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  • Commissioners outsource audit functions handled by ousted internal auditor

    A little more than two months after abolishing the county's internal auditing department, the county commissioners voted to outsource several critical auditing functions once performed by the internal auditor.

  • Church wins approval for outdoor worship area

    The county commissioners have recommended approval of a special-use proposal for an outdoor amphitheater for about 200 on the grounds of First Baptist Church of Evergreen.

    The commissioners voted 3-0 to approve the plan on May 12.

    The fabric-roofed, open-air structure would be on land at the base of a hill near the church on Troutdale Scenic Drive. The county’s planning commissioners agreed to allow outdoor amplification after planning commissioner Larry Anna said he would prefer no sound system be allowed.  

  • Obamas' dog has relative in Evergreen

    In the 1930s, the number of Portuguese water dogs had declined to about 18. Today the count is closer to 10,000, Vanek said.

    “I was with the breed when nobody knew what it was,” said Vanek, who has lived in Evergreen for 30 years.

    Vanek, a dental hygienist, is an international AKC dog show judge and dog breed expert. She also does anesthesia-free canine teeth cleaning on a freelance basis.

  • 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.

  • Humphrey Museum rehires former executive director

    After shutting its doors for five months to regroup, the nonprofit Humphrey Museum reopened for business April 1 under the leadership of Bill Thinnes, who returns as executive director.

    Thinnes, who served as museum executive from 1995 until 2001, recently returned from the Western Slope and is thrilled to be back at the place he considers something of a second home. Thinnes began serving as executive director at Hazel Lou Humphrey’s request when she died in 1995 at age 78.

  • Stingers parents object to downsizing of GM job

    The board of the Stingers Soccer Club on May 6 faced a crowd of more than 100 parents, most of whom were unhappy about the board’s plan to save money by cutting the general manager’s position.

    The board of directors has proposed reducing general manager Ivan Jackson’s salary by 30 percent and making him one of three coaches operating under the supervision of the board.

  • 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.