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Today's News

  • Longtime Evergreen jeweler receives design award

    John Varner knew he wanted to be a jeweler at the age of 9.

    He started Morning Star Jewelers in Evergreen at age 18, and 28 years later, he’s winning awards for his jewelry design.

    Varner has won two first-place awards in the Rocky Mountain Jewelers Association. A ring he designed took first place in its category, and a bracelet he designed took first place in its category and then won the best-of-show category. Now it will move on to be judged at the national level of Jewelers of America in January.

  • Evergreen Chamber Orchestra celebrates fall with special guest

    The Evergreen Chamber Orchestra presents its fall concert on Nov. 23. The afternoon program features two unique solo pieces for flute and guitar, as well as a lively and varied orchestral program.

    The orchestra is pleased to welcome Masakazu Ito, who is recognized as one of today’s top guitarists, acclaimed by musicians, composers, conductors and critics for his mastery of the instrument and its repertoire.

  • Kittredge artist offers a new look at Santa Claus

    To children and adults across the world, Santa Claus has become a symbol of kindness and the holiday spirit. For an artist, re-creating Santa, the most iconic Christmas character of all, is a huge responsibility. It is a responsibility that Kittredge artist Tom Newsom takes seriously.

  • Community gardeners put another bright season to bed

    “A time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to pluck up that which is planted.”

    — Ecclesiastes 3:2

    To everything there is a season, we are told, an important spiritual lesson brought yearly to earth in bush and bloom by the cultivating ambitions and muddy hands of the Evergreen Garden Club.

  • Best of the bunch

    THORNTON — The risk for Bethel Lindsley was certainly worth the gain.

    Had it been your run of the mill regular-season meet, Lindsley likely wouldn’t have competed with her injured shoulder.

    But, this was state, and being a senior, it was her last time to compete on the sport’s biggest stage. She also knew that if the Cougars were to realize their dream of winning a state title, she had to be out on the floor.

    She was there, and she certainly didn’t disappoint.

  • E. coli infections traced to elk droppings

    The E. coli infections in eight local children have been traced to elk droppings in the Evergreen area.

    The state health department reported that specimens obtained from elk droppings in the Evergreen area have tested positive for the same strain of E. coli O157 bacteria that was identified in the children.

    Eight children ages 4 to 12 tested positive with E. coli from July through late October. The children do not attend the same school.

  • Gerou defeats Scripter in House District 25

    In the race for House District 25, first-time candidate Cheri Gerou of Evergreen won 49 percent of the vote, or 22,408 votes, compared to Andrew Scripter of Arvada, with 18,131 votes, or 39 percent, in the unofficial final total as of Wednesday morning.

    Gerou, a Republican, was reluctant to declare a victory until every vote was counted.

    “I want to see that check mark by my name first,” she said Tuesday night.

  • Local kids bear down on buckling up

    Like most middle-school kids chosen to help introduce fun and furry Buckle Bear to their youngest classmates, seventh-grader Maggie May considered it a chance to do good.

    “It’s neat,” she said. “It’s like you’re helping people.”

  • Jeffco schools to feel squeeze after rejection of 3A/3B

    Fewer teachers, less new technology and a virtual freeze on new construction and remodeling are in store for Jeffco schools in the wake of the failure of ballot issues 3A and 3B on Nov. 4.

    The companion bond and mill-levy issues were defeated by narrow 3 percent margins, indicating how deeply the county was divided. It was a stark reversal compared to 2004, in which similar school measures passed with 60 percent of the vote.

  • Rec district embarks on reorganization

    With the departure of longtime chief Dick Wulf as head of the district, the arrival of a new executive director and the election of a new board, the Evergreen Park and Recreation District is facing a year of changes. (Wulf continues on the staff as a consultant.)

    Executive director John Skeel, with the endorsement of the board, has outlined a sweeping reorganization plan that promises to shift the job descriptions of at least nine of the 36 full-time staff members.