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Today's News

  • The Place to be: Former Carpet Exchange building to host businesses, coffee shop, nonprofits

    The Place is going to be about miracles.

    That’s the description Dean Dalvit, owner of EV Studios, gave for the project going into the old Carpet Exchange building on Meadow Drive. Dalvit’s architectural firm designed the space for The Place.

    There’s no easy way to describe The Place. It’s part community center, part business center, part training area, part coffee shop. It will be for nonprofits and small businesses, for teens to hang out, and for struggling families to get a hand up.

  • Jeffco schools could face personnel cutbacks

    Jeffco Public Schools could cut 344 teachers and staff over the next two years to help reduce the district’s operating costs in the face of a massive budget shortfall.

    A draft by the budget advisory committee recommends an 8 percent reduction in spending in the general fund, out of which most teaching positions are funded. The district could also cut about 94 full-time jobs in support services, 16 in the division of instruction and others in various departments.

  • Park district to hold special meeting Tuesday night

    A special meeting of the board of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, at the EPRD administrative office, 1521 Bergen Parkway.

  • Dog beloved by GIs reunited with new family in Jeffco

    Heidi, the expatriate Iraqi pooch who was missing since Tuesday in South Jeffco, has been reunited with her new family.

    The dog, a speckled mixed breed, was adopted last year by Spec. Shawn Flint, 24, who is finishing a year-long tour with the Army National Guard in Iraq. Heidi was found about noon Saturday, having been spotted the night before by a local resident.

    “She’s home safe and now playing with a rope toy,” said Sarah Flint, Shawn’s sister. “She was glad to see my mom and dad.”

  • Business Beat: Dick's Hickory Dock to be back on clock in 2010

    If David Mot has his way, Dick’s Hickory Dock in Kittredge will reopen in late spring.

    Mot, who purchased the property at an auction in mid-December, is excited about the prospect of opening the restaurant, which had been a Kittredge landmark for years.

    He has lots of ideas about what to do with the place, and he’s looking for someone to help him make his vision a reality. However, if he doesn’t find someone to manage the restaurant, he vows he’ll do it himself.

  • Mirada showcases distinct artistic visions

    Indian Hills has a rich history — it once was the summer hunting ground for the Ute Indians and later served as the summer playground for Colorado’s artists, writers and creative visionaries.

    So it seems only fitting that Evergreen native Steve Sonnen and his wife, Jenni, have turned the historic Indian Hills Trading Post into Mirada Fine Art Gallery, a cozy spot that manages to showcase contemporary art with an ambience steeped in tradition.

  • Yellow-bellied marmots act like Eastern groundhogs

    Feb. 2 is Groundhog Day, a day that doesn’t have much significance here, but it does in the Northeastern states, especially Pennsylvania, where it started.

    The myth is that if the groundhog comes out of his winter hibernation on Feb. 2 and sees his shadow, he is frightened and goes back to sleep for six more weeks. But if it is a cloudy day and he does not see his shadow, he will stay awake and spring will come early.

  • Sweet and bittersweet journeys

    “And he carries the reminders

    “Of every glove that laid him down

    “Or cut him till he cried out

    “In his anger and his shame

    “I am leaving, I am leaving

    “But the fighter still remains.”

    — Paul Simon

    For me, hanging in Evergreen is all about the happy little surprises that crop up and punctuate your day — and the unexpected connections that result from other, less-lighthearted encounters.

  • Gov. Ritter’s decision an admirable one

    When Gov. Bill Ritter announced he was leaving office to spend more time with his family, some greeted the news with skepticism and doubt. After so many scandals involving public figures, it’s easy to assume ulterior motives.

    But I’m giving the governor the benefit of the doubt. I do believe that sometimes elected officials leave office for the sake of their families, because I did it myself.

  • Students gather at Evergreen school to seek solutions to Israel-Palestinian conflict

    Eighty Colorado middle school students gathered Jan. 21 for a mock peace summit in Evergreen that highlighted the complexity of political relations between Palestine and Israel.

    Students came in small groups from 10 schools to Evergreen Country Day School, where they took in lectures, an educational video and held cross-cultural negotiations, all focusing on conflict resolution.

    “We have to teach kids in their formative years how to prevent conflict,” said Boston University professor Carl Hobert, who brought his Axis of Hope program to Evergreen.