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  • Tall Grass employee honored as hometown hero

    For the past few years, Deb Dickinson has been working with other employees at TallGrass Aveda Spa and Salon on the Soldier Box Project, a charitable effort for which she recently received KMGH-TV’s 7Everyday Hero Award.

    “It was definitely one of the highlights of my life,” Dickinson said of the honor, presented in December.

    Dickinson coordinates the shipment of care packages to men and women serving in the military in Afghanistan during the Christmas holiday and between Mother’s and Father’s days.

  • Non-disposable items clogging EMD wastewater system

    Wet wipes and other materials advertised as biodegradable, which some customers flush down toilets, are causing problems at the wastewater treatment plant of the Evergreen Metropolitan District, says Dave Lighthart, EMD general manager.

    Disposable diapers, adhesive bandages and cat litter are on EMD’s extensive list of items that should be placed in the trash — and not in toilets.

    Not only do materials create havoc at the wastewater treatment facility, they also can damage household plumbing, according to EMD information.

  • Woman prisoner dies in Jeffco jail

    A woman died Monday night while in custody at the Jefferson County jail.

    The 38-year-old woman complained about feeling ill earlier Monday, according to a Jeffco Sheriff’s Office news release. The jail staff scheduled the woman to be seen by medical personnel that evening.

    Jail staff was notified at 7:15 p.m. by the woman’s cellmate that she was not breathing. Deputies performed CPR on the woman but were unable to revive her, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

  • Evergreen Jazz Festival to feature four new groups

    The Felonius Smith Trio is among four musical groups making their debut at the Evergreen Jazz Festival in July. Bassist Scott Johnson and harmonica player Nic Clark will perform a blend of country, folk and delta blues with Jeff Smith, who has mastered a finger-picking style on his slide guitar.

    The trio will showcase tunes from its recently released CD, “Before That Rooster Crows,” at the Jazz Festival, which runs July 24-26 at venues in Evergreen.

  • Funding in place for bridge replacement at Evergreen Lake Park

    A costly bridge replacement project at Evergreen Lake Park has received grant funding to move forward.

    The $790,000 price of constructing a new bridge over Bear Creek is primarily funded by a grant from the Colorado Department of Transportation that has been approved. The Evergreen Park and Recreation District is contributing $80,000 to the project — an amount that includes a $40,000 grant from Jeffco Open Space. The Evergreen Metropolitan District is contributing $40,000.

  • Evergreen Metro District offers help with water rights issue at Buchanan Ponds

    The Evergreen Metropolitan District is offering the use of its senior water rights to guarantee a supply of water for two ponds at Buchanan Park.

    Since discovering that the Evergreen Park and Recreation District has no identifiable water rights for the ponds next to Buchanan Rec Center, Ellen O’Connor, EPRD executive director, has been working with state water board officials and the EMD to resolve the issue. One possibility is using EMD water in the ponds rather than attempting to acquire water rights, O’Connor said at the Feb. 24 EPRD board meeting.

  • Plans for second community garden taking root

    A community garden planned at Wilmot Elementary School is receiving cautious support from the Evergreen Park and Recreation District. To land funding, Evergreen’s Alliance for Sustainability needs the district to submit a grant request to Great Outdoors Colorado.

  • A gathering of gardeners

    Plans for gardens at Wilmot Elementary and Evergreen High schools have blossomed into one collaborative, community effort with assistance from Evergreen’s Alliance for Sustainability.

    Wilmot Elementary parent Shawn Hamam has been planning an educational garden at her children’s school while Cheri Skipp, a special education teacher at Evergreen High, was looking for a spot to grow vegetables and herbs at her school.

    Then Rachel Emmer of EAS+Y came along with a plan for a community garden that would include plots for students.

  • Developer buying Bergen Park church building

    Local developer Scott Smith is buying Bergen Park Church, possibly as part of a plan to develop neighboring property, including land he owns next to Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage.

    Both Smith and Bergen Park Church Pastor Jim Demolar confirmed that Smith — operating as Bergen Park Development Co. LLC — is buying the church, at 1318 County Road 65 in Bergen Park.

  • Park district hires new human resources manager

    Evergreen resident Heather McBroome has been hired by the Evergreen Park and Recreation District to serve as part-time human resources manager, Ellen O’Connor, EPRD executive director, announced last Thursday.

    McBroome is replacing former HR manager Chris Jeffery, who left the district in January to accept a full-time position.