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Town Hall Meeting attracts good cross-section of Evergreen

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The third Evergreen Town Hall Meeting sponsored by the Pathfinders was held Thursday, April 17th  at the Evergreen Lake House with about 150 in attendance. 

Brief presentations were given by Chamber of Commerce President Lin Browning, insurance expert Mark Davidson, Mt. Evans Home Health & Hospice Executive Director Kathy Engel, Evergreen Park & Rec Executive Director Scott Robson, newly elected Jeffco school board member John Newkirk, and 2-county District Attorney Peter Weir. Jim Gorman, leader of the Pathfinders, served as emcee.  Questions from the floor were not accepted, but speakers made themselves available after the meeting.

The Pathfinders put together semi-annual Town Hall Meetings to enable residents to keep informed on current happenings from a variety of governments, special districts and other organizations whose actions impact the quality of life here in Evergreen.  State Representative Cheri Gerou, who'd planned to attend, was unable to break away from last-minute sessions at the State House.

Peter Weir told about a child predator who'd been apprehended just the day before as a result of the Child Sex Offender Internet Investigations Unit.  As reported on the news, the alleged child sex offender had engaged with a local youngster online and had taken a bus to Denver from Georgia to meet, only to discover he'd been chatting with an undercover officer instead of a young girl.

By the account of some attendees, School Board member John Newkirk of Evergreen "stole the show" with his slideshow presentation on how some Jefferson County scores have fared in recent years.


50 employers at Mountain Area Jobs Fair May 1st

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Evergreen Christian Outreach (EChO) and Mountain Resource Center have teamed up to host the Mountain Area Job Fair for the Conifer and Evergreen communities. The event will be held at Aspen Ridge Church, 27154 North Turkey Creek Road at the Marshdale Roundabout, on Thursday, May 1st, from 2 - 5 pm.  The job fair is free and open to the public.

Participating job seekers will have access to nearly 50 local employers looking to hire talented candidates in various industries. The job fair will also feature informational booths with volunteer opportunities, local resources, financial consultants, and educational opportunity counselors. Registration for job seekers and employers is available online at or by calling (303) 670-7295.

“This event helps keep jobs within our community and will connect local businesses with qualified mountain-area job seekers” said Mary Hellman, Vocational Counselor at Mountain Resource Center. “The job fair is an effective way to strengthen our local economy by helping businesses find motivated, reliable, and professional candidates for their open positions.”

Lori Frease, Development Director at Evergreen Christian Outreach said, “The community is so supportive of both EChO and Mountain Resource Center. This is one way we can give back to the community." Mountain Resource Center’s Workforce Program and the EChO Jobs Center provide free, on-going workshops that help individuals with their job search needs. Job seekers can attend classes on resume writing, interview skills, and internet job searching. Vocational Counselors, Career Advisors, and Job Coaches also offer career assessments, application assistance, one-on-one computer help, and an extensive “Career Closet” with free interview clothes and business attire.

Starting April 15, 2014, EChO Jobs Center and Mountain Resource Center will be offering a series of career workshops to help prepare job seekers for the event. The Prepare for the Fair series will focus on resume writing, interview skills, and job readiness training that can be applied immediately for a successful job fair experience. These skills will help job seekers on the day of the event, as well as with future job search efforts.


Montesi, David James, Jr.

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Dave Montesi, founder of EPAD

(1970 - )


With extensive Italian roots in Western Connecticut, the lure of Colorado’s mountains was sufficient to cause Dave Montesi to create an offshoot of the family tree in the Rockies. His mother had been a member of a ski patrol back East, and his father had brought him skiing in Colorado in his younger years, so skiing had been in his blood. He bounced from Idaho Springs to Durango (where he was a ski instructor at Purgatory) to Northern Idaho before settling in Evergreen in 1994 doing landscaping, a warm-weather job that enabled him to be on the slopes during the winter months.

Maintaining his certification as a ski instructor, he took a step up to attain Level 2 Alpine Certification in Idaho, with the Level 3 certification coming when he returned to Colorado where he then achieved Level 2 Nordic Downhill Certification. He’s been affiliated with Loveland Ski Area for 20 years, initially as a ski instructor and for the past 7 years as a paramedic on the ski patrol.

As a landscaper, Dave had gained a familiarity with the layout of Evergreen, something that was beneficial when he signed up for the 1997 probationary class of Evergreen Fire/Rescue (EFR). That training would be a life-changing experience in many ways, first leading to a new career and secondly, meeting another trainee – Tali – who would later become his wife.

Admitting it was the thrill of driving a fire truck that had enticed him to join, he soon observed that it was the medical end of the business that saw all the action.