• 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.

  • A legend.

    That word aptly describes Jim Musser —a legend on the slopes, at his ski shop, and among his friends and family, who say his antics and devil-may-care attitude made him larger than life.

    Musser, 76, closed Musser’s Ski Shop in May. The shop itself was legendary for the line of skis that grew throughout the years outside the shop along Evergreen Parkway. In fact, the family sold 700 pairs of used skis to the Colorado Ski Furniture Co. in Pagosa Springs so they can be repurposed into chairs and other furniture.

  • Some experienced rod-and-reel fishers attended a clinic on Saturday at the Buchanan Park Rec Center to learn more about fly-fishing.

    The participants, between the ages of 8 and 14, learned about tying flies, the bugs that fish eat and fly-fishing techniques before going out to the Buchanan Ponds to see if they could catch rainbow trout.

    Christian Schulz, 12, said the feeling he gets when fishing is indescribable.

    “There’s no answer for (why I like fishing),” said Christian, a student at Montessori School of Evergreen.

  • Heather Kapande feels lucky, especially this Mother’s Day, because she has two wonderful sons.

    Both of them — Dane, 20, and Troy, 15 — have escaped dangerous situations in their young lives. Kapande wishes she were a superhero who had ways to keep them safe.

    Troy is a student at STEM School in Highlands Ranch. Luckily for the family, Troy was home on May 7 when two shooters entered the school, killing one and injuring eight.

  • I don’t think I’ve ever met a person in her 80s who is more engaged in life and involved in numerous endeavors than Conifer resident Vivian Burrows.

    As an example, I had to request an appointment time with her last week as she had a birthday party in Bailey in the morning and Great Decisions in the evening. She would have to leave that group early to get to choir practice.

    She also found time to drop off some laundry for her son, a much-beloved bagger at Evergreen Safeway, Craig Burrows. Whew!

  • The Alderfer Barn has gotten a facelift in the past two weeks, thanks to volunteers and staff from the nonprofit HistoriCorps.

    On Thursday, workers replaced the boards on the west end of the barn on Buffalo Park Road. They also worked on rebuilding the barn doors, replacing window sills and making repairs to the foundation.

  • An Evergreen woman has written a book about the five years she lived on the island of Crete near Greece.

    Melanie Crane said the experiences deepened her faith in God and in herself, and she learned a lot about other people and cultures.

    Her book is called “Uniquely Crete: Life Redefined on a Greek Island.” She will sign her book and read from it from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, April 26, at the Bread Lounge in Bergen Park. In keeping with the book’s theme, Mediterranean food will be served.

  • Many activities kept kids busy and learning at the Care for the Earth Fair on Saturday, but none was quite as popular as Neffy.

    Neffy, a 3-month-old Nubian goat, walked among the booths with her owner Lori Tigner with Westfarm Goats in Morrison. Neffy was born three months premature, so Tigner hand-raised her in the house.

    “She a house goat,” Tigner said as she showed Neffy to attendees. Her full name is Nefertari, which means “beautiful companion.”

  • As the sun began its evening descent behind the Front Range, dozens of camouflaged cadets took to the lawn of Waterstone Community Church with radios in hand.

    The cadets, all members of the Dakota Ridge squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, spent much of Monday evening learning to communicate via radio in preparation for an upcoming event in which they’ll be assisting with parking and security. But that is just a fraction of what the group learns through CAP.

  • An Evergreen resident had to re-evaluate her life after a skiing accident in mid-December 2017.

    “I realized after my skiing accident that I had some decisions to make,” shares Evergreen senior citizen Miki Farrin.

    She had been skiing for many decades when she was “hit by a large male” from behind her on the slopes, resulting in a broken pelvis and coccyx, dislocated shoulder, broken optical bone and full-brain concussion.

  • “Our sunshine” — That’s how Bonnie and Keith Florquist describe their daughter Sancy Shaw, who died in a Christmas Eve accident on Interstate 70 at Genesee.

    “She was funny, able to speak her mind, competitive and a tomboy,” Bonnie said in an interview at the Florquists’ Evergreen home recently. “She was an overachiever. Give her a task, and she would do it 10 times better.”

    Sancy’s friends couldn’t agree more.

  • I met Bill Weisenborn well over a decade ago when, after hearing AT HOME in Evergreen Inc., the affordable housing initiative, present to the Pathfinders group, Bill elected to join the AT HOME board.

    It wasn’t until very recently that I discovered just how active he is in our community. In addition to Pathfinders, he sits on the Evergreen Christian Outreach board, mentors a public school student in the “Leaping into Literacy” program and is a regular church attendee. 

  • Two area organizations are working to providing a community for retirees in the foothills.

    Conifer Newcomers & Neighbors and Evergreen Newcomers and Neighbors — both with members ranging in age from the 30s to 80s — tend to attract those 55 and older, creating a network of friendships and activities.

    The groups are part social clubs, part networking, part support. They are places where area residents can meet others. Contrary to their names, both groups are more about neighbors getting together no matter how long they have lived in the foothills.

  • This Friday night, StageDoor Theatre celebrates its first performance in its newly created Black Box Theatre. This type of production is relatively new and is still considered experimental theatre. For StageDoor, it means a dark, separate room from the usual stage that doesn’t demand many props or set changes. The room, with its newly painted blue walls, seats about 45 people and is ideal for intimate staging that truly draws the audience inside.