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Today's News

  • Hands of the carpenter

    Most people see a chair as merely a place to sit. Jonathan Gerspach, though, has a deep-seated tendency to view chairs — and other pieces of furniture — as works of art.

    For Gerspach, a single chair can represent hours of work — designing, measuring, building, crafting and finishing.

  • Winter break programs at rec district, library keep kids occupied, engaged

    Even though most of Evergreen was covered in snow, at least one group of children decided to spend Friday inside. But, rather than playing video games or watching movies, these youngsters were playing ping-pong, rock-climbing and swimming.

    The 13 kids spent Dec. 23 at Buchanan Recreation Center as part of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District’s winter break camp. This year the camp runs through Jan. 6 and offers children an opportunity to spend their winter break doing a variety of activities, including going on field trips.

  • The ice men cometh

    Under a stream of glaring light, a rush of water gushed from a long hose. The spray splashed onto a colorless sheet of ice, which aided its molecular brethren in the freezing process. Two men clad in heavy gear and spiky shoes nimbly ran across the lake, moving snow out of the way and pulling the hose in the desired direction.

    One rink took a mere 10 minutes to spray down, but there were several more to go.

  • Kept in the dark at light speed

    When my sister and I were young, we loved the 1960s space opera “Lost in Space.” And, without a doubt, our favorite episode involved various members of the wandering Robinson family silently disappearing from the Jupiter 2 one at a time, in apparent defiance of the laws of physics.

  • Warm weather, poor ice conditions scuttle Skate the Lake 2016

    Skate the Lake, the popular New Year’s Eve celebration that features fireworks, music, broomball and other amusements, has been canceled because of recent warm temperatures and poor ice conditions at Evergreen Lake.

    Event sponsor Drive Smart and the Evergreen Park and Rec District announced Tuesday afternoon that, despite the best efforts of EPRD’s ice-grooming crew, conditions on the lake surface would not permit the show to go on Saturday night.

  • School district hit with wire-fraud scam

    Jeffco Public Schools was the victim of a wire-fraud scam that cost the district thousands of dollars early this year.

    Disclosed during a Dec. 15 presentation by accounting firm CliftonLarsonAllen, which provided an independent audit of the school district’s financials for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016, the incident involved an e-mail that appeared to come from Superintendent Dan McMinimee and resulted in a loss of $26,564.

  • School district to wrap up lead mitigation by end of year

    After more than six months of testing and repairs, Jeffco Public Schools is expected to wrap up mitigation efforts related to high lead levels in tap water at more than 77 percent of the district’s schools by year’s end.

    According to Tim Reed, executive director of facilities and planning, testing of the water at all district facilities was completed in October, and efforts to replace hundreds of affected fixtures, pipes and other materials remain in process.

  • Bailey resale shop re-launched as a community partnership

    The Platte Canyon Community Partnership Resale Boutique in Bailey isn’t your everyday thrift store.

    For starters, it formerly was the Mountain Peace Boutique — a resale shop owned and operated by PeaceWorks Inc. for the benefit of individuals using the Mountain Peace Shelter. After PeaceWorks decided to close the boutique in April, half a dozen volunteer managers pooled their resources and talents to re-launch the shop under a new name and new ownership in July.

  • Community gives thousands to area nonprofits on Colorado Gives Day

    Area nonprofits made out well on Dec. 6 — Colorado Gives Day — as Coloradans donated more than $3 million to entities in Jeffco and about $42,000 to those in Park County.

    According to Kayla Arnesen with the Community First Foundation, which organizes Colorado Gives Day in collaboration with FirstBank, about 11,000 donors contributed $3.43 million to 227 organizations in Jeffco and Parkco; the Coalition for the Upper South Platte and PeaceWorks Inc. were among the nonprofits that received the highest number of donations.

  • Special-needs dog finds new home after family’s house is destroyed

    Christmas Eve in the mountains conjures images of snow, cascades of conifers, fireplaces lit with care and loved ones nearby. At Evergreen Animal Hospital, Christmas Eve offered a picture of hope as Bailey, the special-needs dog in need of a new home after her family’s burned, was adopted by local restaurateur John D. Wallace and his fiancée, Shantelle Stephens.