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  • Evergreen students display their tech skills at event

    The Evergreen Schools Tech Extravaganza on April 23 was similar to a school science fair — only with students displaying their technology prowess as they explored a variety of topics from geology to understanding grief.

    More than 100 students from the Bergens and Wilmot elementary schools, Evergreen Middle and Evergreen High set up laptops on tables in the EHS library and two classrooms. Students and parents strolled through to hear about the students’ work. They used a variety of programs to explain their research and display their results.

  • Evergreen Middle School observes Day Without Hate

    While Evergreen High School was celebrating Diversity Day on Friday, Evergreen Middle School was celebrating the national Day Without Hate, a program the school has embraced for five years.

    “Not all schools have embraced Day Without Hate as much as EMS,” said Julie Maus, the leadership liaison to the EMS PTA. “We’ve been trying to make it more intrinsic in the school to promote diversity. We want it to become part of the school culture.”

  • EHS will see decrease in funding

    Jeffco Public Schools’ new student-based budgeting policy will mean Evergreen High School will lose about $150,000 for the 2015-16 school year.

    Principal Ryan Alsup is predicting an additional $180,000 reduction for the 2016-17 school year, assuming the district budgeting model is retained and state funding remains as projected.

    For the 2015-16 school year, Alsup is cutting an assistant principal position, the instructional coach position and half of a teacher position to make up the loss, trying to keep the reductions away from classrooms.

  • Work on connector trail project resumes after highway stabilization

    After an extended closure to stabilize soil underneath it, Highway 74 from Upper Bear Creek Road to Highway 73 has reopened, and work on the connector trail was scheduled to resume this week.

    “We have finally turned the corner,” said Jim Pokorney of GoodLand Construction, contractor for project.
    While beginning work on the connector trail at the Evergreen Lake dam on April 13, GoodLand workers discovered a fissure in the soil along Highway 74 and became concerned about the stability of the road, Pokorny said.

  • Keyser fields questions from Democrats on TABOR, state budget, gun control

    State Rep. Jon Keyser, R-Morrison, says he has faith in Colorado voters who approved the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, which prohibits tax increases without voter approval.

    “The TABOR Amendment is enshrined in our constitution,” Keyser said of the provision enacted in 1992. “Fifty percent of people have to say ‘OK’ to raise taxes.”

    Other statewide initiatives, such as Amendment 66, a proposed tax increase to fund education, “went down in flames,” he noted.

  • Hays officially takes helm of Evergreen chamber

    After serving as interim president for the past two months, Betsy Hays is officially at the helm of the Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce.

    Last week the chamber’s board of directors selected Hays from a number of candidates for the full-time position, which includes responsibilities as CEO for the organization.

    In her leadership role Hays says she is focusing on serving chamber members and promoting Evergreen businesses.

  • Evergreen High students learn about racism, genocide, alternative lifestyles

    Hard-hitting issues such as racism, genocide and alternative lifestyles were the key focus of Diversity Day at Evergreen High School on Friday. Students participated in a variety of workshops led by people promoting awareness and understanding of societal issues.

  • I-70 accident in Jeffco kills one

    A fatal accident closed three westbound lanes of Interstate 70 Saturday morning near the interchange with C-470. 

  • Commissioners OK resolution on development, property rights

    Jeffco’s county commissioners have approved a resolution designed to emphasize the county’s commitment to fairly weigh all development applications and to protect property rights.

    The resolution was presented by Commissioner Don Rosier during staff briefings April 14 and was approved on a 3-0 vote April 21.  

  • Polis bill makes funds available for wildfire mitigation

    County groups might be able to get more money in the future to cut down trees that could cause hazards during wildfires, if Congress passes a bill introduced by U.S. Rep. Jared Polis.

    The pot of federal money set aside for natural disasters already can be used to mitigate potential future flood issues, or to clean up areas hit by tornadoes and hurricanes. The bipartisan Wildfire Prevention Act of 2015 was approved in committee, and is expected to be heard by Congress soon, said Kristin Lynch, a Polis spokeswoman.