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Today's News

  • A sign of community pride

    After 13½ years exposed to the elements, the familiar Evergreen welcome sign at the S curve south of El Rancho on Highway 74 has been returned to the shop for beautification.

     

    "It looks all right from the road if you are going 50 mph, but when you get up close, you can see it's full of cracks and the paint has mostly worn off," said Ed Bischoff, co-owner of Zuni Sign Company of Evergreen. Bischoff is restoring the sign for free as a donation to the community.

  • Artist dreams of rebuilding lost cabin

    On Nov. 7 an explosive house fire destroyed artist John Scott's mountaintop cabin in minutes and severely burned his face and hands.

    The resilient 92-year-old has recovered from the physical injuries but is still emotionally devastated by the loss of the cabin, which he built himself and lived in on and off for 50 years.

    When he talks about it now, his eyes fill with tears as he remembers the retreat and how much he misses it.

  • No election needed in fire district

    The Evergreen Fire Protection District received board nominations from only two potential candidates, both of whom are also incumbents, George Kling and Charles Dykeman.

    Since there were no more candidates than there were vacant seats to be filled, both are declared elected to the board for four-year terms ending in 2016. The scheduled May 8 election has been canceled.

  • Three running for two seats in park district election May 8

    Three candidates have submitted their names for two four-year seats on the Evergreen Park and Recreation District board: Janet Heck Doyle, George Keith Parker and Andrew Adamowski.

    Doyle, an incumbent, was first elected in 2008. Parker is a project manager for an architectural firm and has lived in Evergreen for 13 years. He has been chairman of The Bergens Leadership Council for five years.

    Adamowski, a landscape manager, ran unsuccessfully for the park district board in 2010.

  • Turnout fairly slim at Dem caucuses

    About 55 people turned out at the Evergreen High School cafeteria on March 6 for the Democratic precinct caucus meetings, one of the benchmarks of American democracy at the grassroots level.

    Those present were residents of 11 area precincts from Hiwan Hills, Bergen Park, Upper Bear, Wah Keeney, El Pinal, South Evergreen and Kittredge.

    The turnout was tiny compared to 2008, at the height of the battle between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama for the Dem nomination, when there were nearly 1,000 people jammed into the high school.

  • Evergreen house approved as short-term vacation-rental unit

    A house on Bear Mountain in Evergreen is the first in unincorporated Jefferson County to be approved for use as a legal short-term vacation rental. The unit is expected to open for vacationers in June, now that the popular grassroots practice has been deemed legal with certain restrictions — namely, eligible houses must be on a minimum 1-acre lot.

  • Red Cross to honor Alpine Rescue Team

    The Alpine Rescue Team, based in El Rancho, is topping off another busy year of 111 missions accomplished, as the recipient of a Red Cross award at the Breakfast of Champions in Denver on March 15.

    In 2010, the all-volunteer search and rescue group logged a record 116 missions.

    Of the 111 missions in 2011, two-thirds were in Clear Creek County, where last year the group responded to seven deaths.

  • Jeffco seeking applicants for boards and commissions

    The Jefferson County commissioners are seeking applicants to fill vacancies on numerous commissions and boards, many of which have vacancies or have seats up for appointment in late March.

    Among the entities with vacancies are the audit committee, library board, CSU Extension Advisory Board and Tri-County Workforce Investment Board. The audit committee, which was disbanded by the commissioners last year, has been reincarnated with an official charter, a detail the commissioners said the previous committee lacked.

  • Good citizens embrace their freedoms

    Editor’s note: Columnist Greg Romberg’s space this week is being taken by his daughter Rebekah Romberg. Rebekah, a senior at Evergreen High School, recently won the Mountain Rendezvous Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution’s Good Citizen Scholarship for her essay on being a good citizen. Rebekah was given up to two hours to write the following essay based just on her own knowledge and without either prior knowledge of the question or access to any research or resource materials.

  • Women aren’t going anywhere

    “Now I know it’s a national law in America that women are more evolved than men, but if that’s true, how come they are still so impressed by shiny objects?” quips Bill Maher. Oh, ha, ha. Like a blonde joke, I guess?