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  • Group seeks to add two county commissioners

    A grassroots organization believes that Jeffco, the fourth most populous county in Colorado, needs more than three commissioners to adequately represent residents in a county with diverse landscapes and issues.
    Former Golden City Council member Karen Oxman is a founder of Jeffco5, which maintains that five commissioners would better represent the county’s half-million residents and more effectively grapple with its urban and rural political issues.

  • Stevenson discusses inBloom, school funding

    Jeffco Schools Superintendent Cindy Stevenson stopped for a cup of coffee and talked about the issues facing Colorado’s largest school district this year.

    More than 50 parents, teachers and district staff filled Conifer High’s library Aug. 28 to get an update on Jeffco Schools. School board candidates Ken Witt, John Newkirk and Gordon “Spud” Van de Water were also in attendance.

    Stevenson and audience members brought up many topics, including funding and the controversial inBloom system for storing student data.

  • Evergreen Rotary, Lutheran Church helping needy students with food-filled backpacks

    Members of the Evergreen Rotary Club and Evergreen Lutheran Church are working together to provide food to needy students at Parmalee Elementary School.

    "Our goal is to make sure none of the kids are hungry," said Shelley Harmon of Evergreen Lutheran Church. "We started at Parmalee because the school has the most kids on free and reduced(-cost) lunches."

  • Teacher receives DAR award for work with blind students in Sierra Leone

     For the past three summers, Evergreen resident Nancy Knight has traveled to a remote area of Sierra Leone, where she has worked with blind students at a school in the impoverished country.

     

    As a teacher of visually impaired students at Heritage High School in Littleton, Knight said she has had many memorable experiences. However, working with students in a remote African village has been incredibly rewarding, she said.

    "It's a huge gift to me," she said. "We feel like we are really making a difference."

  • Park district budget reflects anticipated drop in tax revenues

    Members of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District board grappled with a projected decrease in property tax revenue while discussing the first draft of the 2014 budget at the Aug. 27 meeting.

  • Park board hears complaints about traffic, parking problems near lake

    Lakepoint Center owner John Watson voiced his frustration over traffic congestion at Evergreen Lake during the Evergreen Park and Recreation District board meeting on Aug. 27.

    "The lake traffic has taken away from our businesses," Watson said. "The Lake House is asking us to absorb overflow."

    People who park vehicles at the Lakepoint Center while going to the Lake Park leave no spaces for tenants such as Willow Creek Restaurant, Watson said.

  • Polis discusses Syria, immigration, federal budget

     Congressman Jared Polis addressed the Syrian crisis and immigration issues while speaking at Judaism in the Foothills in Evergreen on Friday night.

     

    “Clearly, we do not want to be mired down in Syria,” Polis said. “The question is, ‘What role can America play?’ ”

    Approximately 1,400 people recently were killed with a nerve gas in Syria, and President Obama is seeking congressional approval for U.S. military intervention in the strife-filled country.

  • Top portion of Mount Evans Highway to close on Sept. 3

    The Colorado Department of Transportation will close Colorado 5 at the top portion of the Mount Evans Highway for the season at 8 a.m. Tuesday.   
    CDOT closes the 5-mile segment from Summit Lake to the top of Mount Evans the day after Labor Day in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service. 
    The remaining 10 miles on Highway 103 from Echo Lake to Summit Lake will remain open until early October unless weather creates adverse driving conditions.   

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  • Homeless people in Evergreen get help from churches, schools

     Evergreen resident Charlene Hahn discovered there are homeless people in Evergreen while waiting to take a shower after swimming at the Buchanan Recreation Center.

    “One day, things were kind of hectic” in the shower area, she said.

    Hahn said that a family was staying in the shower for a long time, and seemed to be enjoying the experience. When she asked recreation staff about them, Hahn said, she learned that the family was homeless.