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  • The Place to be: Former Carpet Exchange building to host businesses, coffee shop, nonprofits

    The Place is going to be about miracles.

    That’s the description Dean Dalvit, owner of EV Studios, gave for the project going into the old Carpet Exchange building on Meadow Drive. Dalvit’s architectural firm designed the space for The Place.

    There’s no easy way to describe The Place. It’s part community center, part business center, part training area, part coffee shop. It will be for nonprofits and small businesses, for teens to hang out, and for struggling families to get a hand up.

  • Jeffco schools could face personnel cutbacks

    Jeffco Public Schools could cut 344 teachers and staff over the next two years to help reduce the district’s operating costs in the face of a massive budget shortfall.

    A draft by the budget advisory committee recommends an 8 percent reduction in spending in the general fund, out of which most teaching positions are funded. The district could also cut about 94 full-time jobs in support services, 16 in the division of instruction and others in various departments.

  • Park district to hold special meeting Tuesday night

    A special meeting of the board of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, at the EPRD administrative office, 1521 Bergen Parkway.

  • Dog beloved by GIs reunited with new family in Jeffco

    Heidi, the expatriate Iraqi pooch who was missing since Tuesday in South Jeffco, has been reunited with her new family.

    The dog, a speckled mixed breed, was adopted last year by Spec. Shawn Flint, 24, who is finishing a year-long tour with the Army National Guard in Iraq. Heidi was found about noon Saturday, having been spotted the night before by a local resident.

    “She’s home safe and now playing with a rope toy,” said Sarah Flint, Shawn’s sister. “She was glad to see my mom and dad.”

  • Students gather at Evergreen school to seek solutions to Israel-Palestinian conflict

    Eighty Colorado middle school students gathered Jan. 21 for a mock peace summit in Evergreen that highlighted the complexity of political relations between Palestine and Israel.

    Students came in small groups from 10 schools to Evergreen Country Day School, where they took in lectures, an educational video and held cross-cultural negotiations, all focusing on conflict resolution.

    “We have to teach kids in their formative years how to prevent conflict,” said Boston University professor Carl Hobert, who brought his Axis of Hope program to Evergreen.

  • Park board hears plea for free admission for disabled

    An Evergreen resident with severe, disabling allergies is asking the park district board to consider offering free admission to people with disabilities.

    The board agreed to study the proposal. Recreation manager Ellen Stephan will do an investigation of other rec districts and their policies regarding fees for disabled people.

    “At the very least, it would help tremendously if the rec district would offer the same rates … as it does to seniors and active military,” says Julie Tambourine in a letter to the board.

  • Jeffco, Wah Keeney property owner cancel court date

    The county commissioners and property owner Richard Morgan have signed a stipulation and order in the county’s lawsuit over a zoning violation at 29592 Spruce Road in Wah Keeney Park.

    With the signed agreement in place, the county agreed to drop the trial that was scheduled for Thursday morning, Jan. 20. The order states that Morgan does not admit responsibility for causing a zoning violation.

  • Pat Shea departs park district after 20 years

    “It was a kind of mutual agreement,” he said Friday, Jan. 22. Shea’s last day was about six weeks ago.

    Since his resignation, Shea has been working six days a week on repairing a house he purchased last summer in the Hiwan Country Club area.

    So far he has installed a new bathroom, new floors and baseboard molding. Once that job is finished, he expects to begin looking for a new job, not necessarily in the recreation business.

    “I expect to be working for another 10 years,” he said. He declined to give his age.

  • 2 first-graders wander away from King-Murphy

    School personnel found two first-grade girls who had wandered away from the King-Murphy Elementary School playground on Tuesday morning, after they decided to play “Survivor.” They were missing about 40 minutes.

    The school is at 425 Circle K Ranch Road about 3 miles west of Evergreen in Clear Creek County, in a densely forested area surrounded by open space and dotted with homes.

    The girls, whose names were not available, had been dropped off separately, one by a school bus and one by a parent, said Clear Creek County school Superintendent Bill Patterson.

  • Board delays action on Indian Hills boundary change

    The Jeffco school board heard arguments Jan. 14 from both sides on a proposal to alter Evergreen and Conifer school boundaries in Indian Hills. The board decided to put off any decision to give residents more time to consider the possible change.

    “Maybe we’ll take it up later, but nothing now,” board member Paula Noonan said in an e-mail interview. “(We) want to give the people there more opportunity to discuss, since there seems to be a difference of opinion.”