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  • Earth Day Fair set April 23 at Evergreen Lake

    Since its inaugural festival in 1990, the Mountain Area Earth Day Fair at the Evergreen Lake House has become a popular and unique celebration of all things and organizations related to nature and ecology. 

    This year a festival favorite, HawkQuest, will bring the live raptors. The EPA, the Forest Service, Trout Unlimited, Evergreen Garden Club and Friends of Mount Evans will have exhibits. Admission is free. 

  • Fire board votes to join consolidation of dispatch operations

    Mountain area emergency dispatch operations are officially moving down the hill, despite community concerns about the change.

    In a unanimous vote following a lengthy public comment period Tuesday night, the Evergreen Fire Protection District board approved a motion to consolidate dispatch operations at a center in Lakewood that will be known as Jeffcom.

  • Ending pay-for-performance not the top priority for some board members

    All five members of the Jeffco school board want to return to paying teachers on a regular salary schedule and end the controversial 2014 move toward pay-for-performance made by now-recalled conservative board members.

    But some current members said April 7 that moving back to a salary grid isn’t their top priority when compared with other needs. 

  • Neighbors oppose rezoning for rental units near tennis bubble

    About 100 people turned out for a community meeting at the Evergreen Tennis Club on Monday night to discuss a developer’s plan to build 60 units of moderately priced rental housing in three buildings on 5 acres southeast of the tennis bubble at 2914 Evergreen Parkway. 

    The project is contingent on approval from Jeffco's county commissioners, who must vote to rezone the property to planned development, including residential. The land is now being used for outdoor tennis courts. 

  • Hotcakes a hot item at fund-raiser

    Pancakes lured a couple hundred people to the future home of Center for the Arts Evergreen on Saturday, and the sign advertising the event was so realistic that it too looked good enough to eat.

    Chris Krieg, former owner of Evergreen Signs and a painter himself, made the sign for the breakfast at the former Bergen Park Church on Highway 65 near Rocky Mountain Village. The event provided tours of the building and raised money for the building’s renovation.

  • How to vote absentee in EPRD election

    There are two ways to vote in the upcoming Evergreen Park and Recreation District board election on May 3.

    Residents can vote by visiting one of two polling places on election day, or vote by absentee ballot.

    • By polling place: At the Buchanan and Wulf recreation centers on the day of the election, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 3.

  • Two residents honored with 'lifesaver' awards from EFR

    Saving a life is just part of what people do at the Green Ridge Meadow Apartments — at least according to one of two residents who were recently honored with a Lifesaver Award by Evergreen Fire/Rescue. 

    On Monday, March 28, EFR awarded Phil Markum and Karolyn Strauch each a Lifesaver Award for their efforts to extinguish a stovetop fire at the apartments on Feb. 23. 

    According to Markum, smoke coming from under one of his neighbor’s doors alerted him to the fire. 

  • Second meeting slated on Marshdale Park improvments

    The public is invited to attend the second of two community meetings to gather feedback and provide information about the Marshdale Park improvement project, which is scheduled to break ground this year.

    Hosted by the Evergreen Park and Recreation District, the meeting will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14, at Marshdale Park on the northeast corner of North Turkey Creek Road and Highway 73. A meeting scheduled for April 7 was canceled in late March. 

  • Genealogy group reunites local woman with mom, siblings

    By Vicky Gits
    Staff Writer
    Leslie del Cueto of Indian Hills walked into the Evergreen Library to pick up some DVDs on March 25 and wandered into a gathering of the Friday Family Finders group of the Mountain Genealogists Society.  
    Del Cueto summoned the courage to ask them to help find three members of her immediate family, including a mother, half sister and half brother. She told the group she hadn’t seen or heard from them in 50 years, and that she had cancer and had a limited amount of time to say hello and then goodbye.

  • No opposition to adding residential to commercial building

    Judging by the turnout at a community meeting March 30, the public reaction to the prospect of turning the third floor of an office building at 27902 Meadow Drive into apartments is non-controversial.
    Of the five people in attendance, none protested the proposal, which is part of a growing trend involving commercial property owners and an oversupply of commercial space in Evergreen.
    Participants welcomed the idea of allowing residential units on the top floor of the three-story Canyon Courier building at 27902 Meadow Drive.