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  • 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.

  • Downtown Business Association seeking new president

    The Evergreen Downtown Business Association is launching a search to replace president Trish Wales, who resigned last week.

    After three years of being in the high-profile position and coordinating events for the organization, Wales said she wanted to spend more time with her family. She is also planning to help her husband with his business.

    Meanwhile, the association has hired Betsy Hays, former development director of the Mountain Area Land Trust, to oversee this year's annual Breakfast with Santa and the Holiday Walk in December.

  • 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. 

  • County’s 2015 budget eases draw-down of reserve funds

    This article was corrected to show the county is considering a two percent merit increase, not a three percent merit increase. 

    Jeffco is set to present a preliminary budget for 2015 this week that represents a slight decrease in spending from 2014 but maintains funding for nonprofits and uses less of the county’s reserve funds. 

  • A Q&A with the three county commissioner candidates

    Ed note: With Election Day fast approaching, the Courier is taking a final look at local races.

    The three candidates vying for the county commission seat in District 3 offer a variety of views, and this week Evergreen Newspapers is publishing their responses to questions about issues important to the county. 

  • McMinimee says compromise was close on curriculum review

    Jeffco schools Superintendent Dan McMinimee believes he almost negotiated a compromise on the school board majority's controversial proposal to create a curriculum review committee at the board's Oct. 2 meeting. 

  • Cougars roll over Lobos in Mountain Bowl

    CONIFER — As an ominous cloud hovered overhead Saturday afternoon, a light sprinkle fell on Lobo Field. But by game’s end, the sun had peeked through, shining brightly on the visiting Evergreen Cougars.

    The Mountain Bowl has, at least in recent years, been a nip-and-tuck battle waged until the closing seconds. Not this time. Not for Conifer’s homecoming. Evergreen, ranked No. 5 in the 3A state poll, stole the spotlight in a 44-6 demolition of the ninth-ranked Lobos that was every bit as lopsided as the final score suggests.

  • Park district's 2015 budget plan ‘conservative,’ financial manager says

    Although there are upward trends in revenue for the Evergreen Park and Recreation District, the first draft of the 2015 budget is “very conservative,” said Karen Messler, EPRD financial controller.

    “We are not doing a lot of major projects,” Messler said Sept. 30 in a presentation to EPRD board members.