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  • Evergreen Parkway in line for resurfacing

    Evergreen Parkway is slated to get a $5.4 million resurfacing in October.

    The parkway — formally known as Colorado Highway 74 — will be resurfaced from County Road 65 in Bergen Park to a spot "just above" Evergreen Lake, said Emily Wilfong, a state Department of Transportation spokeswoman. The work is to include some bridge repairs and guardrails, too, Wilfong said.

    A short section of the road also will be widened on the shoulder to allow better bike access, she said, without giving details of the site.

  • Kids learn you can’t take it with you

    Imagine you’re getting ready to travel in a covered wagon across the plains to Colorado during the mid-1800s. What would you take with you?

    That question was posed to a group of 7- to 12-year-olds during Pioneerpalooza last week at the Hiwan Homestead Museum.

  • Building trades program to be revived at Conifer High

    Two Evergreen businessmen have revived a building trades program for high school students that flourished more than a decade ago.

    “We’re going to teach them a trade,” said builder David Graham, who is coordinating the program with Phil Shanley of Evergreen Fine Art. “At the very least, they’re going to learn to do something with their hands.”

    The program will teach students a trade while also meeting a need for skilled labor, Shanley said.

  • Second community garden, at Wilmot Elementary, receives grant funding

    A community garden planned at Wilmot Elementary School has received $44,000 from Great Outdoors Colorado to help fund the project.

    This second garden being developed by Evergreen’s Alliance for Sustainability will offer about 30 plots for students, teachers and residents, including senior adults. The garden design features a nature-based play area for youngsters, which includes a green tunnel and rocks for climbing and sitting, as well as a sensory learning center.

  • Commissioners approve rezoning for storage facility expansion in El Rancho

    Jeffco's county commissioners have approved rezoning to expand a storage facility in El Rancho, despite concerns of nearby residents about road access to the property.

    Residents in the Nob Hill subdivision say they do not object to the expansion, but rather to increased traffic it would bring to DivideView Road — a private, unmaintained road leading to their community.

  • Evergreen master trails plan getting final touches

    After a year of development and community review, the master trails plan for Evergreen is getting final touches, Dean Dalvit of the Downtown Evergreen Economic District told the Evergreen Park and Recreation District board on June 23.

    The trail system designed by OV Consulting of Denver links key sections of Evergreen for residents who enjoy walking and biking to local destinations.

  • Volunteers improve Saddleback Mountain trail

    After hiking up a steep slope with two heavy containers of water, crew leader Lauren Riegler of Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado coordinated efforts to develop a trail on Saddleback Mountain on Friday.

     

    Divided into four groups, 49 volunteers cleared overgrown sections of the trail leading to the summit and installed steps to divert water away from the path and make hiking easier. During the seven hours they worked, volunteers placed 88 check steps and worked on more than 1,000 feet of trail on the mountain, Riegler said.

  • Fellman won’t seek re-election to school board

    Jeffco school board member Jill Fellman has decided not to run for re-election this fall, saying she wants to make her family a priority.

    Fellman, a former teacher who was elected to the board in November 2011, is one of the board’s two liberal members. She has often been at odds with the board’s conservative majority, a fact she referenced on Facebook when announcing her decision Monday. 

  • Parents launch effort to recall conservative school board members

    Three Jeffco parents have filed paperwork seeking to recall the three school board members who make up the body’s conservative majority: John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams.

    Indian Hills parent Wendy McCord, Evergreen parent Michael Blanton and Littleton parent Tina Gurdikian filed the petition format Friday afternoon, according to a news release from a recently formed advocacy group, Jeffco United for Action.

  • Evergreen couple face child abuse charge related to daughter’s malnutrition

    An Evergreen couple are each facing a felony child abuse charge after their 6-year-old daughter reportedly was found to be suffering from long-term malnutrition.