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  • 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.

  • Daly seeking re-election to RTD board

    This month, Regional Transportation District board member Bruce Daly has begun campaigning for re-election by collecting signatures at Park-n-Rides in Ken-Caryl, Conifer and Evergreen.

    Daly is offering riders a fresh cup of coffee and doughnuts and a chance to talk to about transportation issues.

  • Evergreen Army captain convicted of lesser charges in deaths of Iraqi civilians

    An Army captain from Evergreen who was accused of ordering Iraqi police officers to kill two civilians was convicted this week on charges of negligence and reckless endangerment but acquitted of two counts of premeditated murder.

    Carl Bjork, 28, who previously was awarded a Bronze Star for his heroism overseas, reportedly received a “reprimand” and will forfeit a third of his salary for one year. The maximum sentence could have been seven years in prison, a dishonorable discharge, and/or loss of his entire salary.

  • Election 2010 feature available on canyoncourier.com

    For election information submitted by candidates for the Board of Directors of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District, click on  the drop-down menu “News” and click on "Political Races 2010." Interviews with the candidates are in the "Lead Stories" section.

  • Standoff at Evergreen home ends with two arrests

    The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office took at least two people into custody Monday following an assault on a man late Sunday that led to an hours-long standoff at 28123 Tresine Drive in Evergreen.

    A SWAT team responded to the home after the 54-year-old victim, who resides at that address, reported the assault at the mountain precinct about 10:45 p.m. The man fled the home after being beaten and began walking toward the police station.