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  • Reform of teacher pay part of tax-hike debate

    Editor’s note: The Courier is publishing a series of articles examining arguments on both sides of Jeffco Public Schools’ proposed property tax increase.

     

    Opponents of a proposed tax increase for Jeffco schools say that speeding up teacher pay reform would go a long way toward closing a budget gap that proponents hope to fill with the tax hike.

  • Michael Aldridge Band’s new CD features Evergreen drummer

    “We’re just a self-contained, rolling machine,” Evergreen resident Mike Eaton says of his country rock band.

    As the drummer for the Michael Aldridge Band, Eaton provides the dynamic rhythms for the upbeat and heartfelt music the group performs at area venues.

    The group of friends that make up the band has been performing at concerts featuring country music icons Toby Keith and Tim McGraw, and is looking forward to a Sept. 8 concert featuring Rascal Flatts at the Comfort Dental Amphitheatre in Englewood.

  • Setting priorities for a park that’s ‘about play’

    “Who’s really coming?” asked board member Janet Heck Doyle during a discussion of plans for Wulf Park improvements at the July 24 Evergreen Park and Recreation District meeting. “For me, the question is: Who is going to use this and what are the ages?”

    “It seems to me we’re energetically developing this park without objectives,” remarked board member Kit Darrow.

  • Raffle for VW camper bus to benefit park foundation

    The Evergreen Recreation and Park Foundation has chosen a restored 1973 VW camper bus for this year’s benefit raffle.

    A $5 ticket offers a chance to own the vintage vehicle, which foundation president Kit Darrow describes as “the epitome of German engineering.”

    The camper bus is in the final stages of restoration, a project that Heart Cameron of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District maintenance team is overseeing.

  • Wulf Recreation Center swimming pool to close for 3 weeks

    The swimming pool at Wulf Recreation Center will be closed for about three weeks starting Aug. 9 for major maintenance work.

    The pool will close on Aug. 9 at 2 p.m., and is expected to reopen for Labor Day weekend.

    During the closure, the pool will undergo a complete water drain, repairs, maintenance, and installation of energy-efficiency upgrades.

    Swim lessons scheduled for Aug. 13-16 will be moved to the Buchanan Recreation Center pool, and classes will run at their regularly scheduled time.

  • All about jazz: Evergreen Jazz Festival fills the weekend with sassy sounds, fascinating facts

    Evergreen came alive with the sweet, sassy sounds of jazz this past weekend.

    Music lovers who attended the Evergreen Jazz Festival heard and danced to a dynamic blend of traditional jazz tunes performed by talented musicians in several groups.

    At the Evergreen Elks Lodge, which offered two venues for performances, jazz music floated through the air and mingled with the tangy aroma of barbecue served to attendees.

    A few of the groups at this year’s 11th annual festival performed for the first time at the event.

  • EHS grad Pat Porter, former Olympic runner, dies in plane crash

    Evergreen High alum and two-time U.S. Olympian Patrick Porter was killed along with two teenagers — his 15-year-old son, Connor, and Connor's 14-year-old friend Connor Mantsch — when Porter's Beech B-60 aircraft crashed and burned on takeoff July 26 in Sedona, Ariz.

    Porter's wife, Trish, confirmed the deaths to the Associated Press and the Adams State athletics department. The plane, according to reports, had trouble taking off and plunged into a mesa, reportedly hitting a boundary fence.

  • Sheriff's Calls

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  • Bear Mountain homeowners to take procedural issues to Evergreen Fire/Rescue board

    In the wake of a home being destroyed by fire on Bear Mountain on July 19, the homeowner association has some questions about protocol and procedures for Evergreen Fire/Rescue.

    The fire, which started about 3:30 a.m. and was fully contained by 7 a.m. last Thursday, highlighted some residents’ safety concerns.

  • ‘We’ve got to move on,’ homeowners say

    Jerry and Jan Roberts, who lost their Fern Gulch Road home last week in a fire, continue to be reminded of what they always have known: Evergreen is a giving community.

    They don’t know where to begin when they talk about the firefighter who gave Jan a pair of shoes so she didn’t have to walk down her driveway barefoot.

    They can’t speak highly enough about the firefighters who worked diligently for many hours to try to save their house and to keep the fire from spreading.