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  • Superintendent finalist faces tough questions in first appearance

    Jeffco superintendent finalist Daniel McMinimee was greeted by a skeptical crowd with challenging questions at an informal meeting last Thursday evening.

    Nearly 75 community members packed the Wheat Ridge High School library to hear about McMinimee’s plans for leading the county's school district.

  • Searchers find missing Bailey man dead

    Bailey resident Nicholas Coats was found dead near his home of an apparent suicide on Thursday, May 15. 

    Searchers were called to look for the 21-year-old after he told his mother he was going for a hike at 4 p.m. Wednesday and did not return, said Jeffco sheriff's spokeswoman Jacki Kelley.

    There was no indication of foul play in the death, said Dan Pruett, chief deputy in the Jefferson County coroner’s office. Autopsy results are pending, Pruett said.

    Searchers looked for Coats in a forested area near Bailey along U.S. 285.

  • Rosenberg, Walton, Lehman to continue serving on Indian Hills fire board

    After their re-election to the board of the Indian Hills Fire Protection District on May 6, Marc Rosenberg, Ron Walton and Kelley Lehman will continue serving with members Paul Pettit and Scott Kellar.

    Rosenberg said he hopes to have more community input and involvement with the fire district, especially in making a decision about the fire station. 

  • The wit and wisdom of Richard Lamm

    When former governor Richard Lamm speaks, people laugh at his quick-witted humor. They also listen to what Lamm has to say about health care, education and the national debt.

    “We are leaving our children such a staggering debt. If the government were to be audited, we’d be put in jail,” Lamm said during his presentation to the Rotary Club of Evergreen on May 9 at Evergreen Country Day School.

  • Linn, Ellis ready to take seats on EPRD board

    Evergreen residents Peg Linn and John Ellis say they are looking forward to serving on the board of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District after their success in the May 6 election. They will join EPRD board member Peter Lindquist, who was re-elected, and members Janet Doyle and Andrew Adamowski at the May 27 meeting.

    Board members Kit Darrow and Mark Footer are leaving office.

    Ellis, Linn and Lindquist all say they are hoping to encourage greater community involvement with the park district. 

  • Upper Bear homeowners seek faster Internet

    About 100 homeowners in the Upper Bear Creek neighborhood plan to lobby CenturyLink for Internet upgrades, now that money from a state telephone fund can be used to pay for broadband infrastructure.

    About $50 million is reimbursed to Colorado phone carriers annually from a statewide High Cost Fund. The money is collected through a 2.6 percent surcharge on land-line and cell-phone bills to pay for telephone infrastructure, mostly in rural areas. State legislators recently passed a bill that will make the money available for broadband infrastructure upgrades as well.

  • Spring storm wreaks havoc on roads

    Up to a foot of snow slammed the mountain area Sunday and Monday in a spring storm that wreaked havoc on the roads and left branches bending and breaking.

    A Jeffco sheriff's deputy was reported to be OK after his patrol vehicle was rear-ended while he was stopped to help a stranded motorist on U.S. 285 north of Conifer.  

  • One finalist named in Jeffco superintendent search

    The Jeffco school board announced Saturday that Daniel McMinimee is the lone finalist for Jeffco’s superintendent position.

    McMinimee is the assistant superintendent of secondary education for Douglas County Schools. 

    The board voted 3-2 in favor of making McMinimee its only finalist, with board members Ken Witt, Julie Williams and John Newkirk voting yes. Board members Lesley Dahlkemper and Jill Fellman voted no. 

  • Board balks, imperiling pact with teachers

    An apparent agreement between Jeffco Public Schools and the teachers union is now less than certain after school board members quickly requested changes in the pact.

    Bargaining teams for the school district and the Jeffco Education Association reached a tentative agreement last Thursday night on raises for teachers and other items in the contract. But the district stipulated later that non-probationary teachers rated as not effective or partially effective would not be eligible for raises.

    The original agreement reached Thursday included:

  • Firefighters respond to downed power line, house fire

    Firefighters doused a small grass fire caused by a downed power line Thursday night near Idledale.

    According to reports, the power line fell from about 250 feet up a ridge to within 100 feet of the road at 11:30 a.m. Friday. The 10-foot-by-10-foot fire was pretty easily contained because of the wet weather, said Evergreen Fire Chief Mike Weege.

    But firefighters from the Foothills Fire Protection District had to climb a power pole to cut the line, after the power was turned off. It took until 1:30 p.m. to resolve the issue, Weege said.