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  • Foothills fire station comes in $80,000 over budget

    The cost of the new headquarters of the Foothills Fire Rescue headquarters on Rainbow Hill Road in Evergreen came in $80,000 over budget, but district officials believe they still got their money’s worth.

    The expansion and remodel near El Rancho was originally budgeted at $60,000, but the total cost was more like $140,000, including $32,000 for the electrical work alone, the district revealed in a letter to its members in late November.

  • Drive Smart announces teen safe-driving contests, scholarship grants

    Drive Smart Evergreen-Conifer is putting on three pre-holiday contests and seeking four candidates to be Drive Smart Scholars, win a $500 scholarship, conduct safety activities and serve as a member of the board of directors of Drive Smart for a year.

    Students applying for the Drive Smart scholarship should be juniors or sophomores at Clear Creek High School, Evergreen High School, Conifer High School or Platte Canyon High School.

  • Ex-county attorney takes witness stand in Zinna trial

    In the third day of the misuse-of-power jury trial pitting radio-show host and longtime Jeffco critic Mike Zinna against former commissioner Jim Congrove, the focus was on former county attorney Frank Hutfless, the top in-house attorney for Jeffco from February 2005 to March 2007.

  • 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.