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  • RTD: Voters support tax hike for FasTracks

    The Regional Transportation District says more than 60 percent of residents in the eight-county Denver metro area would support a tax increase to finish the FasTracks expansion by 2017, but some in South Jeffco aren't so sure.

    "I don't think that would happen," said Justin Everett, a South Jeffco Republican who is president of CoHOPE, a coalition of area homeowner associations. Everett said CoHOPE hasn't taken an official position, but his personal opinion is that a tax increase wouldn't fly.

  • Dome, sweet dome

    An Evergreen-based nonprofit group wants to create a year-round community garden in a polycarbonate-and-fir geodesic dome, preferably somewhere in Buchanan Park north of the Buchanan Rec Center.

    Global Children’s Gardens and Mountain Community Gardeners have asked the Evergreen Park and Rec District, which owns Buchanan Park, for permission to build an 850-square-foot “growing dome” surrounded by raised garden beds.

  • Economist to deliver '09 forecast

    Keith B. Hembre, the new chief economist for U.S. Bank, will offer his economic forecast for 2009 at a gathering sponsored by the Evergreen Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 10.

    The event, which includes lunch, will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 10 at Hiwan Country Club. Registration is required due to limited seating.

  • Cohousing group gives up search for property

    A group that formed last year to explore the idea of founding a cohousing community of 20 to 40 homeowners in Evergreen has disbanded after failing to attract enough homeowners willing to purchase real estate.

    The goal was to create a community where residents shared a common area, grew their food, used solar heat and recycled water but also owned private living spaces.

    Neil Preister, one of the organizers, said about three couples and one individual were on board, but another six families would be needed to make it work.

  • Fire board to hold special meeting

    The Evergreen Fire Protection District board will hold a special meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, at fire department headquarters, 1802 Bergen Parkway.

    The purpose is to hold an executive session to discuss personnel matters. The meeting will be closed to the public, and no other matters of business will be discussed.

    Under Colorado law, all public meetings are open with the exception of certain meetings called to discuss personnel or real estate matters. 

     

  • Fire board to hold special meeting

    The Evergreen Fire Protection District board will hold a special meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, at fire department headquarters, 1802 Bergen Parkway.

    The purpose is to hold an executive session to discuss personnel matters. The meeting will be closed to the public, and no other matters of business will be discussed.

    Under Colorado law, all public meetings are open with the exception of certain meetings called to discuss personnel or real estate matters.

  • Whippletree chef recalls a career well-done

    How long is 29 years? Well, in 1980 the Greater Evergreen Empire had exactly one grocery store, one high school, two video arcades, three stoplights, four travel agencies, no mocha lattes, and maybe 20,000 warm bodies, tops.

    And it had the Whippletree, a semi-rustic Bergen Park roadhouse with a reputation for good eats, stiff drinks and occasionally rowdy clientele. That was good news for Bruce Breazier, a local carpet installer who arrived in Evergreen in 1976 and found himself at loose ends four years later when a back injury pulled the rug out from under his career.

  • EChO hires Sigal as new executive director

    Kristi Sigal has been named the new executive director of Evergreen Christian Outreach, taking the reins from Lesley Jackson.

    Jackson was on staff with EChO for eight years and became the executive director in 2002.

    Sigal is an ordained United Methodist minister from Ann Arbor, Mich. She arrived in Evergreen 18 months ago with her husband, Myles, and sons David, Drew and Zachary.

  • Care for kids: MRC cuts the ribbon on children’s clinic

    More than 30 people gathered at the Mountain Resource Center in Conifer on Jan. 20 for an open house and ribbon cutting for the MRC’s new children’s health center.

    MRC executive director Sharon Schrage told attendees they had a job to do after the open house was over.

    “We need to find children and families who don’t know we’re here,” she said. “And, many who need us most stop preventative care (for kids). If we have kids who can’t get health care — get them here.”

  • Presidential inauguration an exhilarating experience

    Although they never got close enough to see the new president, those who made the trek to Washington from Evergreen for Inauguration Day were not disappointed.

    “It was so inspiring,” said Janet Heck Doyle, who attended the Sunday concert. “There were all these people you see on TV and the themes of Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King.

    “The setting was so cool. There was the statue of Lincoln looming over, like he was blessing the whole thing,” Doyle said.