en Springs residents grill CDOT on I-70 shoulder lane <p> Idaho Springs residents had lots of questions for state transportation officials at a meeting Monday night to discuss a planned toll lane on eastbound Interstate 70.</p> <p> Transportation officials plan to spend $49 million on a &ldquo;peak-period shoulder lane&rdquo; from Empire to east of Idaho Springs, according to Tony DeVito, regional director for the Colorado Department of Transportation.</p> CDOT seeks $10 million grant for shoulder lane <p> State transportation officials are applying for a $10 million federal grant to supplement the $20 million currently set aside to build the shoulder lane on eastbound Interstate 70.</p> <p> Construction is scheduled to start in June on the &ldquo;peak-period shoulder lane&rdquo; between Empire and Idaho Springs.</p> <p> Officials have asked Idaho Springs city council members for a letter of support for the $10 million federal grant request. The letter was expected to be approved at a council meeting this week, said City Administrator Cindy Condon.</p> Students examine local, global issues during Youth Leadership Day <img src="" alt="Students broke into groups to talk about Evergreen&#039;s economy during Youth Leadership Summit Day on Friday at Montessori School of Evergreen. " title="Students broke into groups to talk about Evergreen&#039;s economy during Youth Leadership Summit Day on Friday at Montessori School of Evergreen. " align="left" hspace="6" width="119" height="85" /><p> Students at the Montessori School of Evergreen learned about economic disparities in countries throughout the world during Youth Leadership Day on Friday. Eighth-graders at the school also looked at challenges in their Evergreen community and explored ways to address them.</p> <p> Those in the group led by student Noelle VanHorne said they like the sense of community in Evergreen but don&rsquo;t think there are enough recreational opportunities here. Students also said stray trash from the EDS transfer station in Marshdale is a problem, and suggested a cleanup activity.</p> Park district candidates to appear at forum on April 23 <p> &nbsp;The Canyon Courier and Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce are hosting a forum April 23 featuring candidates running for the board of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District.</p> <p> Five candidates are vying for three open seats on the board in the May 6 election.&nbsp;</p> <p> Peter Lindquist is the only incumbent among the candidates. Evergreen residents John Ellis, Peg Linn, Tim Kimber and Monty Estis are joining Lindquist in the race.</p> Kittredge residents express concerns about noise, trash pick-up to EPRD staff <p> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 18px; line-height: normal; ">Evergreen Park and Recreation District staff asked for &mdash; and received &mdash; lively comments from Kittredge residents at a community forum April 9. From trash pick-up to crowd and noise abatement, residents raised issues related to parks in their area during the meeting at the Kittredge Civic Center.</span></p> Evergreen Country Day debate teams advance to area finals <p> Fans of debate know that successful thespians anticipate their opponents&#39; counter-arguments. That was definitely the case last week for a debate team at Evergreen Country Day School.</p> <p> A four-student team from the private middle school was better than its opponents at anticipating counter-arguments at a tournament April 10,&nbsp; according to debate judge Joshua Murphy. The semifinals for the Denver area Charter Debate League were held at Evergreen Country Day.</p> Egg-ceptionally creative <p> Whipped cream and a red cherry made of artist&#39;s clay top the brightly colored &ldquo;Court Jester Delight&rdquo; ceramic egg on display at Evergreen National Bank.</p> <p> A dark yellow egg yolk is a stand-out feature of the &ldquo;Half-Baked&rdquo; ceramic egg. The &ldquo;Snowflake&rdquo; egg features intricate hand-painted snowflakes on a deep blue background.</p> <p> The three duck-egg-size eggs, along with about 150 more, are part of Evergreen&rsquo;s seventh annual egg-decorating contest, a fund-raiser for the Evergreen Downtown Business Association.</p> New dispatch system promises efficient use of resources <p> A new dispatch center is expected to provide more efficiency for the Evergreen Fire Protection District and at least five neighboring fire districts.</p> <p> The new dispatch center can handle all 911 calls for fire and medical help anywhere in the six fire districts from a single computer-aided dispatch system coordinated by Evergreen Fire/Rescue dispatchers.&nbsp;</p> <p> &ldquo;This is pretty exciting. It helps everybody do their jobs better,&rdquo; said Christy McCormick, communications supervisor at Evergreen Fire/Rescue.</p>