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Today's News

  • Lack of business prompts closure of El Rancho restaurant

    The historic El Rancho restaurant has closed, and it remains uncertain whether it will reopen under new operators.

    Mark Johnston, who has leased the restaurant from property owner Doug Antonoff, closed the establishment in November because of financial losses.

    “There just wasn’t enough business to sustain it,” said Johnston, who lives in Detroit. “We were doing about $1,000 in business a day with $3,000 in costs. You can do the math. I just couldn’t go any longer.” About 20 employees were laid off as a result of the closure.

  • A tale of the tape: Students stick gym teacher to wall as reward for fund-raising

    When it comes to young students, some lessons just stick.

    Marc Gorenstein, King-Murphy Elementary’s physical education teacher, helped bring one important lesson home to pupils on Thursday when he allowed himself to be duct-taped to the gymnasium wall by students and faculty.

  • Remembering a caring friend and wife

    While dedicating herself to community service in Evergreen, Michelle “Shelly” DeWit inspired others, said friend Gail Ridings.

    “If not for her, I would not have gotten involved,” said Ridings. “We’d see the joy and rewards that would come from helping others.”

  • Park district approves 2013 budget

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District is heading into the coming year with a $5.3 million budget that reflects a 2 percent increase in both revenue and expenses, said Scott Robson, EPRD executive director.

    "We were more or less flat with net revenue compared to 2012, despite the fact that property-tax revenue is going down," said Robson. "In general, we've got a good, solid budget for 2013."

  • Park district board approves 2013 budget

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District is heading into the coming year with a $5.3 million budget that reflects a 2 percent increase in both revenue and expenses, said Scott Robson, EPRD executive director.

    "We were more or less flat with net revenue compared to 2012, despite the fact that property-tax revenue is going down," said Robson. "In general, we've got a good, solid budget for 2013."

  • Park district board approves 2013 budget

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District is heading into the coming year with a $5.3 million budget that reflects a 2 percent increase in both revenue and expenses, said Scott Robson, EPRD executive director.

    "We were more or less flat with net revenue compared to 2012, despite the fact that property-tax revenue is going down," said Robson. "In general, we've got a good, solid budget for 2013."

  • Branding Evergreen

    What’s in a name? Quite a bit, it seems.

    A group of business and community leaders brainstormed ideas for branding Evergreen with an engaging slogan while meeting at the Center for the Arts on Dec. 11.

     “Our Evergreen” emerged as the apparent winner because of its inclusiveness.

    Close runner-ups were “My Evergreen,” “Evergreen First” and “One Evergreen.”

  • Fire board approves funds for training facility

    The Evergreen Fire Protection District board appropriated $500,000 in funds to build the proposed fire training facility at Evergreen Fire Station 2 — while also agreeing to seek another site for future use at the Dec. 11 meeting.

    Fire Chief Mike Weege said he is waiting to get the final schedule from the contractor, and that the prefabricated building is expected to arrive in six to eight weeks. Rewriting the specifications for the facility and reducing its height from four to three stories saved $7,500 on the project, he said.

  • Celebrating Hanukkah with music and art

    On a chilly Saturday evening, a large crowd gathered around the menorah at Evergreen Lake Park to celebrate Hanukkah and its meaning.

     

    “This is a coming together of the community,” said Levi Brackman, rabbi at Judaism in the Foothills. “We’re all here to support this event as equals.”

    One by one, representatives of the eight organizations that sponsored the event climbed a ladder to light a lamp on the tall menorah.

  • Hikers find skeleton at Red Rocks Park

    A human skeleton has been found by hikers near Red Rocks Park. 

    Three hikers found the skeleton three tenths of a mile above and to the west of Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Friday, Dec. 14.

    The hikers notified a Jeffco sheriff's deputy who was patrolling the area and led the deputy back to the remains. 

    The skeleton was found in thick brush and appeared to have been there for some time. The person had been clad in blue sweatpants or shorts, and there were no noticeable signs of trauma, the Sheriff's Office reported.