Local News

  • Library director explains numbers behind cutbacks


    By Vicky Gits

    Staff Writer

    People love their libraries, and they are definitely using their libraries, but given the current trends, there is going to be a little bit less to love about the public library of the future.

    Thanks to a projected 7 percent decline in assessed commercial property valuations in 2012, among other challenging revised budget assumptions, it will be hard to avoid a future downturn in the level of service in the Jefferson County Public Library system.

  • Park district tackles discount facility rental rates for charity groups

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District is beginning to tackle the complex topic of support levels for the multitude of groups that use the Lake House and other district facilities for meetings, gatherings, money-making and fund-raising events.

    Over its 41 years, the district has lent its non-monetary support (or in-kind services) to a variety of nonprofit groups on a case-by-case basis. But in the last couple of years, the question has surfaced whether all of those groups enjoyed equal treatment.

  • 13 graduate from firefighting academy

    Thirteen new volunteer firefighters joined Evergreen Fire/Rescue in a graduation ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 30, at the Evergreen Fire Administration Building. Afterward, firefighters demonstrated their new skills to the audience of friends and family.

    Becoming a volunteer is a process that takes about a year, including application, interviewing and 10 months of training in emergency medical, extrication, hazardous materials, structure and wildland firefighting.

  • Commemorative walk nearly complete in Buchanan Park

    The dedication of the Evergreen veterans memorial, honoring all who served America in uniform, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, in Buchanan Park.

    There will be Taps, a 21-gun salute and presentations of banners to two Gold Star families honoring Ronald Aaron Grider and Ross Carver, who died recently in Afghanistan while in the service.

    Angie Carver, Ross Carver's mother, and Pastor Vera Steward of Evergreen Lutheran Church, Grider's aunt, will be attending. Bruce Fifer, commandant of the American Legion post, will be the emcee.

  • Fire district, metro district, schools rail against ballot measures

    If the proposed Proposition 101 passes on Election Day, Evergreen Fire/Rescue can expect to lose all the income it currently gets from taxes on motor vehicles, which equaled $350,000 in 2010.

    In addition, 911 fees would be frozen at 2009 levels, according to Fire Chief Garry DeJong. 

    DeJong spoke at a forum Oct. 27 at the Evergreen Fire Administration Building in front of a small group of people mostly involved in special-district administration.

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    An Ounce of Prevention

  • Q&A with state Senate candidate Tim Leonard

    1. Experience and background. What about your upbringing, outlook, education or experience makes you a good candidate for the job?

  • Q&A with state Senate candidate Jeanne Nicholson

    1. Experience and background. What about your upbringing, outlook, education  or experience makes you a good candidate for the job?


    I have lived in the district for 39 years, as a county commissioner I indirectly created jobs in the private sector, I have experience as a small business owner, and as a masters-prepared registered nurse with 35 years of experience in health care. I am well positioned to help implement the health care reform measures passed by Congress.


  • Montessori kids, parents fall for autumn

    A chilly, dreary afternoon did not stop Montessori School of Evergreen families from enjoying the school’s first ever harvest festival on Oct. 22.

    “The festival is giving people a chance to celebrate the fall season,” said Ginny Bishop, the school’s director of development. The festival was at the school’s Marshdale campus.

    The two-hour festival had many activities for children and adults. Parents made more than 200 caramel apples, and children decorated them with sprinkles and chocolate cookie pieces.

  • Special-needs swing stolen from Buchanan Park

    The special-needs swing at the Buchanan Park playground was removed with bolt cutters Oct. 21 and stolen for the second time since summer.

    Earlier this summer, the swing and the wheelchair swing were stolen. Both were later replaced.

    The special-needs swing costs about $500, said Kimberly Stiles, human resources manager with Evergreen Park and Recreation.

    The incidents have been reported to authorities.

    Anyone who has any information about the whereabouts of the items should contact authorities at 303-277-0211.