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Today's News

  • Santa gives Skeel family a week without water

    Park district chief John Skeel and his family woke up on Christmas Day to discover that Santa had left them with a dry well, forcing the family of five to go without toilet flushing and hot showers for a week.

    By the day after New Year’s, the problem had been fixed with the addition of two 175-gallon storage tanks, and now the system works better than ever, Skeel said. “I can take a shower and run the dishwasher at the same time.”

    Well experts diagnosed the problem as a relative lack of rain this year.

  • Rec workers' merit raises capped at 6%

    Park district employees stand to get raises ranging from zero to 6 percent under the terms of a new pay-for-performance compensation policy hashed out in a special district board meeting on Dec. 29.

    Under the new policy, employees are not entitled to the 3.5 to 4 percent automatic cost-of-living increases they received in the past. A fixed amount of money, about $50,000, will be distributed according to merit.

  • Developer seeks easement on private retreat

    After failing to reach a deal with private landowners, Evergreen developer Ron Lewis has filed a condemnation action in district court to get an easement on a 700-foot section of road south of Shaffers Crossing off South Elk Creek Road.

  • After-school enrichment program benefits students, parents

    For working parents, making sure their grade school-age children are cared for after school usually is a battle.

    Bergen Meadow and Bergen Valley elementary schools have found a solution that has become a hit with both parents and students.

    APEX — Achieving Potential through Enrichment Experiences — is an after-school enrichment program that has parents, teachers and Evergreen businesses coming to the schools to teach children. Artful Journey, for example, offers art classes, and Stingers Soccer offers soccer classes.

  • Sustainability applies to economy

    Several years ago, I heard former governor Dick Lamm say that the biggest policy challenge of the 21st century would be sustainability. At the time, I thought he was speaking primarily about environmental issues, but recent events suggest the word encompasses even more than that.

    Of course, environmental sustainability remains a significant issue. As third-world countries catch up to industrialized nations, the problems connected with resource consumption and pollution will continue to grow.  

  • At Capitol, it’s the economy, of course

    As the 1992 presidential campaign honed in on voter priorities, political consultant James Carville decided to simplify the message for his candidate. He told Bill Clinton, “It’s the economy, stupid.”

    When the 67th Colorado General Assembly convenes this week, Carville’s message will be coming through loud and clear. Everyone’s agenda is the same. It doesn’t matter whether it is the executive branch or the legislative branch. It doesn’t matter whether they are Republicans or Democrats. It’s the economy, stupid.

  • The final fate of Frances the goose

    Several readers of this column have inquired recently if I knew what had become of “Frances” the Canada goose that lingered at Evergreen Lake into winter. Since I had suggested that the people who were concerned about Frances should call Carol Wade, I called her last week to find out what had transpired.

  • Ice Melt Barrel contest begins again

    The Evergreen Ice Melt Barrel was stationed at its lonely outpost on Evergreen Lake for the third year at 10 a.m. Jan. 1.

    Sponsored by the Mountain/Foothills Rotary Club, the barrel is monitored until it falls in the drink, signaling the approach of spring. The public is invited to bet on when the barrel goes for a swim. The winner gets $1,000. Second place is $400. Proceeds go to the Evergreen park district’s special needs program (60 percent), DriveSmart (20 percent) and the Rotary Foundation.

  • Princess makes a splash

    Of all the reckless maniacs who sank 35 bucks and their hardy altogethers into the Evergreen Lake Plunge on New Year’s Day, none caused a bigger splash — both literally and figuratively — than Princess Kristina Halstead.

    True, we colonials generally don’t have much use for viscounts, crown princes, queen mums and the like, but the festive mob on hand for Evergreen’s second-ever Frigid Follies on Jan. 1 took their honorary liege to heart with royal enthusiasm.

  • Man struck by hit-run driver on Evergreen Parkway

    A man crossing Evergreen Parkway near Ponderosa Drive was hit by an unidentified vehicle that then fled the accident scene about 11:45 p.m. Dec. 31.

    The victim, identified as Shawn Michael Stover, 31, of Denver, was transported to St. Anthony Hospital with moderate injuries. The Colorado State Patrol is looking for any information to find the driver, who remains at large.

    According to a release by the State Patrol, the make, model and color of the vehicle are unknown.

    The patrol asks anyone with information about the incident to call 303-239-4583.