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  • Park district's proposed 2013 budget reflects flat revenues

    Board members took a first look at the proposed Evergreen Park and Recreation District budget for 2013 during their Aug. 28 meeting at Kittredge Community Bible Church.

     

    With property-tax revenues projected to stay flat in the coming year, the draft budget focuses on basic operational expenses and modest capital improvement projects.

    The projected total income for the park district in 2013 is $5,201,282 — a decrease of $62,917 over the current year. The budget draft reflects $4,608,847 in total expenses for 2013.

  • Polis discusses federal budget, taxes with mountain residents

    U.S. Rep. Jared Polis focused on issues relating to the federal budget, tax reform and human rights during an informal gathering at Java Groove in Evergreen last Thursday morning.

    Democrat Polis is seeking a third term in the 2nd Congressional District, which now includes Conifer and Evergreen.

    Polis said it’s difficult to predict what will happen in Congress regarding the federal budget and income taxes. Congress could decide to delay a decision until the first of next year rather than take action before the election, he said.

  • ‘60s grads recall good times at EHS

    Two couples who attended the reunion picnic for Evergreen High School’s 1960s graduating classes on Saturday are celebrating other major milestones.

    The four also are celebrating more than 45 years of marriage. The couples started dating in high school and got married not long after.

    Don Osborn and his wife, Diane Marino Osborn, both from the class of ’63, celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary on Aug. 27. They now live in Estes Park.

  • Echo Mountain Ski Area purchased by ski club

    Echo Mountain Ski Area was purchased Aug. 28 by Nora Pykkonen, founder of the Front Range Ski Club.
    The 226-acre Clear Creek ski resort sold for an undisclosed amount and will no longer be open to the general public.
    Echo will now operate under the umbrella of the ski club, which focuses on training children in ski racing.
    The Front Range Ski Club website states that because it will not be open to the public, snowmaking, grooming and terrain cab be tailored to challenge the club's skiers.

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  • A colorful scene: Fine Arts Fest fills Heritage Grove over the weekend

    Beautiful weather, eclectic fine art and a picturesque setting in Heritage Grove Park combined to create the perfect Evergreen Fine Arts Festival this past weekend.

    If the number of cars lining Meadow Drive all weekend was any indication, the 46th annual event was well attended. Hundreds wandered through the grove, looking at the offerings from 100 artists. Some attendees were looking for specific items to accent their homes, while others just browsed the booths that sported everything from paintings and photography to waterfall sculptures and pottery.

  • Kids learn to respect the wilderness

    Jeffco Open Space ranger Beth Grady held up a backpack and asked a group of youngsters at Lair o’ the Bear Park what it should contain.

     

    The kids took turns adding a compass, map, bottle of water, snack, first-aid kit, poncho, headlamp, matches, a hat, gloves, jacket and a tool with a knife and scissors.

    This was lesson one in a Junior Ranger Leave No Trace program held Saturday to celebrate Colorado Land Conservation Week.

  • A good old-fashioned time at the country fair

    Kissing llamas, tasty peach cobbler and traditional mountain music created an enjoyable outdoor event for residents at the Life Care Center of Evergreen on Friday morning.

     

    “It’s really nice. I like the music,” resident Lila Mae Frauenkron said while listening to the sounds of Haney’s Homemade Jam at the Old Fashioned Country Fair.

    As the lyrics “I dream of you, dear, every night” drifted through the air, a few people danced.

  • Residents opposed to fire training building take case to Jeffco school board

    Members of an Evergreen citizens’ committee have approached the Jefferson County school board with concerns about the training building that Evergreen Fire/Rescue plans to build in Bergen Park.

    The fire district has drawn heat over its proposal to build a four-story training facility at Fire Station 2, 1802 Bergen Parkway. The building, in which the department would stage fires to give firefighters realistic practice, is adjacent to Bergen Meadow Elementary School.

  • Mt. Evans hospice helps families cope with loss

    “Everyone’s grief is so different,” says Barb Lamperski, director of bereavement at Mt. Evans Home Health and Hospice.

    When someone who has been receiving hospice care dies, Mt. Evans staff members automatically follow through with assistance to families, Lamperski says.

    “We offer the grief support; we listen to the stories,” she says.

    Although death is a natural part of life, dealing with the loss of a loved one is a heart-breaking experience that individuals cope with in different ways, Lamperski says.