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Today's News

  • BUSINESS BEAT: Evergreen Fire Arts a hot ticket

    Evergreen Fire Arts downtown deals in everything fire — from fired clay sculptures to blow-torched metalwork to heated glass designs.

    And during July’s Last Friday Gallery Walk, the fire came outside when Bryon Foster of Morrison demonstrated fire dancing, also called poi dancing, in the parking lot.

    Poi dancing involves swinging burning tethered weights through a variety of rhythmical and geometric patterns.

    Owner Joe Sanchez said the fire dancing was a natural progression for the studio, which also offers classes in art born of fire.

  • LESSON PLANS: Rocky Mountain Academy hires executive director

    With an eye toward a leader who is both a principal and more visible in the community, Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen has hired Roberta Harrell as its new executive director.

    Harrell has worked in both public and charter schools, so she understands the challenges RMAE faces, according to Alan Scheik, vice president of the charter school's board. Harrell was hired on a unanimous board vote after a search that netted 27 candidates.

  • Sweet, sassy sounds of jazz spice up Evergreen

    Skirts swirled and fingers twirled as dancers moved to smoothly styled tunes played by the Blue Suitcase Trio at the Evergreen Jazz Festival on Saturday afternoon. 

    The New York-based musicians were among many talented groups that performed during the annual three-day festival in Evergreen.

    While the trio was playing in the ballroom of the Evergreen Elks Lodge, Big Mama Sue belted out songs that were popular in the early 1900s at the club’s patio venue.

  • Crime spree ends with I-70 arrest

    A feverish crime spree on a dog-day afternoon ended abruptly in the westbound lanes of I-70 on July 23 when a Jeffco sheriff's deputy brought a suspect to heel on the busy highway.

    All told, the carjacking/burglary rampage involved four vehicles and three homes, sheriff's spokeswoman Jacki Kelley said. It ended dramatically near the Genesee exit when Deputy Fred Haggett tackled the male suspect, who had just surrendered two weapons after terrorizing passing motorists on I-70.    

  • Evergreen High alum Spinzig named All-American Scholar

    Christina Spinzig, a 2010 Evergreen High graduate, was named an All-American Scholar for the second consecutive year by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association.

    Spinzig was joined on the list by Colorado State University teammate Betsy Kelly. To qualify, a student-athlete must maintain at least a 3.50 cumulative grade-point average.

    The 22-year-old Spinzig played in 10 tournaments this past season for Colorado State, recording one top-20 finish and an average round of 77.7. 

    She graduated with a degree in business administration.

  • EHS alum Burke perfect in pro debut

    Brock Burke made his professional debut for the Gulf Coast Rays on July 18 against the Baltimore Orioles’ rookie-level team at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Fla. 

    The 6-foot-2 left-hander started and pitched just the first inning as the team slowly works him into the rotation after a heavy pitch count during the high school season.

    The 17-year-old Evergreen High graduate tossed a one-two-three inning, striking out the Orioles’ Henry Urrutia to end the frame. 

  • Fowler has big shoes to fill

    Ross Fowler has plenty of soccer coaching experience from his time with the Colorado Rush and Altitude FC, where he has been the director of coaching for both. Now the Manchester, England native has his first head coaching position at the high school level.

    Earlier this summer, Fowler was named the head coach for Evergreen High School’s boys soccer program, replacing Peter Jeans, who resigned for personal reasons.

    “It’s a good program. It’s an exciting opportunity to try to build on,” Fowler said.

  • Cougars go to camp to prep for 2014

    Midsummer’s 90-degree heat had eased — if only for a day — on July 17, and the grass at Evergreen Middle School was a little thicker than what the Evergreen Cougars are accustomed to. Consistent rain does that, not to mention that EHS’ home facility and the playing surface at familiar Trailblazer Stadium is turf, not grass.

    Yet, heat or no heat, grass or turf, it was all relative for Evergreen’s football team, which was in the first of a two-week camp just weeks before officially starting practice Aug. 11.

  • Black-headed grosbeak makes summer appearance

    I looked out at the bird feeder yesterday to see what might be there, getting a last meal just before dark. Much to my surprise, there was a colorful male black-headed grosbeak there, enjoying the black sunflower seeds. This is the 15th bird species I have seen from the windows here at Elk Run.

    Actually, this was the first black-headed grosbeak I have seen this year. I have them every year at my feeder at home, but I have already left there by the time they returned this year.

  • Jazz Festival packed with talent and tributes

    Evergreen is 1,400 miles from New Orleans, but from July 25-27, our mountain community will become Bourbon Street with altitude as it hosts the Evergreen Jazz Festival. Now in its 13th year, the Evergreen Jazz Festival has become nationally known for its combination of top bands and intimate venues. Attendees will enjoy more than 75 hours of live traditional jazz ranging from Dixieland to ragtime to blues, boogie-woogie and swing.