Local News

  • Terraces building goes green on multiple levels

    Downtown Evergreen's newest office building is now officially rated a top environmentally sustainable building, getting a thumbs-up from one of the leading third-party certification systems.

    The Evergreen Terraces building recently received certification by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program of the U.S. Green Building Council.

    LEED recognizes performance in five key areas: site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environment.

  • Rec district director John Skeel resigns after 3 years

     Park district executive director John Skeel has resigned after three years to become general manager of the El Dorado Hills Community Services District about 25 miles east of Sacramento, Calif.

    Skeel submitted his resignation to the Evergreen Park and Recreation District board Nov. 26, making it effective Friday, Dec. 10. He starts his new job in early January. Before he came to Colorado, Skeel was a parks administrator in San Ramon, Calif.

    In El Dorado Hills, he replaces a longtime executive who decided to retire.

  • Kaiser Permanente makes Evergreen debut

    Kaiser Permanente Colorado's first medical office in Evergreen opened Dec. 1 in the Center at Evergreen Building, better known as the home of U.S. Bank and Nick's Pro Fitness, 2942 Evergreen Parkway at Lewis Ridge Road. There are about 15 employees and two full-time doctors in residence.

    The health provider is investing in an Evergreen location as part of an overall expansion in the state, where membership has grown 7 percent. It expects to open four more medical offices elsewhere in Colorado in the next three years.

  • Downtown active on Black Friday but not a doorbuster

    Shopping in downtown Evergreen at Christmas is the perfect place for those who hate long lines and crowds but like unusual gifts, moderate festivity and a steady amount of buzz.

    Local shop owners reported that Friday's traffic was encouraging, and they expect this year to be at least as good, if not better, than last year.

    Friday afternoon, the streets were lined with cars and parking lots were loaded, but it was still possible to find free parking on the street. One thing about a recession — the owners are actually in the stores.

  • Jeffco schools detail possible budget cuts

    The proposed cuts to the 2011-12 budget for the Jefferson County School District will involve core services, the district’s chief financial officer said.

    The district is estimating at least $26 million in cuts, and it will mean cutting even more positions than last year.

    “We’re already stretched pretty thin,” said Lorie Gillis, the district’s chief financial officer. “This time we’re not trimming the edges (of the budget). We will be cutting some services we provide.”

  • Skeel leaving EPRD for California job

    Evergreen Park and Rec District Executive Director John Skeel is leaving for a position in California.

    Skeel will join El Dorado Hills Community Services District as general manager, according to Kit Darrow, president of the EPRD board.

    Skeel left a copy of his letter of resignation at the Courier office over the weekend. The letter is dated Nov. 26, though a newspaper in California was reporting that Skeel had taken the job there more than two weeks ago.

    Skeel's last day of work at EPRD will be Dec. 10.

  • Three library trustees lose positions

    Three of the seven Jefferson County Public Library trustees losttheir seats in office Tuesday, as the county commissioners appointed new members, including Commissioner Kathy Hartman, who was recently unsuccessful in her bid for re-election.

    Hartman recused herself from the decision, and a unanimous vote among Commissioners Faye Griffin and Kevin McCasky followed for new appointees Buddy Douglass, Ray Elliot and Hartman.

  • The ABC's of Thanksgiving

    What do you get when you cross a turkey with an octopus? A Thanksgiving dinner with drumsticks for everyone.

    Why is a penny like a turkey sitting on a fence? Because its head’s on one side and tail’s on the other.

    The jokes delivered by second-graders in Dee Werth’s class at Bergen Meadow Elementary School made parents chuckle on Friday. The punch lines were part of a Thanksgiving presentation by the class that included songs and two plays. It all culminated with pumpkin pie made by the children.

  • Fire district approves draft budget for 2011


    The fire district board on Nov. 9 approved a $4.2 million draft operating budget for 2011 that mirrors the budget for 2010 in most respects, except that there will be a pay increase for employees under a newly defined pay-for-performance plan, as previously reported.

    The final budget must be approved by mid-December.

    The fire district forecasts operating revenue of $4.2 million in 2011, or about $20,000 less than budgeted in 2010, according to the budget document.

  • EChO, MRC collect nearly 2 tons for 9Cares food drive

     Volunteers collected 3,742 pounds of food Nov. 13 at the 9Cares Colorado Shares food drive.

    "This is our largest single food drive ever," said Sharon Smith, executive director of Evergreen Christian Outreach. "We also received $21 in cash donations and approximately 400 pounds of clothing. So it was a huge success."

    In addition, EChO has received nearly 300 turkeys to distribute to families for Thanksgiving. "We had a steady procession of folks driving up and dropping off turkeys at our office," Smith said.