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Today's News

  • 'Principal for a day' at Wilmot Elementary learns lessons in management

    In her role as principal for a day, first-grader Josephine Trinco greeted students, oversaw a fire drill and learned about top-level responsibilities at Wilmot Elementary School on Nov. 18.

    Accompanied by principal Matt Cormier, Josephine visited classrooms and handed out birthday cards to students after leading her classmates in the Pledge of Allegiance and making morning announcements.

    During her tour of the school, Josephine asked students if they would like to create a new rule for the day. One suggestion was to allow gum-chewing in class.

  • Error on flier disturbs school district parents

    Two parents want the Jeffco school district to vet sponsors of district officials’ speaking engagements after an announcement for an Evergreen Tea Party meeting originally listed a white-supremacist group as a co-sponsor.

    The flier for the Evergreen Tea Party’s Education Night on Nov. 10 originally listed the American Freedom Party as a co-sponsor. The flier was later corrected to list Americans For Prosperity, and an explanation of the error is on the Tea Party’s website.

  • Park board fine-tunes 2015 budget for district

    While reviewing a third draft of the 2015 budget for the Evergreen Park and Recreation District on Nov. 18, board members suggested changes to accurately reflect expenditures in the coming year.

  • Fire district plans new user fees to offset revenue drop

    Evergreen Fire Protection District officials plan to add new user fees and to increase existing fees by up to 15 percent to offset an expected drop in property-tax revenue in 2015.

    Probably the biggest proposed fee — fire officials plan to charge drivers $500 for traffic accidents the district responds to, said Fire Chief Mike Weege. Only drivers who live outside the district would be charged, since they don’t the pay property taxes that make up the majority of the fire district’s revenue. 

  • Evergreen Downtown Business Association names managing director

    Evergreen resident Linda Castle will begin her new position as managing director of the Evergreen Downtown Business Association on Jan. 1. She is replacing former EDBA president Trish Wales, who resigned last summer.

    “We are delighted to welcome her in this position, and know her expertise will further the success of our community events and activities, and will add to the economic vitality in our unique arts, cultural and commercial district,” said EDBA board member Joan Mickelson.

  • Tinseled tannenbaums tout a yummy yule tradition

    Father Christmas would have been pleased when more than 200 guests gathered at the Evergreen Lake House on Saturday evening for the 14th annual Wine Tasting and Festival of Trees. 

    Presented by the Conifer Area Chamber of Commerce, the event brought together local businesses, Colorado wineries and chamber supporters for a night of mostly giving and, for some lucky silent-auction bidders, a night of receiving. 

  • Getting crafty at the Humphrey Museum

    Gathered in the farmhouse at the Humphrey History Park and Museum, participants in a craft program were creating holiday table decorations on Nov. 19. Using paper, silk leaves and gold spray paint, they transformed everyday materials into glittering décor.

    Angela Rayne, executive director of the museum, was leading the class while taking a break from managing the farm, which includes goats and chickens that need care and feeding.

    Upcoming classes at the museum on Soda Creek Road include making snow globes and soaps.

  • Elected officials say hello, goodbye

    Conifer residents recently said goodbye to outgoing elected officials and were greeted by their replacements.

    “Thank you for the support you’ve always shown me,” said Jeffco County Commissioner Don Rosier. “I’ve always been impressed with Conifer and how you always come together as a community.”

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  • Commissioners set to extend moratorium on retail pot sales

    Jeffco has taken the first steps in extending a moratorium on recreational marijuana sales until 2016.

    The moratorium currently in place prohibits commercial marijuana sales, grow operations or manufacturing, but is set to expire on Feb. 1, 2015. The county commissioners will vote at a public hearing Dec. 9 on extending the ban until Jan. 1, 2016.