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  • Uplifting event: Bergen Valley students learn from high-flying balloons

    Colorful hot-air balloons filled the skies over Bergen Park on May 20.

    Some had polka dots, some had letters, some were in bright shades of pink and green and blue.

    The balloons were the handiwork of fifth-graders at Bergen Valley Elementary School. Working in groups of two and three, they made the balloons, which measured about 4 feet high and 3 feet wide, out of eight pieces of tissue paper and glue with a wire ring at the bottom.

    For the kids, it was fun to make them, fill them with hot air and fly them.

  • Slash collection sites

    All sites are open from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    • June 5 — Indian Hills Fire Department, 4476 Parmalee Gulch Road

    • June 12 and 13 — North Fork Fire Station 1, 19384 Highway 126, Buffalo Creek

    June 19 and 20 - Conifer High School, 10441 Highway 73, and Inter-Canyon Fire Department Station #3, 8445 S. U.S. 285, Morrison

    • June 26 and 27 — Coal Creek Canyon Fire Department, 11583 Eden Road, Golden

    • July 17 and 18 — Conifer High School, 10441 Highway 73, and Evergreen High School, 29300 Buffalo Park Road

  • Local political rookies triumph at respective assemblies

    Evergreen-based Republican political candidates made surprisingly successful showings at their respective GOP assemblies over the weekend, positioning them well for the November elections.

    In the governor’s race, political neophyte Dan Maes received 1,741 delegate votes to 1,725 for former U.S. congressman Scott McInnis at a GOP party assembly in Loveland on May 22.

    The win means Maes’ name will appear first on the August primary ballot, but history shows that doesn’t guarantee a win.

  • NEAT dedicates Meadow Trail

    Liz Cohen, mother of three and tireless, leading proponent of the NEAT trail system, compares the construction of the concrete pedestrian walkway from Evergreen Middle School to the Buchanan Park Rec Center to eating a vegetable.

    “This is like getting kids to eat broccoli. We have to do it in little pieces,” she said of the tedious process of fund-raising and grant-writing, followed by spurts of construction. The effort began in 2002 with the idea of making it safer for kids to walk to school.

  • Election results signal setback for arts center in Buchanan Park

    The proposed arts center building in Buchanan Park appears to be firmly on the back burner, judging by the results of the May 4 election for the Evergreen Park and Recreation District board.

    In a decisive vote, district residents elected three people who oppose the idea of building the new structure, which had been the subject of a $37,500 feasibility study and embraced by the Center for the Arts Evergreen.

    A consulting company projected the community could support a stand-alone building costing between $7 million and $9 million.

  • Witwer co-authors book on Democratic power surge

    Campaign reform and a surge of nonprofit corporation money are gradually undermining the traditional political system in Colorado, say Adam Schrager and Rob Witwer, authors of the new book “The Blueprint: How the Democrats Won Colorado and Why Republicans Everywhere Should Care.”

  • Schools put 136 jobs on chopping block

    Jeffco Public Schools would cut 136 employee positions under a proposed budget rolled out May 13 that cuts $14 million over the previous year’s spending.

    Increased class sizes, higher athletic fees, fewer transportation routes and reduced choices for electives would result from the budget, which was designed in the face of massive cuts in state funding.

  • Business group renewing push for downtown trail

    The Evergreen Downtown Business Association is dusting off a plan to put a trail through downtown along Bear Creek.

    The plan originally was created by Jefferson County Open Space and was updated as recently as 2008, according to Dean Dalvit with EVStudio. Dalvit serves on a committee formed by the business association to work on making the trail happen.

    The committee has been named the Heart of Evergreen Revitalization Organization, or HERO for short.

  • Fixture at EHS retires in a Flash

    Lee Mayranen came by his nickname, “Flash,” pretty easily.

    Mayranen, the facility manager at Evergreen High School, was dubbed Flash by a teacher years ago because of how quickly he walks around the building and how he takes care of things, well, in a flash.

    He’s retiring from Jeffco Public Schools in June. He spent 34 years with the district, 17 of them at EHS. Flash was honored May 13 for his years of service to the school at the seniors’ end-of-the-year assembly. He was named an honorary member of the 2010 graduating class.

  • Evergreen Metropolitan District to begin water-main flushing

    The Evergreen Metropolitan District will begin the annual water-main flushing program the first week of June and continue through the summer.

    Affected areas will be Tanoa, El Pinal, Wah Keeney Park, Hiwan Hills and Hiwan. The purpose of water-main flushing is to remove fine particles that settle in the water mains that cause color, taste and odor issues.