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  • Parmalee's all-school play features more than 'bare necessities'

    Three months of extraordinary effort on the part of students and staff at Parmalee Elementary School paid off handsomely with the year-end production of “The Jungle Book,” which was performed May 1 and 2 by the entire student body.

    Music teacher Christine Gaudreau came up with the idea of an all-school play involving 200 students, and fellow educators at the school made it possible by offering so much support, she said.

  • Chief Hosa Lodge looking buff for 2008 wedding boom

    Genesee’s Chief Hosa Lodge is gearing up for a wedding-packed summer after a lawsuit and a two-year hiatus for renovations interrupted the festivities.

    The charming granite wedding pavilion and event center, just east of Evergreen at Interstate 70 Exit 253, reopened in late summer 2006 after being closed for renovations for two years.

    Although Chief Hosa Lodge is in Jefferson County, it is part of the Denver Mountain Parks properties and is managed by the Denver Park and Recreation District. The city purchased the land in 1913.

  • Pine beetle symposium scheduled

    It won’t be long before the flight season for the mountain pine beetle, causing anxiety for mountain area residents worried about the preservation of their trees.

    To that end, the Colorado State Forest Service and the Conifer Area Council are hosting a workshop at Conifer High School on May 12 to provide information about local infestations and to discuss how to mitigate potential impacts.

  • Doyle, Eggers elected to park district board

    Evergreen voters picked Janet Doyle and Peter Eggers to join the five-member board of directors of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District in a regular election Tuesday, May 6.

    In winning the seat, Eggers regained the position he held from 1992 to 2004 before the two-term limit was in place.

    Doyle got the most votes, with 417. Eggers was second with 309, and Richard Whitehill collected 89 votes.

    Richard Wulf, the designated election official, said the turnout was average to maybe a little light for an election that didn’t involve a bond issue.

  • Strange bedfellows: BEST founder Kling, incumbent Dykeman elected to fire board

    Voters in the Evergreen fire district appeared to send a mixed message with their selections for two contested board seats in last week’s election, simultaneously choosing an incumbent and a founder of the group BEST, which engineered a recall of two board members last fall.

    BEST co-founder George Kling and board president Chick Dykeman received 212 and 197 votes, respectively, to defeat three other candidates for the two seats.

  • 2 new board members plan to promote progress in Indian Hills Fire District

    A paid firefighter with the Westminster fire protection district is one of two new members elected to the board of the Indian Hills Fire Protection District.

    Westminster firefighter Paul Amundson and Bret Roller were the two favorites of Indian Hills voters May 6, garnering 74 and 78 votes, respectively. Two other candidates running for the four-year seats were Cara Self, with 37 votes, and Pody Hunnicutt, with 27 votes.

    Amundson is a former volunteer with Indian Hills, and Roller is a former rookie firefighter with the agency. Both men are in their 30s.

  • Fire district eyes a thrifty makeover for aging stations 1 and 4

    The Evergreen fire district is looking at ways to improve the appearance of fire stations 1 and 4, which are in basically good shape but are beginning to show their age.

    Station 1 at 4751 Highway 73 is closest to the downtown business district, south of Evergreen Dam.

    Formerly the administrative headquarters, No. 1 was vacated when the new building at 1802 Bergen Parkway was built about four years ago. Today, Station 1 is mainly used as a garage, housing seven types of fire vehicles.

  • Ruth Seeber was a lover of music, of theater, of life

    Ask anyone who knew Ruth Seeber to describe her, and you’ll hear words like tenacious, fun-loving, kind-hearted, charismatic and talented. Seeber was a singer, an actress, a teacher, a writer and a mother of six. She left an indelible mark on Evergreen when she and her husband, Roy, founded the Evergreen Chorale. More importantly, she left an indelible mark on the world with her enthusiasm and authentic love of life.

    Ruth Seeber died on April 19, three days short of her 84th birthday.

  • Mountain schools to start 2008-09 year Aug. 18

    Evergreen and Conifer schools will start the next school year on Aug. 18, while schools in the rest of Jefferson County will start nine days earlier than normal, on Aug. 12.

    Jefferson County also is bringing back a fall mini-break, with schools closing Thursday and Friday, Oct. 23 and 24.

    A group of parents from the mountain schools successfully petitioned the school board over the last few months for a later start date, said district spokeswoman Lynn Setzer.

  • HIstoric agreement ends I-70 stalemate

    In a historic agreement that ends a decade-long stalemate between CDOT and the mountain corridor, members of the I-70 collaborative effort agreed to partial widening through Clear Creek while allowing for a transit option.

    The general agreement that will be put to paper in June and submitted to the Federal Highway Administration for approval designates highway improvements from Floyd Hill to the Twin Tunnels, Empire Junction and west of Silver Plume to the Eisenhower Tunnel.