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Today's News

  • An open-door policy

    A recent surge in vehicle break-ins and burglaries involving open garage doors has hit South Jeffco, and police are asking residents to avoid helping the criminals to commit the crimes.

    "They're assisting the crooks in becoming victims," said Capt. Patricia Woodin, who runs the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office south precinct. She said many of the recent burglaries and car thefts could have been prevented.

  • Election’s over; now it’s time to govern

    Colorado is now a one-party state. The election of 2008 definitively put Democrats in the driver’s seat at both the state and federal levels.

    In addition to their control of the state House, state Senate and governor’s mansion, this year Democrats added wins in the U.S. Senate race (Mark Udall) and 4th Congressional District (Betsy Markey). Of Colorado’s nine seats in the U.S. House and Senate, only Congressman Doug Lamborn and Congressman-elect Mike Coffman have “R”s next to their names.

  • Jeepers, brown creepers are here

    Many people have asked recently about a little brown mottled bird with a white breast and a curved beak that they have seen circling around the trunks of their trees. The bird is a brown creeper, a fairly common resident in our woodlands. Why they have become so obvious recently probably has several causes.

  • Parents urge support for special needs

    About a dozen members of the special-needs classes and their parents made an appearance at a rec district board meeting Nov. 18 to express concerns about the special-needs program under the district’s recently announced reorganization plan.

    “The restructuring and reorganization is confusing, and the discussion about (program director Maren Schreiber) has left us concerned about our future,” said Robin Coursen, spokesperson for the group and a parent of a child in the program.

  • Ripe for success: Creekside Cellars has grown into a thriving business

    You know it’s October when the grapes start to pile up in a parking lot in downtown Evergreen and Bill Donahue and his staff are making wine again.

    For Front Range dwellers, a trip to Creekside Cellars is like a visit to wine country without the trek to the Western Slope. All the wines served are processed and aged on site. Donahue, the owner, grows his own grapes on 10 acres on the Western Slope.

  • Fees, membership costs to increase in rec district

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District is in a position to set aside money for the future as well as invest a projected $581,000 in physical improvements and surveys under the proposed $6.4 million budget for 2009.

    The new budget also includes an average 7 percent increase in fees for programs and classes.

    Daily admission rates for Wulf and Buchanan rec centers will increase 50 cents. Short- and long-term membership passes will increase an average of $9, a 10 percent boost.

  • Fire board approves $4.1 million budget for 2009

    At its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 19, the five-member board of directors voted 5-0 to approve the 2009 budget for the Evergreen Fire Protection District.

    The final version of the document outlining how the district is to spend $4.1 million was virtually the same as the one presented at a public hearing Nov. 12.

    Property tax revenue is expected to be $3.6 million in 2009, or the same as budgeted for 2008, with the possibility there might be another $43,000 in tax revenue based on the assessor’s most recent estimate.

  • There's plenty to be thankful for

    Hannah Hayes

    It’s Thanksgiving and an appropriate time to reflect on giving and receiving. A day, a season, perhaps an even longer time to trade in negative dialogue and give it up for someone who has contributed so much to our lives and to many others’ as well. This year I’ve chosen to write about Gloria Steinem. She appeared in our area a couple of times during the election cycle and I felt lucky to be able to hear this icon speak in person at the Lake House.

  • Kick off holiday season with Colorado Children’s Theatre

    The weather outside has been anything but frightful, and for some it might be hard to kick off the holiday season with sunny days hovering near 60 degrees. If you still can’t believe December is just around the bend, the Colorado Children’s Theatre has something to put you in a holiday mood.

    The group’s third annual holiday show, “Make a Joyful Noise,” will feature holiday and seasonal tunes that are sure to put even the biggest Scrooge into a Winter Wonderland sort of mood.

  • Passion sets Evergreen scuba diving shop apart

    Jill Knapp opened a scuba diving shop in Bergen Park on Nov. 22 — her husband Scott’s birthday — as a tribute to the couple’s passion for diving.

    Scott Knapp died in March from lung cancer.

    “He was one of the good guys,” Jill said.

    Jill Knapp is the owner of Twin Dolphins Diving in Lakewood, and she is opening a store in the back of the Bagelry because a lot of her customers at her Lakewood shop have been coming from Evergreen. “So I decided to move up,” she said.