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  • Parents urge support for special needs

    About a dozen members of the special-needs classes and their parents made an appearance at a rec district board meeting Nov. 18 to express concerns about the special-needs program under the district’s recently announced reorganization plan.

    “The restructuring and reorganization is confusing, and the discussion about (program director Maren Schreiber) has left us concerned about our future,” said Robin Coursen, spokesperson for the group and a parent of a child in the program.

  • Ripe for success: Creekside Cellars has grown into a thriving business

    You know it’s October when the grapes start to pile up in a parking lot in downtown Evergreen and Bill Donahue and his staff are making wine again.

    For Front Range dwellers, a trip to Creekside Cellars is like a visit to wine country without the trek to the Western Slope. All the wines served are processed and aged on site. Donahue, the owner, grows his own grapes on 10 acres on the Western Slope.

  • Fees, membership costs to increase in rec district

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District is in a position to set aside money for the future as well as invest a projected $581,000 in physical improvements and surveys under the proposed $6.4 million budget for 2009.

    The new budget also includes an average 7 percent increase in fees for programs and classes.

    Daily admission rates for Wulf and Buchanan rec centers will increase 50 cents. Short- and long-term membership passes will increase an average of $9, a 10 percent boost.

  • Fire board approves $4.1 million budget for 2009

    At its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 19, the five-member board of directors voted 5-0 to approve the 2009 budget for the Evergreen Fire Protection District.

    The final version of the document outlining how the district is to spend $4.1 million was virtually the same as the one presented at a public hearing Nov. 12.

    Property tax revenue is expected to be $3.6 million in 2009, or the same as budgeted for 2008, with the possibility there might be another $43,000 in tax revenue based on the assessor’s most recent estimate.

  • Jazzman Howard Davis dies

    Evergreen resident Howard Davis, whose career as a jazz musician spanned 65 years and included stints with some of the greatest orchestras ever assembled, has died. He was 89.

    Davis’ working history was, in many ways, a history of the Jazz Age. His alto sax can be heard on literally thousands of recordings by some of the biggest names in American music.

  • Former Jeffco sheriff Cook found dead in his home

    Former Jeffco Sheriff Russ Cook was found dead in his home Nov. 21.

    The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office was asked to do a welfare check on Cook, who apparently had not been seen in several days, said Jim Shires, spokesman for the sheriff's office. A deputy found Cook dead on the floor.

    There were no apparent signs of foul play, and the Jefferson County coroner's office is investigating, Shires said.

  • Bear Mountain homeowners win water case

    After a 15-year battle, a group of tenacious Bear Mountain homeowners has won a state Supreme Court appeal vindicating their claim of insufficient groundwater for future subdivision development using underground wells.

    The case pitted the Bear Mountain Homeowners Association and Cragmont homeowners against local developer Ron Lewis of Buffalo Park Development Co.

    The fight has been going on ever since formidable neighborhood activists Maggie Cross and Jim Peterson spotted the sign revealing the developer’s plans on Bear Mountain Meadow 15 years ago.

  • Attitude key to surviving job hunt

    Anyone who has recently been laid off would do well to have a conversation with Jennifer Pearson, a psychologist in private practice.

    “How you think affects how you feel. And how you feel affects how you perform,” Pearson said. “You have a lot of thoughts that are hopeless, lethargic and not very motivated. When you get laid off, you think, ‘I’m not good at being an employee, which means I’m not a good parent,’ and so forth.

  • Park district helps with E. coli investigation

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District has worked directly with the Jeffco health department in investigating an outbreak of E. coli infections among children in the Evergreen area.

    The outbreak has been linked to local elk herd, and the herds being tested were observed at private homes, private open space and public property.

    The district offered to assist the health department, and in addition to locating herds to sample, provided records of at least four occasions when the district had removed elk droppings from sports fields.

  • Fire district invites public to comment on budget

    A public hearing on the fire district’s draft 2009 budget attracted a handful of citizens to the department auditorium on a cold and windy Wednesday night Nov. 12.

    But officials hope attendance will increase as people get accustomed to the budget process being open to the public.

    “This is the first-ever public hearing on the budget the district has ever had,” said Charles Simons, a member of the Evergreen Fire Protection District board. “It’ll grow.”