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  • Proposed development in Rooney Valley opposed

    Plans for an auto dealership and mini-storage facility at C-470 and West Alameda Parkway near Dinosaur Ridge are meeting with significant opposition.

    More than 10,000 people have signed an online petition objecting to a proposal to rezone properties northwest and southeast of the intersection. And an informal community group has been formed to challenge the proposed development in the scenic Rooney Valley.

  • EPRD board votes not to seek tax increase for rec center expansion

    After five years of study and debate, the Evergreen Park and Recreation District board unanimously rejected a proposal to ask voters to approve a tax increase for a $9 million expansion of the Buchanan Recreation Center. In the end, a public opinion study was the deciding factor.

  • Parent wants to switch start times of middle, high school

    Principals at Evergreen High School and Middle School say a parent’s suggestion to switch the schools’ start times so EHS starts later likely will not happen by August.

    They say there are too many groups to get on the same page before any changes could be made, including bus schedules and after-school activities. In addition, there is not enough time to make sure that parents would agree to such a switch.

  • Voice of Hiwan Homestead kept past alive

    After nearly 22 years at the helm of the Hiwan Homestead Museum, John Steinle is ending his career as the unofficial history spokesman for Evergreen and moving on to retirement and possibly a sideline as the author of a history book about Evergreen. His last day on the job will be April 29.

    Meghan Vickers, who has worked at the museum for 12 years, will continue as program coordinator. No replacement for Steinle had been named as of press time.

  • Music benefit honoring Greg Henika planned

    Blue Spruce Kiwanis is planning the second annual Greg Henika music benefit on April 29 and 30 at the former Stagecoach Sports Grill.

    The event honors Henika, who died in January 2015 after falling through the ice at Evergreen Lake. Last year's fund-raiser generated $10,000, with half going to the local Aktion Club for disabled students and the other half going to Project Eliminate, Kiwanis International’s project to eliminate maternal/ neonatal tetanus.

  • Public opinion divided on rec center expansion

    The results of a public opinion survey commissioned by the Evergreen park district do not bode well for the prospects of either a new gym or more pool lanes at Buchanan Rec Center in the near future. The district board is expected to vote on whether to put the question on the ballot at its next regular board meeting April 26.

  • Genesee-to-El Rancho bike trail could open in June

    Construction again is under way on a bike trail along I-70 from Genesee to El Rancho, after a winter hiatus. 

    The trail is expected to open in early June.

    The fencing has been moved, the path is graded, and concrete paving is scheduled to start in the next couple of weeks, said Bob Wilson, spokesman for the Colorado Department of Transportation. Most of the trail will be on land owned by the city and county of Denver. 

  • One Dem candidate remains in race to run against Szabo

    Marti Smith of Arvada is the only remaining Democratic candidate seeking to run for county commissioner against incumbent Republican Libby Szabo.

    However, Smith still must be approved by a vote of the Democratic vacancy committee, which will meet at 6 p.m. April 28 at the Arvada Center for the Arts.

  • Ice Melt Barrel takes the plunge

    Mountain Foothills Rotary has announced the winners of the annual Ice Melt Barrel Contest to predict the date and time the 55-gallon drum fell through the ice on Evergreen Lake. 

    Conifer resident Mark Rehm captured the $250 third prize, and Becky Hanley of Evergreen was fourth, winning $125.

    This year the barrel was rolled out in a spot near the skating rinks on Jan. 4. 

    The drop took place April 5 at 11:26:37 a.m.

  • Voice of Homestead kept the past alie

    After nearly 22 years at the helm of the Hiwan Homestead Museum, John Steinle is ending his career as the unofficial history spokesman for Evergreen and moving on to retirement and possibly a sideline as the author of a history book about Evergreen. His last day on the job will be April 29.
    Meghan Vickers, who has worked at the museum for 12 years, will continue as program coordinator. No replacement for Steinle had been named as of press time.