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  • McMinimee expresses concern over two more sick-out closures

    Jeffco Schools Superintendent Dan McMinimee said he’s concerned after a high number of teacher absences closed two more district high schools Monday, and he raised the possibility of docking the instructors a day's pay. 

    “I’m really disappointed,” McMinimee said Monday afternoon. “If I was a parent, I’d be really upset if a day was taken way from my student.” 

  • McMinimee addresses local students' concerns about curriculum

    Superintendent Dan McMinimee tried to reassure Conifer students Thursday morning that no action has been taken on the school board’s proposal controversial curriculum review committee.

    “We’re at the very beginning of this process,” McMinimee said. “(The committee) hasn’t even been discussed to the point of implementation.”

    More than 200 Conifer High School students packed the school’s auditorium to ask questions of the superintendent Thursday morning.

  • Jeffco student protests continue

    For the fourth school day in a row, protests in Jefferson County continued Wednesday as students from Chatfield, Dakota Ridge, Alameda and Bear Creek high schools walked out of class to protest the school board’s proposed curriculum committee to evaluate Advanced Placement U.S. History.

  • El Rancho restaurant building still for sale

    They’re still keeping the lights on at the El Rancho restaurant.

    The swoopy, orange El Rancho sign is lit up nightly, even though the landmark restaurant has not been open since 2011.

    Doug Antonoff, president of Antonoff & Co. and manager of El Rancho Investors LLC, is the one paying to keep the lights on. He said he’s not sure offhand how much he has paid in electricity costs.

  • Q&A with Senate District 16 Democratic candidate Jeanne Nicholson

    What are your qualifications for serving as a state senator from your district?
    My experience as a former nurse, small business owner, and county commissioner make me well qualified to serve in the Colorado senate.

    What do you see as the most critical issue for Senate District 16?
    Strengthening our small businesses and creating an economy that works for everyone not just the wealthy and well connected.

  • Q&A for Senate District 16 GOP candidate Tim Neville

    What are your qualifications for serving as a state senator from this district?
    Having served successfully in the State Senate before, I know firsthand how to restore balance in the legislature to create jobs and get the government off our backs. As a small businessman, I know how to help workers prosper by allowing citizens to keep more of their money.

  • Former FBI agent weaves life experiences into suspense novel

    Don’t let the title fool you. “Strangers, Lovers and the Winds of Time” by Evergreen author Dale Lovin is far from a romance novel.

     

    Lovin’s second published work is a gritty, compelling portrait of white supremacists and their devastated victims. Written as a suspense novel interwoven with factual accounts of high-profile incidents, the book contains tales of past and present evil in American society.

  • On the safe side

    Evergreen’s Safety Day on Saturday was a firefighter-wannabe’s dream.

     

    Every kid — no matter what the age — could ride in a fire truck, use a fire hose to spray a target, take a ride in a fire truck’s cherry picker high above the Evergreen Fire/Rescue Administration Building and meet real Evergreen firefighters.

    Two-year-old Tristan Roberts, dressed in his own red and yellow firefighter’s uniform, was excited to be at the annual event. He was wide-eyed at everything firefighter around him.

  • Evergreen residents help shape updated plan for their community


    Mixed-use development in Evergreen's downtown area and more senior housing were among priorities expressed by residents who attended a meeting on an updated community plan for the area on Sept. 16.

    During the meeting, about 20 residents who participated in the work session filled out cards stating the community's assets, growth opportunities and constraints to development.

  • Jeffco commissioners approve changes to county oil and gas regulations

    The Jefferson County Board of Commissioners has approved changes to its oil and gas regulations to make them consistent with the state’s regulations.

    The amended Jeffco code adds planned development, special-use and agricultural 1, 2 and 35 zoning to Section 35 of the county resolution, which sets standards for the drilling and production of oil and gas.