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  • Resident who escaped house fire appreciates community’s kindness

    The Evergreen resident who escaped with his dog when his home caught fire at the end of January said he has been “blown away” by the kindness of community members.

    Don Haupin, who closed on his house off Brook Forest Road at the end of December, had been living in the home for only two weeks when it caught fire about midnight Jan. 27. Haupin said investigators suspect electrical issues may have sparked the fire under his porch. Evergreen Fire/Rescue spokesman Doug Saba said a final report has not yet been issued.

  • Jeffco playing hardball with Comcast over contract update

    Jeffco is threatening to take away Comcast’s access to its cable lines in the county unless an agreement is finalized on changing the company’s fee structure for use of public right of way.  

    The county commissioners told Comcast on Feb. 2 that unless the company signs a contract by month’s end that changes the way it pays to do business in unincorporated Jeffco, the commission will consider revoking its use license. 

  • County property-tax bills inducing sticker shock

    Jeffco residents are seeing hefty increases on property-tax statements from Jefferson County.

    This year residents will pay more in property taxes for their homes and condos than they did in 2015 because of the increased value of their properties, said County Assessor Ron Sandstrom.

    In 2015, the value of single-family homes in Jefferson County increased by an average of 20 percent, Sandstrom said. And the value of condos went up about 35 percent and more, he added.

  • Bizbeat: Table-making hobby sets up couple for business

    A simple gift of a handmade wood console table has turned into a business for Amy and Doug Golenz of Alpine Blue Home.

    After the two were married about 25 years ago, Doug made Amy the table out of reclaimed wood, and it has traveled with them as they moved across the country.

    Friends would ask for one, so Doug would build it for them, Amy said.

    Now, they have turned that talent into a business in the Evergreen Design Center on Meadow Drive. That original console table was the basis for what they call their classic line of furniture.

  • Wilmot garden project develops some thorny issues

    Plans to create a community garden at Wilmot Elementary School cannot flourish until issues with a cooperative agreement among Jeffco Schools, the Evergreen Park and Recreation District and Evergreen’s Alliance for Sustainability are resolved. 

  • Blue Spruce Kiwanis plans to rename athletic field in memory of Henika

    To honor the memory of Greg Henika, a Blue Spruce Kiwanis member who died in an accident at Evergreen Lake last year, club members are planning to rename an athletic field for him.

    Because the field is on Jeffco school property between Evergreen High and Wilmot Elementary schools, the club is seeking permission from school administration to name it Greg Henika Field, said Kiwanis member John Ellis. After receiving permission, a sign will be created and placed at the field.

  • Appeals court upholds decision that teachers’ sick-leave records are public information

    A Jeffco judge’s decision that teachers’ sick-leave records are public information and not confidential personnel information was upheld in a Jan. 14 state Court of Appeals decision.

    Judges Steve Bernard, Robert Hawthorne and Anthony Navarro upheld a 2015 decision against the Jefferson County Education Association, which sought to prevent the Jeffco school district from releasing the names of teachers who were absent from work during “sick-outs” at several schools in late 2014. More than one Jeffco resident had requested the information.

  • School district, teachers union preparing for contract negotiations

    Jeffco Public Schools leaders said Jan. 28 they expect teacher pay and teacher recruitment and retention will be priorities during upcoming contract negotiations with the Jefferson County Education Association.

    The district and teachers union will start contract negotiations Saturday, district human resources director Amy Weber said — less than a year after the last 10-month pact was implemented.

    Negotiations last year on the current union contract encountered several issues, including the contract’s 10-month duration; it expires June 30.

  • Transit takes center stage at telephone town hall

    Transportation concerns took center stage at a telephone town hall meeting last week with Jeffco’s commissioners and other county officials.

    “I’m wondering why the roads are in such poor condition,” one resident commented. 

    Commissioner Casey Tighe responded that the county road and bridge budget increased this year, but he said maintenance needs are outpacing available funds. 

  • Ice Melt Barrel tickets still available

    Evergreen's well-known Ice Melt Barrel is in a different location on Evergreen Lake this winter, but Mountain Foothills Rotary wants everyone to know the annual contest is in full swing.

    The barrel, which was rolled out Jan. 4, is in a spot near the skating rinks this year. 

    Participants in the annual contest guess the date and time that the barrel will hit the water during the spring melt. Proceeds from ticket sales support charitable causes of the Mountain Foothills Rotary Foundation.