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Today's News

  • A hail of a storm

    The hail that ripped into Evergreen last Friday was pea-sized and slushy, for the most part. But in some areas the precipitation was pebble-sized and icy, generating dozens of calls to insurance agents about dented cars, chipped window frames, battered decks, broken skylights and pockmarked siding.

    The damage in Evergreen was moderate, considering the amount of hail that came down. The extent of the roof damage is hard to evaluate until the adjusters get a chance to inspect the aftermath, insurance agents said.

  • Kaiser to open medical office on Evergreen Parkway

    Health provider Kaiser Permanente of Colorado says it will open its new medical office in Evergreen in an office complex that houses U.S. Bank and Nick’s Pro Fitness at 2942 Evergreen Parkway.

    The space will have 4,900 square feet on the first floor and will open in the fall. Kaiser first announced its intention to move into the Evergreen market in February.

    The new office will focus on primary care services, including internal medicine and family practice. There will be two physicians at first, with room for a third in the future.

  • Kind souls team up to fix immigrant’s broken body

    In his native Myanmar, So Reh had two serious strikes against him.

    The first was the current regime’s iron-fisted attempts to coerce social harmony within its troubled borders. As a practicing Christian, the married father of four was effectively disqualified from all but the lowest-paying jobs, forcing him to choose between abandoning his pacifist beliefs for military service, or letting his family go hungry.

  • Hailstorm makes a hash of garden tour; event postponed till next year

    Bloodbath. Melee. Destruction.

    That’s the description that Evergreen Garden Club president Tina Kellogg gave to the damage wrought on area gardens by the hailstorm that passed through Evergreen on June 11.

    The destructive hail, which fell inches deep in some areas and brought snowplows out to clear the roads, caused so much damage that the club has decided to cancel its 11th biennial garden tour, scheduled for June 26.

  • Truck overturns on Highway 74 near Morrison

    A truck hauling dirt overturned Wednesday morning on Highway 74 about 2 miles west of Morrison, closing one lane of the road for much of the morning. The driver apparently was not hurt.

    Foothills Fire/Rescue responded to the accident, which occurred about 7:30 a.m. Foothills personnel were allowing traffic to alternate in each direction during the cleanup, which continued throughout the morning.

    Traffic in the canyon already was slowed in recent days by a highway re-striping project that stretched all the way to Evergreen.

  • Wrens arrive, making big noise and eating insects

    While out on the patio today, I was constantly serenaded by the boisterous song of a house wren.

    Later I noticed it was constantly busy carrying great mouthfuls of some stick-like material into a nest box. It is a strange nest box that a friend made some years ago and brought to me to try it out. It is supposed to attract swallows because the entrance hole is in the bottom of the box, but from the day I put it up, it has been used by house wrens every year.

  • Pinnacol’s excesses an outrage

    When legislative budget staffers were looking into ways to balance the state’s budget during the 2009 session, they happened onto the fact that Pinnacol Assurance, the quasi-public agency that serves as the insurer of last resort for workers’ compensation, had reserves in excess of half a billion dollars more than appeared to be necessary. When legislative leaders suggested taking some of the money to address budget issues, the reaction from Pinnacol, business interests and Pinnacol customers was swift. They said the state should keep its hands off.

  • On special districts and special interests

    Who among you is a card-carrying member of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District? Only a fraction of our Evergreen area residents actually are. Since our two rec centers are used only by a minority of our populace, do we really need them? On the other hand, can you imagine our community without them?

  • Schools’ 2010 budget cuts 70 teachers

    Seventy teaching positions will be eliminated following adoption of the Jeffco school district’s 2010-11 budget, which pares $14 million from the previous year’s allotment. A total of 136 district jobs are being cut.

    Other reductions include decreased transportation routes, larger class sizes and fewer elective course offerings. The district is tapping $36 million in reserve funds to help bridge part of the budget gap. The spending reductions follow dramatic decreases in state funding.

  • Wins, not Hawkins’ nice-guy image, only way to get CU on track

     

    Dan Hawkins, if nothing else, was humbled by the prolonged introduction he received.

    “You’ve gone over too far,” Hawkins proclaimed to the overzealous Colorado Buffaloes supporter.