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Today's News

  • Reverse-911 glitch sent wrong people packing during Oxyoke Fire

    When Buffalo Creek resident Vicki Porter got a reverse-911 call July 20 during the Oxyoke Fire notifying her household of a mandatory evacuation, she and her family acted immediately, filling boxes and preparing to flee.

    But the family’s panic was short-lived — and unnecessary. Another call came a half-hour later saying that the first was in error: Porter’s home was one of 1,350 households that were wrongly contacted because of a glitch in the notification system.

  • Gymnasts cap off season

    The competitive gymnastics season may be over, but members of the Evergreen Eagles teams are still hard at work.

    “There’s always things to work on,” said Elise Pate, 14, who’s getting ready to enter her freshman year at Evergreen High School. “We’re practicing year-round.”

    Pate and company recently wrapped up their season by competing at the state meet in Vail.

  • Young and not-so-young tackle Mount Evans Hill Climb

    IDAHO SPRINGS — The 2008 Bob Cook Memorial Mount Evans Hill Climb bike race was a family affair for the Whitesels.

    Patrick, 11, and younger brother Peter, 9, were both competing in the youth race while their dad, Bruce, drove behind in support. This was the first year for the two boys to compete in the race.

  • Sports games slumping

    Last week was a big week for those who enjoy their sports video games (raising hand now).

    Electronic Arts released its latest version of college football delight, “NCAA ‘09,” for all the various consoles (sorry, DS owners, you’ll have to wait for Madden).

    Traditionally, the release of a new virtual football game brings smiles to the masses who gladly fork over $60 for the right to say they were among the first to own — and play — the game.

  • Walgreens to open by end of August

    Never fear. Walgreens will be here.

    The new Walgreens off Evergreen Parkway will definitely be opening by the end of August, according to a company spokeswoman.

    Construction issues have delayed the original opening date, according to Carol Hively, corporate spokeswoman for Walgreens.

    Rumors circulating around Evergreen that Walgreens is backing out or that the company is having a hard time hiring workers are false, Hively said.

    Walgreens’ fiscal year ends Aug. 31, and the company likes to have all of its new stores open by that time, she said.

  • Dogs, owners find fun at new store

    Dogma is defined as a belief in something. Dogma Pet Supply and Dog Wash opened because of owner Craig Gulliford’s belief that a pet supply store should be an experience, not just a store.

    Dogma, near El Rancho at 29017 Hotel Way, opened in January. Gulliford said the business has a fun and happy atmosphere.

    “You automatically smile when you walk in,” he said.

    The walls are painted in bright colors, and dog beds, dog food and other dog supplies line the walls.

  • A moose is on the loose in Evergreen

    Gianna Vinci’s fascination with moose began a month ago when her family traveled to Yellowstone National Park and she saw one of the lanky creatures there.

    The Evergreen toddler’s interest was reinforced when her mother, Patty, bought a children’s book about Orville the Moose — whose antlers were loose — at a gift shop in the park. The book has been favorite reading at the Vinci home ever since.

    But Gianna’s desire to see a moose in Evergreen seemed an unlikely wish until the family drove right by one July 20 on their way to Summerfest.

  • 2 yaks making tracks in Evergreen

    Evergreen resident Hans von Barby would like to have his yaks back.

    But the two furry beasts apparently remain at large after escaping their enclosure sometime in June. And von Barby, who lives on Elk Ridge, is especially worried because the two cows may have been pregnant when they went on the lam.

    The fugitive bovines, whose breed is native to Tibet and the Himalayas, were last spotted two weeks ago near the Clear Creek County line but haven’t been heard from since.

    “I’d sure like to have them back,” von Barby said July 18.

  • MRC teen program loses funding

    For eight years, high school students in Evergreen and Conifer have had a rare chance to interact with elementary and middle school children in a mentoring program that promoted nonviolent behavior.

    The program was known as PACT — Peers Acting to Connect Teens — and was funded by grants through the Mountain Resource Center. MRC contracted with Sheila Kelly and Heather Kassman, co-founders of Bridges to Peace, to administer the program.

  • Hiwan exhibit captures history on a string

    Art, craft and history are deftly woven together in the Hiwan Homestead Museum’s latest showcase, Brilliant Beads: Native American Beadwork of the Wild West.

    “It was a natural for us,” says Hiwan’s program coordinator, Meghan McGinnes. “We’ve done exhibits on Navajo rugs, Indian jewelry and horsehair baskets, so this is a perfect extension of that theme. And Indian beadwork fits the house so well.”