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Today's News

  • Transforming sun's energy into savings on electric bills

    An array of 40 photovoltaic panels strategically placed in the yard of Mike and Joan Spalding’s home in Kerr Gulch is generating enough electrical power to keep them warm and take a huge chunk out of their utility payments.

    Hank Kaanta of Evergreen Sun Power, who oversaw the installation of the 10-kilowatt solar electric system, estimates that it will produce an average of 15,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) a year, or 1,250 kWh a month. 

  • Park district board approves community garden project

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District board approved an agreement for a community garden project that Evergreen’s Alliance for Sustainability is planning at Buchanan Park at the Oct. 23 meeting.

    Designed in two phases, the project includes developing garden plots, placement of a fence to deter wildlife, and renovation of an existing structure for an educational center.

  • Boggs in line for second school board censure

    Jeffco school board member Laura Boggs has once again angered other board members with her comments, this time agreeing with a radio host that the district superintendent “should be shot” for having a full-time employee to update social media.

    Boggs likely will receive her second censure at the Nov. 1 board meeting. The board censured her in 2010 for a variety of behavior, including linking the words “school” and “stupid” on a classroom white board and telling Superintendent Cindy Stevenson she would “tear this county apart.”

  • Key election information

    There are multiple ways to vote in the Nov. 6 general election. In addition to Election Day precinct polling places, there will be mail-in voting and early voting.

    Early voting is available from Oct. 22 to Nov. 2 at the Department of Motor Vehicle locations and Jeffco public libraries listed below.

    To register to vote, visit one of the DMV voter service centers listed below. Or, to register online, visit www.GoVoteColorado.

  • 3A/3B critical to providing Jeffco kids the best education

    By Pam Linquist
    In November, Jefferson County voters have very important decisions to make. The outcome on ballot measures 3A and 3B will affect Jefferson County Public Schools forever, because if they fail, we all lose.
    Both sides have valid points regarding Jeffco’s education, but one side doesn’t solve our immediate need today.

  • Pumpkin patch tradition carves lasting memories

    Jack-o’-lantern aficionados from the tall to the small gathered at JP Total’s pumpkin patch on Sunday to pick the perfect pumpkin, an activity that has become an Evergreen tradition for some families.

    Children walked up and down the rows of pumpkins, their thoughts churning as they decided the perfect use. Some children planned to create jack-o’-lanterns, while others wanted to use the pumpkins intact as decorations.

  • Natural Grocers expanding in Bergen Park

    Construction began last week to double the size of the Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage in Bergen Park, with the expanded store expected to be open by late spring 2013.

    The current store, which opened in 2004, will continue to do business during construction. When completed, the expanded store will be about 16,800 square feet.

    The new store will be similar to the stores being built elsewhere, said Scott Smith, a representative for Natural Grocers.

  • Ballot items: some good, some bad

    For as long as I can remember, the Colorado state personnel system has been characterized as being overly bureaucratic and restrictive. This year, we have a chance to do something about it.
    Based upon Tammany Hall-type scandals involving government employees around the country in the last half of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries, governments across the United States enacted merit-based personnel systems that made it all but impossible for politicians to reward their political allies with government jobs as rewards for their loyalties.

  • Clark’s nutcracker makes first appearance in foothills

    On Monday, Oct. 15, Mike Krieger phoned to let me know that he and Kathy had their first Clark’s nutcracker at their bird feeder near Bailey. These big, gray, black and white members of the crow family look like a small gray crow with black wings and tail. They are strange birds that act like they couldn’t decide whether to be a crow or a woodpecker.

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