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  • Bergen kids trample fund-raising record

    If foul weather set the start of this year’s Buffalo Stampede back a couple of days, the more than 600 Bergen kids who ran their little hearts out on May 16 to benefit the Bergen Meadow Field Project finished way ahead of expectations.

    “They raised more than $20,000,” says Lisa McLagan, vice president of fund-raising for the Bergen Parent Teacher Association. “It’s amazing. The most the Stampede’s ever raised is $9,000, and they doubled it.”

  • When life hands you lemons ...

    This summer, some Evergreen youngsters will make lemonade from lemons and pearls from swine — all the while helping children in Uganda.

    Through sales of lemonade and piggybanks, local kids will raise funds for two programs designed to help orphaned children in the East African nation.

  • $75,000 approved for remodeling of two fire stations

    The Evergreen Fire Protection District board voted unanimously to spend $75,000 combined to spruce up aging fire stations No. 1 and No. 4. The decision came at a regular meeting of the board on May 28.

    Fire Chief Garry DeJong recommended spending $35,000 on a cosmetic makeover for Station 4, about halfway between Marshdale station No. 3 and station No. 1 near downtown.

    Station 4 serves as sleeping quarters for two paramedics while they are on 24-hour duty.

  • Hamilton making move to Western Slope

    Jaine Hamilton, secretary of the board of directors of the Evergreen Fire Protection District, has decided to leave Evergreen and move to the Western Slope, where she has accepted a job as manager of a hardware store in Newcastle near Glenwood Springs.

    Hamilton will maintain her position as a member of the board of directors in the short term but said she would have to resign her seat as soon as she gives up her residence in Evergreen, where she has lived for 25 years.

  • Fire district finance director departs; political environment cited

    In her going-away presentation May 28, the finance director of the Evergreen Fire Protection District said she has felt “personally and professionally attacked by the board” since the controversy leading to a recall election surfaced last year.

    “Many of you may think it’s about the money. That is not the reason,” said Christina Griggs, who held the part-time position as finance director for four years. Her last day was Friday, May 30.

  • Dykeman re-elected president of EFPD board

    Chick Dykeman was re-elected president of the Evergreen Fire Protection District board for a two-year term  after becoming the only candidate of the five board members to get a nomination, which came from George Goldbach.

    Goldbach was later elected treasurer in a 3-2 vote over Jeff deDisse at the regular meeting of the board on May 28 at fire district headquarters.

  • New sheriff's substation on back burner

    Signs of activity on property designated for a sheriff’s substation in Marshdale are not what they seem, a spokesperson for Jefferson County said this week.

    Heavy equipment and construction trailers at the location near the Bistro Restaurant belong to a contractor building a roundabout at a nearby intersection and to Jefferson County Highways and Transportation engineers who are overseeing that project.

    “The contractor is simply using that area to stage his equipment and materials,” said resident engineer Dixie Shear.

  • School district seeks funds for building upgrades, educational needs

    Taxpayers in Jefferson County will be asked to decide this fall whether to allow the school district to issue $323 million to $350 million in debt and assess taxpayers between $32 million and $36 million a year.

    The district is proposing a two-part program — the bond issue and a “mill levy override.” The mill levy override is an increase in the mill levy, above and beyond what taxpayers have previously approved.

    The mill levy override would cost a homeowner about $3.35 a month for each $100,000 of assessed valuation.

  • New Shanghai restaurant closes after 31 years

    New Shanghai restaurant, an Evergreen landmark for more than 30 years, closed its doors forever Saturday, May 24.

    Jim Lui became owner of New Shanghai in 2002 after he bought out his partner and brother-in-law, Bill Hsu, who moved to California.

    New Shanghai was known for its authentic Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese cuisine and its homemade sauces.

    New Shanghai becomes the second longtime Evergreen eatery to close in recent months, a result of intensifying competition. Stroh’s Restaurant and Saloon downtown closed Feb. 24 after 26 years.

  • Property owners face off over Wah Keeney stagecoach road

    When Roseanne and Mike Paslay built their retirement home in an idyllic setting next to a creek at the end of a dirt road in Wah Keeney Park, they expected to spend their days quietly enjoying nature and clean air.

    Not so much.

    In September 2006, a year after they moved in, a builder showed up with truckloads of sand, dumped it on the side of the road in front of their house and left it there. The developer says it was 200 cubic yards. The Paslays said it was 20 to 30 truckloads.