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  • EFPD finalizes 2018 budget

    The Evergreen Fire Protection District is expecting a $2.4 million increase in revenue next year, largely stemming from increased property taxes.

    Discussed briefly at the EFPD’s monthly fire board meeting Nov. 14, the increased revenue specifically reflects a $1.2 million increase in property tax revenue from Jefferson and Clear Creek counties, a $200,000 projected increase in ambulance billings and a $60,000 budgeted increase in revenue from wildland fire deployments.

  • Platte Canyon to administer practice PSAT9 exams in January

    Ninth-graders at Platte Canyon High School will take a practice version of the new PSAT9 exam in January, roughly three months ahead of when the formal exam will be administered to all Colorado high school freshman.

    Funded by an anonymous $1,000 donation to the school district, the practice exam will allow ninth-graders a dry run on the standardized test that is replacing the Colorado Measures of Academic Success exam in language arts and math.

  • Platte Canyon considering mid-year wage increases

    Employees who earn an hourly wage in the Platte Canyon school district could see a mid-year wage increase if the school board approves a proposal recently brought forth by Superintendent Brenda Krage.

  • Jeffco exploring later school start times across the district

    After more than a year of conversations with parents and community members in Evergreen, Jeffco Public Schools is considering moving back school start times — both at mountain area schools and across the rest of the school district.

    According to achievement director Dan Cohan, the district first began exploring later school start times in April 2016 after Evergreen High School changed its bell schedule to eliminate block scheduling two days a week.

  • Seniors enjoy annual Rotary Thanksgiving meal

    With tables full of seniors and plates full of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie, Thanksgiving came early to Evergreen this year.

    The Rotary Clubs of Evergreen and Mountain Foothills teamed up to host their fourth annual Rotary Thanksgiving Lunch for seniors Thursday afternoon at the Evergreen Lake House.

    About 200 seniors attended, and more than 50 volunteers helped throughout the day with additional volunteers preparing food beforehand.

  • EPRD holds public hearing on 2018 budget

    The Evergreen Park & Recreation District is looking to approve its 2018 budget, which has projected approximately $6.6 million in revenues and $6 million in expenses, including $1.9 million for capital improvement projects.

    The district is expected to approve the budget at its Dec. 5 Board of Directors meeting at Wulf Recreation Center. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m.

  • Voters approve Hidden Water Valley District

    The proposal to create a water district in Evergreen’s Hidden Valley community has passed by a majority of the 115 affected voters.

    The Hidden Valley Mutual Water Co., located near Evergreen Parkway and Pine Crest Drive, currently serves 64 single-family homes. However, as the Hidden Valley Water District, it would have the power to enter into contracts with other water districts, Jeffco staff said in September.

  • Indian Hills Fire Rescue’s 2018 budget nearing approval

    Indian Hills Fire Rescue took a final look at its 2018 budget, which is set for approval Dec. 13, during a public budget hearing on Nov. 15.

    The district currently is expecting to bring in a net income of $14,941 after making revisions to the upcoming spending plan. Last year, it budgeted a loss of $26,220. The substantial increase largely is due to increased property valuations, which will provide the department with a supplementary $30,572 in income.

  • Indian Hills Water District approves budget

    The Indian Hills Water District on Nov. 16 unanimously approved its 2018 budget — a spending plan in which the district’s expenses are about $90,000 higher than its revenues.

    But thanks to its current general fund reserve of $716,202, the water district expects to maintain $597,705 in its general fund at the end of 2018 with $27,000 in TABOR reserves.

  • Citing adult diversion program, Askins’ arraignment continued again

    The arraignment for the man accused of lighting Roman candles that started the North Turkey Creek Fire on March 22 has been continued for the fourth time.

    Andrew Askins, 18, was charged in late April with two Class 4 felonies of second-degree arson in connection with lighting fireworks while Jefferson County was in a stage-2 fire ban.

    He appeared before the court Monday afternoon for an arraignment but asked for a continuance. At an arraignment, the rights of the defendant are formally read and a plea is entered. Askins will return to court at 1 p.m. Jan. 16.