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Today's News

  • Final days approaching to participate in park district's community survey

    Time is running out for residents in the Evergreen Park and Recreation District to participate in a community survey about its facilities.

    The online survey is available through Sunday, Sept. 15, at http://bit/ly/EPRDsurvey.

    Participating residents can weigh in on possible future projects such as expansion of the swimming pool at Buchanan Recreation Center and other additions such as an indoor running track and added classroom space. Lighted playing fields are another issue for those taking the survey to consider.

  • Hike to Heal will raise funds for AIDS programs

    Evergreen resident Rhonda Dern is organizing A Hike to Heal at Alderfer/Three Sisters Park on Sept. 21 to support organizations that help people affected by HIV and AIDS. 

    "I'm trying to focus this hike on Colorado projects," Dern said.

    Those who participate in the 3-mile hike, or donate to the event, will be assisting the efforts of the Center for the Church and Global AIDS, as well as the Phenomenal Women program of It Takes a Village, a group based in Denver.

  • Scouts digging into the art of composting

    Singing as they piloted wheelbarrows filled with compost, members of Boy Scout Troop 888 were hard at work at the community garden in Buchanan Park on Sunday morning.

    “You have to use brute force,” Dillon Mathues said to another Scout who was unloading a pile of compost they were moving.

    The Scouts were learning how to create and manage compost to earn gardening merit badges and advance in their ranks. They also seemed to be having a good time while chopping discarded plants to make more compost.

  • Big Chili undaunted by a small chill

    As a rain shower temporarily doused the festivities at Evergreen Lake on Sunday afternoon, a large gathering took time out from tasting enticing chili recipes to honor area firefighters.

    “Today is about our brave men and women who risk their lives,” master of ceremonies Pete MacKay said at the 12th annual Big Chili Cook-off.

  • Sheriff's Office veteran will run to succeed Mink

    After starting at the bottom rung and working his way up in the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office over the past 29 years, Jeff Shrader believes he’s ready to lead.

    Even though the election to select a new sheriff isn’t until November 2014, Shrader and another Republican, John Berry, already have announced bids. Sheriff Ted Mink is term-limited; he was appointed to the post by the county commissioners in 2003 and was elected in 2006 and 2010.

  • Weather puts a damper on summer in foothills

    Conifer and Evergreen have been feeling a bit “under the weather” this summer, but this year that’s been a good thing.

    “The rain has reduced the number of wildfire-related calls,” said Evergreen Fire Chief Mike Weege. “Dry lightning is what we fear the most, but the moisture content has been high.”

    The mountain area was blasted with rain in July and August. Kari Bowen, a meteorologist in the National Weather Service’s Boulder office, said the early-summer forecast was ideal for rainfall in the mountains.

  • MRC names new executive director

    Lorye McLeod has joined the Mountain Resource Center as its new chief executive officer.

    McLeod replaces Sharon Schrage, who resigned in early August due to health issues. Schrage had served as MRC executive director since 2007.

    McLeod’s first day was Aug. 29.

    “I’m excited to (come) to Colorado and continue to help people,” McLeod said. “My No. 1 passion in life has always been to serve others. That has been my whole career.”

  • Smiling Moose smiling even wider in new location

    The Smiling Moose Deli has moved to a larger location in the log building off Evergreen Parkway in the El Rancho area.

    The sandwich shop has been near Interstate 70 since March 2008, and it had simply outgrown its space, said owner Derek Dodds.

    “It’s in bigger space and gave us a better opportunity,” Dodds said.

    The new restaurant at 908 Nob Hill Road has doubled the number of seats in its dining area, which was a big impetus to move, he said, plus the larger space has allowed the restaurant to add a create-your-own-salad offering.

  • Group seeks to add two county commissioners

    A grassroots organization believes that Jeffco, the fourth most populous county in Colorado, needs more than three commissioners to adequately represent residents in a county with diverse landscapes and issues.
    Former Golden City Council member Karen Oxman is a founder of Jeffco5, which maintains that five commissioners would better represent the county’s half-million residents and more effectively grapple with its urban and rural political issues.

  • Stevenson discusses inBloom, school funding

    Jeffco Schools Superintendent Cindy Stevenson stopped for a cup of coffee and talked about the issues facing Colorado’s largest school district this year.

    More than 50 parents, teachers and district staff filled Conifer High’s library Aug. 28 to get an update on Jeffco Schools. School board candidates Ken Witt, John Newkirk and Gordon “Spud” Van de Water were also in attendance.

    Stevenson and audience members brought up many topics, including funding and the controversial inBloom system for storing student data.