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Today's News

  • Resuscitation on the Rocks

    Thanks in part to Sivertson’s efforts, a 58-year-old Nebraska man is fully recovered from a massive heart attack that stopped his heart and breathing for several minutes.

    About 30 minutes before the concert, Sivertson was sitting with his wife, Jennifer, and her parents about halfway up the rows, when he saw a man walk up the stairs and collapse. Sivertson walked down to see if he could help.

    “Then he stopped breathing, and he had no pulse. His head was bleeding,” said Sivertson, who teaches CPR classes at the fire district headquarters in Bergen Park.

  • Lions on the prowl in Kittredge

    On Monday night the state Division of Wildlife attempted unsuccessfully to trap a second lion, probably the sibling of the 1-year-old, so the agency could tag and track it.

    John Murphy, district wildlife manager for the DOW, was in Kittredge on Sunday on a call involving a lion and a fresh deer kill, when a homeowner pulled up and told him a lion was in his yard.

    The homeowner said the lion was stalking the family house cat.

  • Rocket man: Laura Churchley shares memories of her high-flying father

    As it's been precisely 40 years since mankind first planted foot and flag on the lunar surface, Mountain Foothills Rotary Club program director Jim Rohrer thought it would be nice to schedule a speaker with a little moon dust on her shoes.

    Of course, former senator John Glenn is famously hard to book on short notice, and actor Scott Glenn isn't a real astronaut. As luck would have it, though, Rohrer didn't have to scour the cosmos to find a fitting guide to the stars — he just picked up the phone.

  • Evergreen Christian Outreach needs volunteers

    EChO needs more volunteers. Typically volunteers work one three-hour shift per week.

    • Food bank: Volunteers needed to process donations, stock shelves and assist clients with their shopping.

    • St. Raphael’s: Volunteers are desperately needed to sort donated clothing and housewares and display these items in a store-like atmosphere for client use.

    • Drivers: A driver is currently needed to pick up recyclable items at the food bank and take them to King Soopers Recycling Center.

  • A lesson in controversy: Obama's address widely shown, but viewing optional for students

    Evergreen area schools worked out a variety of policies on the showing of President Obama’s address to students on Tuesday after a weekend of dealing with a high level of parental concern on both sides of the issue.

    In the end, all of the schools showed the presidential pep talk in some format during the day, and students were allowed the option of not viewing the presentation.

    The Jeffco school district left the decision up to the principals and teachers at each school, based on a directive that was published last week.

  • A soaring passion for the arts

    Robert Palmer has raised falcons since he was 12 years old. Over the past 40 years, he has raised and released every species of falcon it is legal to own. He photographs these and other birds in the wild for a living, and on days like today, he and Achilles, his 4-month-old gyrfalcon, man a booth at the Evergreen Fine Arts Festival.

    Set amid the evergreens in Heritage Grove, this year’s festival featured 118 different artists and drew more than 4,500 visitors on just the first day of the two-day event.

  • Cowbirds find sanctuary in other birds’ nests

    Every year in late August, I receive phone calls from readers who want to know about a large brown baby bird that is being fed by a much smaller parent. This is usually a chipping sparrow or a gray-headed junco locally, but it may be almost any smaller bird. Brown-headed cowbirds arrive in the spring about March 1 and are the only bird in America that does not build its own nest. They come to feeders regularly because they prefer millet to all other grain. They watch the other birds to see where they are building nests, and when the rightful owner of the nest is away, they deposit an egg.

  • A committed public servant

    After the assassination of Sen. Robert Kennedy in 1968, his brother Ted ended a moving eulogy by saying, “My brother need not be idealized, or enlarged in death beyond what he was in life; to be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it. Those of us who loved him and who take him to his rest today pray that what he was to us and what he wished for others will someday come to pass for all the world.”

  • Bergens reverse stance, will show Obama’s address to students

    The principals at Bergen Meadow Elementary and Bergen Valley Intermediate schools reversed their decision over the weekend and will show President Obama’s address to students on Tuesday morning.

    Their decision comes in the wake of a parent’s plan to stage a public showing of the address at fire headquarters; that event has now been canceled.

  • Big Chili Cook-off expected to be a hot time Sept. 13

    Get your taste buds ready for a spicy rumble: The eighth annual Big Chili Cook-off is Sunday, Sept. 13.

    The event features much more than chili, according to Leslie Caimi, the event coordinator. There are also non-chili food vendors, an art show, live music, kids’ activities and the firefighter challenge competition.

    The cookoff opens at 11 a.m., with chili sampling beginning at noon at Evergreen Lake. Awards are presented at 5 p.m., and the event ends just afterward.