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Today's News

  • Estis, May elected to EPRD board

    Monte Estis and Bill May won election Tuesday to two open seats on the Evergreen Park and Recreation District board, edging a third candidate, Doug Lempke.

    According to unofficial results released by the district Tuesday night, Estis captured 243 votes, and May 240. Lempke trailed with 232 votes.

  • Nature Center’s new director loves education, the outdoors

    A gas stove flickers bright orange in the Evergreen Nature Center, where new executive director Colleen Kulesza pulls up a chair as raindrops hit Evergreen Lake outside. Built in the 1930s, the historic warming hut and its lack of central heating or plumbing was just one more inducement for Kulesza.

    “Look at this building! It’s gorgeous! Like, I could do that,” she said.

  • Fashionably thrifty

    The lodge at Ascent Church was transformed into a thrifty lady’s paradise Saturday with the first Mountain Diva Fashion Swap, hosted by Evergreen Mothers of Preschoolers. To gain access to piles of gently used clothes and accessories, each woman donated $3 and a minimum of five items.

    “I donated a lot of accessories and shoes. So, half the purses on the stage are from me,” said Kara Brown, an Evergreen resident who was invited to the swap by friends. “I’m a hand-me-down junkie. So as many hand-me-downs as I can get, I’m good.”

  • Concert to benefit capital campaign for Center for the Arts Evergreen

    A concert that will weave the songs of 16 local musicians — all to benefit Center for the Arts Evergreen — is planned for May 19 at Center/Stage Theatre.

    The Originals II concert is the brainchild of local musician John Erlandson, and the performers are practicing hard for the event, which will begin at 6 p.m. with a cocktail hour, followed by the concert at 7 p.m.

    Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door, and are available at www.blacktie-colorado.com.

  • Opponents of Rooney Valley rezoning meet to map strategy

    Neighbors opposed to rezoning that could change the face of the Dinosaur Ridge area in the Rooney Valley say they are not opposed to development, but prefer “smart development” that doesn’t intrude on the environment.

    At an informal community meeting at Lutheran Church of the Master in Lakewood on April 26, about 50 people gathered to discuss ways to thwart two rezoning applications filed by Three Dinos LLC that would allow for auto dealerships and other retail uses on two parcels at C-470 and West Alameda Parkway.

  • EPRD board votes not to seek tax increase for rec center expansion

    After five years of study and debate, the Evergreen Park and Recreation District board unanimously rejected a proposal to ask voters to approve a tax increase for a $9 million expansion of the Buchanan Recreation Center. In the end, a public opinion study was the deciding factor.

  • Tunneling critters terrorize gardening community

    As mountain gardeners from Genesee to Conifer watch the snow melt, they are discovering evidence of voracious voles engaged in an eating frenzy. 

    Voles are mouse-like animals about 3 to 8 inches long, with short legs and hairless tails. They cause damage by chewing bark off seedlings and mature trees, as well as eating plant roots.

  • Plots assigned at new community garden at Wilmot Elementary

    Future gardeners held a live lottery and party, or “plottery,” last Thursday at Evergreen High School to assign 11 of 21 available plots in the new Buffalo Park Community Garden at Wilmot Elementary School.

    Of the 11 plots in the live drawing, seven were assigned to two or more people acting as partners, said Shawn Hamam, a parent volunteer and coordinator for construction at the garden. About 50 people turned out for the event, Hamam said.

  • Jail escapee sentenced to 72 years for crime spree

    The man who in 2014 became the first Jeffco jail inmate to escape in almost 30 years was sentenced last week to 72 years in prison for his escape and the string of crimes he committed afterward.

    Travis Sandlin, 34, was convicted by a jury Jan. 12 of 33 felony counts, including escape, burglary of a dwelling, aggravated motor vehicle theft, vehicular eluding, identity theft and trespass of a vehicle.

  • TV survival star joins Evergreen guide's team

    An Evergreen-based family man and outdoorsman has teamed with a free-spirited survivalist who made it through 21 days in the jungle on Discovery Channel's “Naked and Afraid” to offer basic and advanced survival courses this summer.

    Jack Riggi, 46, still has a day job as a geologist with an engineering company, but on the side he runs Evergreen Wilderness Guides, going into its third season.