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  • Rec district embarks on reorganization

    With the departure of longtime chief Dick Wulf as head of the district, the arrival of a new executive director and the election of a new board, the Evergreen Park and Recreation District is facing a year of changes. (Wulf continues on the staff as a consultant.)

    Executive director John Skeel, with the endorsement of the board, has outlined a sweeping reorganization plan that promises to shift the job descriptions of at least nine of the 36 full-time staff members.

  • Rec district to hold hearing on draft budget Nov. 18

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District will present its draft 2009 budget at its regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, at the Buchanan Park Recreation Center. The public is welcome to attend and to make comments.

    John Skeel, executive director, will present the budget information and discuss activities for 2009.

    The draft budget is the product of many work sessions involving the district management and the board of directors. The deadline for the final budget submission to the state is Dec. 15.

  • Mulch ado about something

    The Evergreen Metropolitan District and Denver Mountain Parks are studying a proposal that uses the Evergreen trash transfer station to bring back the compost operation that the district operated in conjunction with Green Acres Nursery in Golden for 10 years.

    Composting is a way to re-use tree material that would otherwise go into a landfill and turn it into mulch appropriate for general garden applications. The joint venture with Green Acres ended five or six years ago.

  • Fire district dedicates Station 3 to Davidson

    About 50 firefighters gathered in Marshdale on Nov. 10 to celebrate the dedication of Station 3 in honor of Mark Davidson, an Evergreen volunteer firefighter and officer for 29 years.

    Located at Highway 73 and Turkey Creek Road, Station 3 serves south Evergreen.

    Davidson was a member of the fire department since 1979 and was chief officer for 22 years, including assistant, operations, training and rescue chief. He was known for his leadership ability and dedication to teaching.

  • McCasky re-elected; Griffin tops Windels

       

     

    There will be only one new Jefferson County commissioner, and she won't have to move far in January.

    Faye Griffin, Jeffco's Republican treasurer, won a close race in District 1 against term-limited state Sen. Sue Windels, an Arvada Democrat.

    Griffin beat Windels by almost 4 percent, or about 10,100 votes, according to Jeffco elections data.

  • Griffin joins McCasky, Hartman on commission

    The new Jefferson County commissioner won't have to move far in January.

    Faye Griffin, Jeffco's Republican treasurer, won a close race in District 1 against term-limited state Sen. Sue Windels, an Arvada Democrat.

    "I was pleased I won," Griffin said. "That's always pretty neat."

    Griffin said she's been attending budget hearings since her election victory. The 2009 budget will be tough for the commissioners, and Griffin will have to get up to speed quickly.

  • A look back at Election ’08 in Jeffco

    Many people have commented in the last week that they're happy the election is over, regardless of the result. But as the 2008 election is relegated to the history books, a few items in Jefferson County merit mention:

    • Jefferson County saw a record number of ballots cast in the 2008 general election, according to Josh Liss, the county's deputy of elections.

    The previous record was about 272,000 ballots cast, and even without counting provisional ballots, the county had already processed 291,176 ballots.

    "It was a big election," Liss said.

  • Jeffco deputy at center of DNC controversy

    A Jefferson County sheriff's deputy pepper-sprayed two Denver police detectives posing as protesters Aug. 25 during a protest at the Democratic National Convention — an action the American Civil Liberties Union said exacerbated an already tense situation in which more than 100 people were ultimately arrested.

    Deputy Brian Shousse pepper-sprayed the detectives after they faked an attack on a Denver police commander, a ruse that was said to be necessary so the detectives could avoid having their undercover status compromised.

  • Best of the bunch

    THORNTON — The risk for Bethel Lindsley was certainly worth the gain.

    Had it been your run of the mill regular-season meet, Lindsley likely wouldn’t have competed with her injured shoulder.

    But, this was state, and being a senior, it was her last time to compete on the sport’s biggest stage. She also knew that if the Cougars were to realize their dream of winning a state title, she had to be out on the floor.

    She was there, and she certainly didn’t disappoint.

  • No waiting necessary at Evergreen polling places

    Judging by the lack of wait time at selected polling places in Evergreen, the big story of Election Day 2008, other than the results, is that early voting and mail-in voting were working so well that last-minute voting may become obsolete.

    In general, election judges outnumbered voters at any given moment on Tuesday at the Lake House, Evergreen Middle School and Buchanan Rec Center.

    Reports from Kittredge Community Center and Church of the Transfiguration confirmed the impression that voting on Election Day was pretty much a piece of cake.