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Today's News

  • Fitness a hot topic for EFR

    Editor’s note: The Canyon Courier is following three people hoping to complete the Evergreen Fire/Rescue academy to get their firefighting certification. This is the second in a series of stories about what it takes to become a firefighter.

     

    Dragsters can go from a standstill to 100 mph in less than a second.

    Firefighters do virtually the same, going from a standstill to adrenalin-pumping, physically demanding, high-stress work to fight a fire.

  • Overnight homeless shelter expected to open in the fall

    Several Evergreen religious and charitable groups are continuing their quest to open an overnight shelter for the homeless when the weather turns cold this fall.

    Organizers of a group now called Evergreen Shelter Program met with about 35 people on Tuesday night to recruit more volunteers and to explain the program. The group originally was called SWEEPS — Severe Weather Emergency? Evergreen Provides Shelter.

  • Evergreen Fire makes case for tax increase at town hall meeting

    The Evergreen Fire Protection District's need for a bond issue and property-tax increase is being driven by increased expenses, declining tax revenue and declining billing revenue from emergency medical services. That was the message at the district's first town hall meeting June 23 to discuss the measures planned for the November ballot. 

  • School district to pursue bond issue of up to $535 million

    In an effort to fund its facilities master plan and other initiatives, the Jeffco school board decided last Thursday to put a bond issue of up to $535 million on the November ballot, as well as pursue a property-tax increase of between 3.69 and 4.31 mills. 

  • Results on MAP tests a mixed bag for Jeffco

    Jeffco students are largely outperforming national averages when it comes to reading and math, but semester-to-semester growth is lacking.

    According to the school district’s presentation of its year-long Measures of Academic Progress, student scores in math and reading improved over the last year, with about 60 percent of all students in grades three through 10 scoring in the high-average or above-average range for math and reading.

  • Evergreen Fire board discusses district’s financial challenges

    The Evergreen Fire Protection District board discussed the district’s financial situation June 16, including the plan to seek a property-tax increase and bond issue on the November ballot.

    At the meeting, the fire district formally introduced Webb Strategic Communications — the public relations firm it will work with to inform residents about the need for more revenue. Pete Webb, president of the firm, will lead the campaign, which kicks off with a town hall meeting Thursday.

  • District weighs options after marijuana bill becomes law

    Jeffco Public Schools may be drafting a policy on medical marijuana after Gov. John Hickenlooper signed legislation that requires the state’s districts to allow use of the remedy on school grounds.

    “Jack’s Law” law requires school districts to “adopt a policy permitting the use of medical marijuana by students authorized” to use it. The legislation was named for Jack Splitt, a Wheat Ridge middle school student with cerebral palsy whose medical marijuana was confiscated last year by school officials.

  • Cowboy Sunday Service ropes in fun, serious topics

    Not often do church services begin with an acoustic version of “Home on the Range,” but that was how United Methodist Church of Evergreen began its fourth annual Cowboy Sunday Service on Sunday.

    The event, which congregants say incorporates “Evergreen’s history and traditions,” is a unique service that includes Western- or cowboy-themed poetry, music and activities.

  • Yellow Barn sold to local real estate broker

    After almost a year on the market, Conifer’s historic Yellow Barn has a new owner: Craig Marks.

    Marks, a longtime real estate broker in Conifer, closed on the purchase May 1 for an undisclosed amount, including credits to be used toward bringing the barn up to code. The sale includes 2.5 acres of land, the 4,900-square-foot barn and other buildings on the property.

  • Mutton bustin’, other activities keep Western heritage alive at Family Fun Night

    By Seth Bodine, for the Courier

    When 5-year-old Cooper Alapai of Conifer climbed onto a sheep for the second round of the mutton bustin’ event at the Evergreen Rodeo on Friday night, the announcer introduced him as a “real cowboy.”