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  • O’Connor begins serving as exec director of rec district

    For the past week, Ellen O’Connor has been working in her new position as executive director of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District.

    After extensive interviews with O’Connor and two other finalists, members of the EPRD board unanimously chose O’Connor to serve as head of the park district on Nov. 12 — a position she officially began the following day.

  • Crews repair water-line break in downtown Evergreen

    A water-line break in downtown Evergreen meant shut-offs for Creekside Winery and Evergreen Crafters on Monday.

    Sheriff’s deputies called the Evergreen Metropolitan District on Sunday night to report the break, said Dave Lighthart, director of the district. Technicians worked on the break Sunday night and fixed it Monday. It appeared the break occurred in a weak point in the pipe near where a similar break happened in the late 1990s, Lighthart said.

  • Fire district website is hacked

    The website of the Evergreen Fire Protection District was hacked last Thursday and was still down on Monday — a $2,000 annoyance for the fire district.

    The district’s information technology workers are rebuilding the entire website and plan to have it back online early this week, said Fire Chief Mike Weege. It does not appear that any sensitive information was stolen, Weege said. 

  • O’Connor selected as park district executive director

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District board has selected EPRD recreation manager Ellen O’Connor to serve as executive director for the district.

    After interviewing O’Connor and two other finalists, the board unanimously voted for her on Wednesday night. She is replacing former executive director Scott Robson, who resigned his position in early September.

    “I’m honored and filled with a lot of emotion,” O’Connor said. “I’m here to serve this district to the best of my ability.”

  • Recreation plan for Conifer developing through efforts of citizen coalition

    For the past year Project Place, a group organized by the Conifer Recreation Coalition, has been identifying recreational needs for the community.

    With leadership from environmental designer and coalition member Mimi Mather, the group has developed a master plan for recreation in the greater Conifer area, which includes the U.S. 285 Corridor to Bailey, as well as the corridor to Evergreen.

  • Connector trail project at dam scheduled for spring

    The Colorado Department of Transportation has granted the permit for the connector trail at the Evergreen Lake dam, and the project is now scheduled for spring 2015, said Dean Dalvit of the Downtown Evergreen Economic District.

    “We reached out to the downtown merchants over the last few weeks,” Dalvit said, adding that the timing is designed to avoid the merchants’ busy season.

  • Board to finalize charter applications, superintendent goals

    The Jeffco Board of Education will vote on two charter school applications at its meeting Thursday in Golden.

    The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Jeffco Education Center, 1829 Denver West Drive, Building 27 in Golden. The board will meet for a study session in the boardroom at 5:30 p.m.

    The school board is expected to vote on the applications from the Alexandria School of Innovation and Golden View Classical Academy. 

  • Fire district raises possibility of tax increase

    If property tax revenues don’t improve in the next few years, the Evergreen Fire Protection District board may consider going to voters for a property-tax increase.

    Board members mentioned the possible mill-levy increase discussion during a meeting Oct. 28. Revenues in recent years have been $200,000 to $300,000 less per year than they were previously, George Kling, board president, said in a separate interview.

  • Fire district eyes bonuses for paramedics to control costs

    Paramedics could receive a bonus rather than a raise next year to help the Evergreen Fire Protection District manage a projected 2014 revenue decline of $200,000.

  • West Chamber honoring Emmer for work in sustainability

    Not many people would consider naming a consulting service “detritus,” a term for waste matter and debris. But for Evergreen resident Rachel Emmer, the term is more than appropriate for her Detritus Group Consulting service.

    The interaction between decomposed organic waste and the soil is “where the magic happens,” says Emmer.