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Today's News

  • El Paso turned the tide for Beauprez

    Leading up to the Republican gubernatorial primary June 24, the Colorado Springs Gazette ran an editorial May 19 urging candidates Mike Kopp and Scott Gessler to drop out of the race to ensure that Bob Beauprez would win the nomination over Tom Tancredo. The Gazette argued that Tancredo was not a viable candidate in the general election and that Gov. John Hickenlooper’s re-election would be a sure thing if Tancredo became the Republican nominee.

  • Early wildflowers, tall grass a result of warm, wet weather

    On a brief ride around the Evergreen area last week, I was surprised to see so many wildflowers blooming. Many seemed a bit earlier than usual. I believe this is due to the exceptionally warm weather and rain in early June.

    Late June had very little rain, but the Fourth of July brought a late-afternoon torrential shower, so it is once more hot and humid. This is not my favorite weather as it leaves me feeling hot, sticky and short of breath.

  • Annual tourney set to benefit special needs programs

    The 10th annual Andy Smith Sr. Memorial Special Needs Golf Tournament, presented by the Mountain Foothills Rotary Club and Evergreen Park & Recreation District, is scheduled for July 21 at Hiwan Golf Club. Money raised goes toward the district’s special needs programs.

  • Burke ready to make debut

    Seventeen-year-olds rarely have life-altering decisions to make like the one Brock Burke faced last month. The University of Oregon signee, who won’t turn 18 until Aug. 4, was drafted in the third round of the Major League Baseball amateur draft by the Tampa Bay Rays.
    Does one go to college and get that degree or go straight to work as a professional baseball player? Tampa Bay made the decision easy for him.

  • Indian Hills water district adds storage tank to ensure supply in dry months

    A newly installed water storage tank with a 100,000-gallon capacity is now operational in the Indian Hills Water District.

    Last year the Indian Hills Water District board approved construction of the new tank, which is used to store water for customers during dry months when output from wells decreases.

    Although the district has four deep wells that provide water for approximately 350 homes in Indian Hills, in the summer the wells produce at a slower rate, said Carl Frank, president of the water district board.

  • Home cooking, atmosphere dominate at The Den

    When Glenn and Lisa Kastner opened their new restaurant in Marshdale, they wanted a name that summed up their appreciation for their beloved mountain community.

    “We live up here in the mountains, and there are plenty of animal dens around here,” Glenn said. “A den is inviting; it’s home. We wanted to have a place that felt like home.”

    Since opening June 8, The Den has been serving pizzas, burgers and pasta to hungry mountain residents.

  • Friends rally at benefit to help cancer victim

    More than 200 people attended a gathering for Evergreen resident Linda Heslin, who is undergoing extensive treatment for cancer.

    “It was all people showing their love,” said Evergreen resident Jack Anderson, who organized the fund-raising benefit for Heslin at the Evergreen Elks Lodge.

    “A lot of old friends came out the woodwork,” said Anderson, a New York native who has known Heslin and her husband, Geno, for many years. “It’s the way we were brought up: to help our neighbors.”

  • Legal issue with Denver Parks delays loop trail project at Evergreen Lake

    The loop trail project at Evergreen Lake is facing a delay created by a legal issue with Denver Mountain Parks. City of Denver attorneys are asking for a new agreement with the Evergreen Park and Recreation District before giving the go-ahead to build the trail connecting the downtown area to the upper portion of the lake.

    Because the path of the planned trail is on Denver Parks property, it is necessary to gain approval from the city before moving forward with project, said EPRD Executive Director Scott Robson.

  • July 4th fest ends with a weather-related bang

    Booming thunder and flashes of lightning accompanied Celtic Pipes and Drums musicians at the annual Evergreen Music Festival and Art Show at Evergreen Lake on July 4.

    As festival-goers huddled under a large white tent during the storm, the Rocky Mountain Highland Dancers moved in graceful patterns to the sounds of bagpipes blended with rumbling thunder.

    While some in the audience appeared concerned about the storm and the driving rain, others were intrigued.

  • Bald eagles near Evergreen Lake cause a stir

    Everyone in Evergreen has been excited about the two bald eagles that have been hanging out in a dead tree near Evergreen Lake for the past week. I have had several people call me, and others have brought me photographs of the birds. They are apparently two adult bald eagles, easily recognized by their size, dark bodies, white head and tail.