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Today's News

  • Retiring volunteer firefighter values camaraderie

    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.

  • 'The Aristocats' a purr-fect feline frolic

    The young actors of the Venue Theatre in Conifer are heading for France. The Elementary Company opens its production of "The Aristocats" on May 9. The show will be a feline frolic through the Parisian countryside set to a jazzy score by Disney.

    The Venue’s Elementary Company is divided into two casts, the Toughcats and the Wildcats. Each cast will perform in four productions during its assigned weekend. The Toughcats will perform on opening weekend, and the Wildcats will perform during the second weekend. 

  • 'Jungle Book Kids' a delightful safari at StageDoor

    The jungle is jumping with jazz in StageDoor Theatre’s latest production of "The Jungle Book Kids." StageDoor’s elementary-age casts are geared up for the final weeks of school and a toe-tapping production filled with monkeys and tigers and bears, oh my.

    "The Jungle Book Kids" is adapted from the classic Disney film and includes all of the Disney tunes that will have you whistling on your way home. Children of all ages will love singing along with “The Bare Necessities” and “I Wan’na Be Like You.”

  • A songsmith with heart

    “The Final Scene” album and the Yellow Plate Hotel Band have been a labor of love for several Evergreen residents — but especially for lead singer and guitarist Jason Koski.

    Both the band and the album were born at the Muddy Buck Café in Evergreen, where Koski met many of his musician friends. Koski came up with the band’s name while working with vocalist Lacey Capel at the Muddy Buck. (Capel now works and lives in Port Townsend, Wash.) Koski’s bandmate, bass player Gary Loffler, came from another Muddy Buck friendship.

  • Happiness is a warm puppy

    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.

  • Evergreen resident writes the book on assistance dogs

    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.

  • 1,000 throng school board meeting

    The topics of teacher raises and full-day kindergarten drew 1,000 people to the Jeffco school board meeting last Thursday, leading to more than four hours of public comment.

    Because of the fire-safety occupancy limit, more than 400 people were turned away from the meeting, which was held in the auditorium at Bear Creek High School in Lakewood.

    Many of the teachers at the meeting spoke out about the need for pay increases and the financial troubles some are experiencing. 

  • Indian Hills fire board candidates address challenges in district

    Three candidates seeking seats on the board of the Indian Hills Fire Protection District spoke to the importance of greater community involvement and long-range planning at a forum Wednesday night. 

    Incumbent board member Marc Rosenberg and challengers Don Schoenbein and Ty Robbins answered questions from residents during the event at the Indian Hills Community Center. Candidates Ron Walton and Kelley Lehman, who are seeking re-election to the board, were not present.

  • Listen to a story about a man named Jed

    “Follow him to hell!”

    One of the more memorable things from my four springs as a student at Colorado State University was the annual pilgrimage to Fort Collins by a street preacher named Jed. Jed would place himself on the wall between the Social Sciences Building and the library and, at the top of his lungs, harangue any student in earshot about the terrible choices we were all making and the inevitable consequences of our transgressions.

  • ‘The Little Mermaid’ is a chorale spring splash

    For its final show of the 2013-14 season, the Evergreen Children’s Chorale is journeying “under the sea” with Ariel and all of her ocean friends in Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Jr.” Based on the hit animated movie from 1989, this show is sure to reel in audiences of all ages hook, line and sinker.