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Today's News

  • Wilmot celebrates its 50th

    Over the past 50 years, Wilmot Elementary School has been many things: among them a place for students to get a good education and a school surrounded by parent and community support.

    However, at the school’s golden anniversary celebration on April 30, about 300 attendees learned that Wilmot also is a place where love sometimes gets its spark.

  • ‘Willy Wonka Kids’ a sweet treat for the family

    With so many things packed onto our calendars, it’s often hard to find quality time with the entire family. Why not bring the kids to StageDoor Theatre’s latest production of “Willy Wonka Kids”? Audiences will join StageDoor’s elementary and pre-kindergarten companies as they tell Roald Dahl’s timeless story of the world-famous candy man, Willy Wonka, and his colorful compatriots of both the human, animal and Oompa-Loompa variety.

  • Evergreen town hall meeting to feature local, county and state officials

    Residents will have an opportunity to learn about community and state happenings at a town hall meeting on Wednesday, May 15, at the Evergreen Lake House.

    Sponsored by the Evergreen Pathfinders, the event will feature state Rep. Cheri Gerou of House District 25, County Administrator Ralph Schell and Jeffco Sheriff Ted Mink, among others.

    Those who come to the meeting will have a chance to hear what key community leaders have to say, and also to ask questions, said Pathfinders leader Jim Gorman.

  • Boating season opens at Evergreen Lake

    Boating season is officially open at Evergreen Lake for those who enjoy paddling, sailing and drifting across smooth waters in a mountain setting.

     

    From now until May 30, boat rentals are available at the lake on weekends. Beginning May 31, the lake will be open daily for boating through Aug. 18, weather permitting. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday. 

  • Community garden sprouting with activity

    On a chilly Saturday afternoon, Rachel Emmer walks briskly across a large, smooth field in Buchanan Park where vegetables and other plants will be growing in the not-too-distant future.

     

    “We’re so excited to be at this stage,” Emmer said about the long-range community garden project.

    After six years of planning, Emmer, interim executive director of Evergreen’s Alliance for Sustainability, and others involved in the project are finally seeing the garden take shape.

  • Blue Spruce Habitat dedicates 30th home

    On a high road in Brook Forest is a gray frame house with purple trim where Evergreen resident Elizabeth Gonzales now lives.

     

    Gonzales’ new home is the 30th one built by Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity.

    “Two years ago, I first saw this land. Now it’s going to be Elizabeth’s home,” said Kathleen O’Leary, executive director of the area organization.

    O’Leary was among Blue Spruce Habitat staff and volunteers who came to the dedication of Gonzales’ home on Friday afternoon.

  • Early birders flock to Evergreen Lake to hear dawn chorus

    “Conk-la-ree! Conk-la-ree!” called the red-winged blackbirds perched on cattails in the marsh at Evergreen Lake on Sunday morning.

     

    Perhaps these birds with their colorful markings knew they were participating in the International Dawn Chorus Day. Members of Evergreen Audubon who planned the local gathering at the lake were keenly aware of the event and its significance in the avian community.

    “The first Sunday in May, birders from all over the world get together,” said Brad Andres, president of Evergreen Audubon. 

  • Training for wildland fires

    Wearing bright yellow shirts and jackets, firefighters stood listening to a briefing from Evergreen Capt. Scott Martin in the early-morning chill on Saturday.

     

    “When we’re fighting fires, put fires totally out,” Martin told the 30 Evergreen and Foothills fire department volunteers assembled for a wildland fire training exercise.

    “We’re running this as a fire scenario for a lightning strike,” said Martin. “Our spread potential is high for today. The conditions are what they are.”

  • Saving our wetlands: A tale of the Easter Duck

    By Bob Snyder
    The grandkids were asleep on Easter eve. Maggie (our Lab) and I plotted foolproof egg hunting. It’s no fun to hide easy ones, but we had to improve last year’s results of only 27 of 48. Knowing Maggie loves peanut butter and her nose is much better than my eyes and memory combined, I thought with a little on each egg, she could find them all.

  • Feeding wildlife is harmful, illegal

    Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials are reminding the public about the negative consequences of feeding wildlife. The agency cautions that, in addition to being harmful for the health of wild animals, it is illegal to feed deer, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, pronghorn, bears and elk in Colorado.
    Wildlife belongs to the public, and officials encourage everyone to be responsible and avoid feeding, harassing or approaching any wild animal. Violators could receive fines from communities where feeding violates local ordinances, or from wildlife officers enforcing state laws.