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  • Students gather at Evergreen school to seek solutions to Israel-Palestinian conflict

    Eighty Colorado middle school students gathered Jan. 21 for a mock peace summit in Evergreen that highlighted the complexity of political relations between Palestine and Israel.

    Students came in small groups from 10 schools to Evergreen Country Day School, where they took in lectures, an educational video and held cross-cultural negotiations, all focusing on conflict resolution.

    “We have to teach kids in their formative years how to prevent conflict,” said Boston University professor Carl Hobert, who brought his Axis of Hope program to Evergreen.

  • Park board hears plea for free admission for disabled

    An Evergreen resident with severe, disabling allergies is asking the park district board to consider offering free admission to people with disabilities.

    The board agreed to study the proposal. Recreation manager Ellen Stephan will do an investigation of other rec districts and their policies regarding fees for disabled people.

    “At the very least, it would help tremendously if the rec district would offer the same rates … as it does to seniors and active military,” says Julie Tambourine in a letter to the board.

  • Jeffco, Wah Keeney property owner cancel court date

    The county commissioners and property owner Richard Morgan have signed a stipulation and order in the county’s lawsuit over a zoning violation at 29592 Spruce Road in Wah Keeney Park.

    With the signed agreement in place, the county agreed to drop the trial that was scheduled for Thursday morning, Jan. 20. The order states that Morgan does not admit responsibility for causing a zoning violation.

  • Pat Shea departs park district after 20 years

    “It was a kind of mutual agreement,” he said Friday, Jan. 22. Shea’s last day was about six weeks ago.

    Since his resignation, Shea has been working six days a week on repairing a house he purchased last summer in the Hiwan Country Club area.

    So far he has installed a new bathroom, new floors and baseboard molding. Once that job is finished, he expects to begin looking for a new job, not necessarily in the recreation business.

    “I expect to be working for another 10 years,” he said. He declined to give his age.

  • 2 first-graders wander away from King-Murphy

    School personnel found two first-grade girls who had wandered away from the King-Murphy Elementary School playground on Tuesday morning, after they decided to play “Survivor.” They were missing about 40 minutes.

    The school is at 425 Circle K Ranch Road about 3 miles west of Evergreen in Clear Creek County, in a densely forested area surrounded by open space and dotted with homes.

    The girls, whose names were not available, had been dropped off separately, one by a school bus and one by a parent, said Clear Creek County school Superintendent Bill Patterson.

  • Board delays action on Indian Hills boundary change

    The Jeffco school board heard arguments Jan. 14 from both sides on a proposal to alter Evergreen and Conifer school boundaries in Indian Hills. The board decided to put off any decision to give residents more time to consider the possible change.

    “Maybe we’ll take it up later, but nothing now,” board member Paula Noonan said in an e-mail interview. “(We) want to give the people there more opportunity to discuss, since there seems to be a difference of opinion.”

  • Fire district to discuss 'Mission, Vision and Values' at public meeting

    The Evergreen Fire Protection District board will hold a public meeting beginning at 8:30 a.m. Saturday to further define the department’s “Mission Vision and Values” statement for 2010, it was decided at the fire district board’s regular monthly meeting Jan. 12.

  • Three seats on fire board up for election

    Three of the five seats on the board of the Evergreen Fire Protection District will be up for election on May 4.

    Jeff DeDisse, George Goldbach and Charles Simons all have terms that will expire in 2010.

    Goldbach told the Canyon Courier that he is definitely running for a four-year term but that he is hoping to move to Lakewood if he can sell his house in Evergreen. Given the state of the real estate market, he doesn’t expect that to be very soon.

  • Volunteer named first paid chief in Foothills Fire District

    John Kilpatrick, 61, started the job Jan. 1 at an organization that was created in 1997 from three smaller fire districts. He takes over an organization with 43 volunteers and 450 to 475 calls per year, 60 percent of which come from Interstate 70. He will earn $65,000 a year.

  • Gas line break closes Lewis Ridge Road on Sunday

    A break in a natural gas line under Lewis Ridge Road at Sun Creek Drive about 7 p.m. Sunday created widespread concern in the neighborhood.

    “The smell was unbelievable,” said Cam Goodman.

    The line was underneath a water drainage culvert more than 3 feet below the surface, and the ground was frozen, said Mark Stutz, a spokesman for Xcel Energy. One home had to be evacuated, but there was no loss of service except to the one home. Xcel was at the scene within 30 minutes to secure the site, Stutz said.