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  • Jeffco board approves lower pay for new superintendent

    After heated debate and public comment, the Jeffco Board of Education approved a contract for its new superintendent at last Thursday’s regular business meeting, lowering the base salary $60,000 from the salary advertised for the position.

  • Everybody was kung-fu fencing

    Hundreds of volunteers turned out to build trails at O’Fallon Park on Saturday, including a group from Nippon Kan martial arts. It was Celebrate National Trails Day hosted by The Wildlands Restoration Volunteers.


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  • Evergreen Fire extinguishes grass fire near Beaver Brook

    Evergreen firefighters were able to put out a remote, lightning-caused fire on Friday after it was reported by motorists on Interstate 70 near the Floyd Hill exit.

    Crews hiked in about 300 yards from the nearest road to the 1.5-acre fire near the U.S. 40 and Beaver Brook Canyon, said Evergreen Fire Chief Mike Weege.

    Wet weather helped firefighters keep the fire under control, creating huge plumes of smoke that were reported by motorists on Interstate 70. People near U.S. 6 in Golden Gate Canyon to the north also reported seeing burning trees, he said.

  • Evergreen Rodeo celebrates Year of the Horse

      The Year of the Horse will be celebrated at this year's Evergreen Rodeo. Rodeo organizers decided to incorporate a Western style version of the Chinese year into the 49th annual rodeo on June 14 and 15, said Sharon Mowry, advertising and sponsorship coordinator for the event.

    The theme for 2014 encompasses “anything that has to do with a horse,” said Mowry.

  • Quick-moving hailstorm damages roofs, cars

    A fast-moving hailstorm on Thursday afternoon dropped golf-ball-size hail that tore holes in roofs and stripped trees of leaves.

    The storm left a half-mile-wide swath of destruction, also denting cars and breaking some signs of Evergreen businesses. Residents saw hail a couple of inches deep on Upper Bear Creek Road, too. It did not completely melt until midday Friday.

  • Conifer High track to host Relay for Life

    The track at Conifer High School will be a beacon of hope and remembrance this weekend during the Mountain Area Relay for Life.

    The yearly event is a chance for patients, caregivers, survivors and friends and family to remember and pay tribute to those affected by cancer. Money raised goes to the American Cancer Society.

    The Mountain Area Relay for Life starts at 6 p.m. Friday and ends at 7 a.m. Saturday at Conifer High School.

  • Board set to vote on contract with teachers

    At the June 5 Jeffco school board meeting, the board will discuss and vote on the contract agreement reached by bargaining teams for the teachers union and the district.

    The agreement, reached last month, includes an average 2.5 percent increase in salary for teachers rated “effective” or “highly effective,” an increase in pay for new teachers, and class sizes remaining the same. 

  • Wildflower festival among Lookout Mountain Nature Center’s summer programs

    Spring rains have created an abundance of wildflowers this year, many of which can be seen at a festival at the Lookout Mountain Nature Center on Sunday.

    The Wildflower Festival features three guided hikes led by naturalists who will point out native species in bloom at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 and 3 p.m.

    Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn about growing native plants in gardens and which ones attract butterflies and birds. Native plants will be available for purchase at the festival.

  • Smoking restrictions approved for district parks

    Newly installed officers John Ellis, Peg Linn and Peter Lindquist voted for a partial smoking ban in parks with other Evergreen Park and Recreation District board members at the May 28 meeting.

    Ellis and Linn were elected to office last month along with Lindquist, who retained his seat on the board.