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  • 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.

  • Bergen Meadow Field dedication is May 29

    Supporters of the Bergen Meadow field project are celebrating with a dedication and free picnic lunch on Friday, May 29. The ceremony is at noon, and the lunch is from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m., after the Bergen Meadow Elementary student Field Day.

    The field is behind Bergen Meadow Elementary School on Hiwan Drive off Bergen Parkway.

  • Program provides summer jobs for teens

    The Mountain Resource Center has partnered with Jeffco YouthWorks 2009 to offer summer jobs to students from Conifer and Evergreen high schools.

    While the program itself includes youths ages 14 to 24, MRC is planning on focusing on high school students.

    Funded with $646,790 from the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Jeffco YouthWorks hopes to place 350 youths in summer jobs, according to Kristine Kinzli of YouthWorks.

  • Church seeks OK for outdoor worship area

    The Jeffco Planning Commission has recommended approval of a special-use proposal for an outdoor amphitheater for about 200 on the grounds of First Baptist Church of Evergreen.

    The county commissioners, who make the final decision, will consider the matter at 9 a.m. May 12.

    The fabric-roofed, open-air structure would be on land at the base of a hill near the church on Troutdale Scenic Drive. The planning commissioners agreed to allow outdoor amplification after commissioner Larry Anna said he would prefer no sound system be allowed.

  • Jeffco ranks second in state in motorcycle deaths: Safety classes recommended for riders

    As the weather improves, more and more people are pulling their motorcycles out of hibernation and taking to the streets and highways.

    But according to state data, more and more motorcycle riders are getting seriously hurt, especially in Jefferson County, which was second only to El Paso County in motorcycle deaths in 2008.

  • Commissioners outsource audit functions handled by ousted internal auditor

    A little more than two months after abolishing the county's internal auditing department, the county commissioners voted to outsource several critical auditing functions once performed by the internal auditor.

  • Church wins approval for outdoor worship area

    The county commissioners have recommended approval of a special-use proposal for an outdoor amphitheater for about 200 on the grounds of First Baptist Church of Evergreen.

    The commissioners voted 3-0 to approve the plan on May 12.

    The fabric-roofed, open-air structure would be on land at the base of a hill near the church on Troutdale Scenic Drive. The county’s planning commissioners agreed to allow outdoor amplification after planning commissioner Larry Anna said he would prefer no sound system be allowed.  

  • Obamas' dog has relative in Evergreen

    In the 1930s, the number of Portuguese water dogs had declined to about 18. Today the count is closer to 10,000, Vanek said.

    “I was with the breed when nobody knew what it was,” said Vanek, who has lived in Evergreen for 30 years.

    Vanek, a dental hygienist, is an international AKC dog show judge and dog breed expert. She also does anesthesia-free canine teeth cleaning on a freelance basis.

  • Commissioners OK 48 acres for Lewis subdivision

    The county commissioners approved a 19-home addition to the Homestead subdivision off North Turkey Creek Road by a unanimous 3-0 vote April 28 at a regular board meeting.

    In connection with the 48-acre development, the Buffalo Park Development Co. is required to contribute $117,000 to partially pave the unpaved parts of Homesteader Drive. Lewis previously paid $29,000 for an earlier filing that also affects Homesteader Drive. The Jefferson County Road and Bridge Department will do the work.

  • Humphrey Museum rehires former executive director

    After shutting its doors for five months to regroup, the nonprofit Humphrey Museum reopened for business April 1 under the leadership of Bill Thinnes, who returns as executive director.

    Thinnes, who served as museum executive from 1995 until 2001, recently returned from the Western Slope and is thrilled to be back at the place he considers something of a second home. Thinnes began serving as executive director at Hazel Lou Humphrey’s request when she died in 1995 at age 78.