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Today's News

  • Shear relief: Alpacas shed their thick coat for some summertime comfort

    It only takes five minutes or so for an alpaca to go from fuzzy to fabulous.

    About a dozen alpacas had their annual spring haircut during a shearing event at Vince and Cynthia Stinton’s farm in Conifer on June 3. “Alpaca Tom” Morrison visited the farm, and local alpaca owners brought their animals.

    Morrison, who hails from New Mexico, visits farms across the Southwest. He has been shearing alpacas and llamas for 16 years, the first five as a “headman,” the person who holds the alpaca’s head during shearing.

  • A bird’s eye view

    Evergreen Audubon board member JoAnn Hackos has a quick finger.

    Hackos hit the send button on her computer immediately when the national Audubon Society began accepting applications to bring part of the organization’s best bird photos to Evergreen. Her quick finger paid off Thursday night when 13 of the top 100 photos from the 2017 Audubon Photography Awards were displayed at Center for the Arts Evergreen.

    Evergreen Audubon is one of 500 groups in the United States.

  • Survey shows ‘tight race’ in EPRD’s possible bond issue

    Support for a proposal to put up to a $34 million bond to Evergreen Park & Recreation District voters in November has about a 50/50 chance of passing, according to results of a survey sent to residents in the district.

    In addition, of the priorities given on the survey, overall, respondents chose trails as their highest priority, followed by aquatics facilities, Buchanan Recreation Center improvements, land purchase and Wulf Recreation Center improvements.

    There was a big gap between those five and ADA improvements and pickleball.

  • Robinson highlights infrastructure, education
  • Investigators in Long case interested in similar incident in Missouri

    Investigators in the Maggie Long homicide case are exploring possible connections between her murder and a similar incident that occurred in rural Missouri earlier this week.

    On Sunday, Vincent P. Rist, 22, and Antonio D. Bowen, 24, were arrested on suspicion of breaking into a home in Centerview, Mo., where they allegedly bound and set a 20-year-old woman on fire after she refused to give them the combination to her gun safe.

  • Evergreen-raised songwriter, actor Odell dies

    Jackson Odell, a 20-year-old songwriter and actor formerly of Evergreen, was found unresponsive in his San Fernando Valley, Calif., home on Friday, according to multiple news reports.

    The cause of death is still under investigation.
    Odell’s family released a statement on Twitter: “He will always be a shining light and a brilliant, loving and talented soul. He had so much more to share. Our family will always carry that truth forward. Our wish is that the rest of the world who knew and loved him does as well.”

  • RTD proposes eliminating mountain area's routes to Federal Center

    RTD is considering eliminating Evergreen and Conifer bus routes that stop at the Federal Center on their way to and from Denver to save money, but local riders say they’re willing to pay more for their passes or add the stop to other routes.

    “By eliminating the ES/CS (routes), you’re eliminating an opportunity for these people to access the Light Rail system,” said Dean Miller, who’s been riding the bus from Evergreen for 21 years. “... You’re going to be putting people in cars, basically.”

  • Inter-Canyon considering property tax increase

    Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District is inching closer to asking its residents for a property tax increase or to de-Gallagher-ize the district in the November election.

    The first option would increase property taxes for Inter-Canyon’s 6,000 residents. The latter would lock the district in at its current residential assessment rate of 7.2 percent and help it avoid the impact of the Gallagher Amendment.

  • Morrison repeals more stringent noise ordinance

    For several months, the Morrison Police Department has actively enforced the town’s noise ordinance. So far, it’s working.

    So much so that Chief George Mumma on June 5 asked the board to repeal a more stringent noise ordinance that was enacted in March and set to go into effect last Sunday if enforcement of its current ordinance proved unsuccessful.

    The board listened and unanimously repealed the ordinance with the understanding that noise enforcement will continue.

  • Kids learn lightsaber dueling, fencing at recreational camp

    For over a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic. Now, the torch has been passed to the next generation — the youth of Evergreen.

    Last week, the Evergreen Park & Recreation District hosted a Jedi/fencing camp for 8- to 14-year-olds at the Miller House next to Buchanan Recreation Center. The camp allowed student to learn how to fight with lightsabers in a broadsword style, traditional fencing moves, or both.