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  • Ethics group files complaint against McCasky

    A formal complaint against former Jeffco commissioner Kevin McCasky was filed March 2 with a state ethics panel, Colorado Ethics Watch announced.

    The complaint was sparked by a Feb. 16 Columbine Courier story revealing that McCasky had proposed a $20,000 increase in county funding to the Jefferson Economic Council, which then hired him as president in January. The JEC is receiving $400,000 from the county’s general fund this year.

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  • Golden resident named to county commission

    Republican John Odom, a former candidate in state Senate District 20, has been selected to succeed Kevin McCasky as the next Jefferson County commissioner.

    Odom, 43, a Golden resident who owns part of Blue Sky Medical, aWheat Ridgemedical-supply distribution company, was announced Tuesday as the Jefferson County Republican Party vacancy committee’s top candidate.

    Odom lost to Democrat Cheri Jahn in the 2010 general election by about 4 percentage points.

  • Robson named candidate for park district chief

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District board on Tuesday named Scott Robson, manager of Denver Parks and Recreation, as a candidate for the position of executive director of the Evergreen park district.

    The board will hold a special public meeting to interview Robson at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, at the Buchanan Recreation Center, 32003 Ellingwood Trail. After the interview, there will be a board discussion "regarding the executive director position," according to a park district news release.

  • Banner ban strikes downtown restaurant

    One World Cafe in Evergreen is collecting signatures on a petition to protest the Jefferson County zoning regulation that prohibits banner and roof signs. As of March 1, some 153 people had signed.

    Restaurant co-owner Susan Yeagley said she would like to be able to display signs advertising community events, but she received a notice in October saying if the signs didn't disappear, she would have to make an appearance in court.

  • Meeting to discuss Elk Meadow off-leash area

    Jefferson County Open Space will hold a public meeting to unveil its plans for the off-leash dog-walking area in Elk Meadow Park.

    The meeting will be from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. March 14 at the Buchanan Recreation Center, 32003 Ellingwood Trail.

    Open Space officials started making changes to the dog park in September 2009 because dogs using numerous unofficial trails were wandering onto private property.

  • Dem icon Gary Hart advocates American ingenuity

    The only way to get America out its economic morass, says Gary Hart, former U.S. senator from Colorado, is not by eliminating the deficit but by doing what America does best.

    "The one thing in which America still has the lead is innovation. I'm talking about dramatic breakthroughs in non-carbon energy, things like fusion and rail transportation. We can do new, bold and better things that will create jobs and raise revenue," Hart says.

  • Snowy high country puts dent in skating season

    The combination of dream snow conditions in the high country plus warm weather in the foothills took a toll on the expected revenues from the skating season at Evergreen Lake compared to last year.

    Lake House revenue from January alone was $40,000 behind park district budget projections. Offsetting the shortfall, however, was the successful inaugural pond-hockey tournament, which gave the bottom line a $17,000 boost compared to last year, when there was no hockey tourney.

  • Chamber gala honors volunteer stars

    The Evergreen Chamber of Commerce’s annual 2010 Honoree Celebration was twice as big as last year, thanks to the excitement generated by the prospect of witnessing the presentation of two new awards.

    In addition to the traditional annual awards for nonprofit, ambassador and volunteer of the year, the chamber gave a special award to Kristina Halstead, 18, youth of the year. Emily Lenich, owner of Particulars Planning, received a new award for young professional of the year.

  • Park district to hold focus groups March 2, 3

    The company hired to compile a new park district master plan will be holding four focus groups with community members on the following days in the first week of March:

    • Wednesday, March 2, at the Buchanan Park Rec Center from noon to 2 p.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

    • Thursday, March 3, at the Wulf Recreation Center from 8 to 10 a.m. and 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.