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  • Teachers union declares impasse

    Talks between the school district and the teachers union ended abruptly Monday evening when the union declared an impasse and left the bargaining table.

    “It has become clear … that this year’s bargaining process is broken and is disrespecting a 45-year tradition that has made us great,” said Stephie Rossi, bargaining chair for the Jeffco Education Association. “The JCEA team cannot meet the board’s interests if we don’t know what they are.”

  • Ex-fire chief pleads guilty to 3 counts in embezzlement

    Former Inter-Canyon fire chief David MacBean pleaded guilty Monday to three charges in the theft of more than $647,000 from the fire district.

    MacBean, who was indicted last October, seven months after he was asked to step down as chief, entered guilty pleas in district court to two counts of theft and one count of embezzlement of public property. MacBean's sentencing is scheduled for June 24; he faces up to 27 years in prison.

  • Search called off for missing hikers at Mount Evans

    The search was called off last week for a Minnesota father and son reported missing April 6 after they failed to return from a hike in the Mount Evans area.

    After four days of intense searching, no sign was found of Damian McManus, 52, and Evan McManus, 19, in the Mount Evans area, said Bill Barwick, a spokesman for the Alpine Rescue Team. 

    The search was called off about 4 p.m. April 9 by the Clear Creek Sheriff's Office. At its peak, the search included about 70 rescuers from several mountain agencies.

  • Phone scammer posing as Xcel rep calling businesses

    At least four businesses were victims of a recent phone scam involving someone posing as a representative of Xcel Energy, the Jeffco Sheriff's Office reported.

    The scammer would call a businesses and say its Xcel bill was past due. The caller then said that unless a payment was made immediately with a reloadable cash card, the power would be turned off, said Jeffco sheriff's spokeswoman Jacki Kelley.

  • New fire board member wants to focus on wildfire mitigation

    Editor's note: This is the second installment in a series on the two new members joining the board of the Evergreen Fire Protection District.

    Wildfires are a persistent threat to the Evergreen community — and John Anderson wants to help combat them.

    “I think about wildfire every day," Anderson said. "We need to be prepared for a wildfire event, as well as all other services and natural and manmade threats.”

  • EChO planning second job fair on May 1

    A November job fair was so successful that folks at Evergreen Christian Outreach have decided to hold another one May 1.

    The Mountain Area Job Fair is slated for 2 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 1, at Aspen Ridge Church, 27154 North Turkey Creek Road. It will be free to both employers and job seekers. It’s being co-hosted by EChO and the Mountain Resource Center in Conifer.

    Three job seekers were hired on the spot at the November  fair, where more than 110 job seekers met with representatives of 32 area employers.

  • New EMD manager coordinating Evergreen Lake dredging

    Dredging Evergreen Lake is a major project on the radar screen of Dave Lighthart, the recently named general manager of the Evergreen Metropolitan District.

    Removing sand and silt from the lake is necessary to ensure sufficient capacity for the water district, Lighthart said.

    As sediment builds in the lake, it affects the volume of water, he explained. Water capacity in the lake has decreased from 600 to 400 acre-feet in recent years.

  • Jeffco libraries gauging patrons’ expectations

    Jeffco Public Library administrators want your help.

    The administrators are on a mission to find out what level of service patrons want to see at local libraries, Donna Walker, director of public services for the library system, said March 24 at the Evergreen Library. Administrators have been holding public meetings and handing out surveys at area libraries in recent months to get an answer to the service-level question.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Bracket-eering

  • Big Chili will be cooking at Buchanan Park this year

    Tantalizing aromas from the Big Chili Cook-off will drift across Buchanan Park this year rather than the traditional venue at Evergreen Lake Park.

    “Because we are growing by leaps and bounds, we decided to move to Buchanan Park,” said Theresa Cook of Blue Spruce Kiwanis, the service organization sponsoring the 13th annual event taking place on Sept. 7.

    “At Buchanan, we’re going to have so much more room,” Cook said. “We’ll still have our great cooks.”