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Today's News

  • School 'bails out' principal, raises $42,000

    Justice was swift for Ryan “Mad Dog” Lucas, director of Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen.

    Lucas was arrested, tried and convicted last Wednesday of what some of his students thought was a rather heinous crime — not proclaiming enough snow days during the last school year.

    His bail was set by Judge Tucker S. Gordon, a fifth-grader at the school, at $30,000.

  • Thousands turn out to see Palin at Jeffco Fairgrounds

    Doors opened at 7 a.m. Sept. 15 for Sarah Palin’s appearance at the Westernaires Equestrian Center at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, but that wasn't early enough for some.

    Thousands turned out to see the Alaska governor, who has electrified the campaign of Sen. John McCain since he named her as his running mate.

  • Motorcyclist critically injured in I-70 crash

    JEFFERSON COUNTY — An Idaho Springs man was thrown 50 feet Thursday afternoon after losing control of his motorcycle while allegedly racing another motorist on I-70.

    Steven P. Smith, 39, was heading west on I-70 near Lookout Mountain when his red 1998 Honda motorcycle crossed two lanes and hit the guardrail. Police said witnesses reported that a black 2004 Porsche was racing with Smith’s motorcycle. Smith was airlifted to St. Anthony Hospital with serious bodily injury and as of Friday afternoon remained in critical condition.

  • Amendments 46, 48 raise difficult questions

    Hannah Hayes

  • Call goes out for volunteer firefighters

    If you live in Evergreen and always wanted to be a firefighter, now is the time to apply for a spot in the volunteer fire department.

    The department is looking to beef up the volunteer force with new recruits, and the application deadline is Nov. 1.

    “Most people don’t even know Evergreen Fire/Rescue consists of people like your next-door neighbor, an engineer, a truck driver or local small-business owner,” said Mike Bleidl, training coordinator.

  • You'll get a kick out of Evergreen Chorale's 'Anything Goes'

    “I get no kick from champagne ee So tell me, why should it be true that I get a kick out of you?” You’ll be singing Cole Porter’s immortal words at the Evergreen Chorale’s latest production of “Anything Goes.” This high-stepping, side-splitting show is filled with undercover cops, unrequited loves and unbridled tap dancing. The production harkens to the days of classic Broadway, and you’re sure to get a kick out of it.

  • Wood rats go bump in the night

    A friend who volunteers at the Evergreen Nature Center stopped by last week to show us photographs of a wood rat taken by a couple who live on Upper Bear Creek. These folks had seen and heard some little critter in their house and wanted to be sure to live trap it and remove it before they left on a vacation.

    Our friend loaned them her live trap, and the next day they came into the Nature Center with the little animal in the trap. It was indeed a bright-eyed little wood rat. She later brought the photographs to us in hopes we could identify it as to species.

  • 7 acres near Elk Meadow eyed for open space

    Jefferson County Open Space has recommended the county purchase 7 acres of residential-zoned vacant land adjacent to Elk Meadow Park for $600,000 and maintain it as a nature preserve.

    The purchase has to be voted on and approved by the county commissioners.

    The proposal was unveiled during a regular monthly meeting of the Open Space Advisory Committee in Golden on Sept. 4.

    Most of the committee members agreed the land should be incorporated into Elk Meadow Park, although two voted against the purchase for cost reasons.

  • Zimbabwe event offers treats for the palate and the heart

    The Lord said to Jeremiah: “Buy a farm at Anathoth ee it will have houses, fields and vineyards.”

    — Jeremiah 32:8

    When she returns to her adopted continent later this month, longtime Evergreen resident Pat Stephenson will bring her faith, her optimism, her unflagging commitment and — with a little help from her neighbors — enough wholesome, nutritious and desperately needed food to keep 1,000 African schoolchildren at their books for a solid year.

  • Obama rips McCain in stop at School of Mines

    Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama came out swinging at a campaign stop in Golden on Sept. 16, the day after another Wall Street titan fell, by attacking his opponent's grasp on economic issues.

    "Over the last few days, we have seen clearly what's at stake in this election," Obama said to a crowd of about 1,000 at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden. "We are in the most serious financial crisis in a generation, yet Sen. McCain stood up yesterday and said the fundamentals of our economy are strong."