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  • Historic ranch house becoming problem property for park district

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District board continues to wrestle with the costs of maintaining the historic 1894 Alderfer House as a year-round residence.

    Under his current employment contract with the district, executive director John Skeel and his family are entitled to live in the residence rent-free. But heating the house with propane gas is costing about $900 a month, even after a faulty boiler was replaced last year. Before Skeel moved in, it was the home of Pat Shea, former park operations manager.

  • Senate hopeful Romanoff stops in Evergreen




    Andrew Romanoff, one of two Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate from Colorado — the one not in favor with the Democratic establishment and the Obama administration — is running as a candidate who can stand up against other Democrats.

    Romanoff’s main opponent is Michael Bennet, the former Denver school superintendent Gov. Bill Ritter picked to succeed Ken Salazar when he became secretary of the interior. Bennet and Romanoff are likely to face off for the first time in the Democratic primary Aug. 10.

  • Wilmot students follow the bouncing ball

    It was tennis for everyone at Wilmot Elementary School, as students learned the basics of the sport as part of the school’s artist-in-residence program.

    They learned from Kim Pappas, the tennis professional for the Evergreen Park and Recreation District. Pappas spent 12 days teaching about 300 students the rules of tennis and basic components of the sport such as how to hold the racket and hit the ball.

  • 8 running for park district board

    Eight people have submitted their names as candidates for the three seats up for election on the Evergreen Park and Recreation District board of directors.

    The three incumbents are running for second terms on the board. All board members are elected at large for four-year terms.

    Election Day is May 4, and voting can be done at traditional polling places and by mail.

    The five challengers are Andrew Adamowski, Pat Callahan, Brett Champine, Mark Footer and Barbara Scripps.

  • New face Christensen will replace Goldbach on fire board

    David Christensen of Evergreen and Clear Creek County will become the newest member of the board of the Evergreen Fire Protection District in May.

    A former volunteer firefighter for 11 years, Christensen, 61, will take the seat that became available when George Goldbach decided not to run for re-election.

    Since there were only three candidates in the running, the district legally canceled the regular May 4 election and named as elected the three candidates who submitted self-nomination forms: incumbents Jeff DeDisse and Charles Simons, and Christensen.

  • Group meets to discuss progress on Albertsons as arts center

    About 25 people interested in the idea of converting the vacant Albertsons supermarket into the Evergreen Cultural Center held a meeting on Feb. 23 at the Tuscany Tavern restaurant.

    The consensus was the project had some support in the arts community, but that there were many obstacles ahead — namely, raising the money, estimated at between $1 million and $5 million.

    There is also the possibility of a competing arts center under the auspices of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District.

  • Primary election to be mail-in only

    The primary election in August will be conducted exclusively through mail-in ballots in Jefferson County. The Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously at a public hearing Feb. 23 in favor of the measure.

    The vast majority of public comment taken between Jan. 29 and Feb. 12 supported the use of mail-in ballots, the county stated, and 94 percent of votes in the 2008 primary election were cast through the mail in Jeffco.

  • Heightened awareness at area schools

    It was business as usual at Conifer schools the morning of Feb. 24, a day after a gunman shot two students at Deer Creek Middle School in South Jefferson County.

    Officials at West Jefferson Elementary, Elk Creek Elementary and Conifer High schools did not do anything specific to draw students’ attention to the shootings, but the incident was a grim reminder that teachers, staff and students must be mindful of safety.

  • Eastwood charged with 4 attempted-murder counts in Deer Creek shooting

    Bruco Strong Eagle Eastwood is facing a variety of charges, including four counts of attempted murder, in the shootings last week at Deer Creek Middle School.

    Eastwood, 32, a former student at the school, was advised Tuesday of the charges against him in Jefferson County Court.

  • Music made memorable for King-Murphy students

    Using humor, theatrics and great music, members of the troupe Inside the Orchestra taught King-Murphy Elementary School students about how orchestra music is not so different from the music they usually hear.

    “Orchestra music has the same intensity and energy as hip-hop and rap,” conductor Tom Jensen told the school-wide assembly Feb. 26. Some parts of the music are rough and some are smooth, some are quiet and some are loud, some are happy and some are sad.