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  • Park district close to naming executive director

    The name of the finalist or finalists for the position of executive director of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District was expected to be released this week following the regular meeting of the board of directors Feb. 22.

    The board will hold a special public meeting to interview the finalist or finalists, Kit Darrow, president of the board, said Monday. The date of the meeting had not yet been determined.

    The board will go into executive session Tuesday night to discuss the choice of finalists, Darrow said.

  • Sheriff's office to probe Wikipedia changes

     Evergreen High School officials have enlisted the help of law enforcement to track down the person or people who altered the description of Evergreen High School on Wikipedia last week.

    Principal Matt Walsh sent an e-mail to parents on Feb. 16, saying that someone had altered the page to include "absolutely offensive hate speech directed toward several different groups of people who are an important part of our school and community."

  • Courier website to be subscription-only starting March 2

    Free access to local news and sports at www.canyoncourier.com is coming to an end.

    Beginning March 2, the Courier’s website will be available to paid subscribers only.

    "We intend to continue to provide the quality news and information you already enjoy, and in order to do that we are introducing the new paid-online policy," said Tim Zeman, publisher of the Courier.

    "The combination of Web and newspaper subscription together is even better than getting the newspaper alone," he said.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Man assists cat stuck in tree

  • Commissioner feathered nest of future employer

    Jeffco Commissioner Kevin McCasky proposed an increase of $20,000 in the county’s contribution to the Jefferson Economic Council last year while he was a candidate for the private economic development organization’s top job, the Columbine Courier has learned.

  • The stars reach back: Planetarium comes to Wilmot to help students corral the cosmos

    Usually students go to the planetarium, but recently the planetarium came to the students.

    The Denver Museum of Nature & Science’s mobile planetarium visited Wilmot Elementary School on Feb. 3 and 4 so students could learn about constellations and planets in their own gym. The big black planetarium, which looked more like an unusually shaped bouncy house, could seat 30 students. It’s 18 feet high and 30 feet in diameter, and a computer and a projection screen were all it took to turn the black walls into the solar system.

  • Nature Center director resigns after three years

    Michael Stills has resigned as executive director of the Evergreen Audubon Nature Center after the board of directors downsized the position from three-quarters time to half-time.

    Evergreen Audubon has operated a nature center in the warming hut on Evergreen Lake from April through November for the last three years.

    Stills said he couldn't afford to take a salary cut from $37,000 to $24,000, because he has a family to support. The board is advertising on the website for a new director. Stills resigned at the end of the year to seek another job.

  • Evergreen’s Ytterberg launches bid for vice chair of state GOP

     Don Ytterberg of Evergreen, chairman of the Jefferson County Republican Party since 2009, announced Monday he is a candidate for the job of vice chairman of the Colorado Republican Party.

    In 2008 Ytterberg ran an unsuccessful race for the state Senate District 16 seat against Democrat Dan Gibbs.

    He is a fiscal conservative who believes in entrepreneurship, economic growth and limited government spending.

  • Pickleball barrels into Evergreen

    A former Californian now living in Evergreen wants to introduce area residents to his favorite racket sport: pickleball. The sport is a cross among tennis, badminton and paddleball.

    As with tennis, the game is played on a hard court divided into sides by a net, 2 inches lower than a tennis net. But the court is much smaller, with a baseline only 22 feet from the net, meaning the play doesn't require as much stamina and running as tennis.

    Players use wooden paddles and plastic wiffle balls. The serve is underhanded.

  • EAS+Y honors 9-year-old for environmental work

     

     

     

    When fourth-grader Kayla Wolins, 9, heard that Frito-Lay was retiring its biodegradable Sun Chips bags, she was so outraged she wrote a letter to the company protesting the move. Frito-Lay sent a letter back saying it was trying to figure out a way to make biodegradable bags less noisy.

    Customers had complained that the biodegradables made too much noise and the company announced in October it would trash the old bags and bring back the regular plastic ones (except for the original plain flavor).