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Today's News

  • Spelling it out: Evergreen students show off their knowledge during area bee

    It’s difficult enough to spell some English words correctly, let alone French words that are part of the English language.

    Ask the two finalists in the Evergreen Area Spelling Bee. In the final round of the bee last Thursday, they drew the words “fait accompli” and “bourgeois.”

    Katherine Ashby, a fifth-grader at Wilmot, spelled “fait accompli” correctly. The second-place finisher, Keaton Gressman, a Bergen Valley fifth-grader, had trouble with “bourgeois.”

  • Evergreen Fire/Rescue paramedic promoting CPR app for devices

    When a person needs CPR, he needs it fast. And Evergreen Fire/Rescue paramedic John Locke is promoting a smart-phone app that would improve rescue times by getting qualified members of the public involved.

    The app, “PulsePoint,” alerts CPR-trained users that someone within a quarter-mile is in need of cardio-pulmonary resuscitation. It also gives the location of the nearest defibrillator.

    Locke said that 32 percent of the time, when a person in a public place goes into cardiac arrest, no one steps in to perform CPR.

  • For Beth Evergreen, 40th anniversary a celebration of tradition, diversity

    Bernie Goldman walked through the doors of the Canyon Courier in 1974 to place a want ad — he was looking for members of the Jewish faith with whom to celebrate the High Holidays. And so, Congregation Beth Evergreen was born.

    “I met with him several times,” Rabbi Jamie Arnold said of Goldman, who died last October. “He was friends with the editor of the Courier, and one day was joking with him about there being 19 churches in the church directory of the paper. And he said, ‘You know what the 20th should be? A synagogue.’ ”

  • Evergreen nurse developing plan for community health care service

    For many years Evergreen nurse practitioner Mary Pat DeWald has had a dream of making health care more accessible to local residents in need of services.

    To move forward with her goal, DeWald is planning to launch an initiative through the Nightingale Center for Human Caring, a nonprofit organization based in Evergreen.

    Services that DeWald would like to provide include direct patient care, referrals and advocacy for those with medical issues.

  • School art show opens Friday at Shadow Mountain Gallery

    The artistic creations of area elementary school students will be on display at Shadow Mountain Gallery beginning Friday.

    Most of the works are two-dimensional, said Don Fairchild, coordinator for the 20th annual school art show at the gallery.

    Teachers at each of the participating schools have selected six to eight art pieces created by students in kindergarten through sixth grade.

  • Judge throws out some claims of Lower North Fork Fire victims

    A Jefferson County judge on Feb. 18 dismissed multiple claims from Lower North Fork Fire victims against the state.

    Judge Dennis Hall ruled on a series of motions and dismissed all but the negligence claims that had been authorized by the General Assembly in the wake of the Lower North Fork Fire in 2012.

  • School board member disturbed by tweets

    School board member Julie Williams announced at last Tuesday’s meeting that she was offended by recent tweets from two Jeffco PTA members.

    Williams referred to a social media conversation that took place Jan. 30 between Jeffco PTA president and former school board member Michele Patterson and PTA vice president Shawna Fritzler.

    On Jan. 30, the board was discussing which member should represent the board on the Jeffco PTA board. Patterson (@mmcpatt) and Fritzler (@DLMomofMorgan) had a conversation during and after the meeting.

  • Iowa-based firm will search for new school superintendent

    The Jeffco school board has selected a search firm to help find the successor to former superintendent Cindy Stevenson.

    The board heard presentations from two search firms at its Feb. 18 study session, and Ray and Associates was selected to find potential candidates to lead Colorado’s largest school district.

    Iowa-based Ray and Associates will charge $44,580 for its search, which will include conducting community meetings, recruiting, screening, interviewing and selecting a final pool of candidates.

  • Chamber’s newest leads group creates more networking opportunities for businesses

    To help local businesses make vital connections, the Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce has formed leads groups. Representatives from non-competing businesses network and become acquainted with each other during weekly meetings, which are held at various locations in Evergreen.

    To create additional opportunities for those who would like participate, a new leads group has begun meeting on Friday mornings at HearthFire Books and Treats in Bergen Park.

  • Students wax knowledgeable about presidents

    President Calvin Coolidge had a pet raccoon.

    President John F. Kennedy was the first president who had been a Boy Scout.

    President James Madison was only 5-foot-4 and weighed 100 pounds.

    President Barack Obama has read all of the “Harry Potter” books.

    President Andrew Johnson grew up learning to be a tailor, so he made all of his own clothes while president.