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Today's News

  • Driver who hit cyclist released to probation

    The Evergreen man who was driving drunk when he hit a cyclist on Evergreen Parkway last August is being allowed to leave prison after 120 days.

    Jeffrey Detlefs, 58, will be on probation for nine years and is forbidden to either drink or drive.

    The victim of the accident, Rex Hegyi, was thrown 125 feet and landed on the pavement. He spent 26 days in the hospital with five broken vertebrae, 15 broken bones, a shattered shoulder and a broken pelvis.

  • House cat in Pine dies of bubonic plague

    A 6-year-old domestic cat from Pine died July 28 of a confirmed case of bubonic plague.

    “It’s not a very common thing. I’ve never seen it before,” said Dr. Kevin Inman of Family Veterinary Hospital at 3951 Evergreen Parkway. The owners brought the cat to the clinic on July 26 after it was found unconscious on their back steps.

  • Open Space plans meeting to consider fence alternatives

    The Jeffco Open Space Division has decided not to build a mile-long fence in Evergreen Park Estates and instead will solicit more input from community members before making a final decision.

    One alternative is to install boundary markers every 300 feet, Open Space Director Tom Hoby said in an Aug. 6 letter to the neighborhood. The original plan was to start building a fence at the end of July.

    Tom Hoby said he walked the fence line Aug. 4 and observed the conditions.

  • District to unveil results of needs survey Aug. 17

    The survey is the first of its kind the district has conducted. Many residents are looking forward to the results to get an idea of the extent of public support for a standalone arts center building and other projects inside Buchanan Park.

    The meeting is at 6 p.m. at the Buchanan Park Recreation Center, 32003 Ellingwood Trail.

  • Safety seats now mandatory for children under 8

    Jackie Mohr, a mother of three and the executive director of Drive Smart Evergreen/Conifer, is happy to know that more children will be protected by seat belts and booster seats after a new state law took effect.

    As of Aug. 1, any child under age 8 has to be protected in a car by a child safety seat. The previous age was 6. Failure to obey the law could result in a minimum $82 fine. Law enforcement officers can pull over a vehicle if they see a child not safely restrained in a child car safety seat.

  • Rodeo at Jeffco Fairgrounds cancels tail-dragging event

    Promoters of a Mexican rodeo scheduled Sunday at the Jeffco Fairgrounds have canceled a controversial event in which bulls are forced to the ground by their tails.

    The American Humane Association, an animal advocacy agency, had said it was pursuing an injunction to prevent the coleadero event, which the county had refused to block.

    “We’re very pleased that the promoters have adjusted their event schedule and did something that’s right for everyone,” said sheriff’s spokeswoman Jacki Kelley.

  • Salmonella cases confirmed in 8 diners at The Fort

    Salmonella recently sickened eight people and likely affected 20 others who ate at The Fort restaurant in Morrison, and the Jeffco health department is looking into the situation.

    “We are corresponding on patients who ate at the restaurant between July 10 through 16,” said Jeffco Public Health spokeswoman Nancy Braden. “We are involved in an ongoing investigation.”

  • Brush fire burns 74 acres on Hogback

    About 74 acres of the Dakota Ridge Hogback burned in a brush fire that broke out about 2 p.m. Monday near C-470 south of the Morrison Road exit. The cause of the blaze still was undetermined as of Tuesday morning.

    Strong winds fanned the flames and pushed the rapidly growing fire south. Authorities had closed eastbound C-470 at I-70 by 5 p.m. Monday because of fire equipment being sent to the scene.

  • Gutting it out: Evergreen's Kapande stages sit-up marathon to help restaurant owner

    Talk about intestinal fortitude.

    Evergreen resident Nick Kapande celebrated his 48th birthday Aug. 2 with a marathon consisting of 4,800 nonstop sit-ups, or 400 more than he did on his 44th birthday in the same amount of time.

    So, instead of eating birthday cake, Kapande was sipping on an energy drink, wiping the sweat from his fat-free physique and listening to about 20 people clap and cheer in the exercise room at his business, Nick’s Pro Fitness, at Evergreen Parkway and Lewis Ridge Road.

  • EHS Poms to host third annual Hiwan golf tournament fund-raiser

    In an effort to raise money for nationals, the Evergreen High School Poms are hosting a golf tournament at 7:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 9, at Hiwan Country Club.

    The team is looking for golfers to play in the tournament. Cost is $150 per player and includes breakfast, golf cart, green fees, lunch and goody bag. Prizes will be awarded for overall male and female winners, as well as closest to the hole and longest drive winners.