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  • Jeffco schools detail possible budget cuts

    The proposed cuts to the 2011-12 budget for the Jefferson County School District will involve core services, the district’s chief financial officer said.

    The district is estimating at least $26 million in cuts, and it will mean cutting even more positions than last year.

    “We’re already stretched pretty thin,” said Lorie Gillis, the district’s chief financial officer. “This time we’re not trimming the edges (of the budget). We will be cutting some services we provide.”

  • Skeel leaving EPRD for California job

    Evergreen Park and Rec District Executive Director John Skeel is leaving for a position in California.

    Skeel will join El Dorado Hills Community Services District as general manager, according to Kit Darrow, president of the EPRD board.

    Skeel left a copy of his letter of resignation at the Courier office over the weekend. The letter is dated Nov. 26, though a newspaper in California was reporting that Skeel had taken the job there more than two weeks ago.

    Skeel's last day of work at EPRD will be Dec. 10.

  • Three library trustees lose positions

    Three of the seven Jefferson County Public Library trustees losttheir seats in office Tuesday, as the county commissioners appointed new members, including Commissioner Kathy Hartman, who was recently unsuccessful in her bid for re-election.

    Hartman recused herself from the decision, and a unanimous vote among Commissioners Faye Griffin and Kevin McCasky followed for new appointees Buddy Douglass, Ray Elliot and Hartman.

  • The ABC's of Thanksgiving

    What do you get when you cross a turkey with an octopus? A Thanksgiving dinner with drumsticks for everyone.

    Why is a penny like a turkey sitting on a fence? Because its head’s on one side and tail’s on the other.

    The jokes delivered by second-graders in Dee Werth’s class at Bergen Meadow Elementary School made parents chuckle on Friday. The punch lines were part of a Thanksgiving presentation by the class that included songs and two plays. It all culminated with pumpkin pie made by the children.

  • Fire district approves draft budget for 2011


    The fire district board on Nov. 9 approved a $4.2 million draft operating budget for 2011 that mirrors the budget for 2010 in most respects, except that there will be a pay increase for employees under a newly defined pay-for-performance plan, as previously reported.

    The final budget must be approved by mid-December.

    The fire district forecasts operating revenue of $4.2 million in 2011, or about $20,000 less than budgeted in 2010, according to the budget document.

  • EChO, MRC collect nearly 2 tons for 9Cares food drive

     Volunteers collected 3,742 pounds of food Nov. 13 at the 9Cares Colorado Shares food drive.

    "This is our largest single food drive ever," said Sharon Smith, executive director of Evergreen Christian Outreach. "We also received $21 in cash donations and approximately 400 pounds of clothing. So it was a huge success."

    In addition, EChO has received nearly 300 turkeys to distribute to families for Thanksgiving. "We had a steady procession of folks driving up and dropping off turkeys at our office," Smith said.

  • Developers seek support for new sign on parkway

     A pair of developers interested in purchasing the vacant Albertsons building said the deal hinged on winning the community's support for a substantially larger sign at Evergreen Parkway and Stagecoach Boulevard. A name for the center has not been chosen.

    Scott Reichenberg of Signature Partners and Jim Loftus of Loftus Developments, both of Boulder, are eyeing the long-empty supermarket as a retail center divided into three stores.

  • Dem Nicholson wins Senate District 16 by 685 votes

    As the margin of difference hovered under 2 percent, the candidates waited cautiously for all of the provisional and military votes to be counted. But when the final count for Jefferson County was announced late Nov. 18, Jeanne Nicholson was clearly ahead of Tim Leonard by 685 votes, or about a 2.2 percent margin, in the six-county contest.

    Republican Leonard of Evergreen conceded the race for the state Senate seat in District 16 to Nicholson, of Gilpin County, on Nov. 17, after waiting almost two weeks for all the votes to be tallied after Election Day on Nov. 2.

  • Rec district budget hearing reveals details of big-ticket items; no new increases in fees

    Rec center users can look forward to replacement of cardio equipment and weight machines and new spinning bikes at Buchanan Recreation Center, if the 2011 park-district draft budget goes into effect as written.

    An $80,000 playground makeover for Arrowhead Park in Indian Hills is also in the lineup for next year, depending on the projected acquisition of grant money from the Open Space Joint Venture Fund.

    The board must approve the final version of the budget by Dec. 15.

  • Vandals deface statues at Cabrini Shrine

    Four of the religious statues in the outdoor gardens at Mother Cabrini Shrine on Lookout Mountain were defaced during the night of Nov. 14-15.

    The damage was extensive, the cost to replace the statues will be in the thousands of dollars, and none of the icons was insured, according to Jo Ann Seaman, director of development. The order has insurance, but the deductible is very high, Seaman said.

    No one has been arrested in the crime, and police say they have no information to go on.