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Today's News

  • Golf tourney to benefit Special Needs Program

    The Andy Smith Sr. Memorial Special Needs Golf Tournament is set to tee off Monday, July 13, at the Hiwan Country Club in Evergreen.

    The lead sponsor is Evergreen Oil Co., and the honorary chairperson is Tony Scheffler, tight end for the Denver Broncos.

    Presented annually by the Park and Rec Special Needs Program and the Mountain Foothills Rotary, the half-day event is the main fund-raiser for the Special Needs Program.

  • A virtual education: Jeffco schools to offer online degree for high school students

    Jefferson County Public Schools is offering high school students the opportunity to take classes and earn diplomas online, without ever stepping foot in a classroom.

    The 21st Century Virtual Academy is a newly created option school within the district. Enrollment is available to all Colorado residents under age 21 for no charge. Classes are accredited and comply with state standards.

  • It’s spring: time for ‘100 for $100’

    It’s that time of year again. The gavel drops. Art lines the walls of the Center for the Arts Evergreen, waiting to be snatched up by the highest bidder — or in the case of “100 for $100,” the luckiest bidder. 100 for $100 is the most anticipated art auction in the Evergreen area, and you don’t have to be rolling in the green to take home an amazing piece of art.

  • Capitol cry: ‘Show us the money!’

    As we enter the final stretch of this year’s session of the Colorado General Assembly (it must be concluded by May 6), we could be watching a sequel of “Jerry Maguire.” The operative phrase for the last month of the session is likely to be, “Show me the money!”

  • Bill’s Bench coming in time for favorite birds

    The ice went out of Evergreen Lake faster this year than I have ever seen before. One day it was honeycombed, with a few openings along the north and west shore, and the next day it was all open. The long spell of warm weather had weakened the ice, and a windy morning set up water movement, and the ice began to break up fast. By midafternoon the lake was free of ice from shore to shore. It was good to see the open water and a chop on the lake, even though the wind was bitter cold. I stopped by again the next day, and once more the cold wind sent me scurrying home to sit by a fire.

  • Celtic Celebration features luck o’ the chorale

    Every year, many Evergreen residents celebrate Celtic culture with some green beer and a rousing St. Paddy’s Day party. However, the luck of the Irish — and the Scottish, for that matter — can be found throughout the year at true Celtic celebrations.

    The Evergreen Chorale’s Celtic Celebration brings some of this luck to Evergreen in April. It’s more than just a few shamrocks and leprechauns, however. The chorale brings the traditional sounds and tastes of Irish and Scottish culture to the Rockies.

  • How in the financial world did we get so screwed up?

    As we look at our financial mess, and the billions of our taxpayer dollars going to what we now call large banks, I can’t help trying to figure out how in the world we got here. These large institutions were on the verge of failure because they lent millions to people who didn’t have appropriate credit worthiness. So our Congress and our president gave them billions to “keep the banking system” operating. Many are continuing to pay huge salaries and bonuses with our money. What makes them think that anyone in their failed operations deserves one cent of our money?

  • Jeffco schools await stimulus funds

    Jeffco Public Schools officials are still waiting for direction on how federal stimulus money will flow to the district nearly two months after President Barack Obama signed the $787 billion package into law.

    But Jeffco Superintendent Cindy Stevenson says the district will be ready to move on several programs once the money hits the district’s coffers, which may be sooner rather than later.

    Colorado's largest school district has several programs it wants to expand once the estimated $23 million in federal stimulus money shows up.

  • Change in law will allow rainwater collection

    All Jenny Smalling of Evergreen wanted was to plant a vegetable garden on her property to save on produce costs and to help her family become a little more self-sufficient.

    But Smalling couldn’t plant her garden because of restrictions on the family’s well, which stated they could not hook up an exterior hose to water the garden.

  • Ticket prices slashed for Mountain Music Fest

    After a disappointing turnout last year, the Conifer Area Chamber of Commerce’s Conifer Mountain Music Festival committee has decided to drop ticket prices for the third annual festival — but won’t skimp on the entertainment value.

    “The event was well-received (last year),” said Randy Fowler, a member of the committee. “But the attendance was down. This year we wanted to reach to and try to bring the event to the community in a cost-effective way but still put on a quality show.”