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Today's News

  • Indian Hills Fire board holds hearing on 2017 budget

    The Indian Hills Fire Protection District board moved forward with its 2017 budget after holding a public hearing Nov. 30.

    The proposed 2017 budget totals $358,043, an increase of nearly $14,000 from the previous year, largely due to capital expenditures. Some $25,000 is set aside for fire station improvements, and the budget designates $17,500 for the purchase of new vehicles.

  • DAR, American Legion commemorate Pearl Harbor anniversary

    The Mountain Rendezvous Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and American Legion Post 2001 commemorated the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor on Sunday.

    The ceremony included a reflection on those who died in the Pearl Harbor attack and the trials of World War II that followed. The chapter’s chaplain, Kathleen Schrader, led the group in benediction, calling to mind all those who gave their lives to defend the United States. And, American Legion member Vern Stelzer read President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s famous post-attack speech.

  • Community celebrates longtime leader Alderfer, his new book

    Cowboy, sawyer, carpenter, barn-raiser, trail-builder, conservationist, preservationist, historian, author, community leader, friend, husband, father.

    The way his friends tell it, Hank Alderfer should be considered for the title of “ Most Interesting Man in the World.”

    Alderfer family members, friends and the Evergreen community gathered Nov. 30 at the Lake House to celebrate Alderfer’s accomplishments and contributions, as well as help launch a book of his Canyon Courier columns, titled “Yesteryear.”

  • Magic meets merry-making on Main

    The magic of the Christmas season touches young and old alike.

    On Friday night, as Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived in downtown Evergreen aboard a fire engine, dozens of children — many of them perched on their dads’ shoulders — waved in greeting. And many of the adults waved too.

    The falling snowflakes caught the glow from the Christmas lights and fire pits. Somewhere in the background, someone was playing a holiday tune.

  • EDUCATION BRIEFS

    Renewal of superintendent’s contract to be discussed

    Discussions about the renewal of Superintendent Dan McMinimee’s contract are set to begin early next year. While initial conversations will take place in executive session among school board members, those conversations will transition out into public discourse, with a decision by the end of March 2017.

  • Jeffco school district sees slight decline in enrollment

    Early numbers for the 2016-17 academic year show a slight decrease in enrollment in Jeffco Public Schools, and those numbers are expected to drop further next year.

    Some 370 fewer students are enrolled at district schools compared to this time last year. While the decrease is small considering that the district has typically served an average of more 86,000 students since the 2005-06 academic year, the decline in enrollment is expected to continue next year.

  • School district enacts partial hiring freeze

    Effective immediately, Jeffco Public Schools has instituted a hiring freeze on almost all non-classroom positions, and all new hires will have to be approved by a district cabinet consisting of 11 people.

    According to chief human resources officer Amy Weber, the cabinet last week discussed the hiring freeze, which will exclude grant-funded positions and essential positions such as teachers, para-educators, bus drivers and food service employees.

  • Conifer’s Venue Theatre feeling growing pains

    It’s lean times at the Venue Theatre Company in Conifer, but not in the usual sense: the education-based youth theater is in short supply of space, funds and extra hands — all the consequences of success.

  • Evergreen Fine Art planning to celebrate 25th anniversary

    Evergreen Fine Art Gallery will be celebrating its 25th anniversary Saturday, conjuring memories of the many events held at the high-end gallery over the years and the artists it has championed.

    The festivities begin at 2 p.m. and will feature more than 15 prominent artists who have been favorites at the gallery. Stacey Patterson, Pem Dunn and Robert Spooner will be on hand featuring recent works, and Edward Aldrich will conduct live demonstrations. Models will mix with the crowd displaying Andrea Li’s handcrafted jewelry.

  • Chorale, Jefferson Symphony to celebrate the season

    Once again the Evergreen Chorale, along with the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra, will embrace the season with their annual Christmas production. This year holiday classics and the mini-opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors” will be presented Friday evening and Sunday afternoon at two separate locations. Because both shows promise to draw a huge audience, the opera and musical selections will be performed at Denver’s 100-year-old Central Presbyterian Church on Friday and at Rockland Community Church on Sunday.