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Today's News

  • The best of us, the worst of us

    In the wake of the catastrophic destruction and loss of property and life caused by the floods that ravaged our state earlier this month, many things come to mind. It reminds us of several things, including the ominous power of nature, our capacity to endure difficult situations, and how the inherent good and evil of people to either reach out and help those in need or to take advantage of a terrible situation show that disasters bring out both the best and the worst in people.

  • Aspen leaves begin to turn gold amid cooler temperatures

    The aspen just below our house have turned yellow in just two days. As I write, they have changed from a sickly yellowish-green to a sickly greenish-yellow.

  • Sheriff's Calls

     

    Water you gonna’ do?

  • Longtime education consultant running for school board

    Gordon “Spud” Van de Water, a veteran of both the U.S. Army and education matters, is running for the Jeffco Board of Education.

    Van de Water will vie with Ken Witt for the District 5 seat, which covers the southern part of Jefferson County. Incumbent Paula Noonan announced in April that she would not run for re-election.

    “I’m running because I want to see every kid be successful,” Van de Water said.

    The election is Nov. 5.

    What’s in a name?

  • Parents can opt out of system for storing student info

    Parents of students in Jeffco Public Schools will now be able to opt out of the controversial inBloom system for storing student data.

    That announcement came at a school board meeting Sept. 19, after months of controversy related to parental concerns about the security of the cloud-based data storage system, and about the student information that will be collected.

  • Fall Carnival, Safety Fair combine for one Evergreen event

    Two annual Evergreen events, the Fall Carnival and the Safety Fair, have joined forces to create one large event for families on Sept. 29.

    Many activities are planned for the event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at both Bergen Meadow Elementary School, 1892 Bergen Parkway, and the adjacent Evergreen Fire/Rescue Administration Building. The day begins with a free pancake breakfast served by firefighters at the fire station from 8 to 10:30 a.m.

  • Da Kind brews a broth of kindness

    As the floodwaters receded on Sept. 16, Da Kind Soups decided to help downtown businesses hurt by the natural disaster.

    The restaurant, owned by Dustin and Ariane Speck, usually holds fund-raisers for local groups on Mondays. On Sept. 16, it asked the Evergreen High School tennis team to postpone its fund-raiser, and in its place, the Specks asked for donations to help local businesses.

  • Local agencies prepare to help flood victims

    Area service agencies are expecting requests for help starting this week from residents affected by the recent flooding.

    The executive directors have learned from past experience with wildfires that it takes people a couple of weeks to figure out what they need and to seek help.

  • Displaced hairstylist does ’dos for charity

    When life gives you lemons, make lemonade

    Melissa Wood, owner of Madera Salon, had to close her shop temporarily above Cactus Jack’s Saloon, thanks to the recent flooding that heavily damaged the first floor of the building.

    Since Wood can’t serve clients at her shop, she decided to give back to the community with her talents: She’s giving free haircuts to clients of Evergreen Christian Outreach.

    “I just decided with the flooding and everything, this was a time when people are needing more help,” Wood said.

  • Evergreen merchants open for business in wake of floods

    Downtown Evergreen businesses want people to know that they’re open for business.

    Most lost between one and five days worth of revenue when they were closed during the flooding that began Sept. 13. The proprietors are hoping that locals will frequent the shops and restaurants to help make up the difference.

    All downtown shops and restaurants are open again except Evergreen Clothing Co. on the east end of downtown and Cactus Jack’s Saloon on the west end.