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  • Romney rips Obama economic record in Jeffco visit

    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney came to the Jeffco Fairgrounds on Thursday and promoted his job-creating and deficit-cutting policies, while blasting President Barack Obama’s inability to turn around the economy.

    “He had a lot of people excited. But look at the results. It’s been a disappointment. His policies have not worked,” Romney said.

  • Former Evergreen man gets 45-day sentence for improper sexual contact

    A former Evergreen man found guilty of unlawful sexual contact involving an at-risk adult has received a sentence of 45 days in prison and 3½ years of intensely supervised probation.

    During his sentencing hearing Aug. 2 in Jefferson County Court, Ronald Ruhoff, 73, acknowledged having physical contact with the 29-year-old victim, whom he met while working as a driver for an area organization.

  • Evergreen man charged in father’s slaying

    An Evergreen man is being held without bond, accused of killing his 90-year-old father and of trying to torch the home they shared.

    Kenneth James Elmgreen, 53, remains in the Jefferson County jail on charges of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree arson and two counts of a crime of violence. Elmgreen is suspected in the slaying of his father, Evergreen resident Kenneth Arthur Elmgreen.

    The crime-of-violence charges filed by the district attorney allege that the elder Elmgreen was killed “with hands and/or a pillow.”

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  • Reform of teacher pay part of tax-hike debate

    Editor’s note: The Courier is publishing a series of articles examining arguments on both sides of Jeffco Public Schools’ proposed property tax increase.

     

    Opponents of a proposed tax increase for Jeffco schools say that speeding up teacher pay reform would go a long way toward closing a budget gap that proponents hope to fill with the tax hike.

  • Michael Aldridge Band’s new CD features Evergreen drummer

    “We’re just a self-contained, rolling machine,” Evergreen resident Mike Eaton says of his country rock band.

    As the drummer for the Michael Aldridge Band, Eaton provides the dynamic rhythms for the upbeat and heartfelt music the group performs at area venues.

    The group of friends that make up the band has been performing at concerts featuring country music icons Toby Keith and Tim McGraw, and is looking forward to a Sept. 8 concert featuring Rascal Flatts at the Comfort Dental Amphitheatre in Englewood.

  • Setting priorities for a park that’s ‘about play’

    “Who’s really coming?” asked board member Janet Heck Doyle during a discussion of plans for Wulf Park improvements at the July 24 Evergreen Park and Recreation District meeting. “For me, the question is: Who is going to use this and what are the ages?”

    “It seems to me we’re energetically developing this park without objectives,” remarked board member Kit Darrow.

  • Raffle for VW camper bus to benefit park foundation

    The Evergreen Recreation and Park Foundation has chosen a restored 1973 VW camper bus for this year’s benefit raffle.

    A $5 ticket offers a chance to own the vintage vehicle, which foundation president Kit Darrow describes as “the epitome of German engineering.”

    The camper bus is in the final stages of restoration, a project that Heart Cameron of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District maintenance team is overseeing.

  • Wulf Recreation Center swimming pool to close for 3 weeks

    The swimming pool at Wulf Recreation Center will be closed for about three weeks starting Aug. 9 for major maintenance work.

    The pool will close on Aug. 9 at 2 p.m., and is expected to reopen for Labor Day weekend.

    During the closure, the pool will undergo a complete water drain, repairs, maintenance, and installation of energy-efficiency upgrades.

    Swim lessons scheduled for Aug. 13-16 will be moved to the Buchanan Recreation Center pool, and classes will run at their regularly scheduled time.

  • All about jazz: Evergreen Jazz Festival fills the weekend with sassy sounds, fascinating facts

    Evergreen came alive with the sweet, sassy sounds of jazz this past weekend.

    Music lovers who attended the Evergreen Jazz Festival heard and danced to a dynamic blend of traditional jazz tunes performed by talented musicians in several groups.

    At the Evergreen Elks Lodge, which offered two venues for performances, jazz music floated through the air and mingled with the tangy aroma of barbecue served to attendees.

    A few of the groups at this year’s 11th annual festival performed for the first time at the event.