en Kindness is king at EMS <img src="" alt="Jia Moore hugs Clarisse Gionet, right, and Jocie Jacoby after the anti-bullying assembly on Friday at Evergreen Middle School. " title="Jia Moore hugs Clarisse Gionet, right, and Jocie Jacoby after the anti-bullying assembly on Friday at Evergreen Middle School. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Evergreen Middle School principal Joelle Broberg wants her school to buck the stereotype that middle-school kids are mean to each other.</span></p> <p> With the help of the school&rsquo;s PTA and the staff, Broberg has embarked on a campaign to teach students about kindness and anti-bullying. Her mantra is &ldquo;Many Voices, One School,&rdquo; and she&rsquo;s infused it into the message from guest speakers, the school&rsquo;s choir and events since she became principal in fall 2013.</p> Cactus Jack’s celebrates year of recovery from devastating flood <img src="" alt="Ashley Guess serves up beers for customers during the celebration at Cactus Jack&#039;s on Saturday." title="Ashley Guess serves up beers for customers during the celebration at Cactus Jack&#039;s on Saturday." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Standing in warm sunshine on Saturday afternoon, Megan and Gary Mitchell, owners of Cactus Jack&rsquo;s Saloon, welcomed friends, co-workers and community well-wishers gathered to celebrate their recovery from last September&rsquo;s massive flooding.</span></p> <p> &ldquo;This has been one crazy year,&rdquo; said Megan. &ldquo;When you have something like this happen, it changes your life.&rdquo;</p> Long-delayed trail link project scheduled to begin in October <p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">The trail link project at Evergreen Lake dam is about to begin after numerous delays created by legal issues and difficulties with right-of-way acquisitions.</span></p> <p> The anticipated start date for construction of the trail is early October, said Jim Pokorny of Goodland Construction in Golden, the company selected for the project.</p> <p> &ldquo;It all depends on our traffic-control permit approval from CDOT, Jefferson County and the State Highway Patrol,&rdquo; Pokorny said.</p> Bergen Meadow students thank their heroes <p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Students at Bergen Meadow Elementary School paid tribute to local heroes last Thursday, a positive salute to those who died 13 years ago in the 9/11 attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C.</span></p> Mountain fire chiefs uncomfortable with centralized dispatch center <p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">A month after the Jefferson County Emergency Communications Authority released a report recommending a centralized dispatch center for fire, some mountain fire chiefs have expressed concern.&nbsp;</span></p> <p> &ldquo;This is one of the most serious issues our department will face,&rdquo; said Inter-Canyon Chief Randy Simpson. &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve spoken with other chiefs, and this is a concern for us.&rdquo;</p> State, county candidates will field questions at community forum <p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Candidates vying for seats in the state House and Senate and on the Jeffco Board of Commissioners will participate in a forum on Thursday, Oct. 2, at 6:30 p.m. at the Evergreen Fire/Rescue administrative building.</span></p> <p> The Canyon Courier is sponsoring the forum with the Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce to provide citizens information about local candidates seeking office.</p> King-Murphy students learn three numbers, three letters for emergencies <p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">It&rsquo;s never too early to learn about keeping safe.</span></p> <p> On Sept. 10, King-Murphy Elementary School students practiced calling 911 in an emergency, and the older students practiced CPR.</p> <p> District nurse Mary Cain, with volunteers from the Denver School of Nursing and the Clear Creek health department, conducted the sessions in conjunction with state-mandated hearing and vision screenings.</p> Teachers union reps issue no-confidence vote against board president <p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Just a week after the school board approved his performance-based pay plan, Jeffco teachers recorded a vote of no confidence in school board President Ken Witt.</span></p> <p> According to the teachers union, the vote by 180 representatives of non-administrative educators was unanimous.</p> <p> &quot;It is evident that educators in this district have had enough of the secrecy, waste, and disrespect of this board majority and its president,&rdquo; said a statement from John Ford, president of the Jeffco Education Association.</p>