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  • Zinna's case against ex-commissioner on trial in federal court

    The long-awaited civil lawsuit by county critic Mike Zinna against former Jeffco commissioner Jim Congrove is finally under way in federal court.

    Zinna, a once-persistent insect in the county’s ear, claims his First Amendment rights were violated by Congrove, whom he accuses of using his political authority to halt Zinna’s frequent investigations into Jeffco government. The former blogger and KHOW talk-radio host is seeking compensatory damages in the case; no punitive damages are being sought.

  • Rib Crib closing for good on Dec. 27

    Another mainstay of the Evergreen bar and restaurant scene is closing its doors Dec. 27.

    But, there is a possibility that longtime co-owner Troy Tyus and his 25-person staff at the Rib Crib will reassemble under a new name, at a later date, in the empty space that used to be Sammy’s Last Cast Tavern on Evergreen Parkway.

    The Rib Crib, at 27905 Meadow Drive, is the latest casualty in a string of popular eateries, such as Stroh’s Restaurant downtown, Tanglewoods, New Shanghai and Blue Spruce Market.

  • Gibbs stepping down to seek county office

    Dan Gibbs has decided to step down as the state senator from District 16, which includes Clear Creek and western Jefferson counties, to seek office on the local level.

    After earning a reputation as a hard-working rookie senator and giving birth to a landmark transportation bill, Gibbs has decided to return to his hometown of Silverthorne and run for Summit County commissioner.

    Gibbs, 33, won election to the state Senate in 2008 after earlier being appointed to the post after Joan Fitz-Gerald, D-Coal Creek Canyon, resigned to run for U.S. Congress. His term ends in 2010.

  • Humphrey House opens doors to celebrate Christmas Past

    After taking a hiatus in 2008, the Humphrey House Museum is celebrating this year with an old-fashioned Christmas party for the public on Dec 4, 5 and 6 at the historic timber and rock cabin on South Soda Creek Road.

    The doors open at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, and at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Dec. 5 and 6. Cookies, cream puffs, candy and apple cider will be served. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Reservations are required, because only about 30 people at a time can be accommodated.

  • Rotary will roll out the barrel again

    Chris Kilcullen, outside sales director at Medved Autoplex in Wheat Ridge, said he had seen the contest limp along for the last few years and decided he would do something to energize it.

    He wasn’t even a member of Rotary when he called up full of ideas and asked to be a sponsor.

    “I just love raising money for charities,” he said.

  • Santa, carols and Christmas cheer on Holiday Walk

    The Evergreen Downtown Business Association is hosting the 18th annual Holiday Walk on Friday, with a tree-lighting ceremony at the Lake House and a festive downtown street party for people of all ages.

    The evening of family fun starts at 5 p.m. when Santa and Mrs. Santa Claus arrive at the Lake House in a fire truck. After the tree-lighting, the Evergreen Lutheran Church choir will lead the singing of Christmas carols.

  • Lessons in success: Evergreen resident writes story of Jeffco Open School

    In his new book, “Lives of Passion, School of Hope,” educator Rick Posner makes the case that an alternative public school without grades, grade-point averages, grade levels or academic credits can produce involved, skilled and self-motivated adults for the 21st century.

    Posner is deeply entwined with the philosophy and the history of the Jefferson County Open School in Lakewood. The school has been in existence in various forms since 1970 and today is a public school open to all Jeffco students.

  • Two families move into Habitat homes in Kittredge

    Habitat for Humanity has helped two Kittredge families attain more than just homes with great views.

    Both families now have a better view to a brighter future.

    A ceremony was held Nov. 19 to dedicate the newly built duplex on the mountain above Kittredge and welcome the new residents to their respective sides of the dwelling.

    One of the residents is Pam Rhoades, a single mother whose family has been living in a home that consumed most of her income as a nurse’s assistant at the Hospice of St. John.

  • Courier attorney: Access to county commissioners' e-mails falls short

    An online system that displays e-mails among the three Jeffco commissioners — created after the Courier confronted the commission over an apparent violation of the state Open Meetings Law — has been used just once.

    And, according to First Amendment attorney Chris Beall, the system still doesn’t bring the commissioners into full compliance with the law.

  • Conifer and Evergreen libraries safe from budget cuts for now

    The Jeffco Public Library system stands to lose about $1.5 million in revenue next year, as county officials anticipate diverting 0.2 mills of the current library levy toward human services programs.

    Despite the expected loss, the library is not planning to close any locations or cut staff positions.

    Bethany Frisbie, promotions and marketing manager for the Jefferson County Library System, said libraries in Conifer and Evergreen are safe from closure for now.