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Today's News

  • Forum planned April 20 for park district candidates

    The Canyon Courier is sponsoring a forum for candidates in the upcoming May 4 election for three seats on the board of directors of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District.

    The event will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, at the Evergreen Lake House. The public is invited.

    Ann Bolson, pastor of Wild Rose Congregational Church, will be moderating, and Canyon Courier editor Doug Bell will present the candidates.

    Seven are in the running: Andrew Adamowski, Pat Callahan, Brett Champine, Mark Footer, Barb Scripps, Kit Darrow and Roger Hoaglund.

     

  • Casey withdraws from park district election

    Allan Casey, president of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District board, announced March 29 he is no longer a candidate for re-election, opening up a board position for one of the newcomers in the running.

    “While I initially filed for reelection to the board, I have decided to redirect my time and energy to family, business and other community interests,” Casey said in a statement.

  • Park district board approves pay increase, bonus for executive director

    The executive director of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District, as well as the paid staff, will be getting raises in 2010. Executive director John Skeel, who was hired two years ago, will get a $10,000 bonus and a 6.5 percent overall pay increase.

    Skeel’s beginning base salary is $90,000, according to the employment agreement signed in October 2007. His bonus follows a highly favorable performance review covering 2009 signed by five members of the board of directors in February.

  • How to vote in park district election

    Three of five seats on the Evergreen Park and Recreation District board are up for election this spring. Voters may choose to vote by mail or at one of two polling places on Election Day May 4.

    Applications for mail-in ballots are available at the park district website, www.evergreenrecreation.com. Scroll down to “choose form” and click. The application for a mail-in ballot is listed on the top line.

    Applications will also be available at the park district administrative office, 1521 Bergen Parkway, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Cougars upbeat despite tough start to season

    Evergreen head coach Whitney Walker knew her girls soccer team had a tough schedule to start the season.

    Coming out of the first four games with a 2-2 record isn’t too bad considering they had to play perennial Jeffco league power D’Evelyn, not mention a tough Littleton squad as well as St. Mary’s and the always well-coached Faith Christian Academy.

  • A sweet gesture for the troops

    Sometimes a familiar treat can provide the sweetest reminder of home.

    With that in mind, a small battalion of volunteers gathered at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Evergreen on March 20 to bake and box cookies to be sent to American GIs stationed overseas.

    The Cookie Project was started just after the Sept. 11 attacks, when Evergreen resident Kay Bohan watched as her husband and friends were deployed overseas.

  • School board reverses Indian Hills boundary change

    Met by a sea of Conifer-green T-shirts bearing the message “Do I Count,” the Jeffco school board on Thursday night temporarily reversed its decision to send Indian Hills students to Evergreen schools after they leave Parmalee Elementary.

    Board member Paula Noonan said the board needs to look at all aspects of the proposed boundary change before making a final decision. She said the March 4 decision to have Indian Hills students go to Evergreen schools rather than Conifer schools was made too hastily.

  • Storm closes Jeffco schools

    The spring snowstorm that launched an assault on the area Tuesday afternoon forced closure of all Jeffco schools on Wednesday.

    More than a foot and a half of snow was reported to have accumulated in Evergreen by 6 a.m. Wednesday, leaving road conditions treacherous. Interstate 70 was closed Tuesday evening from Evergreen Parkway to Floyd Hill, and intermittent closures were still possible on I-70 Wednesday.

    The snow was expected to continue until late Wednesday afternoon.

  • Talent in 'Annie' is not so little

    Maybe far away or maybe real nearby — as nearby as Conifer, in fact — the tale of the infamous Depression-era orphan, Annie, is coming to life at StageDoor Theatre.

    Middle school students from throughout the mountain area are dressed in rags and gathered to portray the Hard Knock Life of the orphans at the Municipal Girls Orphanage.

    Just as the orphans at Ms. Hannigan’s orphanage have pulled together and become a family, so has the junior company at StageDoor.

  • Rock squirrels are rarely sighted in Evergreen

    It was shortly after we moved to Colorado that my late husband and I were birding one morning in Red Rocks Park, and we saw our first rock squirrel.

    Rock squirrels are the biggest of all the many ground-squirrel clan, and despite the fact that they are ground squirrels, they are quite capable of climbing over rocks and boulders and even well into trees as if they thought they were tree squirrels.