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  • School board recall organizers exceed signature-collection goal

    The group trying to recall Jeffco’s three conservative school board members has collected the signatures it needs to move forward with a recall election, a spokeswoman said.

    Jeffco United for Action over the weekend stopped gathering signatures to recall John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams, according to spokeswoman Lynea Hansen. The group announced Tuesday afternoon that it had collected more than 110,000 signatures.

  • The dawn of a fitness class

    It was a chilly 46 degrees at 6 a.m. last Thursday when a half-dozen hardy souls appeared on the Evergreen High School football field to exercise — just as the sun was rising.

    They jogged, did pushups, stretched and lunged, all while breathing the fresh air, viewing outdoor Evergreen and hearing music from a small sound system. About halfway through the 60-minute class, the sun became visible above the treetops.

  • Jeffco inmate who was found unconscious committed suicide

    A Jeffco jail prisoner who was found unconscious in his cell last week and died a day later committed suicide, the Sheriff's Office confirmed Monday.

  • Ducks ready to take the plunge

    Thousands of yellow ducks are flocking to the sixth annual Dam Ducky Derby this Saturday in downtown Evergreen.

     

    Many of the chubby little plastic fellows have been spoken for by people who have purchased tickets and therefore entered them into the event. Others are still waiting to be chosen for the race to the finish line along Bear Creek where winners will be declared and cash prizes awarded.

  • Annual Bootstraps Winefest to feature Colorado winemakers

    More than 20 Colorado winemakers will offer samples of their creations at Bootstraps' sixth annual Winefest on Aug. 15 from noon to 5 p.m. at Buchanan Park.

  • Garden-themed sculpture honors contributions of Evergreen couple

    A sculpture depicting a young girl offering flowers to a gardener is the centerpiece of the newly planted garden at the Hiwan Homestead Museum. This work created by sculptor Ken Ball honors longtime Evergreen resident Louise Mounsey and the memory of her husband, Bill Mounsey, both of whom dedicated much of their time to the betterment of the community.

     

    “I have great memories, and all are shared here today,” said Louise Mounsey at the unveiling ceremony for the sculpture on Saturday afternoon.

  • Jazzing up Evergreen

    Sounds of sweet jazz and boisterous blues livened up Evergreen this past weekend.

    A variety of musical groups played at the 14th annual Evergreen Jazz Festival for audiences who listened with delight and danced to swing tunes.

    “I think it’s the best collection of jazz musicians that we’ve ever danced to in one place,” said Todd Addleson of Genesee, who came to the festival with his wife, Dawn Addleson.

  • Six jail deputies reprimanded in prisoner's death

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office has reprimanded six jail deputies after an investigation into the March death of Jennifer Lobato, who died in her cell after waiting hours in vain for medical attention. 

    Sheriff's spokeswoman Jacki Kelley said the six deputies were given written reprimands for their actions or lack of action. Lobato died March 2, a day after being booked into the jail on a shoplifting charge. 

  • Echo Mountain will again become public ski area

    Echo Mountain Resort is planning to open as a public ski area on Dec. 10 for the upcoming 2015-16 ski season, according to owner Nora Pykkonen.

    The 226-acre ski area on Squaw Pass Road has been operating privately as a venue for the Front Range Ski Club since 2012. Pykkonen Capital LLC bought the ski area in August 2012 for $1.53 million, according to county records.

  • Length of contract is latest sticking point in talks with teachers union

    Negotiations between Jeffco Public Schools and the teachers union have hit a snag over the length of the next contract.

    The Jefferson County Education Association’s bargaining team wants a three-year contract for teachers. The school district wants to limit the contract to 10 months.

    The two sides seemed to be nearing an agreement before the issue came up at a July 15 negotiating session. Negotiators left the meeting without a resolution and with no date for the next session.