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  • Names of teachers involved in sick-outs won't be released, for now

    An injunction will temporarily prevent Jeffco Public Schools from releasing the names of teachers who participated in “sick-outs” last fall pending a court hearing requested by the teachers union, which claims that disclosing the information would violate teachers’ medical privacy.

    The Jefferson County Education Association’s Feb. 18 filing in District Court claims that even when sick-leave records do not contain specific health data, disclosing the records to the public could indirectly reveal private information.

  • Jeffco Open Space working with Arvada to develop public shooting range

    Jeffco Open Space is working with the city of Arvada in hopes of creating a county shooting range on property owned by the municipality.

    “What we’re saying is that we’d like to be at the table,” said Amy Ito, Jeffco Open Space's manager of planning and development. 

    “The timing seems ideal. This was our No. 1 site,” Ito said.

  • Everything’s coming up talent in fund-raising show

    Facing West, the popular sister duo, will headline the third annual Evergreen’s Got Talent show on Saturday at the Muddy Buck.

    “They’ve been with us from the very beginning,” said Schaunon Winter Gilman, organizer of the event. “We have a slate of returning and new people.”

    The talent show is a fund-raiser for Operation Homefront, an organization that provides assistance to military families and wounded veterans in need, Gilman said.

  • New director revamping downtown business organization

    “We’re going through a rebranding process,” said Linda Castle, the new director of the Evergreen Downtown Business Association.

    The organization is updating its website and making efforts to increase membership, she said.

    “It is my desire to get everything organized,” said Castle, who began serving in the position in January.

  • Pine 'hostage situation' now being investigated as false-reporting case

    A reported hostage situation in Pine last Friday is now being investigated as a felony false-reporting case and a possible incidence of “swatting” — when people call in fake reports to try to elicit a heavy law enforcement response.

  • Staffers from now-defunct Journey Church raising funds online

    The former pastor and some staffers of a now-defunct Conifer church are soliciting donations online to produce a documentary and a book, after the church left behind thousands of dollars in debt locally.

    The group is working on the documentary project in conjunction with a book being written by Michael Cheshire, who led Journey Community Church until the congregation disbanded in 2014, according to spokesman Cortland Coffey.  

    The online effort for the documentary had raised $1,290 of its $5,500 goal as of Feb. 7.

  • Conifer Area Council asks Jeffco Open Space to buy Journey Ranch

    The Conifer Area Council has asked Jeffco Open Space to consider buying the 45-acre ranch owned by the now-defunct Journey Community Church to complete CAC’s goal of connecting Conifer’s trails.

  • Marketing guru mobilizing volunteers to help businesses

    Imagine volunteers would work for free to make phone calls to promote your business.

    Or maybe they’d address envelopes or help prepare your taxes. They could type up information and do industry research, or help interview potential new employees.

    How quickly could your business grow?

    Evergreen Nursing Services — started by Mary Pat DeWald in Evergreen — is about to find out.

  • Gun rights front and center at Evergreen Tea Party meeting

    A large display of firearms at the Evergreen Tea Party meeting on Monday night heralded the agenda for the evening, which centered on gun rights granted by the Second Amendment.

    Keynote speaker Dave Kopel, an attorney and research director at the Independence Institute, said the Second Amendment is “now something more and more in the mainstream of constitutional law.”

    Kopel is representing Colorado sheriffs in a lawsuit against state gun-control legislation enacted in 2013.

  • Manhunt ends for suspect in dragging of deputy

    An arrest has been made in an incident in which a Jeffco deputy was dragged by a fleeing vehicle.

    Andrey Pavlovich Mishenin, 23, was taken into custody Thursday at a hotel in Glendale without incident. The Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force fugitive unit, along with the Jefferson County sheriff’s fugitive unit, made the arrest.