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  • 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.”

  • Gerou keeps HD 25 Republican amid Dem tidal wave

    While the Obama whirlwind swept through Jefferson County in the Nov. 4 election, it failed to engulf traditionally Republican House District 25.

     

    Some predicted that Cheri Gerou, an Evergreen Republican, would not be able to hang on to the seat that had been a Republican stronghold under Rob and John Witwer for the last six years.

    But in her first run for political office, Gerou surprised the naysayers and parlayed a message of fiscal responsibility, a Republican registration advantage, mountain residency and solid financial resources into a big win.

  • Community gardeners put another bright season to bed

    “A time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to pluck up that which is planted.”

    — Ecclesiastes 3:2

    To everything there is a season, we are told, an important spiritual lesson brought yearly to earth in bush and bloom by the cultivating ambitions and muddy hands of the Evergreen Garden Club.

  • E. coli infections traced to elk droppings

    The E. coli infections in eight local children have been traced to elk droppings in the Evergreen area.

    The state health department reported that specimens obtained from elk droppings in the Evergreen area have tested positive for the same strain of E. coli O157 bacteria that was identified in the children.

    Eight children ages 4 to 12 tested positive with E. coli from July through late October. The children do not attend the same school.

  • Gerou defeats Scripter in House District 25

    In the race for House District 25, first-time candidate Cheri Gerou of Evergreen won 49 percent of the vote, or 22,408 votes, compared to Andrew Scripter of Arvada, with 18,131 votes, or 39 percent, in the unofficial final total as of Wednesday morning.

    Gerou, a Republican, was reluctant to declare a victory until every vote was counted.

    “I want to see that check mark by my name first,” she said Tuesday night.

  • Local kids bear down on buckling up

    Like most middle-school kids chosen to help introduce fun and furry Buckle Bear to their youngest classmates, seventh-grader Maggie May considered it a chance to do good.

    “It’s neat,” she said. “It’s like you’re helping people.”

  • Jeffco schools to feel squeeze after rejection of 3A/3B

    Fewer teachers, less new technology and a virtual freeze on new construction and remodeling are in store for Jeffco schools in the wake of the failure of ballot issues 3A and 3B on Nov. 4.

    The companion bond and mill-levy issues were defeated by narrow 3 percent margins, indicating how deeply the county was divided. It was a stark reversal compared to 2004, in which similar school measures passed with 60 percent of the vote.

  • Rec district embarks on reorganization

    With the departure of longtime chief Dick Wulf as head of the district, the arrival of a new executive director and the election of a new board, the Evergreen Park and Recreation District is facing a year of changes. (Wulf continues on the staff as a consultant.)

    Executive director John Skeel, with the endorsement of the board, has outlined a sweeping reorganization plan that promises to shift the job descriptions of at least nine of the 36 full-time staff members.

  • Rec district to hold hearing on draft budget Nov. 18

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District will present its draft 2009 budget at its regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, at the Buchanan Park Recreation Center. The public is welcome to attend and to make comments.

    John Skeel, executive director, will present the budget information and discuss activities for 2009.

    The draft budget is the product of many work sessions involving the district management and the board of directors. The deadline for the final budget submission to the state is Dec. 15.