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Today's News

  • Evergreen High students learn about racism, genocide, alternative lifestyles

    Hard-hitting issues such as racism, genocide and alternative lifestyles were the key focus of Diversity Day at Evergreen High School on Friday. Students participated in a variety of workshops led by people promoting awareness and understanding of societal issues.

    In a session on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender lifestyles, panelist Stephanie Mitchell took a fresh sheet of paper, crumbed it into a ball — and then reopened it. The paper she held up had obvious wrinkles.

  • Work on connector trail project resumes after highway stabilization

    After an extended closure to stabilize soil underneath it, Highway 74 from Upper Bear Creek Road to Highway 73 has reopened, and work on the connector trail was scheduled to resume this week.

    “We have finally turned the corner,” said Jim Pokorney of GoodLand Construction, contractor for project.
    While beginning work on the connector trail at the Evergreen Lake dam on April 13, GoodLand workers discovered a fissure in the soil along Highway 74 and became concerned about the stability of the road, Pokorny said.

  • EHS will see decrease in funding

    Jeffco Public Schools’ new student-based budgeting policy will mean Evergreen High School will lose about $150,000 for the 2015-16 school year.

    Principal Ryan Alsup is predicting an additional $180,000 reduction for the 2016-17 school year, assuming the district budgeting model is retained and state funding remains as projected.

    For the 2015-16 school year, Alsup is cutting an assistant principal position, the instructional coach position and half of a teacher position to make up the loss, trying to keep the reductions away from classrooms.

  • Keyser fields questions from Democrats on TABOR, state budget, gun control

    State Rep. Jon Keyser, R-Morrison, says he has faith in Colorado voters who approved the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, which prohibits tax increases without voter approval.

    “The TABOR Amendment is enshrined in our constitution,” Keyser said of the provision enacted in 1992. “Fifty percent of people have to say ‘OK’ to raise taxes.”

    Other statewide initiatives, such as Amendment 66, a proposed tax increase to fund education, “went down in flames,” he noted.

  • Hays officially takes helm of Evergreen chamber

    After serving as interim president for the past two months, Betsy Hays is officially at the helm of the Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce.

    Last week the chamber’s board of directors selected Hays from a number of candidates for the full-time position, which includes responsibilities as CEO for the organization.

    In her leadership role Hays says she is focusing on serving chamber members and promoting Evergreen businesses.

  • Detour a bust for some businesses; others get more exposure

    The detour around Evergreen Lake is getting mixed reviews from the businesses affected most — those on Meadow Drive and those off Upper Bear Creek Road.

    For businesses along Meadow Drive, the detour means hundreds of motorists seeing what they have to offer, and business owners say that while those cars may not be stopping now, they hope to see new customers when traffic returns to normal.

  • Teachers union sues over pay-for-performance policy

    Jeffco’s teachers union is suing the school district over its divisive pay-for-performance policy, which is still in its first year.

    The Jefferson County Education Association’s lawsuit, filed April 7 amid contract negotiations with the teachers, asserts that the district’s pay plan was unilaterally implemented without union input, and that it will cause irreparable harm to teachers’ interests. The suit also claims the policy violated an existing contract with the teachers. 

  • I-70 accident in Jeffco kills one

    A fatal accident closed three westbound lanes of Interstate 70 Saturday morning near the interchange with C-470. 

  • School board member apologizes for Facebook post

    A school board member who publicly shared a link on Facebook calling for parents to protest Friday’s LGBT Day of Silence said she didn’t read the post before sharing it and feels “sickened” over its message.

  • King-Murphy students revved for repurposing

    King-Murphy Elementary School is sowing the seeds of conservation.

    The school has been celebrating the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, which is April 22, with a presentation by the regional administrator from the Environmental Protection Agency and the EPA mascot, Froggy. Students also participated in a repurposing challenge in which they took trash and found new uses for it.