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Today's News

  • Indian Hills Fire working to recoup funds from truck purchase

    The Indian Hills Fire Protection District could soon recover some of the $327,000 it is owed by the California-based company that failed to deliver a fire truck the district purchased in 2012. 

    A process server is attempting to collect the money from Fire Trucks Plus owner Paul Batista, according to an April e-mail to district board members from a California law firm.

  • The devil in the details

    Early negotiations between Jeffco Public Schools and the Jeffco Education Association have highlighted a long-existing source of tension: How much detail should be written into teachers’ contracts?

    Union negotiators argued for detailed contracts in sessions last week, pointing out that in the high-pressure day-to-day schedule of a teacher, prescriptive contract language can provide stability. 

  • Evergreen fire chief awaiting performance review

    Evergreen Fire Chief Mike Weege still is awaiting the outcome of his annual job performance review.

    Three fire district board members and Weege all say the review discussion was put off until the board receives feedback comments from volunteer firefighters and other workers. 

    The feedback process is "normal," George Kling, president of the Evergreen Fire Protection District board, said in a voice-mail message. 

  • Evergreen resident dies in avalanche on Everest

    Documentary filmmaker Tom Taplin of Evergreen was one of four Americans who died in an avalanche on Mount Everest that was triggered by an earthquake in Nepal on Saturday.

    Taplin, 61, was making a documentary about the Mount Everest base camp, his wife, Cory Freyer, said in published media reports. He had been there for two weeks, Freyer said. She was not immediately available for comment on Monday. Taplin owned the film company TET Films & Photography.

  • Health-care spending means anemic K-12 funding

    A friend called the other day asking me to explain why funding for K-12 in this year’s state budget wasn’t larger? Also, was K-12 taking more than its “fair share” of Colorado tax dollars? I thought they were both good and important questions that perhaps deserved an answer to a larger audience.

  • Colorado needs a presidential primary

    It’s déjà vu all over again — if we’re a year away from a presidential election, it must be time to talk about how we pick our delegates to national nominating conventions.

  • Evergreen students display their tech skills at event

    The Evergreen Schools Tech Extravaganza on April 23 was similar to a school science fair — only with students displaying their technology prowess as they explored a variety of topics from geology to understanding grief.

    More than 100 students from the Bergens and Wilmot elementary schools, Evergreen Middle and Evergreen High set up laptops on tables in the EHS library and two classrooms. Students and parents strolled through to hear about the students’ work. They used a variety of programs to explain their research and display their results.

  • Evergreen Middle School observes Day Without Hate

    While Evergreen High School was celebrating Diversity Day on Friday, Evergreen Middle School was celebrating the national Day Without Hate, a program the school has embraced for five years.

    “Not all schools have embraced Day Without Hate as much as EMS,” said Julie Maus, the leadership liaison to the EMS PTA. “We’ve been trying to make it more intrinsic in the school to promote diversity. We want it to become part of the school culture.”

  • EHS will see decrease in funding

    Jeffco Public Schools’ new student-based budgeting policy will mean Evergreen High School will lose about $150,000 for the 2015-16 school year.

    Principal Ryan Alsup is predicting an additional $180,000 reduction for the 2016-17 school year, assuming the district budgeting model is retained and state funding remains as projected.

    For the 2015-16 school year, Alsup is cutting an assistant principal position, the instructional coach position and half of a teacher position to make up the loss, trying to keep the reductions away from classrooms.

  • Sports briefs

    BASKETBALL
    Summer girls hoops camp scheduled for June 1-4
    The Evergreen High School girls basketball summer camp is scheduled for June 1-4 from 1-3 p.m. daily at Wulf Recreation Center.

    The camp is open to incoming 3rd through 8th graders.

    Cost is $70.

    For more information and information on the registration form, visit http://ehsbasketballgirls.weebly.com/cougar-camp-3-8th-grade.html.