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  • Jeffco schools win $33 million grant to boost teacher pay

    Jeffco Public Schools has won a $32.8 million federal grant to pilot a potentially lucrative performance-based compensation system for teachers at 20 low-income elementary and middle schools, the district announced last week.
    Though none of the selected schools are in Evergreen, three schools, including Lakewood’s O’Connell Middle School, have already been chosen. Requirements for the grant specified that at least 50 percent of students in each school be eligible for free or reduced-cost lunches.

  • Mount Vernon residents land $116,000 fire-mitigation grant

    When the Fourmile Canyon fire started boiling up in the Boulder foothills on Labor Day, it served as a visible reminder to the residents of Mount Vernon of the monster in their midst.

    “What can you think but be scared,” said Kitty Pring, who has lived in the unique community of 99 homeowners since 1977 and could see the fire from her ridge-top home. The homeowners operate their own metro district and country club with 3,000 social members.

  • Campfires forbidden in national forests

    In response to extreme fire danger, the U.S. Forest Service has issued an order  forbidding fires, smoking, using motor vehicles off National Forest System Roads or operating a chainsaw without a spark arresting device.

     

    The order applies to the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests in Boulder, Clear Creek, Gilpin, Jefferson, Larimer and Park counties.

     

    The order includes the following prohibited activities:

  • Treasurer pleads guilty in theft of Cub Scout funds

    Lisa Marie Williams, 39, of Pine agreed Sept. 17 to plead guilty to charges of attempted theft, a class 5 felony, in the theft of $11,000 from Cub Scout Pack No. 39 of Evergreen.

    The theft took place between August and December 2008, after Williams had been named troop treasurer, according to a news release from the Jefferson County district attorney's office.

    The court had entered a not-guilty plea on her behalf in April after Williams said she was not able to obtain a lawyer. A felony complaint was filed in October 2009.

  • State Senate candidates face off at Indian Hills forum

    Two candidates from opposite ends of the political spectrum are battling for the open state Senate seat representing District 16.

    Jeanne Nicholson, a public health nurse and former county commissioner from Gilpin County, is the Democratic candidate. Tim Leonard, a commercial real estate developer who has never held an elected office, is from the Republican Party.

  • Kittredge man pleads guilty to kidnapping Evergreen woman

    Joel M. Herrin, 41, has pleaded guilty to kidnapping an Evergreen woman whose house he had been cleaning for several years.

    Herrin, of Kittredge, entered a guilty plea in Jefferson County District Court to charges of kidnapping, a class 2 felony, and attempted sexual assault, a class 5 felony.

    He arrived at the house at 10:30 a.m. last Dec. 29 and started cleaning, then forced the woman into a bedroom and handcuffed her hands and feet, according to a statement from the Jeffco district attorney's office. He had been cleaning the house for four years.

  • Foothills Fire dismisses chief

    The chief of the Foothills Fire Protection District was fired without warning at a special meeting of the district board after district officials complained that he had authorized payments to himself for unauthorized overtime and health benefits.

    A former volunteer firefighter for two years before taking the chief's job, John Kilpatrick says he did nothing wrong and is pursuing legal action and a possible rehearing to clear his name. His last day was Aug. 30, the day of the special board meeting.

  • Conifer’s Smith is new director of EChO

    The new executive director of Evergreen Christian Outreach is known around Conifer as the church lady because of her work in religious education. But she also rides and trains horses, raised two children and was a Girl Scout leader for two years. She also has a soft spot for a large bovine named Sophie.

    Sharon Smith started her job at the nonprofit Evergreen food and clothing bank, at 27640 Highway 74, on Aug. 1, replacing Kristi Sigal, who joined the organization in January 2009.

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  • Economic development council formed for downtown businesses

    A group of downtown business owners and property owners has voted to create an Economic Development Council to give the business district a voice and a vehicle to make improvements.
    “We have a cool downtown,” said Dean Dalvit. “But if we don’t do something, it will all fall apart.”
    Dalvit is an architect and owner of the Mountain Village buildings in Evergreen. He also is a member of the Evergreen Downtown Business Association, which is establishing the Economic Development Council.