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Today's News

  • November: a time to remember, a time to act

    By Ellen Golombek

    Before he served in Congress and before he went to the White House, Lt. John F. Kennedy commanded torpedo boats in the South Pacific during World War II. His distinguished military career resulted in being awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal and the Purple Heart. He was proud of his service and once said, “I can imagine no more rewarding a career.”

  • Plea deal makes sense for Holmes

    It’s time to make a deal with James Holmes.

     

    As we approach the year and a half anniversary of the tragedy of the Aurora theater shootings and as the pretrial hearings continue (and continue and continue!), it looks less and less likely that Holmes will ever be executed. It would be in the public interest to get some kind of plea in place that assures Holmes will spend the rest of his life in custody, to achieve final resolution and to put this ordeal to bed once and for all.

  • Wild turkeys are thankful they’re not extinct

    While we have many things to be thankful for, I think the wild turkeys must be thankful for being alive because these big, beautiful, wild birds came very close to extinction.

     

    This great American bird was fairly common over much of America and was taken to Europe in the early 16th century where it was domesticated and became a very popular dish. In America, it was also very popular, but there were no domestic turkeys to buy at the market.

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  • Sweet recognition for Evergreen boys

    The Bluebell Fire that started June 3 in Evergreen saw first responders working around the clock to keep the flames at bay, and to their surprise — amid all the chaos and danger — a lemonade stand appeared nearby to quench their thirsts.

  • Merchants hope for big doings locally on Small Business Saturday

    Evergreen businesses are hoping residents will think local this weekend by shopping here.

    They hope holiday shoppers will stay away from the big-box stores on Black Friday and online shopping on Cyber Monday. Instead, they want residents to consider unique gifts that smaller shops offer as part of Small Business Saturday.

    The Saturday shopping day was started in 2010 by American Express to give local businesses their own Black Friday sales day. The event asks shoppers across the country to spend money at locally owned and operated stores.

  • Deed error delays repairs to downtown lot

    The Great Parking Lot Mystery has been solved.

    In September’s flooding, the most visible damage in downtown Evergreen resulted from the sidewalk, retaining wall and parking lot across from the CenturyLink building being washed into Bear Creek.

    Since then, warning tape has cordoned off the area, but permanent repairs have not been done because it was unclear what entity owned the property — all due to a clerical error.

  • Repairs to Indian Hills fire station an upcoming concern

    While reviewing a draft of the 2014 budget for the Indian Hills Fire Protection District, board member Scott Kellar said that resources for repairing the fire station need to be determined.

    “The bond was not successful,” he said during a discussion at the Nov. 20 fire board meeting. “We need to talk about short-term things that need to be resolved.”

  • Steps to serenity: EPRD hiking group provides members a weekly getaway to the wilderness

    It’s 28 degrees at 8 a.m. on a recent November Thursday morning. Eight hikers pile out of a van at Staunton State Park, ready for an 8-mile hike, ready to view spectacular scenery, and ready to spend a beautiful fall day with friends.

    The eight are part of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District’s hiking group, which meets every Thursday. Most of the year, they hike; the remainder of the year they snowshoe and cross-country ski.

  • Evergreen Fire Protection District finalizes 2014 budget

    The Evergreen Fire Protection District will take a hit in property-tax revenue in 2014, but divisions have pruned expenses and made adjustments to savings plans to compensate.

    Fire Chief Mike Weege reported that 2014 will see a 5 percent reduction in property-tax revenue from Jefferson County, and a 1 percent decline from Clear Creek — resulting in about $400,000 less to work with, he said.