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Today's News

  • Children's Theater plans grand opening at new home

    The Colorado Children’s Theatre has spent the last four years establishing itself as a go-to place for children’s theatrical training. Directors Kerri Monnerat and Karen Tobey have created classes in musical theater, voice, dance, stage and film acting and a full playbill of performances and theatrical productions. Most importantly, they have created a community in which children ages 4 to 18 feel special and as if they are an integral part of the school.

  • Schools may seek tax increase

    Jeffco Public Schools could be turning to voters as early as next year for a tax increase to offset recent declines in state funding.

    A citizen panel tasked with evaluating community support presented the school board Sept. 2 with a tentative plan for a bond issue and mill-levy increase. The panel said about $500,000 in private funding would be needed for the campaign to win approval for the measures.

  • Shooting of elk in front yard rattles neighbors at Chief Hosa

    A man who shot, killed and gutted an elk in his front yard near Chief Hosa Lodge on Saturday morning had an elk-hunting permit and violated no laws, although some neighbors were upset that he was shooting so close to nearby houses.

    “It was a legal hunting area. He had the license to take an elk. Everything was on the up and up,” said Jennifer Churchill, a spokeswoman for the Colorado Division of Wildlife.

    Still, some neighbors were upset.

  • Maes to stay in governor's race

    Evergreen resident Dan Maes announced Friday afternoon that he will stay in the governor’s race as the Republican nominee, despite pressure from the party and others to drop out.

    Maes, who upset Scott McInnis in the GOP primary in August, has been under fire for a growing list of problems. He faces Democrat John Hickenlooper and Constitution Party latecomer Tom Tancredo in the Nov. 2 election.

    Maes said in a news release that he decided to stay in the race after consulting with supporters and detractors.

  • Education Notes

    We’d like to know about interesting events or activities at your school. E-mail your school news to news@evergreenco.com.

    Wilmot hosts Bandana Day

  • Time to frolic for ground squirrels, chipmunks

    These lazy, warm summer days are what living in Evergreen is all about. But for some of God’s critters, they are a harbinger of a winter to come. Each morning our golden-mantled ground squirrel saunters out, blinks his eyes and ambles over to the birdfeeder for a hearty breakfast and to enjoy the warm sunshine. He frolics through his old haunts, runways and hideouts, then settles down at the feeder, obviously “in residence” for the summer. His appetite will increase soon as he stuffs himself in preparation for winter.

  • Bassano is the ultimate booster

    Every community needs a cheerleader like Angela Bassano, the most enthusiastic supporter of Conifer and its many nonprofits. Having a fund-raiser? Need silent auction items? Want to move a road? She can make it all happen.

    While some may call her “Mayor,” I choose “Cheerleader” because Angela is not only enthusiastic, she is vocal. Her infectious energy is spread not just by example but with all kinds of verbal exhortations to, as she says, “Get up off your butt and participate.”

  • Election night could be ladies’ night

    Women. More specifically, suburban women. Most specifically, independent and Republican suburban women.

    Now that we’ve made it through the primary process and have a race for Colorado’s U.S. Senate seat between Democratic incumbent Michael Bennet and Republican challenger Ken Buck, it looks to me like the key to victory in this year’s race will be unaffiliated and Republican women voters from the suburbs.

  • Community garden gets preliminary OK

    Groups backing a community garden in Buchanan Park have permission to start digging up turf and preparing the soil this fall to be ready to plant in the spring, if they can work out a contract with the park district by the Sept. 28 board meeting.

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District board gave preliminary approval for a scaled-down version of a community garden of about 12,000 square feet, or one quarter of an acre.

  • Evergreen library closing on Mondays due to budget crunch

    All Jeffco libraries normally open seven days a week, including the Evergreen Public Library, will be closed on Mondays beginning in 2011 as administrators try to reduce the operating budget by about $3 million over the next two years.

    Library officials are forced to cut the budget because of increased employee benefit costs, lower county tax revenues and an expected 7 percent reduction in assessed property values beginning in 2012.