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  • Flu case closes Jeffco school

    A Jeffco Public Schools charter school in Arvada will be closed through May 8 after one of its students tested positive for the H1N1 flu.

    Lynn Setzer, spokeswoman for the district, said the student is expected to make a full recovery, but Excel Academy will be closed this week "as a precaution." The school's 450 students will work from home during the week.

    State health officials have confirmed four cases of H1N1 in Colorado, including two cases in Jeffco, with each patient expected to fully recover. The other Jeffco case was reported to be a man in his 20s.

  • Jeffco school employees say they’re underpaid: But most think they are effective at work

    Jeffco Public Schools' employees generally believe they are effective in their jobs, feel safe at work and have positive relationships with their supervisors, according to a recent survey.

    But the workers surveyed, which included teachers, staff and administrators, continue to feel they are not paid fairly for the work they do and aren't paid according to market value.

  • Carpet Exchange closes after 16 years

    The Carpet Exchange store in Evergreen closed its doors permanently on Monday, April 27, after 16 years in business at 27888 Meadow Drive.

    Carpet Exchange is one of several established businesses that have departed the area since the economic downturn began. BMC West Building Materials, Blue Spruce Market, Tanglewoods Restaurant, Albertsons and Bleachers Casual Clothing have also exited the Evergreen market recently.

  • Fire district eyes duties of top-paid managers

    The fire district is taking a critical look at job duties of certain highly paid employees, following an initiative spearheaded by board member George Kling.

    Kling has in the past been critical of some of the board’s financial and personnel decisions.

    The latest effort follows successful downgrading of the human resources manager position from full-time to part-time, provisional for six months, and an administrative assistant from part-time permanent to part-time provisional, also for six months.

  • 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.

  • Canine mascots work 9-to-5 at Evergreen businesses

    The one-eyed mascot of Paragon Sports in Evergreen is a story of triumph over adversity.

    The hybrid coyote and husky originally was the product of an abusive home near Breckenridge, with an owner who was publicly known for being cruel to his animals.

    Eventually, dog lovers took pity on Princeton and delivered him to an animal rights organization in Summit County, where Marcella Murray found him. Now 14 years old, Princeton spends his days with his owner, who works at Paragon five days a week.

  • Jeffco’s top doc offers advice on avoiding swine flu

    Jefferson County's top doctor says that although there are no reported cases of swine flu in the county, people should take common-sense precautions.

    State health officials announced two confirmed cases in Colorado on April 30, with both patients expected to fully recover.

    "(People should) take the precautions that we do with any flu," said Dr. Mark Johnson, executive director of the Jefferson County Department of Health and Environment. You can do certain things to prevent it."

  • ‘Sloppy’ accounting leaves Jeffco short of Head Start funds

    A fund that Jefferson County taps to meet its matching requirement for Head Start preschool services apparently is not large enough to cover the county’s obligations for this fiscal year.

    County staff determined last November that the social services fund will run dry before December, leaving the county $650,000 short for Head Start — and in violation of federal law.

  • Jeffco Commissioner Hartman to seek second term

    Jefferson County Commissioner Kathy Hartman won an important endorsement recently.

    "My husband has voted," Hartman wrote recently in a newsletter sent to supporters. "Despite facing four more years of dinners alone, weekends involved with community meetings, and generally not seeing much of me, my husband is actively supporting me in running for a second term as your county commissioner."

  • Commission votes to increase developer fees

    Developers planning projects in Jefferson County will see their costs rise July 1, but county taxpayers will still pony up most of the cost of processing projects.

    Starting July 1, the plan will allow Tim Carl, the county's development and transportation director, to incrementally raise fees over the next five years to the point where his office recovers 25 percent of what it actually costs the county to process development projects.