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Today's News

  • In Colorado, tomorrow’s history today

    Over the years, I’ve written columns in February about historical African-American figures with Colorado connections in observation of Black History Month. The stories I told were about people who had lived and died before I was born. As this February is the first Black History Month in which we have an African-American president, I’ve found myself thinking about the contemporary black history I’ve personally observed.

  • Hard times for higher education in Colorado

    It’s not news that the state budget is in crisis. Loose, some would say reckless, government spending in the good times along with lower revenues have contributed to an approximately $600 million hole in the budget. While many services will be affected, higher education will take the biggest hit.

  • Jeffco leaders again look to citizens for budget advice

    Jefferson County officials are hoping a panel of county residents can offer fresh ideas on how to grapple with more than $277 million in construction, equipment and maintenance costs through 2013.

  • Coffman lays out agenda as Jeffco's new congressman

    The country's financial malaise has made Wall Street bankers mighty unpopular these days. But coming in a close second are politicians, who are scrambling to address an economic recession that seems to get worse with each news cycle.

    In that vein, it's not hard to guess what freshman Rep. Mike Coffman's focus is right now in Congress.

  • Swim team caps off season in style

    The Evergreen girls swim team finished off the 2008-09 campaign with a 19th-place finish at the Class 4A state swim meet. It’s the highest finish for an Evergreen team since 2003.

    “It was a little bit of a surprise,” said Evergreen junior, Carrie Latimer. “Everyone swam really hard at state and it was a good ending to our season.”

  • Cougars top Jaguars, win streak now at eight

    The scene was set for an epic Class 4A Jefferson County League boys basketball battle between Evergreen and D’Evelyn on Feb. 20. The props were in place, the actors were prepared and the anticipation was palpable.

    In a game that featured two evenly matched teams that were equal in league record and both riding high on win streaks, everything was in place for a fight to the finish.

  • Evergreen resident arrested on securities fraud charges

    Evergreen resident Kenneth G. Berry, 65, has been charged with 11 counts of securities fraud in Colorado in connection with selling shares of stock in a reportedly non-existent company called Biotech Information Systems Inc.

    Berry’s wife, Anne Wakeford Berry, is listed as a co-defendant in the case.

    Ken Berry is alleged to have illegally obtained money from eight people, each of whom invested about $10,000 between Nov. 17, 2006, and May 15, 2008, according to the complaint filed Feb. 18 in Jefferson County District Court.

  • Concerned citizens turn out for town hall meeting

    An informal town hall meeting came together in the Evergreen Middle School cafetorium at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 19 in front of a lively crowd of about 60 people.

    Participants included freshman state Rep. Cheri Gerou of Evergreen and state Sen. Dan Gibbs of Silverthorne. Topics ranged from an update on the pine bark beetle to the latest transportation legislation just passed in the state Senate.

  • HOA survey finds opposition to Buchanan Park plans

    Most residents of the subdivision close to Buchanan Park are opposed to developing the park with recreational buildings and would prefer to see the land left in its natural state.

    People who live nearby are worried about attracting traffic, strangers, musical events, festivals, lights and noise to the relatively peaceful island between busy Evergreen and Bergen parkways.

    At least that seems to the be general consensus of neighborhood opinion, based on an informal private opinion survey spearheaded by Cindy Brown, president of The Trails at Hiwan homeowner association.

  • Rustic Point furniture boasts a great 2008

    Rustic Point furniture and gift store had a great 2008 and is expecting 2009 to go just as well.

    “We had a great year,” said owner Sara MacBean of the store, which is in the HONKA building in the El Rancho Town Center. “Truly, I think a large part is that we had our first full year in this location.” The store had been located on Meadow Drive.

    MacBean says the store has created a following of customers, who stop in to see the furniture, gift items and home accessories. She said people are always coming in to see what’s new.