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  • Parents, students admire renovations at King-Murphy

    The fourth-grade classrooms at King-Murphy Elementary School have that fresh-paint, new-carpet smell.

    “I can’t tell you how many times I’ve told the students to look at the carpet,” said fourth-grade teacher Samantha Gorenstein, knowing the carpets won’t be clean for long as students settle into the daily — and sometimes messy — routine of the new school year.

  • Youths give it a tri

    Buchanan Rec Center on Sunday morning was inundated with kids swimming, running and biking in a triathlon that was meant to simply be fun.

    Nearly 130 children ages 5 to 13 swam laps in the pool, ran around one of the Bergen ponds, and biked through Bergen Park. No one timed the event, though lots of parents cheered, waved flags, rang cowbells and took pictures.

  • Park district board discusses priorities for 2015 budget

    Balancing expenses with revenues in the 2015 budget for the Evergreen Park and Recreation District emerged as a top priority for EPRD board members during a work session Aug. 20.

    “We have to have a balanced budget,” board member Janet Doyle said during discussion with other board members and administrative staff. “We don’t (want to) have expenses rising above revenues.”

  • Working in Evergreen

    The workforce in Evergreen is made up of people who prepare food, repair worn shoes, develop social media skills for businesses and individuals, and manage nonprofit organizations that benefit the local and global community. They are among many people who help make Evergreen a thriving, viable place to live.

    A restaurant family

    Hla Win is a sushi chef with a fairly new restaurant in Bergen Park where he, his wife and son spend many hours preparing food and serving customers.

  • Trails master plan for Evergreen continues on path to completion

    Evergreen residents who came to a second meeting on a trails master plan Aug. 20 saw updated maps with proposed paths designed to make the community accessible for pedestrian travel.

    “We're looking at the feasibility of paths,” said Chris Vogelsang of OV Consulting, the design firm selected for the trails plan project.

    Obtaining easements for the trails, especially through areas where there is private land, will determine their viability, he pointed out.

  • Fine Arts Festival features award-winning creations

    From bejeweled buffaloes to impressionistic paintings and handcrafted wooden spoons, an astounding array of artistic creations was on display at the Evergreen Fine Arts Festival last weekend.

    By midmorning Saturday, the grounds of the Hiwan Homestead Museum were filled with festival-goers looking at various arts and crafts that included handmade clothing and jewelry.

  • Change in the air at Wilmot

    Matt Cormier believes that a new principal should change only one thing during his first year.

    So Cormier, who is now at the helm of Wilmot Elementary School, is changing three things.

    At the top of his list is bolstering communication among faculty, parents and the community, including getting acquainted with students and parents, re-instituting birthday cards for students from the principal, and trying to organize such events as a Wilmot night at a Rockies game.

  • Still singing after all these years

    Relaxing in the afternoon sun at a coffee shop, Evergreen resident Ralph Nichols reflects on his life as a singer and studio musician. 

    After graduating from the University of Southern California with a degree in music education and voice, Nichols began working in recording studios and singing with the Robert Mitchell Boys Choir in Hollywood. 

    “We did Disney movies. … We were like the Hollywood version of the Vienna Boys Choir,” Nichols said. 

  • Ducky the dog stages a canine comeback

    Ducky, a dog rescued by the Evergreen Animal Protective League, has undergone extensive surgeries to correct physical problems that have been keeping him from eating and walking properly. And he is in need of additional surgery to correct a condition in one of his legs.

    To help pay Ducky's vet bills, Gold Mine Cupcakes of Golden is donating all of its proceeds from farmers markets in Bergen Park and Golden this past week to the EAPL.

  • Planners to review proposed changes to Jeffco oil and gas regulations

    The Jeffco Planning and Zoning Commission is scheduled to review proposed changes to the county’s oil and gas regulations at its Aug. 27 meeting.

    The proposed changes would add planned-development and special-use zoning to Section 35 of the county resolution, which sets standards for the drilling and production of oil and gas.

    The amended resolution also would align current setback requirements for oil and gas operations with those of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.