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Today's News

  • RMAE plans layoffs to address budget shortfall

    The school board for Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen last Thursday night voted to implement a three-pronged approach to begin balancing its budget: laying off staff and cutting both expenses and purchased services.

  • King-Murphy kids offer thanks

    Friday was a big day for the fourth-graders at King-Murphy Elementary.

    They hosted a Veterans Day celebration for the school, and that included welcoming about a dozen veterans to a coffee-and-doughnut reception before the school-wide assembly.

    The students, some dressed in suits and party dresses, were well-prepared to engage the veterans in conversation between young and old.

    Questions about the vets’ service included: How was the food? What was your job? What was your favorite memory? Do you still keep in touch with people you served with?

  • Ghostly holiday treat keeps kids on their toes

    West Jefferson Elementary students were given a special holiday treat on Friday: They attended the performance of a new Christmas play in ballet form.

    Peak Academy of Dance, which is a five-minute walk from the school, performed “A Christmas Eve Ghost Story” for the students.

    The story is written by Danielle Heller, owner of the dance studio, and is being published this year. In a strange twist, she wrote the book to fulfill her need for a new show that dancers at the studio could perform for the holidays.

  • Cattails and muskrats and long winter evenings

    (Reprinted from Nov. 23, 2007)

    The cattails are withered and brown, and ice has formed in the shallows. Evergreen Lake is about ready for its long winter sleep. Soon ice will cover the lake, snow will fall and the black-and-white world will appear rather desolate and lifeless. However, there will be more life there than most people realize.

  • Platte Canyon school board president resigns

    Less than a week after voters rejected ballot measures to recall two Platte Canyon school board members, board President Chet Lawrence has resigned his position and will serve out the remainder of his term as a general board member.

    At the school board's monthly meeting Monday, Lawrence said a desire to focus his time elsewhere motivated his decision to resign.

  • U.S. 285 reopens after grass fire extinguished

    A downed electrical line caused a small grass fire at U.S. 285 and Jubilee Trail in Pine Junction that shut down U.S. 285 to traffic early Monday morning.

    According to Josh Liss, spokesman for the Intermountain Rural Electric Association, high winds brought the line down across the highway and sparked a 10-by-10-foot fire about 7:32 a.m.

    The Elk Creek Fire Department responded quickly, extinguishing the flames within an hour. U.S. 285 reopened in both directions about 8:30 a.m.

  • ‘Beauty and the Beast’ opens Venue Theatre’s fourth season

    Last Friday, Conifer’s Venue Theatre Company kicked off its fourth season with a stage adaptation of the 25-year old Disney film “Beauty and the Beast.”

    Directed by Nelson Conway, the three-hour musical sees nearly 30 students from five area high schools share the story of how Prince Adam — transformed into the animalistic Beast by an enchantress after refusing her shelter — captured the heart of bookish but kind Belle.

  • School board approves $20,000 in performance pay for McMinimee

    The Jeffco school board has approved $20,000 in performance-based bonuses for Superintendent Dan McMinimee for his achievements during the 2015-16 year.

    Announced at the school board’s regular meeting Nov. 3, the decision comes after a presentation by McMinimee at a special meeting of the board Oct. 20, during which he gave his thoughts on whether he had adequately achieved goals set a year before.

  • Evergreen man has big plans for 'tiny house'

    Colton Heidenfelder of Evergreen is building a mobile “tiny house” as a way of living a simple, affordable and yet still comfortable life.

    Heidenfelder, 22, and his uncle Scott Tuchscher of Arizona were finishing the exterior of the tiny house last month, before Tuchscher had to return home. Heidenfelder said his goal is to have the house completed by the spring, and to drive the trailer it’s built on to Conifer.

  • Q's and Brews by Evergreen Library

    What is the scientific name for a leopard’s spots? How many children does Queen Elizabeth II have? Which actor gives the voiceover at the end of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”? Name all the eight shows that have won the prime-time Emmy for outstanding drama series since 2000.

    Lariat Lodge patrons put their gray matter to the test, stretching the limits of their random knowledge, as the Evergreen Library hosted its first-ever “Q’s and Brews” event recently at Lariat Lodge.