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  • Fire board axes communications manager job

     

    “In the last five years we have increased the number of supervisors for the same amount of people by leaps and bounds.” — board member Jeff DeDisse

    The job reduction is part of an ongoing initiative, spearheaded by board member George Kling, to reduce the layers of management and shrink salary costs.

  • Evergreen resident becomes district court judge

    Gov. Bill Ritter last week appointed Evergreen resident Christine Bachmeyer Phillips as a new district judge in the 1st Judicial District, which serves Gilpin and Jefferson counties.

    She fills the vacancy created by the resignation of M.J. Menendez, who returned to the U.S. attorney’s office in Denver after two years on the bench.

    Phillips worked as a civil lawyer for a private law firm for four years out of law school but since then has been in government.

  • Fire board axes communications manager job

    The job reduction is part of an ongoing initiative, spearheaded by board member George Kling, to reduce the layers of management and shrink salary costs.

    Fire Chief Garry DeJong said he would follow the board’s mandate and make sure McMahan’s departure doesn’t negatively impact either the department or the public. “The board is trying to find ways to make the organization more effective and efficient, and that’s where we are headed,” DeJong said.

    The news came as a surprise to McMahan, who has been in the job for 14 months.

  • An event for the ages: Life Care Center residents mingle with kids at country fair

    Some things never change.

    At a fair, the band will always play “You Are My Sunshine,” and kids will eat sweets and run everywhere they go. There are quilts and cornhusks, and everyone wears brightly colored hats and spends a little too much time in the sun.

    Also, ask a woman her age, and she’ll tell you that you don’t want to know. That’s how most of the female residents of the Life Care Center in Evergreen responded to questions about their age.

  • Annual Grove Sale a proven winner

    Many events aspire to be described as “win-win.” But Evergreen Lutheran Church’s annual Grove Sale is described by organizers as “win-win-win” — because generous donors, bargain-hungry shoppers and mountain area charitable beneficiaries all come out ahead.

    This year the church, south of Evergreen on Highway 73, will celebrate its 20th year presenting what has become known as “the best garage sale in the mountains.” It will be open for business from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

  • County hopes to get cities involved in funding new animal shelter

    Jeffco officials are trying to broker a deal that would ease the county's financial obligation for funding a new animal shelter and shift some of the burden to cities in the county.

  • Jeffco investment manager projects 2.3 percent return in 2009

    Jeffco’s investment managers expect to earn $7 million in investment income in 2009, which would be an average 2.3 percent return.

    Jeffco treasury officer and portfolio manager Mark Hubbard told the county commissioners Aug. 4 that the county’s investment portfolio was at about $304 million at the end of June and that the county had already earned nearly $4.3 million on interest in 2009. Earnings are expected to rise to $7 million by the end of 2009, Hubbard said.

  • County files motion to restrict former attorney’s testimony in lawsuit

    Former county attorney Frank Hutfless may have violated attorney-client privilege by offering to testify against the county in a federal wiretapping lawsuit, according to the Jefferson County Attorney's Office, and the county is now asking a federal judge to make sure it doesn't happen again.

  • Arvada woman selected to fill empty school board seat

    Robin Johnson of Arvada will fill the Jeffco Public Schools Board of Education seat vacated when former board president Scott Benefield resigned June 30.

    Johnson has three children in Jeffco Public Schools and has been active at her local parent-teacher association, according to a statement from the school district. She’ll take the oath of office at 6 p.m. Sept. 3 at the district’s headquarters.

    Johnson will have to run for re-election Nov. 1 if she hopes to keep the seat.

  • Jeffco Health celebrates 50 years with health party for Evergreen kids

    Learning how to cope with elk droppings was one of eight messages children heard about healthy living at a public-health demonstration last Thursday morning on the grounds of the Buchanan Park Rec Center in Evergreen.

    About 145 children ages 6 to 9 attended the outdoor event.

    Public Health in the Mountains, Sun Up to Sun Down stressed hand-washing, bicycle safety signals, helmet wearing, healthy snacking and how to avoid getting the H1N1 virus and the E. coli germ, among other things. It was open to the public.