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  • Snowy high country puts dent in skating season

    The combination of dream snow conditions in the high country plus warm weather in the foothills took a toll on the expected revenues from the skating season at Evergreen Lake compared to last year.

    Lake House revenue from January alone was $40,000 behind park district budget projections. Offsetting the shortfall, however, was the successful inaugural pond-hockey tournament, which gave the bottom line a $17,000 boost compared to last year, when there was no hockey tourney.

  • Chamber gala honors volunteer stars

    The Evergreen Chamber of Commerce’s annual 2010 Honoree Celebration was twice as big as last year, thanks to the excitement generated by the prospect of witnessing the presentation of two new awards.

    In addition to the traditional annual awards for nonprofit, ambassador and volunteer of the year, the chamber gave a special award to Kristina Halstead, 18, youth of the year. Emily Lenich, owner of Particulars Planning, received a new award for young professional of the year.

  • Park district to hold focus groups March 2, 3

    The company hired to compile a new park district master plan will be holding four focus groups with community members on the following days in the first week of March:

    • Wednesday, March 2, at the Buchanan Park Rec Center from noon to 2 p.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

    • Thursday, March 3, at the Wulf Recreation Center from 8 to 10 a.m. and 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

  • Harlem Ambassadors headed for Evergreen

    A basketball game on March 6 at Evergreen High School may be the highlight of the basketball season, pitting the locally known High Flyin’ Hoopsters against the well-rehearsed, international Harlem Ambassadors.

    “It’s called a basketball show, and I think that pretty much says it all,” said Kris Grimshaw, event and communications manager for the Evergreen Chamber of Commerce, which is sponsoring the event. “It’s a really fun event, designed to make you laugh and have a good time, not to necessarily watch a basketball game.”

  • Sheriff's Calls

    School dress codes enforced

  • Governor’s budget a bitter pill for Jeffco schools

    Jeffco Public Schools is considering making more staff cuts, charging for student transportation, and increasing fees for extracurricular activities in the wake of a proposed state budget that could reduce district revenue by $37 million.

    Following the unveiling of Gov. John Hickenlooper’s proposed budget on Feb. 15, which cuts $332 million statewide in K-12 funding, Jeffco began preparing budget recommendations to deal with the cuts. Among the effects, student-teacher ratios are expected to increase throughout the district.

  • Open Space committee makes grant recommendations

     

    Several mountain and foothills communities stand to benefit in 2011 from grant recommendations made by the Open Space Advisory Committee, pending approval of the Jeffco Board of Commissioners.

    The grant recommendations were signed Jan. 13 after board members examined applications totaling nearly $3 million in requests from various cities and special districts in Jefferson County.

     

    Summary of grant recommendations

    (not complete list)

     

  • EHS principal meets the flockers

    Evergreen High School principal Matt Walsh has a new claim to fame, something that has never happened before in Evergreen.

    Walsh has been flocked.

    Yes, flocked … with four dozen plastic pink flamingos.

    On Feb. 15, Walsh allowed a half-dozen EHS students from the nondenominational ministry Intermountain Young Life to practice their flocking skills in his front yard. By the time they were done, the flamingo flock was sticking out of the snow, a bright contrast to the blue sky and pine trees.

  • Open Space seeks bids for survey of Jeffco residents

     

    Jefferson County Open Space is in the process of hiring a company to generate and conduct a statistically valid opinion survey of a random sample of county residents.

    The invitation to bid on the job went out in mid-February, and responses are due March 1. Vendors' questions are due by Feb. 23. The projected cost is $25,000 to $30,000.

    Data collection probably will be done in the spring, with the results available in the fall or before the end of the year.

  • Park district to hold focus groups March 2, 3

    The company hired to compile a new park district master plan will be holding four focus groups with community members on the following days in the first week of March:

    • Wednesday, March 2, at the Buchanan Park Rec Center from noon to 2 p.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

    • Thursday, March 3, at the Wulf Recreation Center from 8 to 10 a.m. and 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.