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Today's News

  • Evergreen Middle School teacher dies in accident

    Lesley Jankausky, an eighth-grade science teacher at Evergreen Middle School, was killed in a car accident Dec. 22 in Nebraska while traveling to see her family for the holidays.

    Jankausky had been a part of the EMS staff for 10 years. Services are pending.

    “She was a dear friend and respected teacher,” EMS principal Kristopher Schuh said in an e-mail to all EMS families. “We will miss her humor, enthusiasm and dedication to the staff and students at Evergreen Middle School.”

  • Center/Stage to host New Year’s Eve bash

    In recent years, television commercials have bragged that “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.” The Evergreen Players have brought their own version of Las Vegas to our mountain community for New Year’s Eve. The Players are sponsoring a rip-roaring shindig complete with gambling, dining and cabaret entertainment. This “Shake, Rattle and Roll” night should be a powerhouse party that will leave revelers saying, “What happens at Center/Stage stays at Center/Stage.”

  • When imaginations soar: Students at the Bergens test their wings in the art of kite-making

    “Tako kichi,” the Japanese words meaning “kite crazy,” aptly describe art classes at the Bergens the past two weeks as students learned all about kites.

    Students at both Bergen Meadow and Bergen Valley elementary schools cut the paper, dyed it, and added the bamboo-stick supports and tails to create simple but beautiful Japanese kites. Plus, they learned some history of the art form, which dates back at least 2,000 years.

  • Business Beat: Evergreen Kennel expands, adds doggie suites

    The barking you hear at Evergreen Kennel and Grooming has a happier sound now that the buildings have been renovated.

    Owner Anik Egloff has renovated the 2,200-square-foot building next to the main kennel at 30596 Bryant Drive. She has added a 700-square-foot indoor doggie day-care room, which came in handy during the recent week of frigid cold weather.

    And the other side of the building has been converted into overnight suites with tiled walls, windows, and pet cots with sheepskin coverings.

  • Evergreen businessman running for state Senate

    Evergreen businessman Tim Leonard is fed up with government spending and has announced a bid for elected office, jumping into the void created when Democrat Dan Gibbs decided not to run again for the state Senate.

    “I’m not a politician. I’m a businessman. I have a family (his wife, Monica, and six kids). The last thing I want to do is leave my (home base) and go around the state and talk to people about where I stand,” said Leonard, who is running as a Republican. The family has lived in the same stone-and-timber home in Kittredge for 15 years.

  • Flickers a nice addition to feeders in winter

    During the bitter cold spell we had in early December, my friend Amy, who helps me with things I can no longer do myself, looked out the window and said excitedly, “What’s that big bird on the feeder?”

    From the way she said “big” and her excitement, I thought it must be a hawk or an eagle, something really big. So I grabbed my binoculars and found myself looking at a northern flicker. Of course they are big, 12 to 15 inches long, compared with the chickadees and juncos that were also there. Flickers are truly beautiful.

  • Tough assignment for school board

    You have to wonder if the two new members of the Jefferson County Board of Education go to bed each night thinking, “Be careful what you wish for …”

  • 'A wonderful story of hope': Firefighter, bystanders save 3-year-old trapped under car at Walmart

    After saving the life of 3-year-old Joshua Johnson in the Walmart parking lot Saturday, Evergreen volunteer firefighter Scott Martin was back on the job and coping pretty well by Tuesday morning.

    “As tragic as the incident was, the fact that he is still alive is such a wonderful story of hope. The news is always so doom and gloom,” Martin said.

    Martin’s heroic quick thinking and crisis expertise turned a near fatality into a miracle lifesaving opportunity, as bystanders joined forces to lift the car and free the boy.

  • Evergreen native facing charges in Iraq

    A local man who joined the Army after graduating from high school, with dreams of becoming a career officer, is being accused of ordering Iraqi police officers to kill two civilians.

    Carl Bjork, 28, who was awarded a Bronze Star for his heroism overseas, attended Evergreen High School from 1995 to 1997 before transferring to Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, Mo. He graduated from CU in 2004 and immediately went into the Army.

  • Lawyer withdraws in Kenneth Berry case

    The lawyer for Kenneth G. Berry, the Evergreen man accused of securities fraud, has withdrawn from the case, forcing the arraignment of Berry and his wife to be postponed another month.

    District Judge Tamara Russell granted attorney John Tinder’s request to withdraw after he appeared with his client, Ken Berry, for an arraignment in Jefferson County District Court on Dec. 21.

    In an arraignment, either the parties are formally advised of the charges against them and a trial date is set or a plea may be entered.