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Today's News

  • BMC Building Materials closes doors in Bergen Park

    Bergen Park mainstay BMC Building Materials, 1232 Bergen Parkway, has closed its doors to the public. The last day of business was Sunday, Dec. 7.

    Some of the sales staff have been reassigned to the BMC store in Centennial, but at least 12 other workers were laid off, according to store manager Andy Roe, who was reached at the store on Monday.

    Roe said the decision to close the store was made elsewhere at the corporate level.

    Questions about the shutdown were referred to the Centennial store.

     

  • A lot of heart: Evergreen rescuer is Paramedic of the Year

    For Evergreen paramedic Dave Montesi, it wasn’t enough to come to the rescue in a cardiac emergency himself — he wanted the public to be trained to render first-aid as well.

    The result was the Evergreen Public Access Defibrillation program, which raised about $70,000 over eight years to install 36 life-saving defibrillators, or AEDs, in various locations around Evergreen.

  • BREAKING NEWS: Sheriff searching for missing Conifer woman

    The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is looking for Laurette Doerr, an 86-year-old Conifer woman who has gone missing.

    Doerr left Conifer about noon Dec. 3 headed south to Denver to see her daughter. She was driving a blue 2000 Subaru Impreza with Colorado license plate PAZ-9120. Doerr likely traveling on U.S. 285 from Conifer to Denver.

    Doerr is 5-foot-1, with gray hair and brown eyes.

  • BREAKING NEWS: Missing Conifer woman is found

    A Conifer woman who was reported missing at midmorning on Dec. 3 was found Thursday night in Fairplay.

    Laurette Doerr, 86, left her home in Conifer on Dec. 3 to visit her daughter in Denver and never arrived. Shortly before she was found a senior Amber Alert was released—the first time the state has done that.

    According to Park County Sheriff Fred Wegener, a truck driver who had seen the Amber Alert was traveling on U.S. 285 and spotted Doerr’s blue 2000 Subaru Impreza. The truck driver notified the Fairplay Police Department.

  • Cheetah Chicks, Wilmot PTA win in first moms football game

    The quarterback takes the snap, fades back into the pocket, has plenty of time, finds an open player and throws. The wide receiver makes a valiant attempt but drops the ball.

    This wasn’t a Broncos or Buffs game; it was a play during the first half of the first-ever Wilmot moms football game to benefit the Wilmot PTA.

    The Lady Lynxes and the Cheetah Chicks battled it out Nov. 8 on a cloudy, blustery day at the Buchanan football field, with the Cheetah Chicks triumphing 21-7. Their trophy was a Barbie doll sitting atop a gold football.

  • Birding legend Bill Brockner dies at 93 in Evergreen

    Bill Brockner, a longtime Evergreen resident and co-founder of the Evergreen Naturalists Audubon Society, died Wednesday night, Nov. 19, at Life Care Center of Evergreen. He was 93.

    Brockner was the husband of Courier columnist Sylvia Brockner. His interest in birds traced to his youth and led to his first meeting with Sylvia. The two, who became renowned birding experts, married in 1940.

  • Jazzman Howard Davis, an Evergreen standard, dies at age 89

    A Celebration of Life Service will be held at the Evergreen Lake House on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 11 a.m.

    Evergreen resident Howard Davis, whose career as a jazz musician spanned 65 years and included stints with some of the greatest orchestras ever assembled, has died. He was 89.

    Davis’ working history was, in many ways, a history of the Jazz Age. His alto sax can be heard on literally thousands of recordings by some of the biggest names in American music.

  • 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.

  • Aging fire stations get spa treatment

    In September, the Evergreen Fire Protection District finished updating two of its oldest fire stations after a lengthy period of what could be called deferred maintenance.

    The fire department budgeted a total of $75,000 for the combined renovation, which came in under budget at $30,285 for No. 4 and $19,897 for No. 1. Former board member Lloyd See last spring championed the renovation project, which was executed under Fire Chief Garry DeJong.