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Today's News

  • Ken Berry ruled competent to stand trial in fraud case

    A preliminary hearing was later set for Nov. 12 in Courtroom 5C at the Jefferson County courthouse. The trial judge will be District Judge Tamara Russell.

    Kenneth Berry appeared in court on Monday, Sept. 28, at 1:30 p.m. with his attorney, John Tinder, in front of District Judge Brian Boatright in Division 10.

    Berry’s wife, Anne Wakeford Berry, a co-defendant in the case, was also present, along with her attorney, Jeremy Reed. The two are expected to face trial concurrently.

    Tinder said he had no objection to the competency ruling.

  • Park district goes forward with plan for operations building

    The resolution comes with a stipulation that the $125,000 expense is considered a loan that must be paid back by March 1, 2010, as part of next year’s capital improvements.

    Park officials hope that if the work begins this fall, they will have at least a bare-bones shelter on a cement slab enclosed by February, so park workers can make vehicle repairs indoors.

    The building is expected to cost about $250,000, or $100,000 more than originally planned. It will be located on land the district owns in Buchanan Park behind the administration building.

  • Term-limit questions on November ballot

    Evergreen voters will weigh in on term-limit extensions for county elected officials and a new school board member on November's mail-in ballot.

    The proposed term-limit extensions were driven primarily by District Attorney Scott Storey, who announced last spring that he'd like to seek a third term. Jeffco elected officials are allowed to serve only two consecutive terms, so Storey wants to ask voters if they will allow him and Sheriff Ted Mink to run for a third.

  • Wines in the Woods planned Oct. 10

    The ninth annual Wines in the Woods on Oct. 10 at the Pines in Genesee is officially the Wines in the Woods/Beer in the Basement event. And this year, the 6 to 9 p.m. extravaganza will be hosted by Rotarians Jane and Robert Weinberger, co-chairs of the fund-raiser.

  • Kids cast off for learning at SEACAMP

    A group of 56 eighth-graders at Evergreen Middle School will have science in mind when they travel to SEACAMP from Oct. 5-9 in San Diego.

    Annie Wandling is looking forward to seeing and learning about the ocean.

    “Living in Colorado, I don’t get much exposure to (that),” Wandling said.

    Her father, Lee Wandling, also believes the trip will be a positive experience.

    “To be able to go out there and experience it for yourself is a valuable thing,” he said.

  • El Rancho Trading Post moving to Web only

    El Rancho Trading Post, a family-run business for more than 23 years in the Evergreen community, is leaving bricks-and-mortar and moving exclusively to its online location, www.elranchotrading.com.

    Owner Cam Goodman and daughter Ché Rippinger have seen the retail Southwestern business change and develop over the years. Cam Goodman has recently experienced significant health setbacks that made returning to work less likely.

  • StageDoor will move to larger facility in January

    The curtain is going up on Conifer’s StageDoor Theatre, with a move to a bigger and better venue set to open in January.

    The new location, which is two doors down from its current spot in the Aspen Park Village shopping center, will have a larger stage, more seats and more productions, said Allan Van Horne, a spokesman and volunteer with StageDoor.

    The theater has busted its costumed buttons in the current space. The new space will occupy 5,000 square feet, double what it has now. It will have 125 seats and additional rehearsal space.

  • Connecting the dots: Middle segment of walking path under construction on Bergen Parkway

    After a three-year hiatus, construction finally has begun to fill in the longstanding gap over Troublesome Gulch on the Meadow Trail from Evergreen Middle School to Broadmoor Drive.

    The work is being funded through a $200,000 grant from Great Outdoors Colorado and Colorado State Trails under the auspices of North Evergreen Activity Trails, or NEAT.

    The trail will take pedestrians off the shoulders of Bergen Parkway, providing a 6-foot-wide concrete path on the east side of the two-lane road.

  • Business Beat: Daniel Diamonds plans gem of a new home

    Daniel Diamonds will be moving into its new building on Castle Court in North Evergreen in January.

    The 12,000-square-foot building will house the jewelry and gift store in about 3,000 square feet, with other tenants renting the rest of the three-story structure, according to Karen Alkayam, who owns Daniel Diamonds with her husband, Danny.

    “A huge array of businesses has been contacting us (about renting space),” Karen said. Those businesses, she said, are a mixture of current Evergreen businesses and some interested in opening here.

  • Autumn in the Colorado Rockies creeps up

    The first day of autumn has arrived and with it came our first really cold day, which made it really feel like autumn. I’m not happy to see the cold weather come, but at least it gives me a good excuse to have a fire in the fireplace in the evening. The aspen have reached their peak in the high country; they were beautiful at Echo Lake this week, but those in our valley are still green.