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  • 3 finalists selected for park district executive director

    Ellen O’Connor, co-interim director of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District, is among three finalists selected in the search for a replacement for former executive director Scott Robson, who resigned his position in early September.

  • GOP Senate candidates swipe photo, logo for campaign fliers

    Three GOP candidates for the state Senate were threatened with legal consequences last week after their campaign fliers used the Jeffco Public Schools logo and a Denver Post photo without permission. 

    Fliers in support of Tim Neville in Senate District 16, Tony Sanchez in District 22, and Laura Woods in District 19 featured the same design and also included a doctored photograph from last month’s student protests in Jefferson County. 

  • Evergreen Fire District board to discuss potential $200,000 budget hole

    Ambulance workers have gone on fewer calls this year than during the same period last year, potentially creating a $200,000 budget hole for 2014, according to Evergreen Fire Chief Mike Weege.

    Specifically, ambulance service revenue was $676,144 through the end of August, according to a draft budget document released by Weege. If ambulance service revenue collection continues through the end of the year at the same rate, it would be about $1.014 million.

    Ambulance service revenue was $1.19 million in 2013.

  • Slice of life

    For some, it was an icky, slimy assignment. For others, it was pretty cool.
    By the end of the science class at King-Murphy Elementary School recently, the fifth-graders had a deeper appreciation for the human heart after dissecting a pig’s heart.

    “It was disgusting but good,” fourth-grader Maddison Bailey said of her first foray into dissection. “It’s like you’re doing surgery on someone.”
    “It smells like rotten bacon,” Lilli Lemascus added.

  • No slash collection planned in Indian Hills this fall

    Plans did not work out for slash collection sites in Indian Hills this fall, said Bret Roller, coordinator of the Jeffco program.

    However, residents may take slash to sites in Evergreen during upcoming collection dates. The first opportunity is this weekend, Oct. 25 and 26, when slash will be accepted at Evergreen Fire Station 8, 33377 Forest Estates Road.

    On Nov. 1 and 2, slash collection will take place at Evergreen Memorial Park, 7400 Highway 73 in Marshdale.

  • Park district seeking comments on rec center study

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District is seeking additional comments from residents on a feasibility study for potential improvements to Buchanan Recreation Center.

    Representatives of the architectural firm Sink Combs Dethlefs are scheduled to make a presentation on proposed projects at the EPRD Board of Directors meeting Oct. 28. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at Wulf Recreation Center.

  • A ringing endorsement

    Evergreen’s historic bell tower is getting a much-needed makeover, and it should be standing sentry over the east end of downtown by the end of the week.

    The nonprofit HistoriCorps brought staff and volunteers to work on the tower, which is part of the historic buildings on the Church of the Transfiguration property. The tower is 115 years old, and it was restored in 1979 by the U.S. Army Reserves, but weather exposure slowly rots the wood, and church officials were afraid the tower might fall.

  • Jeffco commissioners deny rezoning for guest-house rental in Marshdale

    After hearing from numerous residents opposed to rezoning for a guest-house rental in Marshdale, the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners voted 2-1 against the proposal on Oct. 14.

    Denver Realtors Renda and Luke Beard had requested the rezoning of their property on Highway 73 from mountain-residential 1 to planned development in order to rent out the 10-bedroom home on a short-term basis.

  • Escaped jail inmate captured in Boulder

    The man who escaped from the Jeffco jail last week and is suspected in a string of subsequent car thefts was arrested Thursday morning.

    Travis Sandlin, 32, a registered sex offender, was arrested about 8:30 a.m in the 3900 block of Sunshine Canyon Drive in Boulder by the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office after a stolen car he was driving flipped while he was fleeing officers. Sandlin, who escaped from the Jeffco jail Oct. 5, apparently was staying in a vacant house that is up for sale.

  • Pumpkin-carving party to fight 9-year-old’s cancer

    By Stephanie Alderton, For the Courier

    Evergreen resident Peg Solomon is helping her family fight a very real monster this Halloween season, with the help of some donated pumpkins.

    Solomon’s 9-year-old granddaughter, Jamie Crook, is battling a rare form of liver cancer called fibrolamellar. On Friday her mother, Sarah, is hosting a pumpkin-carving party to raise money for research into the disease.