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Today's News

  • BUSINESS BEAT: Peak Hot Tubs carries on in wake of owner’s death

    Peak Hot Tubs & Spa Services is in good hands despite the death of former owner “Hot Tub Charlie” Ganse.

    The new owner, Rod Hunt, was a good friend of Ganse’s. In fact, the two had lunch together three to five times a week.

    “People thought I should buy (the business),” Hunt said. “I want to try to keep his legacy going.”

  • County commissioners approve 2013 budget

    Jefferson County will tighten its purse strings next year.

    The $468.3 million 2013 budget for Jefferson County, approved Dec. 4 by County Commissioners Donald Rosier and Faye Griffin with Commissioner John Odom absent, represents a 1.3 percent decrease over last year.

    The adopted budget was $3.6 million less than what had been originally proposed for next year.

    To help balance the budget, the county is dipping into reserve funds to make up a $20.9 million shortfall, including a transfer of $3.4 million into the social services fund.  

  • Library will draw on reserve funds again in 2013

    Jeffco libraries will maintain their level of services in 2013 despite another revenue shortfall, a half-dozen mountain-area residents learned on Saturday.

    The $430,000 shortfall is a result of fewer property-tax dollars being collected and an increase in costs the library must pay the county, Pam Nissler, Jefferson County Public Library executive director, said during a community forum at Evergreen Library.

  • Making ends meet a challenge for many in mountain community

    “This time of year gets lonely for people,” says Wendy Lockwood, a 74-year-old resident of Green Ridge Meadows Apartments in Evergreen.

     

    Not only does Lockwood have occasional loneliness to contend with, she also is living on a meager income of $700 a month.

    While talking about her life and the challenges she faces, Lockwood remembers times when she was among the homeless. 

    “It’s been a rough road,” she says. “I’m just barely making it financially.”

  • All-conference football team

    The following is the 3A Metro West all-conference football team for the 2012 season:

    3A METRO WEST
    FIRST TEAM
    OFFENSE

  • Lady Cougars hang with Broomfield for a half

    BROOMFIELD — A frustrated Amy Mohr called timeout with 6 minutes, 38 seconds left in the third quarter with her Evergreen Lady Cougars down 13 points. The fact that she showed such emotion with her team playing a perennial powerhouse in Broomfield though may have been a good sign.
    History would suggest that Evergreen had no business even being in the game with the Lady Eagles, considering Broomfield won five straight 4A state championships from 2007-11. But there the Lady Cougars were for most of the first half.

  • Cougars encouraged despite loss

    LAKEWOOD — Are there any plays more dramatic in basketball than a buzzer-beater? Like mid-court buzzer-beating 3-pointers that gives a team its first lead of the game, such as the one Evergreen senior Colin Elmgreen made as the clock ran out in the first half of the finals of the Paul Davis Classic  on Dec. 8 at Green Mountain High School.

  • Ice skating season to open this Saturday

    This winter's ice skating season on Evergreen Lake is scheduled to open on Saturday, Dec. 15, weather permitting. 

    Evergreen has the biggest outdoor Zamboni-maintained ice skating rink in North America. Hockey players are invited to grab their sticks and jump into one of 10 hockey rinks for a drop-in game.

  • Many in mountain community struggle to make ends meet

     “This time of year gets lonely for people,” says Wendy Lockwood, a 74-year-old resident of Green Ridge Meadows Apartments in Evergreen.

     

    Not only does Lockwood have occasional loneliness to contend with, she also is living on a meager income of $700 a month.

    While talking about her life and the challenges she faces, Lockwood remembers times when she was among the homeless. 

    “It’s been a rough road,” she says. “I’m just barely making it financially.”

  • A lesson in compassion: Students at Bergens pull together to help friend with cancer

    The third-graders at Bergen Valley Elementary School have learned firsthand the meaning of compassion.

    One of their fellow students, 9-year-old Kaymen Story, was diagnosed in September with a bone cancer called osteosarcoma. Since then, Kaymen has been through chemotherapy and surgery to remove the malignant bone tumor on her left radius near her wrist.