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Today's News

  • Former Evergreen marijuana grower gets 48 years in prison for attempted murder

    A man on the FBI’s Most Wanted list has been sentenced to 48 years in prison for the execution-style shooting of two men in Evergreen in 2004.

    Robert Otilio Montoya, 34, was a part-owner of a marijuana growing operation in Evergreen when the incident took place.

    Montoya shot Ed Miller and Leland Travis four times each after finding them at a rental home where the plants were being grown. Miller and Travis were cleaning, as they had been hired to do, when Montoya entered the house and tied their hands behind their backs.

  • 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.

    Skaters can take and break and warm up in the Evergreen Lake House, where hot chocolate and popcorn are available along with a large fire in the fireplace. 

  • 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.

    Skaters can take and break and warm up in the Evergreen Lake House, where hot chocolate and popcorn are available along with a large fire in the fireplace. 

  • Questioning the wisdom of recall drive

    By Greg Dobbs
    I was opposed to the fire district’s plan to put up a burn building obnoxiously and maybe perilously close to people’s homes in Bergen Park. Not that it affected mine — for me it will be out-of-sight, out-of-mind. But in a place like Evergreen, we’re all neighbors. So on the behalf of neighbors who would be directly impacted, I did everything I could to prevent it.

  • Mahonia can be put into fresh holiday centerpieces

    It has been a sunny day but considerably colder than it has been. I assume that means the cold front is moving in and temperatures will be more what we normally expect in December.

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  • Children’s Chorale took audience around the world

    In 1941, the United Service Organizations, or USO, was founded to provide entertainment to troops around the world. Perhaps the most famous performer who toured with the USO was Bob Hope. Over the course of his career, Hope appeared in or hosted almost 200 USO performances, including annual Christmas tours for 35 consecutive years. This year, in the spirit of the holiday, the Evergreen Children’s Chorale performed a USO-type variety show called “A Passport in Song.”

  • The costs of recovery

    Rebuilding a life doesn’t come cheap.
    Families who lost homes in the Lower North Fork Fire are juggling costs such as land reclamation, tree removal, and architectural plans and construction for those who want to rebuild on their properties, and house hunting costs for those who don’t.

  • 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.