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  • Results on MAP tests a mixed bag for Jeffco

    Jeffco students are largely outperforming national averages when it comes to reading and math, but semester-to-semester growth is lacking.

    According to the school district’s presentation of its year-long Measures of Academic Progress, student scores in math and reading improved over the last year, with about 60 percent of all students in grades three through 10 scoring in the high-average or above-average range for math and reading.

  • Evergreen Fire board discusses district’s financial challenges

    The Evergreen Fire Protection District board discussed the district’s financial situation June 16, including the plan to seek a property-tax increase and bond issue on the November ballot.

    At the meeting, the fire district formally introduced Webb Strategic Communications — the public relations firm it will work with to inform residents about the need for more revenue. Pete Webb, president of the firm, will lead the campaign, which kicks off with a town hall meeting Thursday.

  • District weighs options after marijuana bill becomes law

    Jeffco Public Schools may be drafting a policy on medical marijuana after Gov. John Hickenlooper signed legislation that requires the state’s districts to allow use of the remedy on school grounds.

    “Jack’s Law” law requires school districts to “adopt a policy permitting the use of medical marijuana by students authorized” to use it. The legislation was named for Jack Splitt, a Wheat Ridge middle school student with cerebral palsy whose medical marijuana was confiscated last year by school officials.

  • School district to pursue bond issue of up to $535 million

    In an effort to fund its facilities master plan and other initiatives, the Jeffco school board decided last Thursday to put a bond issue of up to $535 million on the November ballot, as well as pursue a property-tax increase of between 3.69 and 4.31 mills. 

  • Smoke in the area attributed to out-of-state fires

    Smoke visible in the Evergreen and Conifer area is not from a local fire but rather the result of major wildfires burning in New Mexico and Arizona.

    According to Curt Rogers, fire chief at the North Fork Volunteer Fire Department, smoke from the Dog Head Fire in New Mexico, as well as the Cedar Creek Fire in Arizona, is drifting into Colorado and causing visibility issues. Rogers also said that a 700-acre wildfire at Fort Carson also could be contributing to the visibility issues.

  • Local fawn makes national news

    Evergreen has a new celebrity. Unfortunately, though, she has not been seen since making her debut, which was covered by Buzzfeed and news outlets across the country.

    The little four-legged star made local news after she wandered into a Kittredge family's yard on June 15.

  • Farmers market cultivating followers at new location

    Walking through the parking lot of Evergreen Country Day School, there is a delicious mixture of smells and bright colors. The strong aromas of freshly brewed coffee, baking empanadas, potted flowers, homemade soap, honeys, jams, and fresh produce — when combined with the dazzling array of jewelry, hair accessories and bold-colored clothing — strongly tempt any visitor with one lingering thought. “Buy something.”

  • Entry with ‘bite’ is tops at Rhubarb Fest

    Pine Grove’s 29th annual Rhubarb Festival was a hot one — from scorching temperatures to a parade featuring the chrome bumpers of classic cars to the unusual dish that won the annual bake-off, it was a weekend burned into memory.

  • New exhibit at Mirada Fine Art takes a walk on the ‘wild’ side

    Wild: Some are born to be it, some explore it on foot or in four-wheelers. Next weekend, Mirada Fine Art explores the animal kingdom of the West with “WILD,” a new exhibit featuring work from a dozen artists who have their own ideas about what it means to be wild.

    According to gallery owner Steve Sonnen, the exhibit resulted from a conversation about Colorado wildlife and how much of the artwork showcased at the gallery represents nature and its wild denizens.

  • Kids learn to fish on the fly

    The Buchanan Ponds were teeming with life on Saturday — not fish or other critters, but more than 100 people fly-fishing as part of the High Plains Drifters’ Kids Day.

    The fish weren’t really biting, but that didn’t seem to matter to the young and old alike, who were practicing their fly-fishing skills.

    The High Plains Drifters fly-fishing club, based in Denver, hosted its 23rd annual Kids Day at the North Evergreen location because members said it was the perfect venue to teach kids about their passion.