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  • Evergreen man sentenced for violation of endangered species act

    Paul Ross Jackson, 63, of Evergreen, pleaded guilty on April 24 to violating the Endangered Species Act and was immediately sentenced to pay the maximum fine of $25,000 by U.S. Magistrate Judge Scott T. Varholak.
    According to a release from the U.S. attorney’s office, the defendant violated Zimbabwe’s Parks and Wild Life Act when he shot and killed an African elephant inside Gonarezhou National Park in the spring of 2015.

  • ‘Mattress’ promises lots of laughs

    If you’re in the mood to laugh, then StageDoor Theatre’s “Once Upon a Mattress” is for you.

    The show is being performed by the theater’s middle school company, and director Kris Sage calls the group of 25 actors really good.

    “I’m extremely biased,” said Sage, who also is the vocal music and drama teacher at West Jefferson Middle School. “They have worked their tails off.”

  • It’s a dirty job and someone’s gotta do it

    Second-graders at Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen fanned out through Elk Meadow on Thursday to pick up trash and other items they found that are bad for the environment.

    Armed with large bags and trash grabbers, they called out when they found something to be picked up — and most of it was dog poop.

    The youngsters understood that it was important to pick up all forms of trash “so grass doesn’t stop growing,” second-grader Mateo Goodheart explained.

  • Educators, parents rally for more funding

    The teachers are not all right — they’re mad as hell about education funding, and they want legislators to do something about it.

    On Thursday and Friday, thousands of educators and other supporters from more than a dozen school districts across the state — including Jeffco and Clear Creek — descended upon the state Capitol in hopes of sending a clear message to lawmakers about how they feel about teacher compensation and school funding in Colorado.

  • Wolfers work displayed in London

    Morgan Wolfers, the 12-year-old Conifer girl who won the 2017 Young Travel Photographer of the Year award last December, recently saw her work go on display at London Bridge City in England as part of the 2018 Travel Photographer of the Year exhibits.

    Displayed in one of the busiest tourist areas in London, Wolfers’ photographs were exhibited alongside other winners, including Alan Schroeder of Belgium, Ana Abrao of Portugal and more.

    Wolfers’ work is expected to be exhibited elsewhere around Europe and around the world throughout 2018.

  • Parks Briefs: EPRD April board meeting

    Items discussed at the April 24 Evergreen Park & Recreation District’s Board of Directors meeting at Wulf Recreation Center:

    Discussions about expansions/improvements

    According to a recent release from EPRD, the district is considering putting a bond measure on the Nov. 8 ballot to fund capital improvements to its facilities, parks and trails; and a mill levy to support operations and maintenance needs.

  • Evergreen Metro, Upper Bear Creek water districts conducting elections

    Evergreen residents will decide whether the Evergreen Metropolitan and Upper Bear Creek Water & Sanitation districts should be consolidated on the May 8 ballot.

    Residents of either district can vote at the Evergreen Metro Administration Building 30920 Stagecoach Blvd., from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on May 8. The election is walk-in only; there are no mail-in ballots available to non-absentee voters.

  • Elk Creek team to compete in global Destination Imagination contest

    After placing third at state, one of Elk Creek Elementary School’s Destination Imagination teams is heading to the global finals.

    The Mountain Eagles, comprised of seven third- and fourth-graders, will compete with 1,500 teams from 16 countries on May 23-26 in Knoxville, Tenn.

    Destination Imagination competitions include both long-term problems that the teams have been working on all school year, such as community service, as well as instant challenges that require quick thinking, team manager Laurie Woulfe explained.

  • Candidate Profiles for EPRD Board: Rob Sontag

    Rob Sontag, who was born in Minnesota, is one of the two challengers. He decided to run because the Evergreen Park & Recreation District is a major part of his family's life and the community.

    Sontag and his family have been involved in several EPRD athletics programs, including swimming and basketball, and also enjoy attending the district's special events.