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  • Final days approaching to participate in park district's community survey

    Time is running out for residents in the Evergreen Park and Recreation District to participate in a community survey about its facilities.

    The online survey is available through Sunday, Sept. 15, at http://bit/ly/EPRDsurvey.

    Participating residents can weigh in on possible future projects such as expansion of the swimming pool at Buchanan Recreation Center and other additions such as an indoor running track and added classroom space. Lighted playing fields are another issue for those taking the survey to consider.

  • Hike to Heal will raise funds for AIDS programs

    Evergreen resident Rhonda Dern is organizing A Hike to Heal at Alderfer/Three Sisters Park on Sept. 21 to support organizations that help people affected by HIV and AIDS. 

    "I'm trying to focus this hike on Colorado projects," Dern said.

    Those who participate in the 3-mile hike, or donate to the event, will be assisting the efforts of the Center for the Church and Global AIDS, as well as the Phenomenal Women program of It Takes a Village, a group based in Denver.

  • Big Chili undaunted by a small chill

    As a rain shower temporarily doused the festivities at Evergreen Lake on Sunday afternoon, a large gathering took time out from tasting enticing chili recipes to honor area firefighters.

    “Today is about our brave men and women who risk their lives,” master of ceremonies Pete MacKay said at the 12th annual Big Chili Cook-off.

  • Weather puts a damper on summer in foothills

    Conifer and Evergreen have been feeling a bit “under the weather” this summer, but this year that’s been a good thing.

    “The rain has reduced the number of wildfire-related calls,” said Evergreen Fire Chief Mike Weege. “Dry lightning is what we fear the most, but the moisture content has been high.”

    The mountain area was blasted with rain in July and August. Kari Bowen, a meteorologist in the National Weather Service’s Boulder office, said the early-summer forecast was ideal for rainfall in the mountains.

  • MRC names new executive director

    Lorye McLeod has joined the Mountain Resource Center as its new chief executive officer.

    McLeod replaces Sharon Schrage, who resigned in early August due to health issues. Schrage had served as MRC executive director since 2007.

    McLeod’s first day was Aug. 29.

    “I’m excited to (come) to Colorado and continue to help people,” McLeod said. “My No. 1 passion in life has always been to serve others. That has been my whole career.”

  • 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.