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Today's News

  • Shop locally to preserve Evergreen businesses

    Each of us has our own reasons for living in the Evergreen area. The beauty of mountain living, the solitude of being nestled in the pines and our close proximity to Denver are all appealing attributes.

    With my longevity in the community of close to 30 years, I’ve earned the honored title of “local.” As with most “locals” you know, I am very protective, loyal and adamant about preserving everything that is special about our community.

  • School district facing tough choices

    When Jefferson County voters  rejected Amendment 3A last November, it forced school officials to work in earnest on spending plans they’d begun discussing before the election. After implementing spending increases that are already planned, it has been estimated that $35 million will need to be found over the next three years.

  • What’s in a word?Plenty, if you think about it

    In his terrific essay on “Politics and the English Language,” George Orwell observed that “(w)hen there is a gap between one’s real and one’s declared aims, one turns as it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish spurting out ink.”

    Orwell spoke of a phenomenon that exists in our time as it did in his — the hijacking of language to conceal the truth behind political objectives.

  • Two plays deliver with substance on stage

    In today’s media, we are constantly bombarded with red-carpet shots of celebrities arriving for world premieres. Oftentimes, the pomp and circumstance are greater than the quality of the show contained within.

    In the case of the Denver Center Theater Company, the reverse is true. January is New Play Month at the Denver Center, and two new works for the stage, “Inana” and “Dusty and Big Bad World,” have premiered in recent weeks. What they lack in spectacle outside the theater, they more than make up for in substance on stage.

  • Young artists stage a merry go-round at RMAE

    Amber Lichfield has the gentle manner and animated expressions that would make any preschooler feel welcome in her classroom. She is not, however, a preschool teacher. Lichfield is a middle school math teacher at Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen — and an artist.

  • Tradition sets well at Hi-Winder salon

    Connie Offermann’s customers have a routine: shampoo, set, repeat. Every week, they return to have it all done again, though a haircut is occasionally thrown into the mix. And that’s the way it’s been for 40 years. Offermann, who opened Evergreen’s Hi-Winder Beauty & Barber Salon in January 1969, admits that people are what got her into the hair business. Though she likes making customers look their best, she finds a greater reward in the friendships that bloomed from weekly styles and trims. “They’re like my family,” Offermann said.

  • Evergreen resident nominated for U.S. attorney

    Evergreen resident Stephanie Villafuerte, 43, is one of three people whose names have been sent to President Barack Obama for consideration as a candidate for U.S. attorney for Colorado.

    Villafuerte, deputy chief of staff for Gov. Bill Ritter, would replace Troy Eid, who resigned as the state’s chief prosecutor to return to private practice before possibly launching a run for attorney general in 2010. The state’s incumbent attorney general, John Suthers, is planning to seek the nomination for governor or U.S. senator from Colorado in 2010.

  • Fire destroys house on Blue Sky Trail; 3 dogs saved

    A three-story house at 10060 Blue Sky Trail was leveled by fire on Feb. 6, but an alert deputy who spotted the flames raced to the scene and saved the lives of three golden retrievers that were trapped in the burning home.

    The deputy, who was patrolling on U.S. 285, saw smoke near Shadow Mountain, followed the smoke and reported the fire. Once he arrived, the deputy kicked in the door of the burning home and freed the three canines, according to a news release from the Elk Creek Fire District. 

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  • Shadow Mountain home lost; family, pets uninjured

    A fire Sunday night destroyed a house on Shadow Mountain Drive in Conifer belonging to a family of six.

    The family and their two German shepherds were uninjured. A firefighter was reported to have sustained minor injuries that did not require medical attention.

    Jody Wagner, spokeswoman for the Elk Creek Fire Protection District, said there were conflicting reports on whether any family members were inside the home when the fire broke out.