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  • Kids look forward to school year

    It’s been an exciting week for Evergreen children — new teachers, new school supplies, new clothes — and the 2009-10 school year has begun.

    Hundreds of Evergreen children began school Aug. 24 and are in the middle of getting reacquainted with class routines, teachers and friends. Expectations were different depending upon the age of the children.

    Kindergartners at Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen came to school for an hour Aug. 21 to meet their teachers and view their classrooms before the school year officially started.

  • OktoberPets now more fun - and important - than ever

    With August fading fast, pet lovers from Floyd Hill to Foxton are trying on their lederhosen, polishing the family steins, and making plans to hoist fork and flagon at the Evergreen Animal Protective League's rootin'-Teuton banquet and benefit, OktoberPets.

  • South Jeffco mom uses her battle with cancer to educate others

    Vicky Sullivan's Ken Caryl house party Aug. 21 featured all the standard fare: a spread of healthy treats, chilled wine and tea, and a large group of talkative friends.

    Mixed in, though, was some education on cervical cancer.

    The group got together to celebrate Kimberly Kopp, a South Jeffco mom known to many as the wife of state Sen. Mike Kopp. To this group of women, she's also a neighborhood friend who recently overcame a scary situation.

  • Lack of money grounds Rocky Mountain Balloon Festival permanently

    The Rocky Mountain Balloon Festival, an annual fixture at Chatfield State Park for nearly a decade, has been canceled permanently.

    "We just don't have the time or the resources in this economy to make this work," said Terry Smith, one of the event's organizers.

  • Ted’s Garden lives on at Mountain Home

    Friends of Ted La Montagne will be celebrating the well-known Evergreen resident’s life on Friday, Aug. 28, with the dedication of a charming patio garden in front of Mountain Home, 27965 Meadow Drive.

    The public is invited to the unveiling of the plaque at the garden’s grand opening as well as the artist reception for painter Betsy Buckner on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m.

  • Arts center feasibility study to be unveiled in October

     

     The exact date of the meeting has not been decided.

    The purpose of the $37,500 study is to define the cost and nature of a combination community center and arts center that Evergreen residents might be willing to support in Buchanan Park.

    Center for the Arts Evergreen, which would like to see a new building in Buchanan Park, is contributing $12,500 for the study, and the district is paying $25,000.

    After much discussion, the rec district decided in February to go forward with the study on a 3-2 vote.

  • Evergreen man free on bond after car-bike accident

    The driver involved in a car-versus-bicycle accident has been released from a Denver hospital, and the bicyclist is out of intensive care and reported to be in fair condition. The driver is out of jail on $60,000 bond.

    Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies arrested Jeffrey S. Detlefs, 57, of Evergreen on a number of charges, including vehicular assault, DUI and leaving the scene of an accident involving serious bodily injury.

    The accident occurred Sunday afternoon, Aug. 16, on the eastbound ramp from Evergreen Parkway to I-70.

  • Evergreen resident becomes district court judge

    She fills the vacancy created by the resignation of M.J. Menendez, who returned to the U.S. attorney’s office in Denver after two years on the bench.

    Phillips worked as a civil lawyer for a private law firm for four years out of law school but since then has been in government.

    “I’m really excited (about becoming a judge),” Phillips said. “I’m a law geek. I think it’s just fascinating. I tell my friends, and they can’t believe the things that happen in a courtroom.

  • Rec district partially completes work on pools

    The Buchanan Rec Center pool is expected to be closed longer than usual for annual maintenance as work continues to replace loose tiles around the pool deck.

    The new opening date is tentatively set for Sept. 7. It was closed on Aug. 17.

    The Wulf Rec Center pool reopened at 5:45 a.m. Aug. 21.

    Both pools are now equipped with drain covers as required by the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act of 2007.

  • Request for proposals goes out for park district needs survey

    Proposals are due Sept. 9 for this portion of a two-part study process on the recreation district.

    The survey initially was conceived as part of the Buchanan Park Master Plan, which called for both a feasibility study and community needs analysis as part of the planning process for the development of Buchanan Park.

    Although the district’s current board of directors is divided on the matter of building a combination community center/arts center, there was enough support to go forward with the two studies.