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  • Zinna wins lawsuit against former commissioner

    Longtime county critic Mike Zinna won his First Amendment lawsuit against former commissioner Jim Congrove on Wednesday when jurors awarded him the sum of $1,791 — a number that corresponds with the year the Bill of Rights was ratified.

    The former talk-radio host and gadfly blogger alleged that Congrove and others violated his First Amendment rights by taking steps to prevent him from speaking at public hearings and to halt his investigations into county government.

  • County administrator confirms moves against Zinna

    County Administrator Jim Moore testified in a federal lawsuit last week that, in 2005, the Jeffco commissioners actively tried to silence longtime county critic Mike Zinna.

    “They were very displeased. They wanted him to stop,” Moore said, referring to the former commission’s reaction to stories posted on Zinna’s websites. “They generally talked about ways to shut him up, shut him down. … There was discussion about evicting him from the airport.”

  • Moore fired as county administrator

    County Administrator Jim Moore was fired Dec. 9 in a unanimous vote by the county commissioners.

    Commissioners Kathy Hartman, Kevin McCasky and Faye Griffin voted to terminate Moore's employment with the county effective immediately. It was not revealed what, if any, severance package he would receive.

    Neither the board nor County Attorney Ellen Wakeman answered questions about the terms of Moore’s firing.

    “We have issued a statement that this stands as the official position of the board,” McCasky said. “No further comment.”

  • Zinna case against Congrove goes to jury

    Jurors are deliberating the lawsuit by longtime Jeffco critic Mike Zinna against former county commissioner Jim Congrove. The suit alleges that, in 2005 and 2006, Congrove targeted Zinna for investigation, defamation and harassment, in violation of Zinna’s First Amendment rights.

    A commercial photographer testified Dec. 7 in federal court that he had a falling out with Zinna after Zinna failed to pay him for work he’d done on the website Coloradoexposed.com.

  • Acclaimed pianist to visit for holiday concert

    Acclaimed pianist Romayne Wheeler will bring his particular brand of musical magic to Evergreen for a holiday family concert event on Dec. 19 and 20.

    Wheeler, who lives full-time in Mexico, is an internationally known concert pianist who composes and performs worldwide concerts and donates the proceeds to an indigenous community in northern Mexico.

  • Local nonprofits seeking human popsicles

    Here’s a fun way to say Happy New Year:

    Put on a bathing suit and dive into a frozen lake in front of a cheering crowd of fully dressed onlookers.

    That way, the rest of the year — or at least the winter — should feel like a trip to the beach.

    If you can’t do that, consider pledging some money for someone such as Kristina Halstead to do it. Halstead is planning to dive for the second year in a row.

  • Detlefs court date continued to Jan. 7

    The Dec. 4 arraignment of an Evergreen man accused of vehicular assault and DUI in connection with a car-bicycle accident last summer has been continued until Jan. 7.

    Jeffrey Scott Detlefs, 57, was arrested Aug. 16 after his vehicle collided with a bicyclist on the approach to eastbound I-70 at the Evergreen exit. The State Patrol report said Detlef’s Lexus drove over the white line on the shoulder and collided with the bicycle rider.

  • Echoes of caring: Nonprofit helps area residents meet basic needs during the holidays

    When it’s giving season in Evergreen, a lot of people think of Evergreen Christian Outreach, a local nonprofit that since 1986 has been distributing food and clothing assistance to hundreds of area families each month.

    EChO is mainly a food bank, but families in need can also obtain clothing, household items, and Christmas and birthday gifts for kids.

    The office and food bank are at the campus of the Church of the Transfiguration on Highway 74 east of downtown Evergreen. EChO is supported by churches all over Evergreen.

  • Foothills Fire seeks paid chief for first time

    The Foothills Fire Protection District, which covers about 1,500 households in the I-70 corridor, mostly east of Evergreen, is advertising for its first paid fire chief since the organization was created in 1997 from three smaller fire districts.

    Foothills Fire this year moved its headquarters from Lookout Mountain to the station at Rainbow Hills, across from the RTD parking lot and the El Rancho business center turnoff on Bergen Parkway.

    The district currently employs three people in addition to the acting volunteer unpaid chief, Brad Danek.

  • Foothills fire station comes in $80,000 over budget

    The cost of the new headquarters of the Foothills Fire Rescue headquarters on Rainbow Hill Road in Evergreen came in $80,000 over budget, but district officials believe they still got their money’s worth.

    The expansion and remodel near El Rancho was originally budgeted at $60,000, but the total cost was more like $140,000, including $32,000 for the electrical work alone, the district revealed in a letter to its members in late November.