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Today's News

  • County assessor expecting a lot of protests on assessments

    Jefferson County Assessor Jim Everson expects more than 20,000 protests to flood his office when property owners get valuation notices May 1.

    Everson fears Jeffco residents won’t like the disconnect between actual property values now in the weak economy and the valuations based on sales data for June 2008.

    "Every assessor in the state is having the same problem," Everson said in his second-floor office April 16. "People are going to feel there's a disconnect. Most people think in current terms."

  • Gerou makes most of first year in office

    Newly elected state Rep. Cheri Gerou, R-Evergreen, has moved three bills through the legislature and onto the governor’s desk so far in the 2009 legislative session. Three others have been passed by the House and were under consideration in the Senate as of April. 10.

    Gerou was elected in November over Democrat Andrew Scripter to represent House District 25, which includes Evergreen and the mountain communities of Jefferson County,

  • Earth Day Fair set for 20th year in Evergreen

    Back on April 22, 1970, the first national Earth Day celebration came into being. It was the brainchild of U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin and was supported by many others.

    In 1990, there was a resurgence of environmental interest across the country, and Earth Day saw itself revitalized. One of those sparks ignited here in Evergreen, and a small group formed to create our first mountain area celebration. The initial event was held in the old brick school building where the new library now stands. In 1994, the fair moved to the Lake House, a truly fitting location.

  • Trees tie community together over time

    Editor's note: On Saturday, April 18, Evergreen will host its 20th Earth Day is celebration. In commemoration, Earth Day organizers have designated Spalding Trees as Green Business of the Year.

    Spalding Trees has been planting trees in the Evergreen area since 1988. Using a large tree spade that plants a 12,000-pound root ball, the company plants trees from 10 to 45 feet tall.

    For more information, call Mary Dickhoff, Earth Day chairwoman, at 674-1918.

  • Trumpeter swans appear on Squaw Pass Road

    If you were driving up Squaw Pass Road recently and nearly had an accident because you thought you saw three swans on the second pond in Noble Meadow, have no fear: You are not flipping out. There really are three swans on the pond.

  • New Kittredge store offers green items

    Tucked away in a small room in Comfortable Home in Kittredge is an earth-friendly shop called Bella Vita, which sells products for bath, bed, baby, gifts and home décor.

    Owners Brent and Michele Culp believe that being green can be both accessible and beautiful.

    The store “has been a dream of mine for a long time,” said Michele Culp. “In turn, it’s helping (Comfortable Home) have new products.” Bella Vita opened in mid-January.

  • Deputies will help check census workers

    It's that time of the decade again — the federal government is sending out an army of workers to begin taking the 2010 census.

    Workers will start by conducting an address survey to make sure every address in America is accounted for so surveys can be mailed to those homes in 2010.

    And so, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is trying to head off calls about strange people cruising neighborhoods or trying to get into gated communities.

  • Elected officials conflicted over term limits

    Jefferson County officials appear to have conflicting opinions about District Attorney Scott Storey's bid to extend term limits for his office.

  • Forbes headed east to B.C.

    For her abilities on the golf course, Evergreen’s Chance Forbes has been afforded the opportunity to play on some great courses across the country.

    Her skill is now affording  her the opportunity to go to college.

    Forbes recently committed to Boston College, where she will join the Eagles’ Division I golf team in the fall.

  • Evergreen blanked by Pomona

    ARVADA — Whiff.

    That pretty much sums up Evergreen’s 1-0 cross-classification defeat April 10 to the Pomona Panthers. The Cougars shot and shot and shot the ball but put just four tries – all of them pretty easy – on frame at the North Area Athletic Complex.

    “We just couldn’t finish,” junior co-captain Anya Kaufmann said.

    “Sometimes you can’t hit the broad side of a barn,” coach Whitney Walker said.