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  • Hearing dates rescheduled for retreat center in Marshdale

    Hearings for a proposed retreat center at the former Grandma’s Mountain Home on Highway 73 have been rescheduled after a requested delay by the property owners.

    The Jeffco Planning and Zoning Commission is scheduled to hear the case on Sept. 24  and make a recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners, which will review and vote on it at the Oct. 14 meeting.

  • Wiener dog race adds to festivities at this year’s Oktoberfest

    Wieners of the canine variety will add pizzazz to this year’s Oktoberfest at Buchanan Park on Sunday, Sept. 21.

    The annual festival sponsored by the Evergreen Recreation and Park Foundation is featuring a race for canines with long torsos and short legs. Dog owners who would like to participate can register at Chow Down Pet Supplies in Bergen Park, and should be at the festival by 3 p.m. the day of the race. First-, second- and third-place prizes will be awarded to the winning wiener dogs.

  • Backpack program provides weekend food for needy students

    Volunteers were busy filling backpacks with food last Wednesday afternoon at Evergreen Lutheran Church.

    When their task was complete, they were planning to take the backpacks to several area schools for students enrolled in a food assistance program. Each Friday afternoon, students pick up the backpacks, which contain food for two breakfasts, lunches and snacks, and take them home for the weekend.

  • Kid stuff spices up Big Chili Cook-off

    Luke Gilchrist, 6, picked up a fire hose, turned on the heavy stream of water and knocked down all three plywood “windows” in a wood house facade in the obstacle course at Sunday’s Big Chili Cook-off.

    Luke finished first in the 6-and-under category of the kids version of the Firefighter Challenge, with a time of 55 seconds. 

  • Board approves Witt's pay plan for teachers on 3-2 vote

    The Jeffco school board approved a new teacher compensation plan at last Thursday’s meeting that ties pay raises to performance. 

    Under the new plan, “partially effective” teachers who are still in their first three years will receive a 1 percent raise. Teachers rated “effective” will receive a 2.43 percent raise. Teachers rated “highly effective” will receive a 4.25 percent raise.

  • Sustainability group has new board members

    Four new board members have been named to vacant seats at the Evergreen Alliance for Sustainability.

    The Evergreen nonprofit group works on projects in areas such as renewable energy and recycling. The group operates with a budget of about $50,000 per year, a part-time executive director, a 13-member board, and an advisory board.

    “We’re really excited to have the new energy,” said Rachel Emmer, executive director of the group. 

  • Walk to commemorate 50th anniversary of Wilderness Act

     

     

    The 5-mile hike begins at 9 a.m. at the trailhead at the RTD Park-n-Ride in Bergen Park at the Highway 74 and County Road 65, and continues to the Evergreen Lake House.

     

    “We encourage outdoor enthusiasts,” said Dee Lyons of the Friends of Mount Evans and Lost Creek Wildernesses, the organization hosting the walk in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service and other agencies.

     

  • Fall slash collection for Indian Hills residents could include vouchers for purchase

    Board members of the Indian Hills Fire Protection District are considering the use of vouchers, which residents could purchase for slash collection this fall.

    Indian Hills resident Bret Roller, who is coordinating a slash collection program with Jefferson County, has suggested placing vending stations in the community at which residents could buy the vouchers for approximately $20.

  • Park district board selects interim co-directors, approves loop trail contract

    Recreation manager Ellen O’Connor and Lake House  supervisor Brad Bednar are serving as interim co-directors of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District while EPRD board members search for a new executive director.

    Former EPRD executive director Scott Robson resigned at the end of August after 3½ years of service. He has accepted a position as CEO of the Colorado Mountain Club and the American Alpine Museum in Golden.

  • Annual Big Chili Cook-off heating up at Buchanan Park on Sept. 7

    The 13th annual Big Chili Cook-off has a new venue at Buchanan Park, where spicy samples of recipes can be tasted throughout the day. The gates open at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, for the event benefiting six area fire departments.

    Homemade versions of chili recipes will be available for tasting, as well as samplings from area restaurants.