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Local News

  • Indian Hills Fire board holds hearing on 2017 budget

    The Indian Hills Fire Protection District board moved forward with its 2017 budget after holding a public hearing Nov. 30.

    The proposed 2017 budget totals $358,043, an increase of nearly $14,000 from the previous year, largely due to capital expenditures. Some $25,000 is set aside for fire station improvements, and the budget designates $17,500 for the purchase of new vehicles.

  • DAR, American Legion commemorate Pearl Harbor anniversary

    The Mountain Rendezvous Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and American Legion Post 2001 commemorated the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor on Sunday.

    The ceremony included a reflection on those who died in the Pearl Harbor attack and the trials of World War II that followed. The chapter’s chaplain, Kathleen Schrader, led the group in benediction, calling to mind all those who gave their lives to defend the United States. And, American Legion member Vern Stelzer read President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s famous post-attack speech.

  • Community celebrates longtime leader Alderfer, his new book

    Cowboy, sawyer, carpenter, barn-raiser, trail-builder, conservationist, preservationist, historian, author, community leader, friend, husband, father.

    The way his friends tell it, Hank Alderfer should be considered for the title of “ Most Interesting Man in the World.”

    Alderfer family members, friends and the Evergreen community gathered Nov. 30 at the Lake House to celebrate Alderfer’s accomplishments and contributions, as well as help launch a book of his Canyon Courier columns, titled “Yesteryear.”

  • Magic meets merry-making on Main

    The magic of the Christmas season touches young and old alike.

    On Friday night, as Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived in downtown Evergreen aboard a fire engine, dozens of children — many of them perched on their dads’ shoulders — waved in greeting. And many of the adults waved too.

    The falling snowflakes caught the glow from the Christmas lights and fire pits. Somewhere in the background, someone was playing a holiday tune.

  • EDUCATION BRIEFS

    Renewal of superintendent’s contract to be discussed

    Discussions about the renewal of Superintendent Dan McMinimee’s contract are set to begin early next year. While initial conversations will take place in executive session among school board members, those conversations will transition out into public discourse, with a decision by the end of March 2017.

  • Jeffco school district sees slight decline in enrollment

    Early numbers for the 2016-17 academic year show a slight decrease in enrollment in Jeffco Public Schools, and those numbers are expected to drop further next year.

    Some 370 fewer students are enrolled at district schools compared to this time last year. While the decrease is small considering that the district has typically served an average of more 86,000 students since the 2005-06 academic year, the decline in enrollment is expected to continue next year.

  • School district enacts partial hiring freeze

    Effective immediately, Jeffco Public Schools has instituted a hiring freeze on almost all non-classroom positions, and all new hires will have to be approved by a district cabinet consisting of 11 people.

    According to chief human resources officer Amy Weber, the cabinet last week discussed the hiring freeze, which will exclude grant-funded positions and essential positions such as teachers, para-educators, bus drivers and food service employees.

  • Conifer’s Venue Theatre feeling growing pains

    It’s lean times at the Venue Theatre Company in Conifer, but not in the usual sense: the education-based youth theater is in short supply of space, funds and extra hands — all the consequences of success.

  • Jeffco commissioners approve slightly modified ’17 budget

    Jeffco's county commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved the county's 2017 budget, which had changed slightly since a draft was presented in October.

  • Commissioners approve rezoning request for Catholic retreat

    The third time was a charm for the Archdiocese of Denver as Jeffco’s county commissioners finally approved Tuesday a rezoning request that will pave the way for the construction of the Emmaus Catholic Retreat & Conference Center near Pine Junction.