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Today's News

  • Teachers cite overload, but Stevenson rejects 'timeout'

    Jeffco teachers have called for a “timeout” on new programs for one school year in a resolution adopted April 4 by 155 members of the Representative Council of the Jefferson County Education Association.

    “Teachers are overloaded with well-meaning but counterproductive district mandates that are getting in the way of our efforts to effectively plan and teach,” JCEA President Nancy Henderson says in a statement.

    The resolution asks the school district to “focus its resources” on completing the curriculum alignment project.

  • Library reopens after water main break

    The Evergreen Library reopened on Tuesday morning after being closed all day Monday, April 14, because of a broken water main beneath the parking lot.

    About 7:30 a.m. Monday, a delivery driver noticed water furiously boiling up from the pavement through an in-line main valve about 100 feet from the library’s main entrance.

    “It was spraying up about 6 inches and washing down the parking lot into the creek,” said grounds supervisor Al Santangelo. “I’ve been here 14 years, and I’ve never seen anything like this here before.”

  • Library extra quiet following water main break

    The Evergreen Library remained closed all day Monday, April 14, as workers labored to repair a broken water main beneath the parking lot.

    About 7:30 a.m., a delivery driver noticed water furiously boiling up from the pavement through an in-line main valve about 100 feet from the library’s main entrance.

    “It was spraying up about 6 inches and washing down the parking lot into the creek,” said grounds supervisor Al Santangelo. “I’ve been here 14 years, and I’ve never seen anything like this here before.”

  • Overview of education reform proposal

    In my last column, I wrote about a soon-to-be introduced bipartisan bill called the Colorado Achievement Plan for Kids (or CAP4K). Since that time, legislation has been formally introduced in the state Senate and was assigned a bill number, SB 212.

    SB 212 is supported by Gov. Bill Ritter and enjoys bipartisan sponsorship in the Senate (Sen. Josh Penry, R-Grand Junction, and Sen. Chris Romer, D-Denver) and the House (Rep. Christine Scanlan, D-Summit County, and myself).

  • Song sparrows fear cowbirds, domestic cats

    “Zeet, zeet, zeet, buzzy trill.” I stop to listen. Yes, it is the first song sparrow I’ve heard this spring! The three bright, clean starting notes, followed by a rapid jumble of short notes, is a loud announcement by a male song sparrow that he is claiming about an acre of local real estate as his nesting territory.

  • Life Care resident celebrates a century plus two

    In 1906, Bull Moose President Teddy Roosevelt won the Nobel Peace Prize for negotiating an end to the bloody Russo-Japanese war. A major earthquake and fire leveled 75 percent of San Francisco. There was no such thing as canned beer, the average American wage was 22 cents an hour, sugar cost 4 cents a pound, there were 45 stars on Old Glory, and 203 murders were reported nationwide. And, on April 6, 1906, in the small Pennsylvania coal-mining town of Carbondale, Isobel Bruning was born.

  • Fire board candidates state their cases

    At its regular meeting at El Rancho on April 4, the Rotary Club of Evergreen served up laughter, good fellowship and a chance to hear five candidates for the Evergreen Fire Protection District board speak their piece.

  • TENAS nature center aims for Earth Day debut

    More than a dozen years of planning, fund-raising and negotiating paid off last week as The Evergreen Naturalists Audubon Society officially got comfy in the Old Warming Hut at Evergreen Lake.

    “We’re just so pleased to get going on the nature center,” says TENAS vice president Peggy Durham. “It’s been a dream of ours for a long time.”

  • Cactus Jack's serving lessons in eco-responsibility

    Quick! Name an Earth-friendly business in the mountain area. If you said Cactus Jack’s Saloon & Grill, give yourself a green star.

    In an industry not often associated with ecological innovation, Cactus Jack’s owners, Gary and Megan Mitchell, are fast transforming their downtown Evergreen watering hole into a model of environmentally conscious efficiency.

    “We’re trying to lead by example,” says Megan. “It’s not only great for the community; it saves us money.”

  • Golfers still have work to do

    LAKEWOOD — Girls golf coach Mike Kuzava finally got to see his full team in the swing of things on a sunny and calm April 2.

    Consider him both reassured and a little unsettled.