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  • Providing support: Parents pick over ideas, opportunities for children programs at Roll and Read

    Parents of young children can feel lost because they have fewer ways to connect with resources, so an organization operated out of the Mountain Resource Center in Conifer is coming to the rescue.

    Parents as Teachers is a program that provides parenting support especially for children under 5, according to Chris Johnson, a Parents as Teachers parent educator.

  • Kings Valley Road interchange project included in CDOT ballot initiatives

    The Colorado Department of Transportation will seek funding for the Kings Valley Road interchange — as well as improvements on U.S. 285 between Richmond Hill and Shaffers Crossing — via ballot initiatives set to be announced this fall.

    According Jana Spiker, resident engineer with CDOT, the interchange and the improvements are expected to cost around $70 million. While Spiker didn’t specify what the ballot initiatives would look like, she said the department is also seeking additional funding from Colorado’s FASTER Safety program.

  • Prey tell: Visitors to Shadow Mountain Gallery learn about raptors’ habits from HawkQuest

    Saturday was the perfect day for bird watching in downtown Evergreen — HawkQuest raptor watching, that is.

    A half-dozen beautiful birds along with their handlers educated and entertained visitors to Shadow Mountain Gallery before the duck drop at the Dam Ducky Derby. The beautiful winged creatures mesmerized children and adults alike.

    HawkQuest is an educational group based in Parker that cares for raptors — birds of prey such as hawks, falcons, owls and eagles — that can’t be released back into the wild.

  • Jeffco Schools pondering pursuit of tax increase

    Jeffco Public Schools is poised to put a property tax increase question on the ballot this November — potentially joining a $650 million bond issue question that’s been publicly floated since at least early June.

    According to Superintendent Jason Glass, the school district is weighing the possibility of a $20 million to $40 million mill levy override that would be used for the purpose of operational needs, including increased compensation for teachers and other district staff, safety and security for schools, increased mental health supports and more.

  • EPRD board tentatively narrows bond ask to $24 million

    The Evergreen Park & Recreation board has begun winnowing the list of projects it wants to fund through a bond request on the November ballot.

    The items so far bring the total to about $24 million from a wish list totaling $34 million. However, board member Monty Estis strongly suggested that the request should be closer to $14 million to better ensure that district voters would favor the proposal.

    Board member Peg Linn suggested closer to $20 million would work.

  • Just plain ducky: Crowd comes out in droves for the annual Dam Ducky Derby

    It’s the coolest five seconds each year in Evergreen.

    That’s the time it takes for nearly 5,000 plastic ducks to drop from a bucket high atop a fire engine into the water below the Evergreen dam to start the Dam Ducky Derby.

    After the crowd counts down from 10, the ducks fall with a whoosh into the water with the crowd oohing and aahing over the spectacle. Then the crowd disperses with many following the ducks all the way to Highland Haven Creekside Inn.

    The first ducks to cross the finish line will win prizes.

  • Single-vehicle crash cleared after causing traffic delays on U.S. 285

    A single-vehicle accident on southbound U.S. 285 near Windy Point in Conifer has been cleared after causing significant traffic delays Friday afternoon.

  • Wegener resigning as ParkCo sheriff

    Park County Sheriff Fred Wegener is resigning five months before the official end of his term and will be replaced by Tom McGraw, one of five Republicans who campaigned to replace him and who ultimately won the GOP primary in late June.

    In a phone call with the Courier on Thursday, Wegener said the decision stemmed from activities McGraw undertook in the days immediately following the June 26 primary election.

  • Leonard withdraws bid for re-election

    State Rep. Tim Leonard, the current incumbent and Republican nominee for House District 25, has withdrawn from the November election after a judge ruled last month against his request to reduce his alimony and child support payments as determined by the terms of his divorce. 

    In an exclusive interview with the Courier on Thursday Leonard, who lives in Evergreen and has six children, said it wasn’t financially feasible for him to work as a legislator and still fulfill the requirements of the courts.

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