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  • Casey withdraws from park district election

    Allan Casey, president of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District board, announced March 29 he is no longer a candidate for re-election, opening up a board position for one of the newcomers in the running.

    “While I initially filed for reelection to the board, I have decided to redirect my time and energy to family, business and other community interests,” Casey said in a statement.

  • Park district board approves pay increase, bonus for executive director

    The executive director of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District, as well as the paid staff, will be getting raises in 2010. Executive director John Skeel, who was hired two years ago, will get a $10,000 bonus and a 6.5 percent overall pay increase.

    Skeel’s beginning base salary is $90,000, according to the employment agreement signed in October 2007. His bonus follows a highly favorable performance review covering 2009 signed by five members of the board of directors in February.

  • How to vote in park district election

    Three of five seats on the Evergreen Park and Recreation District board are up for election this spring. Voters may choose to vote by mail or at one of two polling places on Election Day May 4.

    Applications for mail-in ballots are available at the park district website, www.evergreenrecreation.com. Scroll down to “choose form” and click. The application for a mail-in ballot is listed on the top line.

    Applications will also be available at the park district administrative office, 1521 Bergen Parkway, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • A sweet gesture for the troops

    Sometimes a familiar treat can provide the sweetest reminder of home.

    With that in mind, a small battalion of volunteers gathered at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Evergreen on March 20 to bake and box cookies to be sent to American GIs stationed overseas.

    The Cookie Project was started just after the Sept. 11 attacks, when Evergreen resident Kay Bohan watched as her husband and friends were deployed overseas.

  • School board reverses Indian Hills boundary change

    Met by a sea of Conifer-green T-shirts bearing the message “Do I Count,” the Jeffco school board on Thursday night temporarily reversed its decision to send Indian Hills students to Evergreen schools after they leave Parmalee Elementary.

    Board member Paula Noonan said the board needs to look at all aspects of the proposed boundary change before making a final decision. She said the March 4 decision to have Indian Hills students go to Evergreen schools rather than Conifer schools was made too hastily.

  • Storm closes Jeffco schools

    The spring snowstorm that launched an assault on the area Tuesday afternoon forced closure of all Jeffco schools on Wednesday.

    More than a foot and a half of snow was reported to have accumulated in Evergreen by 6 a.m. Wednesday, leaving road conditions treacherous. Interstate 70 was closed Tuesday evening from Evergreen Parkway to Floyd Hill, and intermittent closures were still possible on I-70 Wednesday.

    The snow was expected to continue until late Wednesday afternoon.

  • Opponents of Indian Hills boundary change mobilize

    A decision by the Jeffco school board to have Indian Hills students attend Evergreen schools rather than Conifer schools after leaving Parmalee Elementary School has drawn the ire of the Conifer community.

    About 100 people attended a swiftly arranged meeting at Conifer High on March 16 to hear updated information on the recent boundary change for Indian Hills students. On March 4, the school board voted 4-1 for the boundary change.

  • Conifer High student to protest move at school board meeting

    One Conifer High student isn’t going to let the Jeffco school board’s decision to send Indian Hills students to Evergreen go unchallenged.

    Carolyn Severino lives in Indian Hills and is a sophomore at Conifer High School. More importantly, she understands the particulars of the boundary change: the distance, buildings and capacity issues. What matters most to her is that someone has made a change that affects her friendships, classes and routine — and nobody asked her.

  • 5 park district hopefuls face off at forum

    Five of the eight candidates vying for three elected positions on the Evergreen Park and Recreation District board gave the Curmudgeons of Evergreen a lengthy verbal workout March 18 at the Seniors’ Resource Center.

    With a full house of about 25 group members on hand for the event, Barb Scripps, Kit Darrow, Mark Footer, Pat Callahan and Brett Champine had more than 20 minutes each to tout their qualifications, vent their opinions and answer questions.

    At times, the speechmaking and the questioning got a little heated, but overall, civility prevailed.

  • Drawing the line: Parmalee boundary change rankles many

    A decision to send all Parmalee Elementary students on to middle school and high school in Evergreen has prompted Conifer High students to plan a protest at the school board meeting March 25.

    “We were surprised that the board could make such a drastic change,” said Zach Fuller, who is Conifer High’s senior class president, head of the School Relations Committee and a member of student government.