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  • EChO food bank receives bountiful donations

    Youngsters, teachers and parents from Parmalee Elementary School brought nearly 1,700 pounds of food to Evergreen Christian Outreach on Friday afternoon, adding to other generous donations the food bank has recently received.

     

  • Residents negotiating with fire district on training facility

    Evergreen residents are negotiating with fire district staff and board members in an attempt to lessen the impacts of the fire training facility proposed at Evergreen Fire Station 2 — a proposal that has spurred protest and an effort to recall board members.

     “The best thing to do is work on the mitigation,” said resident Tanya Kaanta. “I hope we can become a community again.”

  • School district hails passage of tax increase

    Proponents of two property-tax increases that will enable Jeffco Public Schools to avoid sizable budget cuts were happy that the measures were approved by voters in the Nov. 6 election.

    “I’m ecstatic,” said district Superintendent Cindy Stevenson. “I’m thrilled, and I think it was teamwork and integrity (that won the election). … We told the truth. We said, ‘This is about kids. This is what’s going to happen.’ ”

  • New recreation supervisor hoping to expand programs

    While settling into his new position as recreation supervisor for athletics at the Wulf Recreation Center, Joe Gonzales is also looking at the possibility of expanding program offerings.

    “We do look to areas where we can expand,” Gonzales said. “It would be nice to explore options.”

    Meanwhile, Gonzales is busy scheduling and managing current teams, and also coaching volleyball.

  • New recreation supervisor hoping to expand programs

    While settling into his new position as recreation supervisor for athletics at the Wulf Recreation Center, Joe Gonzales is also looking at the possibility of expanding program offerings.

    “We do look to areas where we can expand,” Gonzales said. “It would be nice to explore options.”

    Meanwhile, Gonzales is busy scheduling and managing current teams, and also coaching volleyball.

  • Gerou setting priorities for third term as House District 25 representative

    After winning a third term in last week’s election, House District 25 Rep. Cheri Gerou began making trips down the hill to meet with Joint Budget Committee members.

    Gerou has been serving as JBC chairman for the past year. However, with a Democratic majority now in the state legislature, her new role is as a minority member.

    “I think a lot of us were in shock,” Gerou said while talking about the election results.

  • Rotary clubs raise funds for statue at veterans walk

    Five area Rotary clubs have contributed funds for a statue to be placed at the Veterans Commemorative Walk in Buchanan Park.

    During a breakfast meeting of the clubs at Evergreen Country Day School last Friday, Rotarians presented an $8,000 check to American Legion Post 2001 in Evergreen. Half of the amount was raised by the Evergreen, Mountain Foothills, Conifer, Clear Creek and Peak-to-Peak clubs. The remainder of the contribution was in the form of a Rotary Foundation grant.

  • Evergreen's wilderness warrior, Bill Mounsey, dies at age 94

    Longtime Evergreen resident William Bird Mounsey, who died Sunday at age 94, was a wilderness man at heart, said his daughter Diana Donovan. 

    After retiring from a career in the Army in 1964, Mounsey settled in Evergreen with his wife, Louise. 

    “He started his own wilderness university,” Donovan said. “He traveled all over the world teaching people about the wilderness … That was his legacy: the wilderness and the environment.”

  • Planning Commission approves site plan for fire training facility

    The Jefferson County Planning Commission has approved a site plan for a fire training facility at Evergreen Fire Station 2 in Bergen Park, allowing the project to move forward.

    Jeffco planner Aaron McLean, who managed the case, recommended that the commission approve the plan, which he said is compatible with community uses.

    During his testimony at the Nov. 8 hearing, Evergreen Fire Chief Mike Weege said that building the facility is necessary to improve firefighter training. The new building will replace an existing smaller one with limited capacity.

  • Jeffco Planning Commission OKs site plan for fire training facility

    The Jeffco Planning Commission on Wednesday night approved a site plan for a fire training facility at Evergreen Fire Station 2 in Bergen Park.

    Before voting 6-1 to approve, board members listened to more than two hours of testimony from residents, most of whom voiced strong opposition to the burn building. Some Evergreen residents did speak in support of it. Bergen Meadow Elementary School principal Peggy Miller also told the board that the school district did not see the facility as a concern, and that she had heard comments about it from only two parents.