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Today's News

  • Fire board approves $4.1 million budget for 2009

    At its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 19, the five-member board of directors voted 5-0 to approve the 2009 budget for the Evergreen Fire Protection District.

    The final version of the document outlining how the district is to spend $4.1 million was virtually the same as the one presented at a public hearing Nov. 12.

    Property tax revenue is expected to be $3.6 million in 2009, or the same as budgeted for 2008, with the possibility there might be another $43,000 in tax revenue based on the assessor’s most recent estimate.

  • Aging fire stations get spa treatment

    In September, the Evergreen Fire Protection District finished updating two of its oldest fire stations after a lengthy period of what could be called deferred maintenance.

    The fire department budgeted a total of $75,000 for the combined renovation, which came in under budget at $30,285 for No. 4 and $19,897 for No. 1. Former board member Lloyd See last spring championed the renovation project, which was executed under Fire Chief Garry DeJong.

  • Need still great at area food banks

    With the numbers of needy families growing by the day, EDS Waste Solutions and Evergreen Newspapers have teamed to help meet the pleas of area food banks struggling to keep items on their shelves.

    As in years past, EDS is picking up nonperishable food items along its regular routes. This year, Evergreen Newspapers offices have become drop-off points, and a number of businesses throughout the area have been collecting boxed and canned goods as well. The theme for the six-week drive has been Help Curb Hunger; collections will continue through Dec. 12.

  • Fire department’s HR director job could become temporary

    The human resources director position surfaced again as a bone of contention at the Evergreen Fire Protection District meeting Nov. 19 at department headquarters on Bergen Parkway.

    The topic came up in the wake of the resignation of Sheri Lyn Majors, who was hired in October as a part-time staff person for 16 hours a week after the resignation of consultant Patti Duncan. Majors left after four weeks to return to her former employer.

  • Water district plans $4.5 million in projects in 2009

    The days of Evergreen’s long-abandoned rooftop tennis court at Highway 74 and Meadow Drive are numbered.

    The big concrete slab at the wastewater treatment plant is big enough to hold two tennis courts, the outlines of which can still be seen from above. But after reigning for 35 years as a neighborhood eyesore, the concrete roof, which covers treatment machinery and aeration tanks, has been deemed unsound and has to be replaced before it collapses. The job is expected to cost $2 million.

  • Passion sets Evergreen scuba diving shop apart

    Jill Knapp opened a scuba diving shop in Bergen Park on Nov. 22 — her husband Scott’s birthday — as a tribute to the couple’s passion for diving.

    Scott Knapp died in March from lung cancer.

    “He was one of the good guys,” Jill said.

    Jill Knapp is the owner of Twin Dolphins Diving in Lakewood, and she is opening a store in the back of the Bagelry because a lot of her customers at her Lakewood shop have been coming from Evergreen. “So I decided to move up,” she said.

  • Evergreen Children’s Chorale rings in holiday season

    For almost two decades, the Evergreen Children’s Chorale has kicked off the mountain area’s holidays with its seasonal show. From year to year, audiences fondly remember the last quiet strains of “Silent Night” echoing through Center/Stage. This year will be no different, with a holiday show that is sure to please young and old.

  • StageDoor offers two opportunities to celebrate holidays

    This year, Stagedoor Theatre in Aspen Park offers up twice the family fun during the holidays. This weekend kicks off two holiday-theme stage shows that are sure to have the whole family laughing straight into 2009.

    “A Fairytale Christmas” opens Dec. 6 and runs for two weekends on Saturdays and Sundays at 1 p.m. This family-friendly show is children’s theater by children and for children.

    The show was written by director Marion Denckla Dye. When Dye couldn’t find just the right script for the holiday season, she took matters into her own hands.

  • Pine siskins fill the air with happy twittering

    Editor’s note: This week we’re reprinting Sylvia’s column from May 4, 1972.

    People frequently ask me how I became so interested in the outdoors. I was fortunate in having an amazing mother who encouraged all of us to follow our interests. She and I had an especially close rapport, since she had been a biology teacher.

  • Process needed to validate ballot initiatives

    The things we, the people of Colorado, do to our state constitution are pretty remarkable. Most informed voters know and understand how the conflicting provisions of TABOR, which restricts government collections and expenditures; Amendment 23, which mandates increased spending for K-12 education regardless of the condition of the state treasury or impact on other state programs; and the Gallagher amendment, which creates ever disparate property tax treatment of residential and commercial property ties elected officials’ hands and makes it difficult to deliver government services.