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Jazz Festival draws record crowds

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While numbers had not yet been tallied by press time, new attendance records are sure to be set for the 2014 Evergreen Jazz Festival. As production manager Jeannie Mann put it, "All I know is that we sold a few more tickets going into the weekend than we sold all last year."

Friday night crowds not only filled the two main parking lots but spilled over into a third. Organizers ran out of badges for the Friday night session, improvising, as jazz artists normally do. By Saturday morning they were having Rising Graphics show up on a day off to print additional programs! Parking lots were overflowing by 10:30 on Saturday morning as well.

It's been a long time coming, but after 13 years, it appears that perhaps word's gotten out.

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Spectacular double rainbow links Evergreen and Conifer

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The summer of 2014 has been an unusual one with more than the average amount of moisture, more birds, different kinds of birds.  This vivid double rainbow linking Evergreen and Conifer adds to the list of things making in unusual.

On July 25th, there were numerous postings of photos of the double rainbow many witnessed in the Evergreen/Conifer area.  Of the dozen or so photos was this one taken by Kyle Walpole, who lives near Conifer; in my opinion, it was by far the most spectacular.  Kyle says he stitched it together to make it a panorama.  I've often admired his photographs of wildlife, but this may top them all!  He's given his permission to publish it.

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Meet Gary and Megan Mitchell

Written by Penny Randell on .

The flood in Evergreen last September traumatized many, but probably not to the extent that Gary and Megan Mitchell, owners of Cactus Jack’s Bar and Restaurant, were affected. The event rapidly demolished their livelihood after the establishment was left in standing waters from Bear Creek overflow. But, that’s the natural beginning of this story. More beguiling is the unnatural portion of the tale and is what the couple describes as “the beginning of a new life.”

Just days after the flood, while wrestling with the re-creation of the bar, Gary fell through the weakened floorboards and suffered a compound fracture of his right leg, incapacitating him for more than two weeks. Unable to finagle both crutches and tools, he wasn’t able to work until four months and three surgeries later. Consequently, he was forced to depend on family, friends and a very caring community to help with the project.