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  • Walk to celebrate 50th anniversary of Wilderness Act

    A walk along the Pioneer Trail on Saturday will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. 

    The 5-mile hike begins at 9 a.m. at the trailhead at the RTD Park-n-Ride in Bergen Park at the Highway 74 and County Road 65, and continues to the Evergreen Lake House.

  • Teacher raises on hold as board rejects fact-finder's report

    The rocky relationship between Jeffco’s teachers union and Board of Education continued Thursday night after the school board rejected a third-party report recommending that teachers rated “partially effective” should receive a pay increase.

  • Consolidation of dispatch services under study

    Will mountain emergency dispatch services remain independent and based in Evergreen in the future?

    Or are they destined to be folded into a metro-area dispatch system being contemplated by several fire agencies as part of a “regionalization study” done recently by a consultant involved with the Jeffco Emergency Communications Authority?

  • School board planning changes to rules for public comment at meetings

    The Jeffco Board of Education agreed to change the rules for public comment at meetings at its Saturday retreat. 

    To be approved at a future meeting, the new system would allow for up to 20 people to speak for three minutes each. If 21 to 30 people sign up, two minutes each would be allowed. If 31 to 60 people sign up, one minute per person would be allowed.

    If more than 60 people sign up to speak about agenda-related items, they will be invited to speak during the second portion of public comment, after the board has taken action on its agenda.

  • Park district board selects interim co-directors, approves loop trail contract

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District board of directors is offering interim co-executive director positions to EPRD recreation manager Ellen O’Connor and Lake House supervisor Brad Bednar. 

    O’Connor and Bednar would serve the district in this capacity until a replacement is found for EPRD Executive Director Scott Robson, who is leaving at the end of this month. 

    EPRD board President Peter Lindquist and Robson were expected to discuss details of the offer with O’Connor and Bednar on Wednesday.

  • Park district board discusses priorities for 2015 budget

    Balancing expenses with revenues in the 2015 budget for the Evergreen Park and Recreation District emerged as a top priority for EPRD board members during a work session Aug. 20.

    “We have to have a balanced budget,” board member Janet Doyle said during discussion with other board members and administrative staff. “We don’t (want to) have expenses rising above revenues.”

  • Trails master plan for Evergreen continues on path to completion

    Evergreen residents who came to a second meeting on a trails master plan Aug. 20 saw updated maps with proposed paths designed to make the community accessible for pedestrian travel.

    “We're looking at the feasibility of paths,” said Chris Vogelsang of OV Consulting, the design firm selected for the trails plan project.

    Obtaining easements for the trails, especially through areas where there is private land, will determine their viability, he pointed out.

  • Fine Arts Festival features award-winning creations

    From bejeweled buffaloes to impressionistic paintings and handcrafted wooden spoons, an astounding array of artistic creations was on display at the Evergreen Fine Arts Festival last weekend.

    By midmorning Saturday, the grounds of the Hiwan Homestead Museum were filled with festival-goers looking at various arts and crafts that included handmade clothing and jewelry.

  • Still singing after all these years

    Relaxing in the afternoon sun at a coffee shop, Evergreen resident Ralph Nichols reflects on his life as a singer and studio musician. 

    After graduating from the University of Southern California with a degree in music education and voice, Nichols began working in recording studios and singing with the Robert Mitchell Boys Choir in Hollywood. 

    “We did Disney movies. … We were like the Hollywood version of the Vienna Boys Choir,” Nichols said. 

  • Ducky the dog stages a canine comeback

    Ducky, a dog rescued by the Evergreen Animal Protective League, has undergone extensive surgeries to correct physical problems that have been keeping him from eating and walking properly. And he is in need of additional surgery to correct a condition in one of his legs.

    To help pay Ducky's vet bills, Gold Mine Cupcakes of Golden is donating all of its proceeds from farmers markets in Bergen Park and Golden this past week to the EAPL.