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  • District seeks to revive talks with teachers

    In an effort to restart contract talks, the Jeffco school board has asked the teachers union what it would take for union negotiators to return to the bargaining table.

    “I think it’s in the board’s best interest to keep JCEA at the (bargaining) table,” board member Lesley Dahlkemper said at Thursday night’s meeting.

  • Rosenberg cites dedication, experience in re-election bid for Indian Hills fire board

    “My heart really is in the fire department,” said Marc Rosenberg, a board member of the Indian Hills Fire Protection District who is seeking re-election in May.

    Rosenberg is a certified firefighter and first responder who has served as a volunteer with Indian Hills Fire Rescue for the past 11 years, seven of which he has been a board member. He also is assistant fire chief for the department.

  • Firefighters rescue two deer from icy waters of Evergreen Lake

    Evergreen firefighters donned wetsuits Tuesday to rescue two deer that had wandered onto the rapidly thinning ice of Evergreen Lake.

    The deer and the firefighters were all fine afterward.

    A person walking around Evergreen Lake made a 911 call about 1 p.m. after seeing the deer floundering on the ice, said Evergreen Fire Chief Mike Weege.

  • Evergreen educator publishes book on defining personal boundaries

    Evergreen resident and educational consultant Lorna Idol has written a book on defining boundaries in relationships that is based on her personal experiences.

    “Do you ever feel like other people are imposing on you? That other people are effectively bossing you around? That you don’t know what to say or do to defend yourself, until after an incident is over?” Idol asks in the overview of her recently published work, “Discovering Boundaries.”

  • Former Indian Hills fire chief seeking seat on district board

    Editor’s note: This is part of a series about candidates for the Indian Hills Fire District board in the May election.

    Former Indian Hills fire chief Don Schoenbein says the “firehouse fiasco” is the reason that he decided to run for the district fire board in the May 6 election.

    The $5 million bond issue, which the Indian Hills fire board asked residents to support to build a new station, prompted him to challenge incumbent board members, Schoenbein said.

  • Inter-Canyon candidate wants 'to see this through'

    Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of profiles of candidates running for the Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District board in May’s election.

    After serving on the Inter-Canyon Fire District board for nearly a year, Deer Creek Canyon resident Leslie Caimi wants to serve a full four-year term.

    “Serving on the board has been a great experience,” Caimi said. “I really want to see this board and this district continue to move in the right direction.”

  • County commission candidate cites incumbent's 'disconnect'

    Columbine area resident John Flerlage, a former Marine, is determined to bring his leadership qualities to Jefferson County government. 

    Flerlage, a Democrat, is running against Jeffco Commissioner Don Rosier in District 3, which covers South Jeffco. The incumbent Republican is seeking his second four-year term on the GOP-controlled commission.

    Flerlage, who ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2010, is hoping to bring his fiscal, environmental and local approach to Jeffco leadership.

    A Marine for most of his life

  • Kirkpatrick wins Ice Melt Barrel Contest

    Evergreen resident Linda Kirkpatrick took first-place honors and bragging rights for guessing when the Ice Melt Barrel would fall into Evergreen Lake.

    She was followed by Carla Boyd, second place; Beth Feldkamp, third place; and Rod Hock, fourth place, all Evergreen residents. First place wins $1,000, second place gets $500, third place $250, and fourth place $125.

    The barrel hit the water at 1:17:31 p.m. on Friday, March 28. It was placed on the lake on Jan. 7. 

  • Weathering life’s storms

    Shelby Foley and Brandon Bianco have learned many life lessons in the five weeks since their 10-month-old son, Kai, was bitten by the family dog.

    They learned firsthand that life can change in an instant.

    They witnessed the kindness of paramedics, sheriff’s deputies and medical professionals, plus the outpouring of support that is typical for Evergreen.

    And, above all, they learned to trust that their son will recover, and they will weather the medical bills and the uncertainty of Kai’s future.

  • Attendees at community park forum raise concerns about traffic, noise

    Evergreen residents at the first community forum of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District voiced concerns about noise, traffic and overcrowding at area parks--especially during special events.

    "I sleep here, right across the street," Evergreen resident Kristina Sherwood said, referring to an event at Buchanan Park at which loud music was played. Sherwood said the music seemed to be directed toward her home.