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Today's News

  • Reality star convicted of conspiracy, tax evasion

    Evergreen resident and reality TV star Richard Wyatt, 53, has been found guilty of conspiracy to deal firearms without a license and tax charges. There was a hung jury on three charges of illegally importing weapons.

    Wyatt had operated a Wheat Ridge gun store named Gunsmoke and starred in “American Guns” on the Discovery channel from 2011-12. Last February, he surrendered to the authorities, after a federal indictment claimed that he sold firearms illegally and failed to report $1.1 million in income to the Internal Revenue Service.

  • Taspen’s launches vegan-friendly restaurant

    Matt and Teresa “Tee” Torrella are not gluten-free or vegan or even necessarily foodies — but they love “feeding people’s souls” and in the case of Taspen’s Cosmic Kitchen, that’s what they hope to do.

  • Nearly three dozen Jeffco schools land prestigious awards from state

    Thirty-one Jeffco schools have been awarded prestigious education awards by the state, including the Colorado Department of Education’s John Irwin Award, which recognizes “excellent academic achievement” as measured on a three-year school performance framework, as well as the Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award, which is given to schools that demonstrate “exceptional student growth.”

    Announced at last week’s school board meeting, the awardees include more than a dozen schools in the South Jeffco and mountain areas.

  • Conifer HS celebrates success at DECA event

    Eighteen Conifer High School students are set to compete at the international DECA competition next month after taking top honors at the state competition in Colorado Springs in late February.

    Focused on preparing students for careers and education “in marketing, finance, hospitality and management,” DECA is an international association with chapters present at many high schools and colleges around the United States. Students learn both soft and hard business skills and then compete against other DECA members at local, state and international levels.

  • School district to pay bonus

    Jeffco Public Schools will pay former superintendent Dan McMinimee $27,000 in additional performance pay when his contract expires later this year as part of an agreement approved last Thursday that formalizes his demotion from superintendent to an advisory role for the remainder of his contract.

  • Mountain Resource Center expands veterans program

    More than two years after it first launched its veterans program, the Mountain Resource Center has expanded its service offerings to include more community-oriented activities such as movie nights, cooking classes and more.

    According to Tracy Atlas, grants manager for the MRC, the veterans program was first initiated in 2014 after a local therapist expressed concern at increased veterans’ needs within the mountain communities.

  • Supporting the Cougars

    DENVER ­­­­­­— There’s nothing like the bountiful energy among the fans at a state playoff game.

    The Evergreen High School girls basketball semifinal game on Thursday at the Denver Coliseum was no exception. Students, parents and fans cheered as the Lady Cougars won 45-29 on their way to winning Saturday’s state championship game.

    Students yelled “Ever what?” “Evergreen!” and other chants to help support the team on its way to victory.

  • Bergen Meadow teaches there’s a wide world to explore

    “With many cultures together, we create a masterpiece.”

    That’s the saying on a classroom door at Bergen Meadow Elementary, where February was Cultural Awareness Month, and students celebrated different cultures during the third annual Cultural Day.

    According to principal Peggy Miller, rather than celebrate a month for a specific heritage or race, the school of kindergartners through second-graders celebrates a plethora of heritages.

  • LESSON PLANS: EHS to perform ‘Into the Woods’ this weekend

    The Evergreen High School performing arts students hope audiences will take a walk with them “Into the Woods.”

    They will perform the musical Thursday through Saturday at the EHS auditorium. Show times are 7 p.m. all three days with a matinee at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students, and are available at www.evergreenhstheater.org.

  • Mountain community remembers Chow Down’s friendly felines

    By Christie Greene

    Visitors to Chow Down Pet Supplies in Bergen Park may wonder why the store counter seems so wide and empty. Instinctively, we turn to the right, expecting to see two lethargic, lounging cats that were a fixture in the store for more than two decades. Butch and Sundance were a constant presence at the store, presenting lazy tummies and chins for obligatory scratches.