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  • School board gets briefing on school-finance legislation

    Legislation that would overhaul the way Colorado’s public schools are funded was the main topic during a meeting of the Jeffco school board on Feb. 28.

    The district’s lobbyist at the state legislature, Ed Bowditch, reported on a bill by state Sen. Mike Johnston, D-Denver, that is designed to allocate state funds more equitably among school districts.

    “It’s really too early to fully talk about it because everything (with the bill) is just now taking shape,” Bowditch told the board.

  • Scouts collect quarters for World Friendship Fund

    Evergreen Girl Scouts collected 1,440 quarters recently at World Thinking Day.

    That’s a big pile of quarters, and all of them — amounting to $360 — are being donated to the Juliette Low World Friendship Fun, which helps pay for Scouts to participate in events around the world.

  • Evergreen Newspapers’ staff wins 31 awards in Colorado Press Association contest

    The staff at Evergreen Newspapers won 13 first-place awards among a total of 31 trophies in the 2012 Better Newspaper Contest sponsored by the Colorado Press Association.

    Photographer Gabriel Christus led the way with 12 awards, including five first-place honors.

    Sports editor Michael Hicks placed first in three categories and won a total of six awards for editing and writing.

  • Sixth-graders raise funds to help orphan animals in Africa

    Even though wild elephants are thousands of miles from Evergreen, their plight is being felt by two sixth-grade reading classes at Evergreen Middle School — and the students are doing something about it.

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  • American Legion asks park district for decision on memorial statue

    Representatives of the Evergreen American Legion and Rotary Club have asked the Evergreen Park and Recreation District board to make a decision on a statue planned at the Veterans Memorial Walk in Buchanan Park.

    Area Rotary Clubs have made contributions for the statue, which would depict a Vietnam-era soldier kneeling and holding a rifle.

    If the project is not under way by June 30, the funding for the statue could be lost, said Bill Downs, assistant Rotary governor, while speaking at the public comment portion of the Feb. 26 park district board meeting.

  • Recall candidate says his focus is on health, safety of community

    Editor’s note: The Courier will be profiling each of the challengers in the fire district recall election leading up to the April 23 vote.

    Since the controversy began over a fire training facility planned at Evergreen Fire Station 2 in Bergen Park, resident Paul Peil has been involved in efforts to resolve the issue.

  • Pro-gun advocates speak against legislation on firearms control

     “No!” shouted people standing at a forum on gun-control legislation held by state Sen. Jeanne Nicholson on Sunday afternoon.


    “I will end this meeting totally if you can’t keep quiet,” said Sue Marinelli, moderator for the event at Conifer High School.

  • Wildland fire forum stresses importance of being prepared, minimizing risks

    The news is not good for residents concerned about the danger of wildland fires, Evergreen Fire Chief Mike Weege said during the Feb. 27 forum on the subject at Evergreen High School.


    “Everything is looking very, very bad,” Weege said. “That’s why we’re holding this in February.”

    While last year ranked as one of the driest in recent history, current snowpack is at only 63 percent of the desired amount. And area reservoirs are at 53 percent of capacity, Weege said.

  • The plots thin: Lottery to award sections in Evergreen community garden

    “We’re going to have a garden!” exclaimed community garden coordinator Rachel Emmer while speaking to gardening hopefuls on Feb. 28.


    With more than 100 gardeners gathered at Buchanan Recreation Center and far fewer available plots, the task of selecting the recipients was a bit of a challenge.

    However, Emmer and her associates at Evergreen’s Alliance for Sustainability came up with a creative solution: a lottery.