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Today's News

  • Friday, Feb. 26, special district election deadlines

    • 4:30 p.m.: Evergreen Fire Protection District Board of Directors. Deadline to submit self-nominations. Forms can be obtained at the district headquarters, 1802 Bergen Parkway in Evergreen. Director terms are four years, expiring in 2014. Seats held by Jeff DeDisse, George Goldbach and Charles Simons are up in 2010. All three incumbents intend to run for new terms.

  • Envoy to Haiti finds little being done in rural areas

    When Paul Casey, executive director of the Colorado Haiti Project, returned from a trip to Haiti last week, he was overwhelmed by the need and suffering he encountered and largely underwhelmed by the degree to which big relief agencies were making an impact on rural areas.

    The Colorado Haiti Project, which is based in Louisville, concentrates its efforts on a regional enclave, Petit Trou de Nippes, about 80 miles west of Port-au-Prince.

  • Trial set for July in Berry case

    A trial rather than a plea bargain appears to be in store in the case of Ken Berry and his wife, Anne Wakeford Berry, an Evergreen couple accused of securities fraud.

    A judge has set a trial date in July for the couple, who now have separate attorneys, although they appeared together in Jefferson County District Court on Feb. 16.

    Anne Berry’s attorneys, Matthew Margeson and Jeremy Reed of Margeson and Reed of Denver, filed a motion asking the court to separate the trials instead of holding them concurrently. Margeson and Reed joined the case in September.

  • Wild Eye Gallery is implementing a new vision

    The Wild Eye Gallery in downtown Evergreen has a new vision and is trying some innovative ideas.

    Over the years, the gallery has taken on several forms, including a high-end gallery with Western-themed art, a custom framing service center, and a retail shop with a mixture of art, home furnishings, jewelry and clothing. This month, Wild Eye turned its gaze in a new direction. Owner Dennis Dunn’s brainchild has morphed into a tasteful art gallery with a twist.

  • Steller’s jays a common sight at area feeders

    The big bold, sassy, ubiquitous Steller’s jay in an index bird of the ponderosa pine forest. It is probably the best-known bird that comes to local feeders.

    It was the first bird I saw when we moved to Evergreen 45 years ago. As we were moving in, it was bouncing across our patio swearing at us for moving into its territory.

  • Helping a furry friend in need

    Oliver needed a friend.

    The 9-year-old chihuahua mix was sick, missing about half his teeth and hadn’t had a place to call home for more than a year. He was a hefty14 pounds — a bit much for a pooch his size, likely due to months of inactivity and a poor diet.

    Things weren’t looking good for him in general.

    He was scheduled to die on Jan. 19 at a metro-area animal shelter.

  • Solution for PERA spreads the pain around

    When I first met former Colorado attorney general Duane Woodard in 1981, he was a member of the Public Utilities Commission. He and the other two commissioners were charged with evaluating requests from utilities to raise their rates. A variety of businesses, governments and residential consumers that needed utility services would routinely challenge the rate hikes. The PUC needed to determine that utilities received a fair rate of return while ensuring that consumers got fair rates.

  • OBITUARY CORRECTION

    The Canyon Courier inadvertently published a photograph of the Rev. Vera E. Guebert-Steward with the obituary for H. Frost Theiss in the Feb. 10 issue. The obituary was republished on Page 8 this week. Pastor Vera continues to be in good health.

  • The sweetest month: Girl Scout cookies arrive; sales benefit local charities, Haitian relief

    For many, the annual drive by local Girl Scouts to sell cookies is one of the sweetest times of the year. But the effort also proves a sweet deal for mountain area charities.

    Groups such as the Evergreen Animal Protective League and Alpine Rescue will benefit from this year’s sales by the Blue Spruce Unit of the Girl Scouts. The unit, with 27 troops, includes 290 girls from schools in Evergreen, Indian Hills and Clear Creek County.

    Under a program called Hometown Heroes, each troop chooses a local charity to receive a donation of cookies.

  • Warm sounds at the Ice House

    When the Ice House Café opens its doors to musicians on Thursday nights, the result is like having a bunch of friends and relatives making music in someone’s living room.

    Thanks to entrepreneurs Charles and Cindy Shirley, the no-cover open-mic night has been a regular feature at the Ice House in downtown Evergreen for the last two years. The only requirement for taking the stage is to sign up and show up.