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Today's News

  • The final fate of Frances the goose

    Several readers of this column have inquired recently if I knew what had become of “Frances” the Canada goose that lingered at Evergreen Lake into winter. Since I had suggested that the people who were concerned about Frances should call Carol Wade, I called her last week to find out what had transpired.

  • Ice Melt Barrel contest begins again

    The Evergreen Ice Melt Barrel was stationed at its lonely outpost on Evergreen Lake for the third year at 10 a.m. Jan. 1.

    Sponsored by the Mountain/Foothills Rotary Club, the barrel is monitored until it falls in the drink, signaling the approach of spring. The public is invited to bet on when the barrel goes for a swim. The winner gets $1,000. Second place is $400. Proceeds go to the Evergreen park district’s special needs program (60 percent), DriveSmart (20 percent) and the Rotary Foundation.

  • Princess makes a splash

    Of all the reckless maniacs who sank 35 bucks and their hardy altogethers into the Evergreen Lake Plunge on New Year’s Day, none caused a bigger splash — both literally and figuratively — than Princess Kristina Halstead.

    True, we colonials generally don’t have much use for viscounts, crown princes, queen mums and the like, but the festive mob on hand for Evergreen’s second-ever Frigid Follies on Jan. 1 took their honorary liege to heart with royal enthusiasm.

  • Man struck by hit-run driver on Evergreen Parkway

    A man crossing Evergreen Parkway near Ponderosa Drive was hit by an unidentified vehicle that then fled the accident scene about 11:45 p.m. Dec. 31.

    The victim, identified as Shawn Michael Stover, 31, of Denver, was transported to St. Anthony Hospital with moderate injuries. The Colorado State Patrol is looking for any information to find the driver, who remains at large.

    According to a release by the State Patrol, the make, model and color of the vehicle are unknown.

    The patrol asks anyone with information about the incident to call 303-239-4583.

     

  • Homeowner finds three lions in yard

    A homeowner and experienced hunter on Bergen View Trail woke up New Year’s Eve morning about 7 a.m. and spotted three, never-before-tagged young mountain lions on his property.

    One was trapped in the chicken coop behind his house, and another one was stalking around the front of the house. A third lion was keeping track of the one in the cage.

  • From the embers, a new beginning

    The charred remains of what once was the Maixner family’s log-cabin-style home sit quietly in the Homestead Hills neighborhood this week. The air still carries hints of a campfire scent, but all is silent except for the cracking sounds of the settling trees that were reduced to charcoal.

    It looks, to many, like a devastating misfortune — one that occurred on Christmas Eve, no less. But to the Maixner family, community goodwill has brought a ray of light into their difficult days.

  • Evergreen Newspapers' all-area football team

    As we get ready to say hello to 2009, I decided to drop one last surprise on you, the reader, in 2008.

    Typically, the last paper of the year features a look back at the top stories of the past 12 months. Personally, I find that angle to be stale, so I thought it would be fresh and fun to try something new.

    For the first time ever, the sports staff at Evergreen Newspapers (myself and staff writer Brian Forbes) has put together an all-coverage-area football team.

  • Melton rose to the occasion

    One of the better football players in the state would rather be playing baseball.

    Andrew Melton isn’t afraid to admit that. And a lot of opposing coaches in Class 4A probably wished he never ran the ball this year for the Dakota Ridge Eagles.

  • Year in Review: Politics took center stage

    Change was the national watchword in 2008, and Evergreen was no exception. Join us as we revisit of some of the year’s top stories …

    Cheri Gerou elected to state House

    In her first-ever run for elected office, architect Cheri Gerou parlayed a message of fiscal responsibility, a Republican registration advantage, mountain residency and solid financial resources into a big win, despite a county-wide pro-Obama vote.

  • Rec districts struggle with federal pool safety act

    Recreation districts are having a hard time keeping up with a new federal law designed to prevent kids from being trapped by suction in swimming pools, but the law is not likely to force any pool closings in the immediate future.

    The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act required that all pools and spas be in compliance as of Dec. 20.

    The law, signed by President Bush on Dec. 19, 2007, was passed in the aftermath of the 2002 drowning death of the 7-year-old granddaughter of former Secretary of State James A. Baker.