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Elk Creek Fire is one of three fire departments considering consolidation.

Consolidation efforts moving forward: 285 corridor fire departments starting education campaign

Three fire departments along the U.S. 285 corridor are moving forward with a communication/education campaign to make sure constituents understand what it means if the departments consolidate.
A rendering of what the improved Evergreen Lake North Trail will look like.

Two construction projects will create traffic hassles in Evergreen

Mike Vanatta is not sleeping well these days as he wrestles with how to keep Evergreen moving despite construction starting this summer that undoubtedly will snarl traffic.
A member of the Elk Creek Fire board wants the board to start a strategic-planning process.

Canyon Courier news briefs

Bike park developers ask for special use permit
The Evergreen library will get a makeover this year as the Jefferson County Public Library board plans to remodel the interior.

Canyon Courier briefs

Young Writers Conference returns on March 30; Evergreen library remodeling plans move forward; Sparkle for Special Needs fundraiser

Kindergartners Delaney Hough and Mila Franklin concentrate on making tepees in the Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen STEAM lab.

Hands-on learning fun: RMAE kindergartners make tepees in school's STEAM lab

When learning about how Native Americans lived, it’s better when that learning is hands-on.
Education
JeffCo Public Schools signage at the district offices.

Jeffco Public Schools changes start and end times for next school year

The stereotype of the tired teenager trudging to school and falling asleep in class is no myth. As kids reach puberty, they naturally stay awake later, and become sleep deprived as school start times generally stay the same. 
Clear Creek's Bode Baker throws a pitch during a June 2021 game at Denver Christian. Baker, who's been playing baseball since he was 3 or 4 years old, is graduating high school this year and hopes to play baseball at the collegiate level.

High school seniors reflect on life lessons from athletic careers

For high school seniors a few months from graduation, athletics have helped them prepare for the ups and downs, and the responsibilities of adult life.
Student Wynston Unger, wearing black and white clothes, recites his poem, “Black and White.”

Expressing themselves: Vertical Skills Academy students recite original poetry

Writing poetry is like taking your heart and putting it on paper. That was how Wynston Unger, a fourth grader at Vertical Skills Academy, explained his second attempt at writing poetry. Winston and his classmates read their poetry and explained their inspiration for their topics at a Poetry Jam on Nov. 18 at Bivouac Coffee.
Teachers and others rally outside Adams City High School Nov. 18 to protest the state board of education's decision to reorganize the district.

Teachers protest order to reorganize Adams 14 district

The next installment of the dispute between the Adams 14 School District and the Colorado board of education was in the form of a Nov. 19 rally outside Adams City High School. About 30 teachers …

Otis' Jack Willeke snares this long pass against the defense of Stratton's Avery Archuleta in the second half of the teams' semifinal game in the six-man playoffs Nov. 19 in Stratton.

Small-town football: A different game, a different level of interest

STRATTON – On the Eastern Plains, football is a special breed of cat. Or eagle, as the case may be. Tucked away north of Interstate 70, an hour or so east of Limon and two or so stops …
Business
Chifu (right) with bartender Eddie serving up food.

Chifu's Cantina opens in Georgetown

A new Mexican restaurant opened in Georgetown, and the chefs are sure the authentic menu will blow you away. 
A sign marks a home for sale on Dec. 5 in southeast Denver.

Small price drop unlikely to reverse skyrocketing home values in Colorado

Danielle and Stephan Storinsky “saw the writing on the wall.” It foretold how the housing market might change. So, earlier this year, the married couple sold their Arvada townhome.
Shannon Konyndyk, the owner of Sojourn Bookstore in Aspen Park, stands beside some of the shelves of books in her newly opened store. She sells used and new books, and likes to focus on books by local authors.

Bizbeat: Books, bright places and happy days

Business happenings in the foothills
New operators have been found for El Rancho restaurant, and they hope to open in the next few weeks.

El Rancho restaurant to reopen

El Rancho restaurant is reopening. Denver restaurateurs Frank and Jacqueline Bonanno, who own 10 restaurants in the Denver area, will operate the historic restaurant that closed abruptly last summer.

Dave Lighthart, Evergreen Metro District general manager, was named 2022 Manager of the Year by the Special District Association of Colorado.

Lighthart named Manager of the Year

David Lighthart, the manager of the Evergreen Metro District, says he’s not much for awards.
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