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  • Rabbi protests park district’s refusal to permit menorah at Lake House

    A Jewish community leader is protesting the park district's refusal to authorize placement of a decorative, 8-foot-tall menorah on the grounds of the Evergreen Lake House to celebrate the beginning of the Jewish festival of Hanukkah on Dec. 20.

    If the park district allows a Christmas tree on the property, it should also make room for a menorah, and has done so in the past, says Rabbi Levi Brackman, executive director of Judaism in the Foothills, a Jewish outreach organization. 

  • Nissler to take top library job permanently

    Jeffco Libraries interim director Pam Nissler is poised to take the job on a permanent basis, a reversal of her earlier decision to retire next year that spares the system a second nationwide search for an executive director.

  • Kittredge fire victim called a hero

    The man who died in last week’s fire in a Kittredge duplex was a hero who made sure his wife and animals got out of the house but was unable to save his own life, said his son, Brandon Young.


    Clovis Maurice Young, known as Maurice Young, was a man who loved animals and spent most of his life helping disadvantaged high school students, his son said on Monday, Dec. 12. He also had a daughter, Megan Young Chandler of Brighton, and a stepdaughter, Amber Smith.

  • Use of facilitator irks school board member

    Members of the Jeffco school board openly feuded Dec. 1 over the use of an outside facilitator, who charged up to $2,341.90 to help board members govern the district in a more constructive way and get along with one another.

    Though four of the five board members supported the decision to contract with Colorado Association of School Boards employee Jim Weigel, vigorous dissent came from member Laura Boggs, who largely refused to participate in the two sessions, calling the exercise a waste of taxpayer money.

  • EDS named chamber’s Business of the Year

    EDS Waste Solutions Inc. was named the Evergreen Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year at the group's 2011 Holiday Gala on Dec. 5 at Mount Vernon Country Club.

    EDS is a family-owned business that goes back five generations. The company provides residential, commercial and industrial garbage removal and recycling services to customers in Jefferson, Denver, Clear Creek, Gilpin and Park counties.

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  • Commissioners pass budget with potential pay raises for employees

    Some Jeffco sheriff’s employees are now eligible for overdue merit-based pay increases, after the county commissioners passed on a 2-1 vote Dec. 6 a budget that allocates an additional $1.4 million to the department for discretionary spending in 2012.

    Overall, the $476 million county budget cuts $600,000 from the 2011 spending plan and includes $3.5 million in funds to be used at the discretion of department heads, including pay increases for subordinates.

  • It’s official: Conifer, Evergreen to join Boulder in District 2

    Jeffco mountain communities, including Conifer and Evergreen, are about to become part of Congressional District 2, which is represented by Congressman Jared Polis, a Democrat from Boulder. The mountain towns formerly were in District 6, which has had Republican Mike Coffman as its elected representative since 2008.

    The switch became final on Monday, Dec. 5, when the Colorado Supreme Court issued a ruling affirming the Nov. 10 decision of the Denver District Court on a redistricting map largely designed by Democrats in September.

  • Holiday Walk goes car-less

    The 20th annual Holiday Walk in Evergreen strolled into a whole new dimension at 6 p.m. last Friday when sheriff’s deputies closed Main Street for three glorious hours of pedestrian-only festivities, causing parents to breathe a sigh of relief and non-parents to linger a little longer and walk around more.

  • Bergen signal light becomes permanent four-way stop

    County transportation officials have decided to remove the red-light-green-light traffic signal at Bergen Parkway and Sugarbush Drive permanently in favor of four-way stop signs with red flashing lights overhead, saying the traffic volume no longer justifies a light.

    Some local residents are concerned about the impact on pedestrians, especially senior citizens who live in the Rocky Mountain Village complex.