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  • Several a-fungi-anados gathered at Flying J Ranch last Friday morning to learn about mushrooms in the mountain area of Jefferson County.

    “We have between 2,000 and 3,000 mushroom species just in this area,” said Mary Beth Carpenter, a volunteer with the Lookout Mountain Nature Center.

    About a dozen people showed up for “Beyond Pizza: What Everyone Should Know About Mushrooms.” Carpenter led the talk on families of fungus.

  • Rubber duckies quacked across the finish line in record time, buoyed by the fast-flowing waters of Bear Creek, in the fifth annual Dam Ducky Derby on Saturday.

    The creek was flowing at 60 cubic feet per second, compared with its more sedate 20 cfs in previous Augusts, said John Ellis, an organizer and director of community relations at Evergreen National Bank. The first ducks crossed the finish line in less than half an hour.

  • Dogs and their owners in every shape and size participated in the fourth annual Wine, Washes & Wagging Tails event in downtown Evergreen on Sunday.

    From tiny Chihuahuas to a 150-pound chocolate Lab, from young children to older adults, the benefit for the Evergreen Animal Protective League had something for everyone.

  • Bright and early on the Fourth of July, fine Americans from every walk, trot, gallop and dash of life put their feet to the street as Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice kicked off its 33rd annual Freedom Run 5K.

  • Evergreen resident Jack Holbrook had a typical work-from-home job — he talked with customers on the phone and worked on his computer for his job at the Electrical Construction Co. in Hawaii.

    The problem was, Holbrook didn’t really like working from his home. He went from working at a busy office in Hawaii to working at home in Evergreen, and he wanted to interact with co-workers. He also wanted to be able to meet with people and socialize after work.

    Holbrook apparently is not alone.

  • “Gardens and flowers have a way of bringing people together.”

    — Clare Ansberry

    No truer words could be written about the garden south of the Evergreen Metropolitan District on Highway 73. 

    Known as the dam garden, its blooms attract visitors from May to October while its maintenance brings Evergreen Garden Club members together every Friday morning.

  • Amateur astronomers were treated to views of Mars, Saturn and the International Space Station last Saturday at Staunton State Park.

    Pam Little, astronomer and assistant director of the Evergreen Nature Center, led more than 20 attendees in a viewing of the night sky. Little handed out materials and showed everyone how to make a star clock.

  • The golf at Keys on the Green last Thursday was fairly normal — that is, if Santa Claus playing with a storm trooper could be considered par for the course.

    More than 100 golfers decked out in crazy costumes used even crazier methods to compete in the Evergreen Rotary’s 100 Holes of Golf fund-raising event. 

  • Buffalo Bill was in Evergreen on June 11 to tell his story — dressed to the teeth in a light-tan buckskin jacket with fringe, knee-high black boots, a trimmed goatee and a cowboy hat.

    Was it really THE Buffalo Bill Cody of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show fame of the late 1800s?

    Of course not.

  • It was truly the “Year of the Horse.”

    Saturday’s Evergreen Rodeo Parade featured sawhorses on wheels made up to look like the real thing, and genuine equines that left behind plenty of all-too-real evidence of their attendance.

    For John Steinle, director of the Hiwan Homestead Museum, the hobby horses presented their own challenges.

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    WEDNESDAY

    Chamber’s Marketing Committee to meet

    The Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce’s Marketing Committee will meet from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, at the chamber office on Stagecoach Boulevard. If you are interested in joining, call 303-673-3412.

     

    Bear Creek Dippers - Forest Hawks

  • Conifer High School senior Kooper Hackmann has been on a running kick lately.

  • Former Inter-Canyon fire chief David MacBean blames a lack of oversight and his own personal problems for stealing $647,000 from the district.

    In an exclusive interview with the Courier, MacBean, who pleaded guilty in April to two counts of theft and one of embezzlement, also said the nominal stipend he received as chief led him to resent the job, and to use the district credit card “to surround myself with stuff.”

    He faces up to 27 years in prison at sentencing on June 24.

  • Kai Bianco is being called a “miracle baby” by Evergreen Fire/Rescue paramedics and Flight for Life personnel.

    Kai, who turned 1 on Saturday, was bitten in the head by the family dog on March 4. Not only did he survive, but according to his parents, he’s back to doing everything he was doing before the accident: pulling himself up to standing, babbling like babies do, and feeding himself.

  • Colorado Civil Air Patrol cadets in military uniforms and bright yellow vests were seen on Highway 73 on Saturday, searching for a hiker reported missing near Cub Creek Park in Evergreen.

    Fortunately, the search-and-rescue effort was just a ground training exercise for some CAP members and cadets. The nonprofit group includes an Evergreen squadron and several teenage cadets.

  • The cloudy skies parted Saturday long enough for the first patriotic Field of Honor ceremony to take place at the Evergreen Elks Lodge.

    Elks Lodge 2363, with the assistance of Evergreen’s American Legion Post 2001, dedicated 60 flags honoring servicemen and women as a precursor to Memorial Day. The flags, which can be seen from Fireweed Drive, will be flown until June 8.

  • A few days after stocking ponds at Buchanan Park with 300 pounds of rainbow trout, members of Evergreen Trout Unlimited were teaching youngsters how to catch them.

    From casting lines to tying flies, kids at the fishing camp were caught up in the learning curve on Saturday. 

    After reeling in a 17-inch trout earlier in the morning, 5-year-old Addison Kerper was among those watching Dr. Leonard Wheaton wind thread around a vise as he crafted a fly for trout.

  • For firefighter Craig O’Connell, working as a volunteer for the Evergreen Fire Department was all about the camaraderie.

    While it might sound like a cliché, the friendship and loyalty kindled among volunteer firefighters can’t be beat, said O’Connell, who was honored April 28 for serving for 26 years as a volunteer firefighter, including three as volunteer chief of the department. He currently works as a paid staffer and paramedic at South Metro Fire Rescue in Littleton.

  • Chow Down was the perfect place to get a puppy fix on Saturday afternoon.

    Dozens of people gathered behind the pet store in Bergen Village, awaiting a minivan loaded with 37 pups and 13 kittens that arrived from the Pryor Animal League in Pryor, Okla.

    Linda Biscorner, president of Oklahoma organization, drove more than 10 hours with the animals, hoping that the Evergreen Animal Protective League could help find them forever homes.

  • Matilda, a hearing assistance dog, knows what to do when people call Evergreen resident Kyle Walpole’s name or knock on his door at home or at work.

    Matilda “alerts” to the sound, then nudges Walpole in the leg and leads him to the source, he said. Walpole was diagnosed with Meniere’s disease in the 1990s and is hearing impaired. If someone is at the door, the black Labrador retriever leads Walpole there. If Walpole drops his keys, Matilda can lead him to them as well.