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  • Angry Llama left inspectors less than happy

    Journey Community Church’s Angry Llama restaurant venture was cited 36 times for violating 23 state food-safety regulations during routine and follow-up inspections between April 2012 and March 2014, according to Jeffco Public Health reports.

    Twenty-two of the violations were rated as critical by the county, which means they were more likely than others to contribute to food contamination or illness, the reports said.

  • Journey debts

    The Courier has confirmed that Journey had the following debts:

    • Nearly $17,428 owed to Jeffco Public Schools for rent at Conifer High, according to figures provided by the school district. The district has since written off the debt.

    • $5,500 owed to Grace Church of the Rockies, where Journey rented facilities and housing space for staff, according to Ron Lewis of Grace Church.

    • $942 to Evergreen Newspapers for advertising.

  • Journey’s ties to attorney fray after interview with reporter

    Longtime Journey Community Church attorney Michael O’Connor told the Courier in an April interview that it seemed clear the church’s financial status “wasn’t properly reported” on the prospectus for bonds the church sold.

    Not long afterward, O’Connor and the former church leaders apparently parted ways.

    “There was debt. There’s no way to say there wasn’t,” O’Connor said in the interview. “It should have been reported, and it wasn’t.”

  • A Journey timeline

    March 2008: Journey Community Church incorporates and moves to Conifer.

    September 2008: Journey begins holding church services at Conifer High School.

    March 2009: Pastor Michael Cheshire and some staff open low-price Detours Coffee on East Colfax Avenue in Denver, then close the shop in less than a year, break a lease agreement and leave unpaid bills to the property owner.

    April 2010: Journey opens the Angry Llama at Conifer Crossings.

  • A loss of faith

    The now-defunct Journey Community Church — the upstart congregation that once drew hundreds of Sunday worshipers to the Conifer High auditorium — has severed its last tangible tie to the area by selling its 45-acre ranch.

  • Bear Creek watched closely as snow begins to melt

    Nearly 8 inches of wet, slushy snow fell on Evergreen overnight Saturday after a week of persistent rain, yet so far flooding in downtown has been minimal.

    Some flooding of low areas along pasture lands in the Upper Bear Creek area has occurred, said Dave Lighthart, general manager of the Evergreen Metropolitan District. Also, the creek has jumped its banks in isolated spots and a portion of the walkway leading from downtown to Evergreen Lake dam was flooded on Monday night.

  • Teachers union, district debate pay model in court

    The Jeffco teachers union argued Friday in district court that the school district improperly enacted a performance-based pay model that created unfair pay disparities between new and experienced teachers.

    The district countered that the school board was well within its rights to make final decisions about pay, and that the same disparities existed under the former system.

  • Creative district designation designed to boost Evergreen economy

    Establishing a creative district in Evergreen can benefit all area businesses economically, said Linda Castle, director of the Evergreen Downtown Business Association.

    “We know the arts is an economic driver,” Castle said. “By promoting creative enterprises, we feel other businesses will benefit.”

  • Foothills Center for Spiritual Living opens in Evergreen

    The recently organized Foothills Center for Spiritual Living is holding services on Sunday mornings at Congregation Beth Evergreen on Bergen Peak Drive.

    Led by the Rev. Dr. Judy Morley, the transdenominational religious group is affiliated with the Centers for Spiritual Living, which is headquartered in Genesee.

    “We honor all paths to God. We are inclusive,” Morley said.

    At the Center for Spiritual Living, the emphasis is on unity, the oneness of life, said Morley.

  • Storage facility expansion prompts concerns about increased traffic

    Expansion plans for A Storage Place in El Rancho have led to concerns about increased traffic among residents of the Nob Hill subdivision.

    The storage facility is turning people away because of a lack of units, said manager Bryan Burton. There are currently 50 people on a waiting list to rents units, he said.

    To meet the increased demand, the company has purchased property off Nob Hill Road with plans to build approximately 200 additional units this summer.