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  • Fashionably thrifty

    The lodge at Ascent Church was transformed into a thrifty lady’s paradise Saturday with the first Mountain Diva Fashion Swap, hosted by Evergreen Mothers of Preschoolers. To gain access to piles of gently used clothes and accessories, each woman donated $3 and a minimum of five items.

    “I donated a lot of accessories and shoes. So, half the purses on the stage are from me,” said Kara Brown, an Evergreen resident who was invited to the swap by friends. “I’m a hand-me-down junkie. So as many hand-me-downs as I can get, I’m good.”

  • Decline in enrollment will reduce state funding to Jeffco Schools

    Employee compensation, state funding and an enrollment decline remain major discussion points as Jeffco Public Schools moves closer to finalizing its budget for the 2016-17 academic year. 

    In a presentation to the school board last Thursday, chief financial officer Kathleen Askelson and her team said lower enrollment means the district will receive $4.25 million less than expected in state funding. The district anticipates an enrollment decrease of about 600 students in 2016-17.

  • EMS science classes join water-monitoring project

    Armed with composition notebooks, inquisitive minds and $10,000 worth of water-monitoring equipment, the sixth-grade science classes from Evergreen Middle School collected data for a joint project with the Bear Creek Watershed Association at the Buchanan Ponds on May 4. 

    For the first five minutes, students were asked to wander and take observational notes on what elements might be affecting the health of the environment.  

  • Concert to benefit capital campaign for Center for the Arts Evergreen

    A concert that will weave the songs of 16 local musicians — all to benefit Center for the Arts Evergreen — is planned for May 19 at Center/Stage Theatre.

    The Originals II concert is the brainchild of local musician John Erlandson, and the performers are practicing hard for the event, which will begin at 6 p.m. with a cocktail hour, followed by the concert at 7 p.m.

    Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door, and are available at www.blacktie-colorado.com.

  • Plots assigned at new community garden at Wilmot Elementary

    Future gardeners held a live lottery and party, or “plottery,” last Thursday at Evergreen High School to assign 11 of 21 available plots in the new Buffalo Park Community Garden at Wilmot Elementary School.

    Of the 11 plots in the live drawing, seven were assigned to two or more people acting as partners, said Shawn Hamam, a parent volunteer and coordinator for construction at the garden. About 50 people turned out for the event, Hamam said.

  • TV survival star joins Evergreen guide's team

    An Evergreen-based family man and outdoorsman has teamed with a free-spirited survivalist who made it through 21 days in the jungle on Discovery Channel's “Naked and Afraid” to offer basic and advanced survival courses this summer.

    Jack Riggi, 46, still has a day job as a geologist with an engineering company, but on the side he runs Evergreen Wilderness Guides, going into its third season. 

  • Estis, May elected to EPRD board

    Monte Estis and Bill May won election Tuesday to two open seats on the Evergreen Park and Recreation District board, edging a third candidate, Doug Lempke.

    According to unofficial results released by the district Tuesday night, Estis captured 243 votes, and May 240. Lempke trailed with 232 votes.

  • Jail escapee sentenced to 72 years for crime spree

    The man who in 2014 became the first Jeffco jail inmate to escape in almost 30 years was sentenced last week to 72 years in prison for his escape and the string of crimes he committed afterward.

    Travis Sandlin, 34, was convicted by a jury Jan. 12 of 33 felony counts, including escape, burglary of a dwelling, aggravated motor vehicle theft, vehicular eluding, identity theft and trespass of a vehicle.

  • MRC fund-raiser brings Derby Daze to mountain area

    Big hats, mint juleps and horses on the track: All will be at the party, and the Mountain Resource Center hopes a lot of people will be there as well.

    On Saturday, the MRC will host Mountain Derby Daze at the Evergreen Elks Lodge — a new fund-raising event that will feature a silent auction, wooden horse races, a derby hat and attire contest, and a live stream of the 2016 Kentucky Derby.

  • Tunneling critters terrorize gardening community

    As mountain gardeners from Genesee to Conifer watch the snow melt, they are discovering evidence of voracious voles engaged in an eating frenzy. 

    Voles are mouse-like animals about 3 to 8 inches long, with short legs and hairless tails. They cause damage by chewing bark off seedlings and mature trees, as well as eating plant roots.