http://www.canyoncourier.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en School district seeks to revive talks with teachers union http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/school-district-seeks-revive-talks-teachers-union <p> In an effort to restart contract talks, the Jeffco school board has asked the teachers union what it would take for union negotiators to return to the bargaining table.</p> <p> &ldquo;I think it&rsquo;s in the board&rsquo;s best interest to keep JCEA at the (bargaining) table,&rdquo; board member Lesley Dahlkemper said at Thursday night&rsquo;s meeting.</p> Linn brings experience with Forest Service, EPA to park board candidacy http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/linn-brings-experience-forest-service-epa-park-board-candidacy-0 <p> During the years she spent with the Environmental Protection Agency, Evergreen resident Peg Linn worked with people living near Superfund sites to resolve issues around them.</p> <p> &quot;Having worked with the community to reach agreements, I feel like it will help make me a good park board candidate,&quot; Linn said.&nbsp;</p> <p> While employed at the regional office of the EPA in Denver, Linn traveled to areas in Clear Creek and Summit counties where there were abandoned mines generating hazardous waste.</p> Park district candidates to appear at forum on April 23 http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/park-district-candidates-appear-forum-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> Evergreen Country Day debate teams advance to area finals http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/evergreen-country-day-debate-teams-advance-area-finals-0 <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> Mountain Area Earth Day Fair turns 25 http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/mountain-area-earth-day-fair-turns-25 <p> <em>By Etta Satter</em></p> <p> <em>For the Courier</em></p> <p> In 1990, members of the mountain community joined with thousands of others across Colorado and throughout the nation to honor the 20th anniversary of the first Earth Day, which was founded in 1970 by then-senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin.</p> Evergreen Country Day debate teams advance to area finals http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/evergreen-country-day-debate-teams-advance-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> Fund-raiser planned April 25 for Alpine Rescue Team http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/fund-raiser-planned-april-25-alpine-rescue-team <p> &ldquo;Rocky Mountain High&rdquo; is the theme for a night of music at the Muddy Buck in Evergreen on Friday, April 25, to benefit the nonprofit Alpine Rescue Team.</p> <p> The Stumblin&rsquo; Eagles, a John Denver tribute band, will be featured at the event, which will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. in downtown Evergreen. The group is rumored to be working on a reggae version of &ldquo;Sunshine on my Shoulders,&rdquo; a John Denver favorite. The group is made up of members of the Mumblin&rsquo; Cousins band.</p> New dispatch system promises efficient use of resources http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/new-dispatch-system-promises-efficient-use-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>