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Today's News

  • Christmases past: Two area residents recall the deprivations, challenges of the Great Depression

    This holiday season, amid a struggling economy and feelings of uncertainty, wants are succumbing to needs for many area residents.

    But today’s definition of “needs” is dramatically different from the one of 80 years ago. The Roaring Twenties, when indulgence was common and pretty things trumped the practical, came to an abrupt end on Oct. 29, 1929, the day the stock market crashed. Banks failed, businesses closed and more than 15 million Americans were left unemployed.

  • Mail thief to get 24 years in prison

    Mail pilferer Michael John Pantera pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary on Dec. 19.

    In November 2007, Pantera, 27, and his girlfriend, Sophie Rose Shafer of Pine, 19, drove through neighborhoods in Jefferson and Park counties stealing mail from mailboxes, searching for holiday gift cards and cash.

    Pantera is scheduled to be sentenced March 27 to 24 years in prison. He was convicted in the November 2007 mailbox thefts and also as a habitual criminal, according to a news release from the Jefferson County district attorney.

  • Locals flock to help stranded goose

    A bit of summer stranded at Evergreen Lake drew the attention and sympathy of a small army of local wildlife enthusiasts. Yet the good-hearted citizens determined to save a solitary Canada goose from a cold and bitter end found themselves torn between love and the law.

     

  • Luckylure to give Christmas trees to needy families

    Luckylure Christmas tree of Evergreen will be giving away two dozen tannenbaums to area families who have experienced layoffs or have special needs this holiday season.

    The 24 free trees will be given away at noon Thursday at Luckylure, at Highway 73 and Brook Forest Road. A drawing will be held if more than 24 families are seeking trees.

  • Cougars edge Wildcats in OT

    LAKEWOOD – Due to the general parity in Class 4A hoops and their own streakiness, the Evergreen Cougars figure to be in a lot of close games this season.

    They finally figured out how to win one Dec. 12.

  • Holiday lights keep landscapers busy this season

    It’s that time of year — when the pleasure of seeing lights from rooftop to treetop all over town is frequently overwhelmed by the pain of climbing ladders and unwinding tangled strings of mini-bulbs.

    Decorating is one of those things that seem like a good idea in theory. But who has the time?

    That’s when the summertime landscape companies such as Lam Tree Service and J.P. Total come to the rescue.

  • Baskets full of joy delivered to those in need

    You can tell by the smiles on their faces that delivering big boxes full of food is fun for everybody, including the seniors, the volunteers and the eighth-graders from the Rocky Mountain Academy charter school who served as delivery girls and boys.

    On Wednesday, Dec. 10, volunteers finally got the opportunity to distribute around Evergreen the baskets full of good cheer that they had been collecting since Halloween.

  • Survey, conditions at issue in trial over Wah Keeney development

    The property dispute between a developer who wants to build housing units on 90 small lots on the east end of Wah Keeney Park in Evergreen landed in Jefferson County District Court on Dec. 11 after settlement discussions failed to produce an agreement.

    At the last minute, the trial was assigned to Judge Stephen M. Munsinger, instead of Tamara Russell, who originally was set to preside over the two-day trial.

  • Mountains Taxi gets business rolling

    If you need a ride somewhere in the foothills or to Denver International Airport, a new business here can help out.

     

    Ralph Collins is the self-proclaimed taxi guy at Mountains Taxi, a taxi service that will take people practically anywhere in the foothills. Mountains Taxi is licensed by the Public Utilities Commission to serve a 400-square-mile area bounded loosely from C-470 to Bailey and Conifer to Blackhawk. In addition, the service provides regional transportation to the mountains or DIA.

  • Salon owner ‘walks her talk’ with healthy products, services

    For Sandy Klein, who opened Sandy’s Organic Salon this summer in Marshdale, nothing is more important than living a healthy lifestyle.

    In her personal life, she uses a juicer to extract the fiber from fruits and vegetables for a drink filled with a potent level of nutrients. At her salon, she features natural products for hair care, skin and nails.

    “I believe what you put on your body is just as important as what you put in it,” Klein said. “The skin is the largest organ in the body.”