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Today's News

  • El Rancho Restaurant to become brewpub

    El Rancho Restaurant has a new owner and a new future — as a brewpub.

    The Vincent family — three Vincent brothers and their spouses — bought the iconic property on Interstate 70 on May 4 for $1.2 million, according to Jefferson County clerk and recorder records.

    The group plans a multimillion-dollar renovation, including a complete overhaul inside, and new brewing equipment, said Bob Vincent, who lives in Hiwan Hills with wife Laurie Vincent and their children.

  • Board grants fire chief 2 percent bonus

    Evergreen Fire Chief Mike Weege will receive a one-time merit-based bonus of 2 percent, following his annual performance review by the Evergreen Fire Protection District board last week.

    Weege's annual salary currently is $83,970. The bonus will be $1,679.40, 2 percent of the salary — for a total annual compensation of $85,649.40. 

  • BUSINESS BEAT: Home tour will showcase luxury properties in Evergreen

    If you've ever wanted to tour some of the luxury homes in Evergreen, there will be an opportunity on May 31.

    The first Parade of Luxury Homes Evergreen will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. that day, and you will be able to visit eight homes for sale on Upper Bear Creek Road, Squaw Pass and in Soda Creek, greeted by interior designers, artists, brokers, wealth managers, Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce members and neighbors. Each home is worth between $2.5 million and $7 million.

  • A Pal of the equine kind

    An introduction to a horse can change someone’s life.

    In the case of Mountain Pal, a palomino quarter horse who died of natural causes recently, he was introduced to many young children near owner Randi Levin’s home, and in at least one case, he changed a life.

  • Evergreen native realizes his dream, becomes flight nurse

    R.J. Denbow knows how to keep his eye on the prize.

    Denbow, a 2000 graduate of Evergreen High School, decided by the time he was in second grade that he wanted to work in the medical field, and soon after he expanded his dream to become a flight nurse.

    In December, he landed that flight nurse job with Cal-Star, California Shock Trauma Air Rescue, near Sacramento.

  • Board grants fire chief 2 percent bonus

    Evergreen Fire Chief Mike Weege will receive a one-time merit-based bonus of 2 percent, following his annual performance review by the Evergreen Fire Protection District board last week.

    Weege's annual salary currently is $83,970. The bonus will be $1,679.40, 2 percent of the salary — for a total annual compensation of $85,649.40.

  • Sign takes a dive at Wild Game

    A billboard-style sign was lying in the parking lot of the Wild Game Entertainment Experience in Bergen Park on Monday afternoon after apparently falling from its metal roof moorings.

    Reached Monday afternoon, owner Dave Wilson said he didn't know what had happened to the sign but that he was working to get it fixed. It appeared no one had been hurt in the incident.

  • Sports briefs

    BASEBALL
    Cougars thwart host Durango to win district title
    DURANGO — Dane Kapande had a two-run double and Evergreen blew open the game with a three-run sixth inning as the ninth-seeded Cougars upended No. 8 and host Durango 8-3 on May 10 to win the weather-delayed 4A District 2 tournament.

    Play was delayed a day due to inclement weather.

    Alec Moens’ RBI single in the first inning scored Ryker Eagen and the Cougars continued to add to their led from there.

  • Cougars adjust to coaching change

    ARVADA — Midseason changes are never easy, especially when a team loses its head coach. Such was the case for the Evergreen Cougars’ boys swimming team in 2015. 

    Marc Rios was EHS’ first-year head coach when the season began, but he left midseason for a club coaching position with the Greenwood Tiger Sharks.

    Christian Bachrodt took over, and the adjustment in coaching styles was substantial. While Rios’ focus was more on individuals, Bachrodt focuses more on the team being one, Cooper O’Hearn said.

  • Evergreen back in state quarterfinals

    Kylee Petrik couldn’t put a finger on how her shot found the back of the net early in Evergreen’s 3-0 win over Pueblo Centennial on May 9, but all she knows is that it did. That’s all that mattered.

    It was the first of three goals for the top-seeded Lady Cougars, who got second-half tallies from Sophia Weiner and Brianna Curtis, as Evergreen looked the part of the team to beat in the second round of the 4A state girls soccer tournament.