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  • Making a difference

    First responders and the military were the focus of Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen’s annual community service day — and every student got involved with making a difference.
    For example, first-graders put together informational kits for Alpine Rescue, while third-graders wrote thank-you letters to soldiers as part of Operation Gratitude, and fifth-graders wrote thank-you letters to dog handlers who go on rescue operations.

  • WJES kids sowing the seeds of environmental awareness

    The promise of snow was no match for the young gardeners, arborists and environmentalists-in-the-making at West Jefferson Elementary School Friday morning as they celebrated the opening of the school’s new garden.

    Clustered in groups in the school’s courtyard, kids across all grades darted around in jackets and the occasional beanie, trading laughs and chatter about Earth Day and Arbor Day — all under a sunny sky with the smell of fresh soil hanging in the air.

  • Jeffco school transformed into first responder training site

    Eighteen years after the shooting at Columbine High School forever changed the face of Colorado, there now exists a place where first responders, law enforcement and school principals can train and prepare for the worst.

    Two weeks ago, what used to be Martensen Elementary became the Frank DeAngelis Center for Community Safety — a facility outfitted with a police simulator, smoke machines, remote-controlled strobe lights, a sound system and mock classrooms bearing all the trappings of student life.

  • Crow Hill slash site reopens

    The Bailey slash site off the County Road 72 exit on U.S. 285 on top of Crow Hill will reopen May 5 after being closed for the winter.

    Launched last August, the permanent site is the only slash drop-off location in Bailey and is operated by the Coalition for the Upper South Platte. The site opened after several previous attempts by other organizations to start a slash site in the area failed in recent years.

  • PCSD superintendent confirms schedule changes, staff reductions

    In a bid to address ongoing financial challenges, Platte Canyon Schools is moving forward with plans to consolidate schedules at the middle and high schools, as well as combine several staff roles at the high school.

    According to Superintendent Brenda Krage, elective schedules at Fitzsimmons Middle School and Platte Canyon High School will be aligned starting this fall and kick off what she expects will be a two-year process to shift both schools onto the same schedule.

  • The art of the matter

    At Center for the Arts Evergreen’s 120 for $120 fund-raiser on Friday night, it’s all about the list.

    Each of the 120 participants had a system for ranking the 120 pieces of art on display at the gallery, and each participant took one home by the time the event was over

    In the 12th annual fund-raiser for CAE, 120 people paid $120 each to get a piece of art from a Front Range artist. Each participant received a number when he/she bought the ticket. Then 120 numbered tokens were put into a container and randomly drawn.

  • Joining together in peace

    Peace is a good thing.

    That was the message Marshdale Elementary School’s student leadership wanted to send to students, faculty and parents Friday as part of Day Without Hate.

    To commemorate the day, students created a group art project by putting their thumbprints on a black canvas with a peace sign on it. The rainbow colors filled the background, while student leadership members put their white thumbprints inside the peace sign.

  • Cut gas line forced home evacuations

    A gas line in Conifer was accidentally cut, forcing about 15 homes to be evacuated.
    According to the Jeffco Sheriff's Twitter account, around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, an unmarked gas line was cut near 30624 Kings Valley Drive. The Sheriff's Office and Elk Creek Fire Protection District worked to take individuals from the affected area to Elk Creek Fire Station 1.
    The Sheriff's Office reported that Xcel Energy was on the scene.

  • EPRD budget exceeds first-quarter projections

    The Evergreen Park & Recreation District exceeded projected revenues for the first quarter of 2017.

    Financial Controller Jason Leslie told the EPRD Board of Directors at its monthly meeting April 25 at Wulf Recreation Center that the district exceeded projected revenues by approximately $96,000. The district’s expenses also were below what was budgeted for the first quarter.

    Leslie told the board that this news “bodes well” for the district, as the busier months tend to fall in the second and third quarters.

  • Library, JCOS team up for self-defense class

    Evergreen Library was filled with shouts of “Get back,” “Get away from me,” and various grunts and yells as during a self-defense taught by Jeffco Open Space rangers.

    The 14 participants — 12 women and two men ranging in age from teenagers to seniors — took turns practicing palm-heel strikes, hammer fists, and elbow and knee strikes on the punching bags at the class on April 26.