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  • Quick-moving hailstorm damages roofs, cars

    A fast-moving hailstorm on Thursday afternoon dropped golf-ball-size hail that tore holes in roofs and stripped trees of leaves.

    The storm left a half-mile-wide swath of destruction, also denting cars and breaking some signs of Evergreen businesses. Residents saw hail a couple of inches deep on Upper Bear Creek Road, too. It did not completely melt until midday Friday.

  • Conifer High track to host Relay for Life

    The track at Conifer High School will be a beacon of hope and remembrance this weekend during the Mountain Area Relay for Life.

    The yearly event is a chance for patients, caregivers, survivors and friends and family to remember and pay tribute to those affected by cancer. Money raised goes to the American Cancer Society.

    The Mountain Area Relay for Life starts at 6 p.m. Friday and ends at 7 a.m. Saturday at Conifer High School.

  • Board set to vote on contract with teachers

    At the June 5 Jeffco school board meeting, the board will discuss and vote on the contract agreement reached by bargaining teams for the teachers union and the district.

    The agreement, reached last month, includes an average 2.5 percent increase in salary for teachers rated “effective” or “highly effective,” an increase in pay for new teachers, and class sizes remaining the same. 

  • Wildflower festival among Lookout Mountain Nature Center’s summer programs

    Spring rains have created an abundance of wildflowers this year, many of which can be seen at a festival at the Lookout Mountain Nature Center on Sunday.

    The Wildflower Festival features three guided hikes led by naturalists who will point out native species in bloom at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 and 3 p.m.

    Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn about growing native plants in gardens and which ones attract butterflies and birds. Native plants will be available for purchase at the festival.

  • Smoking restrictions approved for district parks

    Newly installed officers John Ellis, Peg Linn and Peter Lindquist voted for a partial smoking ban in parks with other Evergreen Park and Recreation District board members at the May 28 meeting.

    Ellis and Linn were elected to office last month along with Lindquist, who retained his seat on the board.

  • Indian Hills fire board forming building committee for new station

     “I’d like to get the ball rolling,” Indian Hills fire board member Marc Rosenberg said of forming a building committee for a new fire station. “We’d be willing to sit down and work together,” he said at the May 28 meeting.

    Other board members said a five-member committee made up of district residents and at least one fire board member would be a way of involving the community in decisions about the project.

  • Smoking restrictions approved for district parks

    Newly installed officers John Ellis, Peg Linn and Peter Lindquist voted for a partial smoking ban in parks with other Evergreen Park and Recreation District board members at the May 28 meeting.

  • Local dogs have their day at Barks and Belts

    Leading the pack at the Barks and Belts 5K on Sunday was Justin Mock of Conifer and his dogs Chuck and Elly. The Mock team finished first with a time of 21 minutes, 3 seconds.

    With tails wagging and spirits high in the bright morning sun, the third annual event for canines, their owners and friends was a well-attended success, with more than 220 participants. From Chihuahuas to border collies, German shepherds and a great Dane, an astounding variety of breeds were in the event, sporting festive red scarves around their necks.

  • Local dogs have their day at Barks and Belts

    Leading the pack at the Barks and Belts 5K on Sunday was Justin Mock of Conifer and his dogs Chuck and Elly. The Mock team finished first with a time of 21 minutes, 3 seconds.

     

  • School board hires McMinimee as superintendent

    The Jeffco school board on May 27 hired Daniel McMinimee to be the district’s new superintendent, despite doubts voiced by community members who packed the meeting room.

    McMinimee’s hiring came on a 3-2 vote, with board members Ken Witt, John Newkirk and Julie Williams voting yes, while Jill Fellman and Lesley Dahlkemper voted no.

    Before being hired, McMinimee was the assistant superintendent of secondary education for Douglas County Schools. His Jeffco contract will be finalized at the June 5 Board of Education meeting.