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  • Fire district’s solar project on hold

    Plans by the Evergreen Fire Protection District to install solar panels at Station 2 on Bergen Parkway are on hold as the district board wrestles with the 2016 budget.

    The $600,000 project to replace the roof and add solar panels will have to wait until the district is in a more stable financial position, Fire Chief Mike Weege said at a board meeting Nov. 10.

    Past drops in home valuations decreased the district’s property-tax revenue in recent years and led to budget cuts, and district finances are still recovering, board President George Kling said.

  • Judge validates petitions of Keyser as GOP candidate in Senate primary

    After days of uncertainty about the validity of a petition that Morrison Republican Jon Keyser submitted as a U.S. Senate candidate, a Denver district judge ordered the secretary of state to place his name on the primary election ballot Friday.

    Secretary of State Wayne Williams had declared Keyser’s petition insufficient because he was 86 signatures short in Congressional District 3. Keyser was required to gather 1,500 valid signatures from GOP voters in each of the state’s seven congressional districts to qualify for the June GOP primary.

  • How to vote in the park district election

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District will hold a polling-place election May 3 to decide two open seats on the five-member board of directors.   

    Janet Heck Doyle, who served two four-year terms, is term-limited. Andrew Adamowski, who was elected in 2012, is not running for a second term.

    Three names will be on the ballot: Doug Lempke, Monty Estis and Bill May. Voters can choose two.

    Polling places: Buchanan and Wulf rec centers, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 3

  • Annual Taste of Evergreen a ‘giant happy hour’

    The Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce will host the fourth annual Taste of Evergreen, its second biggest fund-raiser of the year, from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 13, at the Lake House.

    “It’s really fun. You have music and friends and lots of great food,” said Betsy Hays, chamber president.

    “It’s like a giant happy hour with lots of appetizers. You see everyone you know in town.”

    If you want to go, buy tickets advance because they sell out fast.

  • Board mulls grade shuffling, elementary school mergers

    A facilities master plan unveiled at last Thursday’s meeting of the Jeffco school board would require a bond issue to address capital needs among the district’s aging schools.

    In a presentation of the plan, Superintendent Dan McMinimee and facilities staff recommended reconfiguring grades at a number of elementary and middle schools, adjusting matriculation boundaries, and making significant renovations at schools across the district — all in a bid to address aging facilities within current budget limitations.

  • Park district candidates field question at forum

    Three candidates for two seats on the five-member board of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District fielded questions Saturday morning at a meeting of the Mountain Area Democrats.

    Monty Estis, Doug Lempke and Bill May are on the ballot in the May 3 election.

    The three are vying for seats that were vacated by Janet Doyle and Andrew Adamowski. Doyle is stepping down after serving two consecutive terms, and Adamowski is not running again at the conclusion of his four-year term.

  • HITTING THE HIGH NOTES: Jimy Murphy

    Jimy Murphy — artist, cancer survivor, father of three and force of nature — offers one piece of advice: Do what you love.

    The ebullient Murphy has followed his own passions on a whirlwind music and film career that took him around the country before dropping him back in his hometown.

  • These eggs are all they’re cracked up to be

    Among the oil paintings and equine photography at Main Street Fine Art and Shadow Mountain Gallery last Thursday were rows of boldly decorated duck-size ceramic eggs and their many egghead admirers.

  • What’s the beef?

    A fun project of Indian Hills resident Vince Rozmiarek is posting clever messages on the sign at the community center on Parmalee Gulch Road, some of which have caused quite a stir.

    A recent posting by Rozmiarek, “Turning vegan would be a big missed steak,” prompted two protesting vegans to rearrange the letters to read, “Turning vegan is awesome.”

  • At Evergreen Lake, a love affair with the planet

    A large banner with a photo of the planet Earth hung over the entrance to the Evergreen Lake House on Saturday, waving in the wind above those who came to the 27th annual Mountain Area Earth Day Fair.

    “The people in Evergreen absolutely love nature, and they’re dedicated to making sure we always have nature. That’s been kind of exciting to see,” said Colleen Kulesza, the new director of the Evergreen Nature Center, which opened for the season on Saturday.