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Today's News

  • Mountain Parks wins grant for Cub Creek Park forest thinning

    Denver Mountain Parks has won a $130,000 grant from the federal government's Wildland Urban Interface Grant Program to remove ladder fuels and thin forest on 120 acres of 549-acre Cub Creek Park south of Evergreen.

    The general working area is the parkland between Brook Forest Road and Highway 73. Work is not expected to begin until summer 2012.

    The target area is mostly ponderosa pine, including a lot of small and large trees that are very tightly spaced and in danger of insect infestation and wildfire.

  • Retiree gets a kick from classes taught by seniors

    The fun of learning without the agony of grades, exams and papers has inspired Mary Meinig of Evergreen to take 27 courses from Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in the last five years, even though it means driving 19 miles to the center in Lakewood.

     

    Ordinarily, Meinig hates the idea of commuting anywhere. Retired and 72, Meinig doesn't really have to leave home. But the camaraderie and intellectual challenge, not to mention the low price tag, keep her on the road winter, fall and spring.

  • Postal annex in Bergen Park closes

    The postal-carrier annex at 1222 Bergen Parkway across from the King Soopers shopping center has been closed abruptly as a cost-saving measure. Some 25 employees were reassigned to the main Evergreen post office on Evergreen Parkway and Bryant Drive.

    Local mail will continue to be delivered six days a week as usual.

    The change means that customers will have to call the main post office at 303-679-9861 if they have trouble with mail delivery, instead of the previous phone number (303-670-0213), which was disconnected as of Saturday, Aug. 13.

  • Questions surround fire board amid chief's departure

    After four years as Evergreen’s fire chief, Garry DeJong is preparing to start a new job in Idaho, as questions continue to surround the reasons for his decision to leave — a move that was not entirely his idea.

    During the regular monthly meeting of the Evergreen Fire Protection District board on Aug. 9, DeJong officially announced his resignation and his new appointment as fire chief in Lewiston, Idaho.

  • Evergreen explained for neophytes, and everybody else

    A photographic feast with practical info on the side, "80439: A User's Guide to Evergreen," is an irreverent collection of things that make our mountain community a wacky and wonderful place to live.

     

    Evergreen resident Steve Knapp, an irreverent man in his own right and a former staff writer for the Canyon Courier, has written a softback guidebook to Evergreen that started out to be for newcomers and then grew into something for everybody.

  • Picking on weeds

    Wake Up and Weed kicked off at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Evergreen Lake, as volunteers gathered to extricate a rogues gallery of noxious invaders.

    A brunch was served to the hungry weed wackers at midmorning in the Evergreen Nature Center. The event was sponsored by the Community Weed Awareness Campaign and Evergreen Audubon.

  • DUI checkpoint in Evergreen nets four arrests

    Four DUI arrests were made and three tickets for marijuana possession were issued on Saturday night during a Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office DUI checkpoint on Evergreen Parkway at Elk Meadow.

  • Many parents unfazed by transportation fee

    Fees to ride school buses this year imposed by the Jefferson County School District don’t seem to be outwardly ruffling a lot of parental feathers.

    However, some area PTA presidents are concerned for families who might need to pay several hundred dollars to get their children to and from school on the bus.

  • Amid budget cutbacks, schools expect a smooth year

    Despite a few bumps along the way, the teachers, administrators and staff in Evergreen schools are excited about a new school year.

    Students return to classrooms next week, and despite district-wide budget cuts, they won’t see huge differences. Principals say they tried to keep the budget cuts as far away from classrooms as possible.

    However, class sizes are a bit larger, there’s less money for supplies, and some teacher aides have disappeared.

  • Library board considers filters to block porn on computers

    Pornographic images may soon be blocked from computers in Jefferson County public libraries, though the textual content of websites such as those of Playboy and Penthouse may not.
    At a library study session Aug. 11, board members weighed several options in regulating Internet content, including doing nothing at all. Options include blocking only images considered pornographic or blocking pornographic websites in their entirety.
    Though library staff and board members seemed to favor filtering images, that process would have several flaws.