Local News

  • Board frowns on paying hourly workers when rec centers are closed

    Park district employees who are paid hourly will no longer be paid for the hours they don’t work when a rec center is closed because of weather or other reasons, if a proposed policy takes effect.

    Members of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District board on April 27 agreed to revise the existing policy. That policy allowed hourly workers to be paid even if the rec centers were closed and they couldn’t or didn’t come to work.

    The policy does not affect salaried/exempt workers, who are not paid overtime.

  • Evergreen nonprofit helps rescue Bahamian puppies

    An Evergreen woman with a soft heart for the plight of the multitude of stray and abandoned dogs on Grand Bahama Island managed to find temporary homes in the Denver area for 30 puppies that otherwise probably would have been euthanized.

    On April 2, Ellen Kohn was at Denver International Airport at 12:30 a.m. to greet a puppy lift consisting of 30 dogs flown out of the settlement of West End on Grand Bahama Island to Fort Lauderdale and then to Denver. Another 55 dogs went to locations on the East Coast.

  • Longtime manager of recycling center departs

    A man who was widely known around Evergreen as manager of the recycling center behind the King Soopers in Bergen Park has resigned in a dispute with the center operator, Waste Management Inc.

    Chilo Dominguez submitted his resignation April 19 after 11 years on the job.

    “I met so many people, it feels like I’m a member of the community,” said Dominguez, who lives in Westminster. “It’s not easy to say goodbye.”

    Dominguez loves Evergreen and is hoping to find work doing jobs for elderly people in the community.

  • Lariat Loop scenic byway wins national recognition

    Jeffco business owners and civic leaders celebrated the upgrading of the Lariat Loop from Colorado Scenic Byway to National Scenic Byway with free soft-serve ice cream in downtown Morrison on Monday afternoon.

    Participants donned buffalo hats and posed for a photo in the middle of Morrison’s main street to call attention to the previously announced project, a new visitor center at the Buffalo Herd Overlook at Genesee that is projected to break ground this summer.

  • How to vote in park district election May 4

    Eligible voters can vote in person in the park district board election Tuesday, May 4, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The polling places are at Wulf Rec Center, 5300 S. Olive Road, and Buchanan Park Rec Center, 32003 Ellingwood Trail, both in Evergreen. Both facilities are handicap accessible. The Canyon Courier’s interviews with the candidates are available in the Lead Stories section on CanyonCourier.com

    The candidates are Andrew Adamowski, Brett Champine, Pat Callahan, Kit Darrow, Mark Footer, Roger Hoaglund and Barb Scripps. Check the website Tuesday night for the results.

  • How to get a free listing in the Courier

    The Canyon Courier publishes free listings under the categories of Happenings, seniors briefs, education briefs, Neighbors/Good for You and Outdoors/Recreation. Submissions should be 125 words or less and will appear on a space-available basis. However, all listings will be carried at www.canyoncourier.com, as well as the additional categories of Meetings and Support/Assistance.

    The events must be free or charge a nominal fee, and must be open to the public. Events designed to promote a business are not included in free listings but are welcome in our advertising areas.

  • Coffee with a Cop

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office wants county residents to know it does more than hand out traffic tickets, and officers will be hanging out at coffee shops to talk about that.

    Capt. Pat Woodin and Capt. Robert Baker will hold a series of Coffee With a Cop meetings, during which they set aside two hours to talk with residents about whatever is on their minds.

  • Former Jeffco inmate sues sheriff, claims he was held illegally for 47 days

    A former inmate at the Jeffco jail is suing Sheriff Ted Mink, claiming he was held illegally for most of his 49-day stay.

    Luis Quezada, who was living in Lakewood when he was arrested for failure to appear in court on a traffic charge, is represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado.

    “While Luis was locked up illegally, his sister was trying to do something about it,” said ACLU lawyer Mark Silverstein. Quezada’s sister contacted the civil-rights group, which filed a lawsuit April 21 against Mink.

  • Going green: Domes around Evergreen cultivate love for gardening among students

    Greenhouses at four schools in Evergreen are growing a love of gardening, an understanding of where food comes from, and, yes, food.

    The dome greenhouses are part of the curriculum for Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen and both campuses of Montessori School of Evergreen.

    The latest 550-square-foot greenhouse was constructed this month at Clear Creek High School. Clear Creek’s greenhouse will not only be used for educational purposes, but it will grow oregano and basil for the Idaho Springs Beau Jo’s restaurant.

  • School board to hear input on boundary change

    Supporters and opponents of a proposal to change the boundary for Indian Hills students to send them to Evergreen for middle school and high school will give presentations before the Jeffco school board on April 29.

    A special meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the district administrative offices, 1829 Denver West Blvd., No. 27, in Golden.

    The meeting is being called by the board to keep its promise to Indian Hills and Conifer residents who wanted to provide information about where Indian Hills children should attend school after they leave Parmalee Elementary.