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Today's News

  • Cell phone ban just grandstanding

    Last week, my former colleagues in the state House passed a bill that would make it illegal to drive while talking on a cell phone, unless you’re using a hands-free device. By the looks of it, the ban will pass the Senate and be signed by the governor.

    At first glance, this seems a reasonable law. But it’s also totally redundant. In fact, under current law, a person who causes an accident while talking on a cell phone can be prosecuted under no fewer than four criminal statutes.

  • GOCO investments key in local projects

    My term on the board of Great Outdoors Colorado expires today. It has been my honor and privilege to serve the people of Colorado’s 6th Congressional District on this important board since 2002.

  • Java Groove expanding hours, offerings

    After five months as owners of one of Evergreen’s popular coffee-shop hangouts, Rhonda and Patrick Payer continue to enjoy being part of downtown.

    The Payers are the owners of Java Groove, and downtown Evergreen is the best place to be, according to Rhonda.

    “We’re in such a wonderful location,” she said. “We have people come in who are local and people who drive up from down the hill.”

  • April is customer loyalty month in Evergreen, too

    Each April, we celebrate international customer loyalty month. You may not be aware of that and may not feel particularly loyal yourself. But one local business has been a model of how to develop loyal customers.

  • Egg-decorating winners

    Results in the Downtown Business Association’s second annual egg decorating contest:

    Professional division

    First: The Egg & I by Carol Newsom. Sponsor: Java Grove.

    Second: Continental Divide by Paul Koentges. Sponsor: ReMax Evergreen.

    Third: Chakra by Pamela Rhodes. Sponsor: Mountain Man Fruits & Nuts

    Amateur division

    First: Finishing Touch by Joan Zarlengo

    Second: Bumpy Dots by Deb Farinholt

    Third: Bleeding Hearts by Roxy (only name given)

    Papier mache, adult division

  • Thousands still without power

    About 4,000 people were without power on Monday morning in Evergreen in the wake of the weekend storm, down from a peak of 11,000.

     

    Joe Fuentes, spokesman for Xcel Energy, said the power company deployed about 30 crews from all over the Denver area to help restore power to individual homes on Monday.

     

  • Farmers show why they're No. 1

    Wheat Ridge — For three innings, the eighth-ranked Evergreen Cougars had No. 1 Wheat Ridge looking pretty pedestrian on April 20.

    The Cougars scored in every inning and were up 4-0 thanks largely to a two-run double by Ethan Murphy and some solid small ball. But with a dream upset starting to materialize, the Cougars found themselves taken out to the proverbial woodshed in the top of the fourth.

  • Young Cougars fall to Demons

    On a blustery afternoon better suited for kite flying or sailing than any sport involving a ball, the Evergreen Cougars bravely took to the tennis court to face the Golden Demons.

  • IREA holding pivotal election

    Results should be available this week in pivotal elections for three seats on the board of the Intermountain Rural Electric Association.

    The three challengers all have been endorsed by IREA Voices, a group of co-op members who say IREA is mired in fossil-fuel thinking and lacks transparency in the way it does business.

    In District 5, challenger John Masson is facing off against incumbent Bruff Shea; in District 3, Mike Galvin is challenging Gene Sperry; and in District 7, Charles Bucknam is seeking to unseat George Hier.

  • A day of remembrance

    As former Columbine teacher Alan Cram handed out candles Sunday evening for a vigil to remember those who died on April 20, 1999, he pondered the lessons of the tragedy 10 years later.

    "I'm still concerned about the kids," Cram said. "It's too easy to let kids go off and do their thing. Without having support, it's pretty lonely out there. We need to be available for them."