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  • A lively festival for a chilly spring day

    “Hop, cross, turn,” dance teacher Joan Saliman said to a group learning an Israeli dance at Congregation B’nai Chaim in Morrison on Sunday morning.

    With music supplying a steady beat, the dancers moved across the room with fast-paced steps and turns.

    Israeli dance was just one of many activities that people enjoyed at the congregation’s first Israeli cultural festival.

  • Judge validates petitions of Keyser as GOP candidate in Senate primary

    After days of uncertainty about the validity of a petition that Morrison Republican Jon Keyser submitted as a U.S. Senate candidate, a Denver district judge ordered the secretary of state to place his name on the primary election ballot Friday.

    Secretary of State Wayne Williams had declared Keyser’s petition insufficient because he was 86 signatures short in Congressional District 3. Keyser was required to gather 1,500 valid signatures from GOP voters in each of the state’s seven congressional districts to qualify for the June GOP primary.

  • Annual Taste of Evergreen a ‘giant happy hour’

    The Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce will host the fourth annual Taste of Evergreen, its second biggest fund-raiser of the year, from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 13, at the Lake House.

    “It’s really fun. You have music and friends and lots of great food,” said Betsy Hays, chamber president.

    “It’s like a giant happy hour with lots of appetizers. You see everyone you know in town.”

    If you want to go, buy tickets advance because they sell out fast.

  • Park district candidates field questions at forum

    Three candidates for two seats on the five-member board of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District fielded questions Saturday morning at a meeting of the Mountain Area Democrats.

    Monty Estis, Doug Lempke and Bill May are on the ballot in the May 3 election.

    The three are vying for seats that were vacated by Janet Doyle and Andrew Adamowski. Doyle is stepping down after serving two consecutive terms, and Adamowski is not running again at the conclusion of his four-year term.

  • What’s the beef?

    A fun project of Indian Hills resident Vince Rozmiarek is posting clever messages on the sign at the community center on Parmalee Gulch Road, some of which have caused quite a stir.

    A recent posting by Rozmiarek, “Turning vegan would be a big missed steak,” prompted two protesting vegans to rearrange the letters to read, “Turning vegan is awesome.”

  • Proposed development in Rooney Valley opposed

    Plans for an auto dealership and mini-storage facility at C-470 and West Alameda Parkway near Dinosaur Ridge are meeting with significant opposition.

    More than 10,000 people have signed an online petition objecting to a proposal to rezone properties northwest and southeast of the intersection. And an informal community group has been formed to challenge the proposed development in the scenic Rooney Valley.

  • EPRD board votes not to seek tax increase for rec center expansion

    After five years of study and debate, the Evergreen Park and Recreation District board unanimously rejected a proposal to ask voters to approve a tax increase for a $9 million expansion of the Buchanan Recreation Center. In the end, a public opinion study was the deciding factor.

  • Music benefit honoring Greg Henika planned

    Blue Spruce Kiwanis is planning the second annual Greg Henika music benefit on April 29 and 30 at the former Stagecoach Sports Grill.

    The event honors Henika, who died in January 2015 after falling through the ice at Evergreen Lake. Last year's fund-raiser generated $10,000, with half going to the local Aktion Club for disabled students and the other half going to Project Eliminate, Kiwanis International’s project to eliminate maternal/ neonatal tetanus.

  • Public opinion divided on rec center expansion

    The results of a public opinion survey commissioned by the Evergreen park district do not bode well for the prospects of either a new gym or more pool lanes at Buchanan Rec Center in the near future. The district board is expected to vote on whether to put the question on the ballot at its next regular board meeting April 26.

  • Ice Melt Barrel takes the plunge

    Mountain Foothills Rotary has announced the winners of the annual Ice Melt Barrel Contest to predict the date and time the 55-gallon drum fell through the ice on Evergreen Lake. 

    Conifer resident Mark Rehm captured the $250 third prize, and Becky Hanley of Evergreen was fourth, winning $125.

    This year the barrel was rolled out in a spot near the skating rinks on Jan. 4. 

    The drop took place April 5 at 11:26:37 a.m.