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  • 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.

  • Jail escapee sentenced to 72 years for crime spree

    The man who in 2014 became the first Jeffco jail inmate to escape in almost 30 years was sentenced last week to 72 years in prison for his escape and the string of crimes he committed afterward.

    Travis Sandlin, 34, was convicted by a jury Jan. 12 of 33 felony counts, including escape, burglary of a dwelling, aggravated motor vehicle theft, vehicular eluding, identity theft and trespass of a vehicle.

  • MRC fund-raiser brings Derby Daze to mountain area

    Big hats, mint juleps and horses on the track: All will be at the party, and the Mountain Resource Center hopes a lot of people will be there as well.

    On Saturday, the MRC will host Mountain Derby Daze at the Evergreen Elks Lodge — a new fund-raising event that will feature a silent auction, wooden horse races, a derby hat and attire contest, and a live stream of the 2016 Kentucky Derby.

  • Tunneling critters terrorize gardening community

    As mountain gardeners from Genesee to Conifer watch the snow melt, they are discovering evidence of voracious voles engaged in an eating frenzy. 

    Voles are mouse-like animals about 3 to 8 inches long, with short legs and hairless tails. They cause damage by chewing bark off seedlings and mature trees, as well as eating plant roots.

  • Opponents of Rooney Valley rezoning meet to map strategy

    Neighbors opposed to rezoning that could change the face of the Dinosaur Ridge area in the Rooney Valley say they are not opposed to development, but prefer “smart development” that doesn’t intrude on the environment.

    At an informal community meeting at Lutheran Church of the Master in Lakewood on April 26, about 50 people gathered to discuss ways to thwart two rezoning applications filed by Three Dinos LLC that would allow for auto dealerships and other retail uses on two parcels at C-470 and West Alameda Parkway.

  • Ascent Church honors community members who change the world

    Members of the Evergreen community who make a difference and change the world were honored Sunday at Ascent Church’s World Changer services.

    “You deserve every ounce of honor for everything you do,” next-generation pastor Matt Moore told the congregation at the 10:30 a.m. service. “You change lives. Thank you so much.”