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Today's News

  • Growing friends one landscape at a time

    When Dave Thomas, owner of Sundance Gardens and Landscaping, drives through Evergreen subdivisions such as Hiwan, he sees trees and bushes that he planted as many as 30 years ago.

    Both the trees he’s planted and the friends he’s made have grown since the company got its start back in 1978. It began as a landscaping business, and Thomas added the garden center in 1988 at the corner of Highway 74 and Meadow Drive.

  • Rodeo spotlight shines on Shirley

    Tim Shirley admits he can’t help but look.

    Call it an addiction and a validation of years of backbreaking work.

    The Conifer resident came into the Evergreen Rodeo ranked No. 15 in the world in bareback riding, the highest he’s ever been ranked this late in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association season.

  • Bulls big celebrities at rodeo

    Would you consider yourself special if your father’s name was revered across the country? What if figurines and Christmas tree ornaments bearing his likeness were sold on numerous Web sites?

    Would you feel tough if you were named after a famous song by the rock band Guns N’ Roses?

    Would you feel motivated knowing that if you followed in your father’s footsteps, you could work just a couple hours a year and still have your choice of fine – and, er, willing – women?

  • Oakes dominates All-State Games

    GREELEY — Tricia Oakes was sick June 14. And that described her game and her health.

    The Evergreen graduate was struggling with bronchitis at the 52nd annual Colorado High School

    Coaches Association All-State Games at the University of Northern Colorado, a plight that didn’t feel any better inside the humid Butler Hancock Sports Pavilion.

    Oakes, bound for Colgate, certainly didn’t look like it bothered her.

  • Evergreen ropes in another rodeo

    Diann Bukowski and Quixote were money on the money barrel.

    The 44-year-old mother of two took the top money in the barrel racing event at the Evergreen Rodeo after she and her young horse made a clean – and fast – swing around the first of three barrels. From there is was relatively smooth sailing as she finished in 17.55 seconds to pocket $796.43 at the annual Fathers Day’s weekend event.

  • Floats fill downtown for a sassy spectacle

    Horses, floats and firefighters graced the streets of Evergreen during Saturday’s Rodeo Parade, as a crowd of 3,000 gathered on a beautiful 75-degree day to watch the annual Western-themed walk.

    “It gets better every year,” said spectator Casey Downare.

    The parade sauntered down Highway 74 into downtown, where three judges sized up the floats based on crowd appeal, originality and use of this year’s theme, Belles and Bulls. The Evergreen High Poms won a $50 cash prize, and three more prizes were awarded later.

  • The buck starts here: Celebrity bull riding lassos another kind of bucks

    Just when you thought Rodeo Weekend couldn’t get wilder, woollier or wackier, on June 13 the ever-innovative Evergreen Rodeo Association kicked off Friday Night Bulls with some rootin’, tootin’ and hootin’ at the expense of the high-falutin’.

    “We’re calling it the Celebrity Buck-off,” said association honcho Gail Ridings. “Last year’s ATV raffle was a big pain in the neck, and we thought this would be a fun way to raise some money for improvements on the rodeo grounds.”

  • Evergreen family climbing Mount Shasta to fight cancer

    Nancy Wilhelm has never been a big fan of climbing mountains, but when it comes to raising money for breast cancer research, she’d do just about anything.

    The Evergreen resident, along with her husband, Mark, and son, Brandon, is climbing Mount Shasta in Northern California this week.

    “I’m not used to climbing mountains, but I’m out there for a purpose,” Nancy said.

  • Habitat for Humanity builds on local volunteers

    Evergreen volunteers are stepping up to help shelter their fellow citizens — not by writing checks but by actually building them houses.

    And in the 17 years since Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity was organized in 1991, said Pandora Reagan, development director for the agency, those volunteers have built 21 houses under the aegis of the local affiliate of the international organization, which was begun in 1976 in Georgia.

  • A big step: The search for Sasquatch

    Editor’s note: Scout around Google Earth these days, and you might be astonished by what you find — such as the report by a man who claimed he spotted bigfoot between Kittredge and Indian Hills in 1974. He was a boy at the time, hiking with his brothers and the family dog. The incident scared him so badly he nearly choked the dog to death with its leash while climbing a tree.