters on Monday.

    Sheriff’s deputies called the Evergreen Metropolitan District on Sunday night to report the break, said Dave Lighthart, director of the district. Technicians worked on the break Sunday night and fixed it Monday. It appeared the break occurred in a weak point in the pipe near where a similar break happened in the late 1990s, Lighthart said.

  • Fire district website is hacked

    The website of the Evergreen Fire Protection District was hacked last Thursday and was still down on Monday — a $2,000 annoyance for the fire district.

    The district’s information technology workers are rebuilding the entire website and plan to have it back online early this week, said Fire Chief Mike Weege. It does not appear that any sensitive information was stolen, Weege said. 

  • Plans for Winter Sports Center melt down

    There will be no sledding and no Nordic track at the Evergreen Golf Course this winter, after the Evergreen Park and Recreation District abandoned a plan to make the programs come to fruition.

    EPRD had been in talks with course owner Denver Parks and Recreation to lease the golf course and pro shop for $500 for the winter season, said Brad Bednar, Evergreen Lake House supervisor.

  • Bluegrass serenade
  • Cross-country ski trail proposed for roads on Squaw Pass

    An Olympics-sanctioned cross-country ski trail could be created this winter on Old Squaw Pass Road and other roads near Echo Mountain Resort.

    Supporters want the trail to run from the privately owned Echo Mountain on Colorado 103 west to Echo Lake at the base of Mount Evans, according to Nora Pykkonen, owner of the ski area. Members of the U.S.  Olympic Committee have looked at the proposed trail to see if it would be a suitable venue for a race, she said.

  • O’Connor selected as park district executive director

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District board has selected EPRD recreation manager Ellen O’Connor to serve as executive director for the district.

    After interviewing O’Connor and two other finalists, the board unanimously voted for her on Wednesday night. She is replacing former executive director Scott Robson, who resigned his position in early September.

    “I’m honored and filled with a lot of emotion,” O’Connor said. “I’m here to serve this district to the best of my ability.”

  • Colorado still has hope of consensus

    In what was arguably the best election night for Republicans since 1994, Colorado’s reputation as a very purple state has remained intact.

    Republicans made huge gains across the country. They picked up at least seven seats, including Colorado’s, in the U.S. Senate to take control of that body. They increased their majority in the U.S. House by at least 10 seats. They won several governor races, and Republican governors will now be in place in 31 states. They achieved significant gains in state legislatures around the country.

  • Time to put out birdseed as cold weather arrives

    The first snow arrived during the night last Friday and stayed on the ground between the clumps of grasses. As winter approaches, I always receive a number of inquiries about how and what to feed birds.

  • Interfaith service celebrates community, reconciliation

    My first and most important job in writing this essay is to invite all of my mountain neighbors to the Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at St. Laurence Episcopal Church in Conifer at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25. You will “dine” upon fine music, readings, prayers and hymn singing. You will have an opportunity to contribute to the Mountain Resource Center and Evergreen Christian Outreach.