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Today's News

  • Dome, sweet dome

    An Evergreen-based nonprofit group wants to create a year-round community garden in a polycarbonate-and-fir geodesic dome, preferably somewhere in Buchanan Park north of the Buchanan Rec Center.

    Global Children’s Gardens and Mountain Community Gardeners have asked the Evergreen Park and Rec District, which owns Buchanan Park, for permission to build an 850-square-foot “growing dome” surrounded by raised garden beds.

  • Economist to deliver '09 forecast

    Keith B. Hembre, the new chief economist for U.S. Bank, will offer his economic forecast for 2009 at a gathering sponsored by the Evergreen Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 10.

    The event, which includes lunch, will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 10 at Hiwan Country Club. Registration is required due to limited seating.

  • Cohousing group gives up search for property

    A group that formed last year to explore the idea of founding a cohousing community of 20 to 40 homeowners in Evergreen has disbanded after failing to attract enough homeowners willing to purchase real estate.

    The goal was to create a community where residents shared a common area, grew their food, used solar heat and recycled water but also owned private living spaces.

    Neil Preister, one of the organizers, said about three couples and one individual were on board, but another six families would be needed to make it work.

  • Fire board to hold special meeting

    The Evergreen Fire Protection District board will hold a special meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, at fire department headquarters, 1802 Bergen Parkway.

    The purpose is to hold an executive session to discuss personnel matters. The meeting will be closed to the public, and no other matters of business will be discussed.

    Under Colorado law, all public meetings are open with the exception of certain meetings called to discuss personnel or real estate matters. 

     

  • Fire board to hold special meeting

    The Evergreen Fire Protection District board will hold a special meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, at fire department headquarters, 1802 Bergen Parkway.

    The purpose is to hold an executive session to discuss personnel matters. The meeting will be closed to the public, and no other matters of business will be discussed.

    Under Colorado law, all public meetings are open with the exception of certain meetings called to discuss personnel or real estate matters.

  • Solitaries defend their winter territory

    It looks like this may be a good year for winter birds. There is a bumper crop of “berries” on the Rocky Mountain cedar trees in our area and a heavy yield of cones on the blue spruce and Douglas fir trees. Townsend’s solitaires have already moved into the area to feast on blue berries on cedar trees, and it is highly probable that crossbills will discover the spruce and Douglas fir crop before the winter is over.

  • And the birds still sing

    As most of the readers of this column know, my dear husband, Bill, passed away on Nov. 19. Since that time the Canyon Courier has been most helpful to me in many ways, including reprinting past columns for several weeks. I am most grateful for their many kindnesses and continuing support.

    Now, I must go on with my life without my dearest companion, and that includes resuming this column. I also most sincerely thank every reader who has sent me condolences.

  • Crime and quality-of-life quiz

    To kick off 2009, we put together a quiz based on citizen questions and some crime/quality-of-life problems we encounter regularly in Jeffco. We invite you to take the quiz and see if you know the best way to handle the following scenarios.

    Q: You want to teach your young child to stay away from adults who could harm him or her. What’s a good phrase to help them remember?

    a. “Trust no one”

    b. “Say no to strangers”

    c. “Check first before you go anywhere with anyone”

    ANSWER: C

  • The strange, strange history of picking senators

    The 2008 presidential election created four vacancies in the U.S. Senate: Barack Obama and Joe Biden left open seats in Illinois and Delaware; the new secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, opened up a spot in New York; and of course, Sen. Ken Salazar was nominated as secretary of the interior, paving the way for Gov. Bill Ritter to appoint Michael Bennet, former head of the Denver Public Schools.

  • Faster way sought to solve transit woes

    Deteriorating bridges across the state, congestion that robs us of time, declining gas taxes because cars are more efficient, and an economy on the fritz. What’s a state to do? If Gov. Bill Ritter, state Sen. Dan Gibbs and state Rep. Joe Rice have their way, we’ll go faster.