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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Confounding phalaropes are shorebirds that act like ducks

    In last week’s article, I mentioned that many people had reported seeing phalaropes on Buchanan Pond on Sunday, April 21. Since then, I have had many inquiries about these birds such as: “What are they?” “Why haven’t we ever seen one?” “Where are they found?”

  • Sheriff's Calls

     

    A lack of self-restraint

  • Jeffco considers ban on openly carrying firearms in some county buildings

    It could soon be illegal to openly carry a firearm into certain Jefferson County buildings.

    The Sheriff's Office has asked the county commissioners to institute the ban in certain county buildings and properties. The ban would not prohibit a person with a concealed-carry permit from bringing a concealed weapon into county buildings.

  • Evergreen Chorale planning a ‘Fiesta!’

    Christine Gaudreau, the artistic director of the Evergreen Chorale, loves collaboration — bringing together the artistic elements of music, voice and dance to create a lively, almost theatrical, experience. The Evergreen Chorale’s most recent collaboration meets all of these artistic challenges. The Chorale’s last concert of its 40th-anniversary season is called “Fiesta!”; the Chorale will perform with the premier Hispanic dance company, Fiesta Colorado, in a concert that will sparkle with dance and song from Central and South America.