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Today's News

  • Bear Mountain homeowners win water case

    After a 15-year battle, a group of tenacious Bear Mountain homeowners has won a state Supreme Court appeal vindicating their claim of insufficient groundwater for future subdivision development using underground wells.

    The case pitted the Bear Mountain Homeowners Association and Cragmont homeowners against local developer Ron Lewis of Buffalo Park Development Co.

    The fight has been going on ever since formidable neighborhood activists Maggie Cross and Jim Peterson spotted the sign revealing the developer’s plans on Bear Mountain Meadow 15 years ago.

  • Attitude key to surviving job hunt

    Anyone who has recently been laid off would do well to have a conversation with Jennifer Pearson, a psychologist in private practice.

    “How you think affects how you feel. And how you feel affects how you perform,” Pearson said. “You have a lot of thoughts that are hopeless, lethargic and not very motivated. When you get laid off, you think, ‘I’m not good at being an employee, which means I’m not a good parent,’ and so forth.

  • What’s the best way to fix our economy?

    Hannah Hayes

    This little piggy went to the free market; after all, we were told to shop. Unfortunately some shopped “on the margin,” meaning there was no inherent value in the paper they were purchasing. Who can blame the Chinese for trying to cash out if they started to feel insecure about the lack of backing on their loans?

  • Williams ready to lead

    Lane Williams learned how to come out of nowhere and ruin a wrestler’s senior season. Now he wants to teach the Evergreen Cougars that mentality.

    Williams is the new wrestling coach at Evergreen, taking over for Steve Hitchens via stops at Hinkley High School in Aurora, Holyoke, and a collegiate career at Portland State.

    “I see a lot of potential,” Williams said of the Cougars after practice. “After watching these kids for the last couple weeks, I see a lot of potential, but them just missing the belief in themselves that they can do this.”

  • Park district helps with E. coli investigation

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District has worked directly with the Jeffco health department in investigating an outbreak of E. coli infections among children in the Evergreen area.

    The outbreak has been linked to local elk herd, and the herds being tested were observed at private homes, private open space and public property.

    The district offered to assist the health department, and in addition to locating herds to sample, provided records of at least four occasions when the district had removed elk droppings from sports fields.

  • Fire district invites public to comment on budget

    A public hearing on the fire district’s draft 2009 budget attracted a handful of citizens to the department auditorium on a cold and windy Wednesday night Nov. 12.

    But officials hope attendance will increase as people get accustomed to the budget process being open to the public.

    “This is the first-ever public hearing on the budget the district has ever had,” said Charles Simons, a member of the Evergreen Fire Protection District board. “It’ll grow.”

  • Gerou keeps HD 25 Republican amid Dem tidal wave

    While the Obama whirlwind swept through Jefferson County in the Nov. 4 election, it failed to engulf traditionally Republican House District 25.

     

    Some predicted that Cheri Gerou, an Evergreen Republican, would not be able to hang on to the seat that had been a Republican stronghold under Rob and John Witwer for the last six years.

    But in her first run for political office, Gerou surprised the naysayers and parlayed a message of fiscal responsibility, a Republican registration advantage, mountain residency and solid financial resources into a big win.

  • Prelude not your garden-variety choral group

    The Prelude to the Evergreen Children’s Chorale is no garden-variety singing group. The group, which has been in existence for 11 years, serves as the training ground for second- through fourth-graders who aspire to be part of the Evergreen Children’s Chorale.

    The chorus’ members sing and dance come rain or shine. This fall is no different. The Prelude will perform “Garden Variety — A Song for All Seasons,” a revue that is sure to warm your heart on even the chilliest of days.

  • Local potter still fired up about his art

    Many artists know from a young age that they want to explore their artistic talent as a vocation. Others can pinpoint a defining moment later that changed the course of their lives forever. Travis Thomason is the latter — having had an epiphinal moment of discovery that has led him down the artistic path he still follows today.

  • Obama versus McCain: winner take all

    Hannah Hayes

    Spending several nights in a Roy Rogers themed hotel room recently took me back to the childhood room my brother and I shared. Just think turquoise and brown. I loved all the ’50s Western TV shows, so, to further indulge nostalgia and my interest in politics, I watched a few episodes of “Maverick” when I got back home. Bret Maverick was an entirely different legend of the West than Roy was. Bret was always scheming, gambling and being run out of town. Roy Rogers knew it’s how you ride the trail that counts.