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Today's News

  • Dick’s Hickory Dock to be renamed Switchback Smokehouse

    Dick’s Hickory Dock in Kittredge has a new owner and is getting a new moniker.

    The barbecue restaurant should be open by May and will be called Switchback Smokehouse, according to its new owner Darryl Swarts.

    The restaurant on Highway 74 had sat vacant for several years before David Mot purchased it and opened for the summer seasons in 2010 and 2011. Mot sold the restaurant due to health issues.

  • Gerou bill requires reports on federal funds

     

    A bill sponsored by state Rep. Cheri Gerou of Evergreen would increase transparency and accountability over the federal funds that Colorado receives.

    Gerou, a Republican, is the sponsor of HB 1009, the Federal Transparency Act. The legislation passed the state House of Representatives on second reading Feb. 14 and awaits final approval.

    A Republican from Evergreen, Gerou is also the chair of the Joint Budget Committee. She has represented House District 25 since 2008.

  • Gallery owner heeds his muse

    Mark Anthony King wasn't really looking for an opportunity to open an art gallery in Denver, but when he saw the perfect space at 13th Avenue and Bannock Street, he decided to make the leap. That was around Thanksgiving.

    In a few short months, he sold Stoneheart Gallery in Evergreen to Julianne Miller, who took over Jan. 15. King leased the Denver space and is getting it ready for the opening April 6.

    King, 45, had been a presence in Evergreen’s Main Street gallery scene for six years as owner and director of Stoneheart Gallery.

  • Fire district OKs $4,500 to start honor guard

    The Evergreen Fire District board unanimously agreed to spend $4,500 to pay for uniforms, shoes and training costs to institute the department's first honor guard.

    The board voted 5-0 in favor of the proposal at a regular meeting Feb. 14 at the Fire/Rescue Administration Building.

    The honor guard is a ceremonial unit, usually affiliated with the military. The guard consists of volunteers who attend funerals for fallen comrades and represent the fire service at other community events.

  • Firefighters contain nighttime blaze in Cragmont

    A fire in a single-family residence in Cragmont in Evergreen on Feb. 8 caused moderate structural damage, but the residents and their pets escaped without injury.

    Evergreen Fire/Rescue received the 911 call at 10:45 p.m.

    About 25 firefighters and one emergency medical crew responded.

    When firefighters arrived at 28856 Cragmont Drive, they saw smoke coming from the open front door and the fire in the chimney chase on its way into the soffits, according to a Feb. 16 news release from Evergreen Fire/Rescue.

  • Hunter fined in Evergreen Highlands elk shooting

    The hunter who was charged with two misdemeanors in connection with an elk shooting in Evergreen Highlands has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and was sentenced to pay a fine.

    On Dec. 20, Jefferson County Judge Bradley Allen Burback dismissed the charges of hunting in a careless manner and illegal possession of wildlife against Henry Austin, according to documents on file in the Jefferson County Courts.

  • Upwardly mobile: Call-n-Ride service going strong after 10 years

    Nicky Hamid has three kids of her own and runs a day-care for six other children ages 2 to 5.

    Peter Foley is retired and lives in Green Ridge Meadows Apartments and doesn't own a car.

     

    One thing they have in common is Call-n-Ride, the curb-to-curb RTD service that takes riders — on-call with an appointment, on a first-come, first-serve basis — to anywhere in a designated service area.

  • Desperately seeking a gander

    A new companion still has not surfaced to help Nita the goose rebound from the loss of her beloved Pedro.

     

    Nita’s owners, Marie and George McLaughlin of Morrison, had hoped someone would have an older Chinese white goose who could live with Nita and help fill the void left by Pedro, who died recently of natural causes.

    Nita continues to waddle around her pen, honking and honking, and then she realizes that Pedro won’t be answering her call, Marie said.

  • District’s deal with unions pushes cuts to 2013-14 school year

    A deal reached between Jeffco Public Schools and its employee unions Feb. 11 would postpone tens of millions in budget cuts for at least a year and temporarily keep the district from cutting teaching positions.

    The agreement, which will require the Board of Education’s approval, delays 574 job cuts the district would have to make in the 2013-14 school year if voters do not approve a property-tax increase that is likely to be placed on the November ballot.

  • Remember, we’re Americans first

    When I was a kid, my family took a trip to Washington, D.C., to see the sights. I especially remember the day we sat in the Senate gallery, watching a debate. There, I saw something strange — Teddy Kennedy, a Democrat, and Orrin Hatch, a Republican, sharing a friendly conversation and a laugh together. I later read those two were the best of friends, despite their vast differences on matters of policy.