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  • Habitat plans Hard Hats & High Heels fund-raiser

    You don’t need a hard hat to build this home — but you might want to wear high heels. Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity will hold its Hard Hats & High Heels fund-raiser on Saturday, June 12 in Evergreen.

    The event is extra important to Habitat in a year when fund-raising has been a challenge. Blue Spruce is building one home this year instead of two, but funds are still needed for the home of Tammy Marshall and her two children, Cody and Bobbie.

  • Birthday boy nets quite a haul

    A spotlessly clean trash truck and a driver supplied by EDS Waste Solutions were the main attractions at a birthday party for budding environmentalist Connor Howe of Evergreen.

    To celebrate Connor’s 3rd birthday, his parents supplied a bevy of his friends, cupcakes decorated with gummy worms, pizza and soft drinks on the patio at their Hiwan home on Saturday. EDS showed up at 4 p.m. with a stately 15-ton trash truck, backed it up the steep driveway and parked it.

  • Leaky Alderfer House gets advice from energy-saving experts

    The historic Alderfer House is not only an icon of Evergreen’s ranching history, it is a symbol of the astounding energy inefficiency of houses that are more than 50 years old.

    Such old houses can be expensive to heat these days, as the current tenants, John Skeel and his family, are finding out after two chilly winters in the stately yellow wood-frame two-story built in 1945.

    The house is part of the Alderfer Three Sisters Open Space Park on Buffalo Park Road west of Evergreen High School.

  • 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.