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  • 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.

  • Apex trail management policy taking shape

    As part of an ongoing effort to design a better plan for the 770-acre park that separates urban Golden from semi-rural foothills suburbs, the Jefferson County Open Space Advisory Committee recently solicited ideas from several major interest groups.

    The issue drew an overflow crowd of about 90 people to the regular meeting of the Jeffco Open Space board on Aug. 6 at the Open Space building in Golden.

  • 13 to walk in Breast Cancer 3-Day

    The 3-Day is a grueling event that entails walking 20 miles a day without benefit of iPods or even cell phones, except for an emergency. Participants commit to three days of pounding pavement with 1,000 other women, as well as sleeping overnight in a closed campground, where they shower in communal facilities and chow down on provided meals. No family support is allowed.

  • Rhodes to stage EChO benefit concert

    On the road to recovery after a devastating bicycle accident, Kevin Rhodes started writing songs and fiddling around with his guitar, which he has played since age 10.

    The result was enough original material to put on a concert at the Center/Stage on Friday, Aug. 28, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted for the benefit of Evergreen Christian Outreach, which has a food pantry and thrift shop.

  • Federal grants shift Drive Smart into hire gear

    Since its founding in 1993, Drive Smart Evergreen/Conifer has grown from a small band of safety-spirited neighbors into a local institution with hundreds of dedicated volunteers administering numerous programs serving thousands of area residents annually. This year, thanks to a timely trio of federal grants and the organization's demonstrated resiliency, the nonprofit stands poised to expand its scope, its reach, and - for the first time in a very long time - its paid staff.

  • Arts alive: Last Friday Gallery Walk stimulates the senses

    The artwork displayed during the Last Friday Gallery Walk in downtown Evergreen is as diverse as the people who frequent the galleries.

    Whether you’re a real art aficionado or a novice, the gallery walk offers everything from paintings and sculptures to jewelry and pottery. Better yet, the different galleries along Main Street host receptions with the artists, so patrons can chat about the artwork.

  • Three trails open in Bergen Park area

    Three trails have opened this summer thanks to Great Outdoors Colorado, partnerships between local and regional organizations, and a team of dedicated Evergreen residents.

    The first trail is the sidewalk linking Evergreen Middle School to Bergen Meadow Elementary and the Bergen Park Fire Station. The trail arrives in time for a safer start of school for the 1,100 students who attend Evergreen Middle School and Bergen Meadow Elementary, which both lie along the trail.