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  • School board approves contract with teachers

     The Jeffco school board on Thursday evening unanimously approved a 10-month contract with the district’s teachers union.

    The contract — which was negotiated between school district representatives and Jefferson County Education Association bargaining team members over more than 150 hours since early spring — has been criticized by union leadership for its short duration.

  • Teachers vote to approve new contract

    Members of Jeffco’s teachers union have voted to approve a 10-month contract with the school district, a news release reports. 

    Members of the Jefferson County Education Association began voting on the streamlined 10-month contract at an Aug. 21 all-members meeting, and announced the results in a news release Wednesday. Union bargainers were unhappy with the relatively short duration of the contract but said in earlier sessions they didn’t think the school board would approve a longer agreement.

  • Man arrested in Aurora linked to Aspen Park kidnapping

    A 20-year-old arrested in Aurora on Wednesday morning in a car-theft case has been linked to the reported kidnapping of a Park County teen last week, according to the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office.

    Aurora police arrested Dakota Holand about 8 a.m., before officials linked him to the reported abduction of a 16-year-old male from outside the Aspen Park King Soopers on Aug. 20.

  • IREA considering rate increase for new customers

    The Intermountain Rural Electric Association is considering a rate increase for new customers beginning in January 2016.

    If approved by the IREA board of directors, the rate change would help recover losses from customers who install solar panels and from buyers of vacation properties, said Josh Liss, IREA spokesperson.

    “This will not impact existing rates for customers,” Liss said. “We have heard concerns from residents who have invested in solar power.”

  • Neville decries EPA’s Clean Power Plan

    State Sen. Tim Neville called the EPA's recently released Clean Power Plan "crazy" at a town hall meeting in Conifer last Thursday evening. 

  • Montessori eighth-grader a spokesman for bicycle drive

    Peter Dohr is a bicycle honcho.

    The eighth-grader at Montessori School of Evergreen has collected at least 42 bikes so far to send to people in Africa who have no way to get around. 

    Dohr is working with the nonprofit group Bicycles for Humanity Colorado, which sends bicycles in shipping containers to rural locations in Africa. The Denver chapter is one of several chapters across the United States and Canada (b4hcolorado.org).

  • AEDs saving lives in Evergreen area

    It wasn't by chance that at least three people who suffered heart attacks were saved by AEDs in the last two years in the Evergreen area.

    Evergreen resident David Montesi started the nonprofit Evergreen Public Access Defibrillation 13 years ago, and it has installed 59 automated external defibrillators, or AEDs, for free in public areas.  

  • For Evergreen Rodeo royalty, the ride continues

    Since being crowned at the Evergreen Rodeo this past June, Queen Lauren Hladik and Princess Alexis Lundahl have been riding in area rodeos. Lauren and Alexis also make appearances at community events, and are planning to present awards at this year’s annual Big Chili Cook-off in Evergreen on Sept. 12.

    “I love the family aspect of rodeo,” says Lauren, who moved up from princess to queen this year. “It’s like a giant family. It’s so great to work together.”

  • Kittredge residents launch crowd-funding campaign for picnic shelter

    The Kittredge Civic Association and the Evergreen Park and Recreation District have launched a month-long campaign to raise $19,000 to build a picnic shelter at Kittredge Park through a crowd-funding Internet site.

    The Kittredge Park shelter was selected for the crowd-funding site Fund Your Park through a competitive application process with the National Recreation and Park Association.

  • A wealth of creativity

    From a pink pig sculpture with wings to intricately designed jewelry, the 49th annual Evergreen Fine Arts Festival featured a wealth of creative talent last weekend.