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  • An Evergreen sculptor who found his muse in our mountain town hopes to carve a bigger spot for Evergreen on the national arts scene.

    Errol Beauchamp, a 22-year local resident, left his job as a corporate designer 12 years ago to focus on his art. He’s traveled and worked internationally but says Evergreen has the arts attributes needed to perform on the big stage.

  • Olympic cross-country skier Noah Hoffman has fond memories of playing behind the Hiwan Homestead Museum and at Bergen Meadow Elementary School as a youngster.

    Hoffman, 24, who lived in Indian Hills and then in Evergreen until he was 7, is a member of the U.S. Nordic ski team and is competing in three events in Sochi, Russia. So far, he has placed 35th in the cross-country men’s skiathlon and 31st in the cross-country men’s classic. 

  • The “Corset-Out Fashion Show” that had been scheduled to hit the runway this month in the Timbervale Barn behind the Hiwan Homestead Museum was postponed because of chilly temperatures.

    While the exhibit is on display now, the formal — and frilly kickoff has been delayed to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 8 — weather permitting.

    For information or tickets to the show, call Hiwan Homestead program coordinator Meghan Vickers at 720-497-7650 or Lee Michels of Monarch Productions at 303-975-1151. 

  • A family new to Evergreen is overwhelmed by the outpouring of support they’ve received in the wake of a fire that severely damaged their home — including efforts to keep a son’s impending wedding on track.

    The Bruce family moved to Evergreen last summer and into a home on Armadillo Trail off Highway 73 — the house that caught fire last month when wood framing around the chimney ignited and sent the Bruces fleeing into a chilly evening with only the clothes they were wearing.

  • Gerry Schulte once lived in a tent. Then he built a water district.

    Schulte and his wife landed in Colorado in the mid-1970s with few possessions. And now, when looking back at his 37 years at the helm of the Evergreen Metropolitan District, his fondest memory is of one possession the district acquired: a sludge truck.

  • Evergreen resident Judy Berna travels, skis, works at the Wulf and Buchanan rec centers, and has written a book. She is also missing a foot — and looking for others who might be missing limbs, too.

    Berna was born with a mild form of spina bifida, caused when some vertebrae don’t fully form and leave the spinal cord vulnerable to damage. A series of operations left Berna’s spinal cord unable to send signals to her left foot, which became deformed over time.

    As a child, she would dream of having a foot transplant.

  • Jackie Delafose, assistant principal at Conifer High School, was among African-American students who were bused to white schools in the early 1970s.

    Delafose began attending Central Elementary School in Lake Charles, La., after her parents received a letter informing them of the transfer from her neighborhood school.

  • Evergreen Lake put another notch in its resume last week when the BBC program “Horizons”filmed figure skaters gliding in a planetary dance on the frozen waters.

    A BBC crew was at the lake Jan. 21 to shoot interviews and other footage for an episode tentatively called “Cosmic Pinball.”BBC researcher Jenna Lane said the “Horizons”episode will air on BBC Two in the United Kingdom later this year, then on the Science Channel in the U.S. on a future date.

  • Ladies!

    Want to lose 10 inches off your waistline — in seconds?

    Wish you could regain that youthful hourglass figure without resorting to pills, fad diets or tedious exercises?

    If you’re ready to eat as much as you want, whenever you want, and then slide into your high school prom dress with the help of just one reasonably strong friend, you’ll want to check out the “Corset-Out Fashion Show,” which hits the runway at 1 p.m. March 8 in the Timbervale Barn directly behind the Hiwan Homestead Museum.

  • Evergreen is known for being a home to a variety of characters, and Mt. Evans Hospice hopes to bring a lot of colorful types out for its annual formal fund-raiser.

    At the Bookworm Ball, scheduled for Feb. 22 at Mount Vernon Country Club, locals can come as their favorite characters — the ones that populate literature, that is.

  • When it comes to legalized marijuana in Colorado, one area lodging establishment considers it a blessing, while another considers it a curse. For several others, it’s not an issue at all.

    The Cliff House Lodge in Morrison still bans tobacco smoking in its cottages, but there’s no problem for marijuana smokers. In contrast, the Comfort Suites at El Rancho doesn’t allow smoking of any kind in its rooms, and it’s fining a fair number of violators since smoking recreational marijuana became legal in Colorado on Jan. 1.

  • An unusual twist complicated placement of the barrel for the eighth annual Evergreen Ice Melt Contest when a chainsaw wouldn’t start — but a local fisherman’s auger came to the rescue with a twist of its own.

    The hero fisherman (who wished to remain anonymous) saved more than just the day. The person who accurately predicts the exact time the barrel will fall into Evergreen Lake come springtime stands to win $1,000. Second place gets $500, third place $250, and fourth place $125.

  • Wildland fire, heavy flooding and a contentious recall election created drama in the lives of Evergreen residents in 2013.

    On the brighter side, a long-awaited community garden project blossomed at Buchanan Park along with major improvements at Wulf Park.

    Here’s a look at those events, and a few other noteworthy happenings.

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  • The gym at Wulf Rec Center exploded with the sound of applause and cheers Dec. 16 when Garrett Kelty made the winning basket in a hard-fought game between the red and white teams.

    Garrett, a Conifer High School senior, is also a member of the Special Olympics Wildcats basketball team through the Evergreen Park and Recreation District. Special Olympics is a worldwide sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

  • Evergreen residents Elizabeth and Victor Macek have been married 71 years, and they know the secrets to a long, happy marriage.

    The first is simple: common interests.

    When the couple met, they were 16 and 17, and Elizabeth was seeing another boy. Her parents preferred Victor, however, so she spent time with him, too. The day she fell in love with him involves a favorite story.

  • This is the story of a local woman who lost almost everything. But more than that, it's the story of how a local organization saved one of the few joys she had left: her dog, Tilly.

    Lisa Larson went in for routine surgery on a pancreatic cyst, and left the hospital with a chronic disability: pancreatitis.

  • Under a sapphire-blue sky, a big red car hauls a newly cut Christmas tree — one that will benefit the kids at Children’s Hospital Colorado.

    But it's not a real tree: 10-year-old Kaymen Story of Evergreen carefully drew and submitted it to the hospital's annual holiday card contest. Hers became one of 14 designs that won, and will now be sold throughout Colorado to benefit the hospital’s cancer and blood disorder centers.  

  • Hanukkah is not among the most prominent holidays on the Jewish calendar, but it's local importance was obvious last Wednesday evening when scores of residents turned out for the annual menorah lighting at Evergreen Lake. 

  • Evergreen High School was transformed into a baroque-era marketplace Saturday, alive with the sights and sounds of the holidays.

    Students dressed in elaborate 19th-century garb wandered through the cafeteria and commons area of the school, some selling roses, as visitors shopped, snacked and listened to vocal and instrumental performances on four stages.

  • “Way to go!” announcer Michelle Parker called to participants crossing the finish line at the annual Turkey Trot in Evergreen on Thanksgiving Day.

    Standing in the bright sunshine, people were basking in the morning glow of the event, which raised $7,000 for Evergreen Christian Outreach, an interfaith organization that assists the needy.