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  • County releases first quarter 2009 financial numbers: Revenues down slightly, expenditures up over 2008 first quarter

    Jefferson County's general fund maintained a healthy balance in the first quarter of 2009, but it reflects some of the country's economic woes when compared with the first three months of 2008, according to a recent presentation by the county's top budget official.

    The county's general fund is doing fine, even though revenues are down or flat and expenditures are up, County Administration and Services Director Todd Leopold told county commissioners May 19.

  • Resident sees art center in empty Albertsons

    The former Albertsons supermarket on Stagecoach Boulevard might look like an abandoned big-box store to most, but to Russ Campbell, the 51,000-square-foot structure has the makings of the arts and community center that some have been dreaming of for years.

    Campbell came up with the idea about a month ago and has been promoting it to arts groups. The proposed project, which would be privately funded, is still in very preliminary stages.

  • Stingers soccer now has a rival

    A group of Evergreen area parents is coming together to form an alternative soccer program under the umbrella of Colorado Rush of Littleton, a nonprofit soccer club with 5,000 players in Colorado.

    The move comes in the wake of a reorganization by the Stingers Soccer Club, the dominant group in Evergreen with 900 players.

    The new group has already scheduled soccer tryouts at Evergreen High School on Saturday, May 30, for under-11 girls from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and boys from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the upper high school field.

  • Green Ridge residents enjoy the gift of time

    When the hard-working timepiece in the lobby finally tolled its last hour about three weeks back, hard-working Green Ridge Meadow Apartments resident Wendy Lockwood didn’t waste a second.

    “I called in a little ad that said the complex needed a clock with chimes,” said Lockwood, a friendly woman with snowy hair and a perpetual grin. “We got quite a few responses. There are a lot of good people in this world.”

  • Citizen budgeters recommend county finance $60 million in projects

    Jeffco’s Citizen Budget Review Panel will formally recommend that the county spend $5 million annually for the next 20 years to finance more than $60 million in construction and equipment needs.

    The panel, made up of county residents, has been meeting since late February to help officials prioritize spending on construction and equipment. Over the last few months, the group has met with various county departments to hear about the most pressing needs and has grappled with how to generate funds to finance the projects that county officials say are desperately needed.

  • Storey, McCasky clash over term limits

    An effort by Jeffco District Attorney Scott Storey to extend term limits for his office might be over before the question even goes to voters.

    Storey, who began his second term in January, has been trying to get support to extend limits for his and the sheriff's office to three terms, or 12 consecutive years. Current law allows for two consecutive terms, or eight years, for all Jefferson County elected officials.

  • County fears late fees, increase might torque vehicle owners

    Jeffco officials are preparing for the worst when it comes to how county residents might react to looming increases in vehicle registration fees and mandatory late fees for those who fail to register vehicles on time.

    The county will spend $55,000 hiring off-duty police officers to provide security at three of its five motor vehicle offices, including South Jeffco's office at 6004 S. Kipling St., Unit A.

  • Fire board president forbids criticizing individuals at meetings

    Public criticism of individuals during board meetings of the Evergreen Fire Protection District has led the board president to warn against singling out individuals in negative comments.

    “Any negative comments by any attendee against any named citizen, volunteer, paid employee or this board will immediately be declared out of order, and an executive session will be declared or scheduled to allow both sides to privately discuss their opinions,” Chick Dykeman announced at the May 12 meeting.

  • Pealing back the years: Morrison’s wandering school bell comes home for good

    On the afternoon of Jan. 22, with nothing special in the way of salute or ceremony, the town of Morrison officially welcomed back one of its own, and a cherished piece of the little town’s big historical inventory resumed a place of honor along the shady banks of Bear Creek.

    It’s been more than half a century since the Morrison school bell’s clear voice last summoned young scholars to their lessons, but long absence hasn’t diminished the great instrument’s ability to bring folks together.

  • Musicians join forces for ‘workers concert’ at the Elks

    A night of acoustic music designed to help the needy and to provide affordable entertainment will be presented at the Elks Lodge in Evergreen on May 29. A dozen local musicians will be featured on two stages in a three-hour show.

    The show begins at 7 p.m., and the kitchen opens at 6 p.m. for hot bread and $4 gourmet soup bowls.

    Admission is $9 plus a nonperishable food item for Evergreen Christian Outreach. The Elks Lodge holds 300.