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Today's News

  • Big Chili undaunted by a small chill

    As a rain shower temporarily doused the festivities at Evergreen Lake on Sunday afternoon, a large gathering took time out from tasting enticing chili recipes to honor area firefighters.

    “Today is about our brave men and women who risk their lives,” master of ceremonies Pete MacKay said at the 12th annual Big Chili Cook-off.

  • Sheriff's Office veteran will run to succeed Mink

    After starting at the bottom rung and working his way up in the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office over the past 29 years, Jeff Shrader believes he’s ready to lead.

    Even though the election to select a new sheriff isn’t until November 2014, Shrader and another Republican, John Berry, already have announced bids. Sheriff Ted Mink is term-limited; he was appointed to the post by the county commissioners in 2003 and was elected in 2006 and 2010.

  • Weather puts a damper on summer in foothills

    Conifer and Evergreen have been feeling a bit “under the weather” this summer, but this year that’s been a good thing.

    “The rain has reduced the number of wildfire-related calls,” said Evergreen Fire Chief Mike Weege. “Dry lightning is what we fear the most, but the moisture content has been high.”

    The mountain area was blasted with rain in July and August. Kari Bowen, a meteorologist in the National Weather Service’s Boulder office, said the early-summer forecast was ideal for rainfall in the mountains.

  • MRC names new executive director

    Lorye McLeod has joined the Mountain Resource Center as its new chief executive officer.

    McLeod replaces Sharon Schrage, who resigned in early August due to health issues. Schrage had served as MRC executive director since 2007.

    McLeod’s first day was Aug. 29.

    “I’m excited to (come) to Colorado and continue to help people,” McLeod said. “My No. 1 passion in life has always been to serve others. That has been my whole career.”

  • Smiling Moose smiling even wider in new location

    The Smiling Moose Deli has moved to a larger location in the log building off Evergreen Parkway in the El Rancho area.

    The sandwich shop has been near Interstate 70 since March 2008, and it had simply outgrown its space, said owner Derek Dodds.

    “It’s in bigger space and gave us a better opportunity,” Dodds said.

    The new restaurant at 908 Nob Hill Road has doubled the number of seats in its dining area, which was a big impetus to move, he said, plus the larger space has allowed the restaurant to add a create-your-own-salad offering.

  • Group seeks to add two county commissioners

    A grassroots organization believes that Jeffco, the fourth most populous county in Colorado, needs more than three commissioners to adequately represent residents in a county with diverse landscapes and issues.
    Former Golden City Council member Karen Oxman is a founder of Jeffco5, which maintains that five commissioners would better represent the county’s half-million residents and more effectively grapple with its urban and rural political issues.

  • Stevenson discusses inBloom, school funding

    Jeffco Schools Superintendent Cindy Stevenson stopped for a cup of coffee and talked about the issues facing Colorado’s largest school district this year.

    More than 50 parents, teachers and district staff filled Conifer High’s library Aug. 28 to get an update on Jeffco Schools. School board candidates Ken Witt, John Newkirk and Gordon “Spud” Van de Water were also in attendance.

    Stevenson and audience members brought up many topics, including funding and the controversial inBloom system for storing student data.

  • It’s the right time of year for milkweed to bloom

    Although the greatest number of wildflowers bloom in spring or early summer, there are some that do not grow as quickly, so they don’t bloom until late summer or early fall. One of these is the common milkweed.

  • Roger Ambrosier: six decades of artistic inspiration

    Evergreen is fortunate to have a large artistic community, rich in both experience and media. But of all the mountain area artists, only one can claim six decades of continual artistic work in a range of more than 15 media. For this reason, the Center for the Arts Evergreen is pleased to present “Six Decades of an Artist’s Journey: Roger Ambrosier.”

  • Sports briefs

    BOYS SOCCER
    Air Academy holds off Evergreen with OT victory
    COLORADO SPRINGS
    — Alex Granados scored the game’s only goal in overtime as host Air Academy held off a stern challenge from Evergreen for a 1-0 victory on Aug. 29.
    Matt Pipan made three saves in net for the Kadets.
    Senior goalkeeper Matt Hornbecker had 11 saves for the Cougars, who took six shots. Senior Collin Molleur had two of those shots.

    CROSS COUNTRY
    Evergreen girls take seventh in season-opening run