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Today's News

  • Great schools reflect a great community

    If great communities have great schools, there can’t be a much better place to live than Evergreen. All schools in Evergreen received excellent ratings on school report cards issued by the Colorado Department of Education.

    It marks the fourth time in the last five years that all of our neighborhood schools achieved the highest rating. Our local charter, Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen, rated excellent in both its elementary and middle school programs.

  • Obama team seeks ideas for health care reform in Jeffco

    Everyone has complaints about the U.S. health care system, according to Jeffco Commissioner Kevin McCasky.

    "But we have about 4 million different ideas on how to resolve it," he added, shortly after sitting through a community forum on health care reform Dec. 30. The forum was commissioned by President-elect Barack Obama's transition team and hosted by the West Chamber.

  • Bailey woman is channeling busy moms

    In an earlier life, Jenny Schmidt of Bailey was a high-profile television reporter who covered the O.J. Simpson trial and the Rodney King verdict. But when she traded that life for motherhood, things changed.

  • Ladies fall to Lakewood

    LAKEWOOD — Young teams are prone to mental lapses on the basketball court.

    Evergreen girls basketball coach Ali Johnston is well aware of that fact, which is why she wasn’t shocked by how the Cougars performed following a two-week break Jan. 3 against Class 5A Lakewood.

    For three quarters, Evergreen struggled to find its range from the field and had a difficult time just keeping possession of the ball, committing 20 turnovers. As a result, they trailed the Tigers by 18 points entering the fourth quarter.

  • What I want for 2009

    How’s this for a resolution?

    I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions.

    Now, I have nothing against anyone that sets out to do something personally rewarding come Jan. 1, but for me, I’ve never subscribed to the belief that I’m going to radically alter the way I live my life by the turn of a calendar page.

  • Santa gives Skeel family a week without water

    Park district chief John Skeel and his family woke up on Christmas Day to discover that Santa had left them with a dry well, forcing the family of five to go without toilet flushing and hot showers for a week.

    By the day after New Year’s, the problem had been fixed with the addition of two 175-gallon storage tanks, and now the system works better than ever, Skeel said. “I can take a shower and run the dishwasher at the same time.”

    Well experts diagnosed the problem as a relative lack of rain this year.

  • Rec workers' merit raises capped at 6%

    Park district employees stand to get raises ranging from zero to 6 percent under the terms of a new pay-for-performance compensation policy hashed out in a special district board meeting on Dec. 29.

    Under the new policy, employees are not entitled to the 3.5 to 4 percent automatic cost-of-living increases they received in the past. A fixed amount of money, about $50,000, will be distributed according to merit.

  • Developer seeks easement on private retreat

    After failing to reach a deal with private landowners, Evergreen developer Ron Lewis has filed a condemnation action in district court to get an easement on a 700-foot section of road south of Shaffers Crossing off South Elk Creek Road.

  • After-school enrichment program benefits students, parents

    For working parents, making sure their grade school-age children are cared for after school usually is a battle.

    Bergen Meadow and Bergen Valley elementary schools have found a solution that has become a hit with both parents and students.

    APEX — Achieving Potential through Enrichment Experiences — is an after-school enrichment program that has parents, teachers and Evergreen businesses coming to the schools to teach children. Artful Journey, for example, offers art classes, and Stingers Soccer offers soccer classes.

  • Sustainability applies to economy

    Several years ago, I heard former governor Dick Lamm say that the biggest policy challenge of the 21st century would be sustainability. At the time, I thought he was speaking primarily about environmental issues, but recent events suggest the word encompasses even more than that.

    Of course, environmental sustainability remains a significant issue. As third-world countries catch up to industrialized nations, the problems connected with resource consumption and pollution will continue to grow.