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Today's News

  • School bus, plow have close encounter

    Some Bergen kids had a ripping story to tell their parents around the dinner table on Monday.

    As their school bus drove along the snow-deep streets at about Inverness and Canterbury in the Hiwan Country Club, they got clipped by a county plow truck. It was a glancing blow and, according to Jefferson County Schools spokewoman Lynn Setzer, damage was minimal.

  • Jeffco schools pull beef from lunch menus

    Jeffco Public Schools is one of several districts in Colorado that has pulled beef from its lunch menus this week in response to an undercover Humane Society investigation that showed improper practices in a slaughterhouse.

    Commodity beef — loose meat made into hamburger or otherwise processed — from Westland/Hallmark Meat Co. is the culprit for the lunchtime adjustment. Humane Society insider video showed one of Westland’s slaughterhouses processing “downer cows,” or cows that were abused or too sick to stand.

  • A crash course in God: Pastor honored for 25 years of contributions

    Pastor Keith Kraakevik wrecked two of his father’s cars the first year he had his driver’s license.

    It was 1959, in Iowa, and he rear-ended another vehicle while driving his father’s Pontiac — the sight of his girlfriend in another fellow’s car had distracted him.

    When his father replaced the Pontiac with a new Ford Fairlane, the young Kraakevik hit black ice one Sunday morning and slid into a road sign while taking his mother to church.

  • Giving voice to hope: Evergreen resident helps women inmates find 'the summer in life'

    When Sophia’s Sisters raise their voices, crowds of 400 people come to their feet to cheer and sing along with the women’s choir.

    And that happens even when the group doesn’t have a captive audience, and is performing outside the prison walls.

    The Sisters are part of Unbound Grace, a nonprofit organization that takes arts-based programming inside the Denver Women’s Prison to bring healing to women who have suffered neglect, domestic abuse or other unfortunate circumstances.

  • Penguin power: Author's character helps teach kids about fire safety

    Pasqual the Penguin is an unlikely hero. The young animal doesn’t quite fit in at the zoo, but he makes a difference in Rhonda Spellman’s children’s book “Fire and Ice,” teaching kids important lessons about fire safety along the way.

    The story is written to appeal to a broad audience of young children, but it was created especially for those who don’t learn via traditional means.

    “Teaching children who learn differently is really my mission,” said Spellman, a resident of Parker.

  • Northern flickers make big impression

    Several times each winter, we receive phone calls from someone who has just seen a “large beautiful bird” at their feeder, which they have never seen before. They describe the bird, and I say, “Yes, that’s a northern flicker.” To which their usual reply is, “Oh no, it’s not a flicker; I see them around all summer, but they are not this big or here in the winter.”

  • Wulf hangs up his EPRD spurs after a 35-year ride

    At the start of the new year, Dick Wulf stepped down as Evergreen Park and Recreation District’s first and only executive director and left behind a matchless record of service to his neighbors.

    “A lot of people in this community, when they think of park and rec, think of Dick Wulf,” says EPRD treasurer Allan Casey. “He’s been here pretty much from day one. He is the district.”

    Casey makes no overstatement. EPRD’s history and that of Wulf are virtually one and the same.

  • Evergreen mail-theft suspects linked to Jeffco burglaries

    Two Bailey residents accused of stealing hundreds of pieces of mail from residential mailboxes in Evergreen, Morrison, Conifer and Pine have been linked to "several" Jeffco burglaries, according to a statement from the Jeffco Sheriff's Office.

    Michael Pantera, 27, and Sophie Shafer, 18, were arrested on suspicion of felony theft Dec. 22 in the 27000 block of Richmond Hill Road with more than 375 pieces of stolen mail, gift cards, cash, and a batch of homemade cookies that had been sent through the mail.

  • Four fire board seats open in May 6 election

    Four of the five seats on the board of the Evergreen Fire Protection District will be up for election on May 6.

    Voters will be asked to choose two directors for terms of four years each and two directors for terms of two years each.

    But if only four or fewer names are submitted for the elected positions, election law says the vote can be canceled.

    Once the candidates are elected, the new board will take nominations for the officer positions at the first board meeting after the election, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 28.

  • Adams sees recession looming for state

    “There is about zero chance that Colorado will not experience a recession in the coming year,” economist Tucker Hart Adams said Jan. 24 in response to the question on everyone's mind.

    “But the good news is that by this time next year the economy will have bottomed out, and it will be over.”

    Adams was speaking to a group of 100 members of the Evergreen Chamber of Commerce and the Mountain Metro Association of Realtors at a breakfast meeting at El Rancho Restaurant.