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  • Conifer voters reject rec district

    In a huge turnout, Conifer voters on Tuesday rejected another attempt to form an area recreation district, despite promises from supporters that it wouldn’t involve a tax levy in the short term.
    The proposal by Friends of Conifer Parks & Recreation to create a 65,700-acre district and a five-member board to oversee it was defeated 56 percent to 44 percent, with 2,363 voters casting ballots.
    The results, which came at 2:30 a.m. after the turnout had overwhelmed the lone polling place and its three voting stations, showed 1,323 no votes to 1,040 in favor.

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  • A royal occasion: Wedding celebration dresses up Bergen Meadow Elementary

    The royals have made an appearance in Evergreen. It was a quick trip on Friday morning for the queen and the royals who converged on Bergen Meadow Elementary School after attending the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in London.

  • Boggs moderates forum despite online petition

    A Jeffco schools budget forum on Saturday was uneventful, despite controversy last week over whether school board member Laura Boggs should serve as moderator at the meeting.

    Boggs, who represents the foothills on the board, moderated the forum on the district’s impending budget cuts without incident. The gathering was at Evergreen Middle School.

  • Student needs vs. budget realities

    How to balance the needs of all students as Jeffco Schools makes sweeping budget cuts over the next three years was at the heart of the discussion at a budget forum Saturday at Evergreen Middle School.

    The 100 people attending the meeting listened to speakers ask that budgets for special education, preschool and Outdoor Lab Schools remain intact, despite the district’s plan to cut $39.9 million from the 2011-12 budget.

  • Wildfire forum offers tips for homeowners

    Homeowners need to do everything they can now before a fire erupts to lessen the danger of losing a house in a catastrophe, said members of Evergreen Fire/Rescue at a wildland fire forum April 28 at Evergreen High School.

    About 275 people packed the auditorium (capacity 300) for last Thursday's event in the wake of three destructive wildfires in March and April that generated reverse-911 calls and forced hundreds to evacuate their animals and their families for hours.

  • Park district plans upgrades to Indian Hills playground

    Indian Hills may be part of the Evergreen park district, but being 6 miles east of downtown Evergreen, it feels a little left out of the loop at times.

    In an attempt to be more welcoming, the Evergreen Park and Recreation district board held its regular meeting April 26 at the Indian Hills Community Center on Parmalee Gulch Road.

    Since the community improvement association came to the park and rec board a year ago seeking financial assistance for its community center, the park district has taken its pleas to heart.

  • Jeffco planners oppose short-term rental

    The Jefferson County planning commission voted 7-0 on April 27 against giving an Evergreen couple permission to turn a five-bedroom house at 4477 Independence Trail into a short-term vacation rental.

    The proposal is scheduled to go to the Board of County Commissioners, which makes the final decision, on May 17. The planning commission is empowered only to make recommendations.

    During the public hearing, nine people made statements against short-term rentals, and one person, other than the applicants, spoke in favor of them.

  • Jeffco lifts fire ban

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office on Monday lifted a temporary fire ban issued in March for various sections of the county.

    Fire restrictions have been canceled for parts of Jeffco west of C-470, west of Colorado 93 and west of Colorado 121 for land south of C-470.

    Although restrictions have been lifted, fires and campfires are permitted only in permanent fire grates in parks, campgrounds and picnic areas. Smoking is prohibited, except in vehicles, buildings or areas at least 6 feet in diameter and free of combustible material.

  • Petition calls for ouster of Boggs as forum moderator

    An online petition is calling for the removal of Jeffco school board member Laura Boggs as moderator at a forum Saturday on the district’s impending budget cuts.

    The forum, scheduled for 10 a.m. at Evergreen Middle School, is part of a series of public gatherings to discuss the district’s financial picture in the wake of dramatic reductions in state funding.