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  • Hushen embodied community spirit, caring

    If a man’s life can be measured by the ways he elevated his community, then Tom Hushen stood as tall as Mount Evans. If a soul can be judged by the light it shone upon others, then Tom’s irrepressible spirit sparkled like Evergreen Lake on the Fourth of July.

  • School board approves amended version of curriculum review plan

    On a 3-2 vote, the Jeffco school board on Thursday approved an amended version of a plan to review the AP history curriculum, after 10 days of student protests and teacher sick-outs.

    A new committee will not be formed, but changes to the district’s two existing curriculum review committees were approved. The two committees will add community members and students to help in the curriculum review process.

  • School board members meet with EHS students

    Jeffco school board members Jill Fellman and John Newkirk told Evergreen High School students Wednesday morning that the school board has yet to act on school board member Julie Williams’ proposal to form a controversial curriculum review committee. 

    “We as a board have not even had a conversation about who would even staff the committee,” Fellman said.

  • Marshdale residents protest rezoning for vacation rental

    Rezoning property in Marshdale for a vacation rental could set the stage for loud parties and create havoc with the area’s water supply, say residents protesting the request.

    Denver residents Renda and Luke Beard have requested rezoning for their property on Highway 73 from mountain-residential 1 to planned development in order to rent the 10-bedroom home on a short-term basis.

  • Park district gauging interest for facilities expansion, renovation

    Residents who responded to a recent Evergreen Park and Recreation District survey on needs for additional facilities and programs expressed interest in an indoor gym and jogging track, as well as other amenities.

    Now the park district is gauging support for these and other improvements, and their cost to residents.

    “We need to ask the public if they would vote for an increase in property tax,” said Bob Schmitz, EPRD operations manager.

  • McMinimee expresses concern over two more sick-out closures

    Jeffco Schools Superintendent Dan McMinimee said he’s concerned after a high number of teacher absences closed two more district high schools Monday, and he raised the possibility of docking the instructors a day's pay. 

    “I’m really disappointed,” McMinimee said Monday afternoon. “If I was a parent, I’d be really upset if a day was taken way from my student.” 

  • Jeffco student protests continue

    For the fourth school day in a row, protests in Jefferson County continued Wednesday as students from Chatfield, Dakota Ridge, Alameda and Bear Creek high schools walked out of class to protest the school board’s proposed curriculum committee to evaluate Advanced Placement U.S. History.

  • On the safe side

    Evergreen’s Safety Day on Saturday was a firefighter-wannabe’s dream.


    Every kid — no matter what the age — could ride in a fire truck, use a fire hose to spray a target, take a ride in a fire truck’s cherry picker high above the Evergreen Fire/Rescue Administration Building and meet real Evergreen firefighters.

    Two-year-old Tristan Roberts, dressed in his own red and yellow firefighter’s uniform, was excited to be at the annual event. He was wide-eyed at everything firefighter around him.

  • Evergreen residents help shape updated plan for their community

    Mixed-use development in Evergreen's downtown area and more senior housing were among priorities expressed by residents who attended a meeting on an updated community plan for the area on Sept. 16.

    During the meeting, about 20 residents who participated in the work session filled out cards stating the community's assets, growth opportunities and constraints to development.

  • Jeffco commissioners approve changes to county oil and gas regulations

    The Jefferson County Board of Commissioners has approved changes to its oil and gas regulations to make them consistent with the state’s regulations.

    The amended Jeffco code adds planned development, special-use and agricultural 1, 2 and 35 zoning to Section 35 of the county resolution, which sets standards for the drilling and production of oil and gas.