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Today's News

  • CAE exhibit lets area’s teen artists show their stuff

    “Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.”

    — Albert Einstein

    Area high school artists are demonstrating their creativity and artistic prowess at an annual show just for them at Center for the Arts Evergreen.

    This is the 12th year for the show, which highlights talented teens from Platte Canyon, Conifer, Evergreen and Clear Creek high schools. Nearly 70 pieces of art will be displayed through Feb. 25.

  • Pet food drive nets 3,200 pounds for EChO food bank

    The food bank at Evergreen Christian Outreach is known for helping area residents keep food in the cupboard during lean times, but it also keeps furry friends from going without, thanks to an annual dog-food drive by Mountain Parks Veterinary Hospital. 

    This year's holiday drive netted 3,200 pounds of pet food, the largest donation since EChO began receiving the annual contribution in 2011.

  • Hiwan Hills creating wildfire protection plan

    By Deb Hurley Brobst

    Staff Writer

    The Hiwan Hills neighborhood is working to create a wildfire prevention plan for the area bounded by Bryant Drive to the north and almost to Buffalo Park Road to the south — including downtown Evergreen.

    This has been a major undertaking for the neighborhood’s homeowner association, and a draft plan is available for review on the Evergreen Fire/Rescue website, according to Eric Wilhelm, who is spearheading the effort.

  • A heartfelt proposal: EMS teacher uses Lincoln’s birthday as catalyst to pop the question

    Who knew Abraham Lincoln’s birthday could be a romantic holiday?

    Last Thursday, the day before what would have been Lincoln’s 207th birthday, Evergreen Middle School social studies teacher Owen Volzke proposed to his girlfriend of two years, Ashley Safford, a sixth-grade math teacher at the school.

    Volzke chose the day because he has an affinity for Lincoln and because the couple watched the movie “Lincoln,” starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field, on one of their first dates.

  • Area legislators weigh in on state budget priorities

    The Columbine Courier checked in with area lawmakers to learn about their priorities for the state budget and for the rest of the legislative session.

    Weighing in were Republican state Rep. Justin Everett, District 22; Democratic state Sen. Andy Kerr, District 22; and Republican state Rep. Tim Leonard, District 25.

    General thoughts on what needs to happen with the state budget?

  • LOCAL BRIEFS

    Inter-Canyon Fire spruces up its stations

    The Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District’s new chief wants district fire stations to be a place where firefighters will want to hang out.

    Fire Chief Skip Shirlaw, who was hired as the district’s first paid chief in January, said renovations planned at the stations will focus on making them comfortable and welcoming.

    “Basically we’re trying to create some space for our out-of-district people, or our in-district people … to spend the night,” Shirlaw said.

  • LOCAL BRIEFS

    Inter-Canyon Fire spruces up its stations

    The Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District’s new chief wants district fire stations to be a place where firefighters will want to hang out.

    Fire Chief Skip Shirlaw, who was hired as the district’s first paid chief in January, said renovations planned at the stations will focus on making them comfortable and welcoming.

    “Basically we’re trying to create some space for our out-of-district people, or our in-district people … to spend the night,” Shirlaw said.

  • ‘Art of the Egg’ contest under way for professional, amateur artists

    The ninth annual egg-decorating contest sponsored by the Evergreen Downtown Business Association is filled with opportunities for amateur and professional artists. Newly named the Art of the Egg, the contest features displays of creative works at Evergreen National Bank and local art galleries from the end of March through April.

  • Mountain area residents offer ideas at school board forum

     Mountain area residents at a Jeffco Public Schools community forum had plenty of ideas for how the district should spend its money, with various attendees suggesting more incentives for teachers in hard-to-fill fields or hard-to-staff schools, bulking up the district’s security team, or providing more funding for the arts.

  • Immigrant kids won’t be housed in Lakewood

    The federal government has abandoned plans to convert parts of a Lakewood office building to house up to 1,000 undocumented immigrant children, citing both time and money challenges.

    The Administration of Children and Families had planned to use the Government Services Administration building at the Denver Federal Center as temporary housing for children in a program for minors who arrive in the U.S. without a parent or adult family member. The agency initially said the facility would be ready by April.