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Today's News

  • Salt of the Earth Day

    Children cultivated their Earth Day knowledge and creativity with puppet shows, visits from feathery friends, museums-on-wheels and interactive displays during Saturday’s event at the Evergreen Lake House.

    The 28th annual event offered approximately 400 people an opportunity to learn about environmental stewardship from more than a dozen companies and nonprofits, including HawkQuest, the Spark City Bus and the Evergreen Nature Center.

  • Still acting, singing after all these years

    Twenty-five years ago, the foothills didn’t have much in the way of theater for kids. Enter Evergreen Children’s Chorale, which continues to provide both choral and acting experiences for youths.

    Celebrating its silver anniversary, the organization has had many successes over the years, and it will be celebrating with a gala on Saturday.

    Organizers, parents and kids point to the benefits for participants: confidence, discipline, focus.

  • Cistern construction underway on Bear Mtn.

    Construction efforts are underway to increase the water capacity of the Bear Mountain cistern by 30,000 gallons.

    In the works for more than a year, the Evergreen Fire Protection District project is the result of increased development in the area, as well as requests from the Bear Mountain homeowners association dating back to at least 2012.

  • Local Christian mentoring organization hosting fund-raiser

    Intermountain Young Life is hosting a fund-raising dinner at the Evergreen Lake House from 6:30 to 9 p.m. May 4.

    The organization is a Christian outreach ministry and mentoring program that works with middle school and high school students in Conifer, Bailey, Evergreen and Clear Creek County, area director Andy Morman said.

    Young Life partners with area churches and its 20-plus adult leaders/volunteers to build “relationships with kids ... and walk with them through the hard time of adolescence,” Morman said.

  • Annual banquet to benefit ducks, wetlands

    The Evergreen Chapter of Ducks Unlimited, a national organization that works to conserve wetlands, is hosting its annual banquet at 6 p.m., on Saturday at Mount Vernon Country Club near Genessee.

    Organizer Bob Snyder, a chapter member, said the banquet usually raises about $60,000 to $65,000 for Ducks Unlimited. Some of the money likely will be used to conserve Colorado’s wetlands, he said, as the state is a major stopping point for ducks during their migration.

  • Unconventional seating

    Kristin Whitney’s classroom at Wilmot Elementary doesn’t look anything like you might expect.

    Gone are the rows of desks for the fourth- and fifth-graders. In their place are a couch, high-backed chair, pillows, kitchen table with chairs, a camp chair and tall desks. There are four traditional desks congregated together with balls rather than chairs.

    Whitney’s desk is also gone because she said having her desk as the center of attention made it seem like it was her classroom when it should be the students’ classroom.

  • An egg-citing time

    Here one moment and gone the next.

    That’s the best way to explain the lightning speed at which older kids find eggs at an Easter egg hunt. For the younger ones, not so much.

    The 10th annual Easter egg hunt at the Evergreen Elks Lodge on Saturday was no exception. About 40 kids ages 8 and older took less than a minute to collect the 500 plastic eggs spread around the lodge’s back patio and place them in baskets. Then it was time to crack open the eggs to find the candy or coins inside.

  • COMING UP

    ‘Willy Wonka Jr.’ performances at Center/Stage

    Tour Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory with area middle-schoolers during performances of “Willy Wonka Jr.” this weekend.

    The musical is a collaboration between Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen and Evergreen Players, according to co-director Gretchen Moritz, who also teaches at RMAE.

  • Steered toward reading

    There’s something magical about a good book: Within a few moments or a handful of pages, you’re quickly transported on an adventure to long and far.

    But come springtime, the allure of a book sometimes doesn’t outweigh the prospect of summer break for the average kid, which is why Elk Creek Elementary participates in the Race to Read program every year.

  • Budget cuts causing discord

    Tensions ran high last week as the Platte Canyon school board continued discussing its financial challenges and associated budget cuts — many of which have drawn intense criticism from the community.

    Addressing the school board, director of business services Kelly Varney outlined that forecasts from the state legislature show significant K-12 education funding gaps, including an overall $400 million shortfall in funding across the state next year and a weighty increase to the negative factor.