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  • Four-story hotel planned at El Rancho

    A new hotel could break ground as soon as this fall in the El Rancho area on vacant land at Tepees Way and Swede Gulch Road behind Home Depot and Walmart.

    The project is rapidly making its way through the Jefferson County Planning and Zoning process, since the property is already zoned for commercial development and there is no need for rezoning or a public hearing before the Planning Commission. 

    A community meeting was held in October to introduce neighbors to the plan. 

  • Nature Center’s new director loves education, the outdoors

    A gas stove flickers bright orange in the Evergreen Nature Center, where new executive director Colleen Kulesza pulls up a chair as raindrops hit Evergreen Lake outside. Built in the 1930s, the historic warming hut and its lack of central heating or plumbing was just one more inducement for Kulesza.

    “Look at this building! It’s gorgeous! Like, I could do that,” she said.

  • EFPD to seek property-tax increase, bond issue

    Declines in property-tax revenue and changes in the Affordable Care Act are leading the Evergreen Fire Protection District to seek a property-tax increase and a bond issue.

  • Fashionably thrifty

    The lodge at Ascent Church was transformed into a thrifty lady’s paradise Saturday with the first Mountain Diva Fashion Swap, hosted by Evergreen Mothers of Preschoolers. To gain access to piles of gently used clothes and accessories, each woman donated $3 and a minimum of five items.

    “I donated a lot of accessories and shoes. So, half the purses on the stage are from me,” said Kara Brown, an Evergreen resident who was invited to the swap by friends. “I’m a hand-me-down junkie. So as many hand-me-downs as I can get, I’m good.”

  • Decline in enrollment will reduce state funding to Jeffco Schools

    Employee compensation, state funding and an enrollment decline remain major discussion points as Jeffco Public Schools moves closer to finalizing its budget for the 2016-17 academic year. 

    In a presentation to the school board last Thursday, chief financial officer Kathleen Askelson and her team said lower enrollment means the district will receive $4.25 million less than expected in state funding. The district anticipates an enrollment decrease of about 600 students in 2016-17.

  • EMS science classes join water-monitoring project

    Armed with composition notebooks, inquisitive minds and $10,000 worth of water-monitoring equipment, the sixth-grade science classes from Evergreen Middle School collected data for a joint project with the Bear Creek Watershed Association at the Buchanan Ponds on May 4. 

    For the first five minutes, students were asked to wander and take observational notes on what elements might be affecting the health of the environment.  

  • Concert to benefit capital campaign for Center for the Arts Evergreen

    A concert that will weave the songs of 16 local musicians — all to benefit Center for the Arts Evergreen — is planned for May 19 at Center/Stage Theatre.

    The Originals II concert is the brainchild of local musician John Erlandson, and the performers are practicing hard for the event, which will begin at 6 p.m. with a cocktail hour, followed by the concert at 7 p.m.

    Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door, and are available at www.blacktie-colorado.com.

  • Plots assigned at new community garden at Wilmot Elementary

    Future gardeners held a live lottery and party, or “plottery,” last Thursday at Evergreen High School to assign 11 of 21 available plots in the new Buffalo Park Community Garden at Wilmot Elementary School.

    Of the 11 plots in the live drawing, seven were assigned to two or more people acting as partners, said Shawn Hamam, a parent volunteer and coordinator for construction at the garden. About 50 people turned out for the event, Hamam said.

  • TV survival star joins Evergreen guide's team

    An Evergreen-based family man and outdoorsman has teamed with a free-spirited survivalist who made it through 21 days in the jungle on Discovery Channel's “Naked and Afraid” to offer basic and advanced survival courses this summer.

    Jack Riggi, 46, still has a day job as a geologist with an engineering company, but on the side he runs Evergreen Wilderness Guides, going into its third season. 

  • Estis, May elected to EPRD board

    Monte Estis and Bill May won election Tuesday to two open seats on the Evergreen Park and Recreation District board, edging a third candidate, Doug Lempke.

    According to unofficial results released by the district Tuesday night, Estis captured 243 votes, and May 240. Lempke trailed with 232 votes.