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  • 'Lift Every Voice and Sing'

    Rabbi Jamie Arnold sang an upbeat rendition of “Wade in the Water” accompanied by a hand-clapping congregation celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday night.

     

    The interfaith service hosted by Congregation Beth Evergreen blended meaningful African-American and Hebrew music with reflections on the life of King and his legacy.

    “We are bound together,” Arnold said. “It’s a celebration, and it’s a time for us together.”

  • School board member Noonan arrested on outstanding warrant for traffic ticket

    Jeffco school board member Paula Noonan was arrested during a traffic stop Jan. 8 when Denver police officers became aware of an outstanding warrant from a 2011 traffic ticket.

    Noonan wrote in a letter to the editor of the Courier that in 2011 she was ticketed for not having proof of insurance when she was pulled over. Noonan was given a court date, which she said she missed.

    Noonan apologized publicly at the school board’s meeting Thursday evening.

  • New commission, old business

    The Jefferson County commissioners got down to business for 2013 with a new look but still talking about old business, from board assignments to recent county funding cuts to three nonprofits.

    Democratic Commissioner Casey Tighe, who defeated Republican incumbent John Odom in November's election, was sworn into office right before the Jan. 8 meeting along with Commissioner Faye Griffin, who was unopposed in her bid for re-election.

    The meeting marked the first time since Nov. 15 that all three elected officials were present and voting.

  • Sheriff's Calls

     

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  • Evergreen firefighters extinguish attic fire at home

    Evergreen firefighters extinguished a fire in a home on Mariposa Road that apparently started in the chimney early Sunday morning.

  • Evergreen entrepreneur targets global shortages

    As an environmental entrepreneur, Evergreen resident Benjamin Brandt says his mission is to address "a global perfect storm."

    “There are too many mouths to feed and not enough land, or fish in the ocean, to meet future food demands,” Brandt said at the Jan. 10 meeting of Evergreen’s Alliance for Sustainability.

    “We’re strip-mining the ocean. We’re seeing whole-system collapse,” he remarked. “Most of the disease and deaths in the world are attributed to poor water quality and malnutrition.”

  • Denver seeking operator for Evergreen Golf Course, restaurant

    The Denver Department of Parks and Recreation has issued a request for proposals to operate the Evergreen Golf Course and Keys on the Green restaurant.

    A mandatory pre-proposal meeting for anyone interested is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 17, at the golf course concession facility on Upper Bear Creek Road. The deadline for sealed proposals is 2 p.m. Jan. 31.

    Keys on the Green restaurant and golf shop at the Evergreen Golf Course has been closed since early November 2012, when former manager Ron Reif of RLR Inc. terminated his contract six months early.

  • Wulf Rec Center improvements in progress

    Construction fences placed around a freshly graded hill at Wulf Recreation Center mark the beginning of a project designed to make the facility more inviting and user-friendly.

    "The focus of the project is increased accessibility," said Scott Robson, executive director of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District. 

    Workers are replacing the steep walkways around the center with gently graded paths, making them easier for people with disabilities and parents pushing strollers to use.

  • Evergreen Fire-Rescue gearing up for radio-frequency shift

    Evergreen Fire/Rescue is switching from wide- to narrow-band radio to meet a federal mandate that took effect the first of the year.

    Using $700,000 in grant funds from the FCC Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau and an additional $234,000 recently received, the district is converting its radio program from ultra-high frequency to very-high frequency.

    “That was the big reason we got the grant,” said Fire Chief Mike Weege.

  • Opponents to fire board recall gathering support

    Evergreen resident Charlie Neppell is spearheading an initiative to oppose the recall of fire district board members.

    "In less than a week since the filing of the petitions to recall all five of the directors of the board of the Evergreen Fire/Rescue district, a number of citizens from diverse areas of the district have expressed their strong view that this recall needs to be opposed vigorously," Neppell stated.

    Neppell and other residents who support the fire district board members have formed a committee to oppose the recalls.