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Today's Features

  • Bob and Andy are no strangers to the annual dog wash in downtown Evergreen.

    They’ve come to the fundraiser for the Evergreen Animal Protective League for the past several years — and they’ve brought their owners with them, too.

    Bob is an 8-year-old great Dane, weighing 185 pounds. He sat gingerly in a kiddie pool as volunteers from TallGrass Aveda Day Spa rinsed, soaped and rinsed again. He was happy to get a blue TallGrass bandana and petting from the volunteers as his owner, Jim Higerd, watched.

  • Instead of one boss, Clear Creek EMS has three.

    After their chief paramedic left earlier this year, Capts. Bryon Monseu, Dustin Proffitt and Ed Smith took over leadership of Clear Creek EMS. But, instead of seeing it only as an additional responsibility, the three are using it as a time for innovation.

    “We’ve been run the same way for the last 15 years,” said Monseu, who’s in charge of finance and liaison. “Should we try some different things? The county’s changed, and the calls have changed, too.”

  • If people aren’t coming to church, Ed Shirley wants to bring church to them.

    Shirley, pastor at Mountain High Chapel on U.S. 285 in Morrison, hosts Legendary Bar Church at the Little Bear Saloon in downtown Evergreen once a month to bring the church’s simple message to more people: “We want to let people know that God is good and loves people. If we love God, we love people,” Shirley said.

  • It takes a village for Evergreen Fire/Rescue to provide the emergency services needed in the Evergreen area.

    The 87 volunteer firefighters, 25 paid staff and the 16 recruits in training to become firefighters — plus the seven members of the Turnouts auxiliary — all make the fire department run smoothly 24/7. EFR is considered one of the largest volunteer fire departments in the state.

  • Barbie and Hank Alderfer hosted a party on Saturday to celebrate life, health and recovery — reminiscent of the parties the Alderfers have held throughout the years for family and friends.

    Attendees at the party at the Schneider barn on Blue Creek Road talked about the family’s strength and fortitude as it has faced recent medical challenges. Barbie is cancer free after fighting breast cancer last year. Hank continues to thrive despite his Parkinson’s disease.

    Both were happy to be able to host the potluck gathering.

  • The July 4 Evergreen Music Festival had something for everyone — and it was just plain fun.

    Live music from bluegrass to folk to pop filled the air at the Buchanan Fields for seven hours, while attendees sat under tents or in the brilliant sun, soaking in the ambience and the music.

    A family-friendly event, the festival also had plenty of activities for kids, including bounce houses, face painting and a fire truck brought by Evergreen Fire/Rescue.

  • The green hard hats and tan T-shirts moved in perfect rhythm as teenagers, aged 14 through 18, were swinging tools up and down on the hillside at Flying J Ranch.

    The group were members of Jeffco’s Trails Stewardship Team. And on June 19, in the second week of their employment, half the team worked to reclaim an unused trail in the Conifer park, while the other half helped create slash piles as part of the ongoing forestry project there.

  • First in a five-part series on first responders in the area.

    Shane Buckles would drive across the country to give his friend a nickel. At least that’s what Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District Chief Skip Shirlaw says.

    “As incredible a firefighter that he is, the man he is surpasses all of that. His values, his integrity … I’m really proud to call him one of my mentors,” Shirlaw said.

  • The massive face of a grizzly bear greets those who enter Dean Hendrickson’s workshop.

    In the shop outside his home in Pine, you can find mountain lions, wolves, deer, badgers and more. But for Hendrickson, the journey to his current role as a taxidermist begins with an antelope.

    “When I was a little kid, my dad had an antelope in the house, and I always thought that was so cool,” Hendrickson said. “(It was) just something I always wanted to learn how to do. It’s just grown and expanded over the years.”

  • The clouds parted long enough Saturday morning for about 150 people of all ages to walk a mile to help stop child trafficking.