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  • Districts face money worries if amendments pass

     What will special-district taxpayers get if they pass Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101, one of the most sweeping packages of tax-cutting proposals since the Taxpayers Bill of Rights Amendment passed in 1992?

    For the average homeowner in a $300,000 house, property taxes will go down by $376 under Amendment 60, or $1,360 a year if all three pass, according to the state Legislative Council memo to the General Assembly dated Sept.10.

  • Voters turn out in force to view election choices

    A standing-room-only crowd of about 250 jammed into the Evergreen Lake House on Oct. 5 to get an earful from 11 candidates, or their substitutes, competing to be the area's future elected officials when Election Day arrives Nov. 2.

    The lineup included two of three candidates for governor and two candidates each for U.S. House of Representatives, the Colorado Senate and Jefferson County commissioner.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    A call to action

  • Press excluded from park district’s ‘emergency’ meeting

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District board held an emergency meeting Sept. 23 without notifying the press or the public.

    The meeting reportedly was called in response to information that a group was coming to tour park facilities, and the board did not want the visitors to interfere with staff work during business hours.

    During the meeting, the board discussed a rule preventing district employees from interviewing potential employers or other individuals during regular work hours. The substance of the new policy was voted on at the Sept. 28 board meeting.

  • Community garden in Buchanan Park on hold

    The proposed community garden in Buchanan Park is temporarily on hold, but an alternate site has been located near Bear Creek at the Church of the Transfiguration at Highway 74 and Meadow Drive.

    Garden proponents decided to postpone a groundbreaking at Buchanan until the park district completes its district-wide master plan sometime in 2011.

  • New Open Space leader outlines plans

    The new director of the Jefferson County Open Space Division looks forward to an era in which protecting existing property takes on a bigger role than acquisitions did under the previous administration.

    “We own 52,000 acres of land, and there's a lot to be done in being good stewards of that land,” said Tom Hoby, director of Jefferson County Community Resources and Open Space. Hoby became director in April, succeeding longtime chief Ralph Schell, who was named county administrator last December.

  • Few changes in park district’s 2011 budget

    The first draft of the proposed park district budget assumes that 2011 will be a lot like 2010, another recession year, with moderate belt-tightening on the agenda, unless voters decide to pass three ballot issues and force cutbacks and layoffs.

    Excluding any voter-initiated ballot amendments (60, 61 and Proposition 101), property taxes, which are the main source of park district revenue, are expected to decrease 2 percent, or $31,000. Vehicle registration revenue is projected to decline $6,900, or 2 percent.

  • Press excluded from park district’s ‘emergency’ meeting

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District board held an emergency meeting Sept. 23 without notifying the press or the public.

    The meeting reportedly was called in response to information that a group was coming to tour park facilities, and the board did not want the visitors to interfere with staff work during business hours.

    During the meeting, the board discussed a rule preventing district employees from interviewing potential employers or other individuals during regular work hours. The substance of the new policy was voted on at the Sept. 28 board meeting.

  • A field trip through time

    In an effort to re-enact the historic Lewis and Clark expedition, eighth-graders at Evergreen Middle School traversed Elk Meadow on Sept. 29 to observe plants and animals and record their findings.

    Armed with notebooks, pencils and rulers, the eighth-graders scouted the area for grasses and trees, grasshoppers and moths, and a group of students even came upon a garter snake. They took small samples of plants, drew pictures, took measurements and made notes.

  • Nuchols sets sights on new horizons

     

    After five years at the helm of the Evergreen Chamber of Commerce, Melanie Nuchols is stepping down to see where artistic inspiration takes her and see what it feels like to sit on the deck and read a book, among other things.

    “I just always felt my core mission was to be helping people,” Nuchols said. “I love the chamber. I love my job. I just want to have some time.”

    Nuchols has a background in fitness and used to own a workout studio.