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Today's News

  • Lesson Plans: Grade-school kids have the write stuff

    More than 300 young people received the moniker of published author at the Evergreen Young Writers Conference recently.

    The conference, held at Evergreen Country Day School, gave Evergreen-area children in kindergarten through sixth grade the opportunity to read books they had written to their peers for encouragement and critique.

    The students and their parents listened to Windsor, Colo., author Mark Ludy talk about the craft of writing. He has written children’s favorites such as “The Farmer,” “The Grump” and “The Flower Man.”

  • The birding arts: observation and listening

    People often ask me how I happen to see so many more birds and animals than they do.

    They often say that they at least drive into downtown Evergreen every day, sometimes more than that, and they don’t see half as many things as I do.

    I usually reply to this that birders are made by learning the art of observation. I am not as good an observer as my late husband Bill was. He began birding the minute he woke up. Many days he had the first bird on his daily list before he got out of bed by looking out the bedroom window.

  • Local song heard in the distance

    Abby Posner has leapt from the gold pans of Colorado to the “Frying Pans and Freeways” of L.A. Many know this former local artist from her solo career as a singer/songwriter. The high caliber of her musical talent began when she studied guitar under Kevin Alumbaugh at the Evergreen School of Music. I have friends who still remember her inspired performances with the Kamikaze Kids, an ‘80s theater group conducted by Clear Creek’s Jimy Murphy.

  • The search for tolerance continues

    In the week following the Sept. 11 attacks, Colorado Congresswoman Diana DeGette attended religious services at both a Jewish synagogue and an Islamic mosque. Her visit to Temple Emanuel coincided with our Rosh Hashanah services, which are very well attended, and Rabbi Steve Foster, the spiritual leader of the congregation, welcomed her publicly and made a point of telling everyone in attendance that she was attending the mosque that week as well.

  • Key back-to-school dates

    • Evergreen High School

    Aug. 17: Fall sports begin

    Aug. 20, 7:48 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.: Freshmen orientation

    Aug. 23: Freshmen orientation continues and first day of school for upperclassmen

    Aug. 25, 8 to 9 a.m.: Club/activity fair

    Aug. 25, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.: Back-to-School Night

    • Evergreen Middle School

    Aug. 13, 8 to 11 a.m.: Registration for students who moved to Evergreen over the summer and any students who did not register in the spring

  • Boaters rescued from top of dam at Evergreen Lake

    Park district workers at Evergreen Lake rescued five people in a paddleboat at noon and three people later in a canoe in one unusually busy day on Thursday. No injuries were reported.

    It was a casual outing on the lake for two grandparents and their three grandchildren from Ohio, who were all wearing life jackets, until a gust of wind suddenly blew them to the edge of the dam, said Brad Bednar, Lake House supervisor with the Evergreen Park and Recreation District.

  • One sale fits all: Annual Grove Sale at Evergreen Lutheran packs them in

    Bargain hunters swarmed over thousands of items Saturday at the 21st annual Grove Sale at Evergreen Lutheran

    Church, with proceeds benefiting community programs that help people in need.

    “It’s a ripple effect of kindness,” said sale chairman Gary Sohrweid.

    “We’ve done this for years, and we’re good at this,” said sale chairwoman Carolyn Bergner.

  • East lot to close at Alderfer/Three Sisters

    The east parking lot at Alderfer/Three Sisters Open Space Park in Evergreen will be closed from Monday, Aug. 23, to Oct. 5 for parking lot expansion and other improvements.

    Jefferson County Open Space will add 10 vehicle spaces for a total of 33 spaces, pave and stripe the lot, relocate picnic pad and bench, realign some trails to the trailhead, and install a new information kiosk.

    Some trees will be removed to allow for construction. The lot will be closed until the paving work is completed, and signs will be posted along Buffalo Park Road to indicate the closure.

  • Local woman to participate in 5K walk for lung cancer cure

    A nonsmoker with a healthy lifestyle, Jennifer Ames was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer and died two months later at age 59. By the time the cancer was discovered, it was too late for effective treatment.

    It was a devastating blow for her only sister, Sam Johnson, the owner of Breezy Travel of Evergreen.

  • Maes wins GOP gubernatorial nomination

    After jumping into the governor’s race with no political experience and no establishment credentials or support, Evergreen businessman Dan Maes defeated Scott McInnis in the Republican primary.

    Maes won by 50.6 percent to 49.3 percent, with a record number of Coloradans casting primary votes.

    After peaking in the final weeks, the Maes campaign rolled to a stunning upset. Maes now faces Democrat John Hickenlooper and Constitution Party latecomer Tom Tancredo in November.