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  • Evergreen businessman running for governor

    An Evergreen businessman who has always maintained a Lincoln-esque dream of running for office has his sights on the top elected office in the state.

    Dan Maes, 48, a virtual political unknown, believes his dearth of visibility, lack of name recognition and in-the-trenches experience will work in his favor.

  • Wulf will shed court to expand weight room

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District board voted 4-1 Tuesday night to expand the weight room at the Wulf Recreation Center by sacrificing one of two racquetball courts.

    Board member Peter Eggers delivered the only no vote, saying he was worried that an expanded weight room with just one court would fall short of people’s expectations and revenue projections.

    Board members Janet Heck Doyle, Allan Casey, Roger Hoaglund and Kit Darrow voted in favor of the expansion, which will cost about $65,000. About six people spoke in favor of saving the courts.

  • Open Space could save $5 million by refinancing loans

    The Jefferson County Open Space Division might be able to buy more land after it refinances more than $70 million in loans to take advantage of low interest rates.

    “Unfortunately, the economy is bad, but it also creates the opportunity for us to do better with our bonds,” said Open Space Director Ralph Schell.

    Schell said the open space program took out about $160 million in loans in 1999 to buy land. The county currently pays an average interest rate of 4.94 percent on the remaining debt, but prevailing rates are nearly 2 points lower.

  • County ‘sales pitch’ irks citizen budgeters

    Some members of the citizen panel asked to prioritize $277 million in county spending over the next four years are growing tired of the “sales pitch” from the county and want to get to work.

  • County still behind on food-stamp applications: 199 applicants enduring waiting beyond 30-day deadline

    Nearly 200 Jeffco families awaiting food assistance have endured waits between 35 and 40 days — five to 10 days longer than federal law allows.

  • School official arrested on suspicion of attempted sexual assault on a child

    Don Jenkins, Jeffco Public Schools’ chief information officer, was arrested March 19 for investigation of Internet luring of a child and attempted sexual assault on a child.

    Jenkins was arrested by the Aurora Police Department after an undercover Internet sting operation.

    “This is devastating news for us on so many levels,” said Jeffco Public Schools Superintendent Cindy Stevenson. “Accusations like these violate our organizational values and our mission of protecting children.”

  • County must borrow more to build animal shelter; groundbreaking now scheduled for June 15

    The weak economy and an “unrealistic fund-raising timeline” have forced the county to borrow more money for the Table Mountain Animal Center project, according to the shelter’s spokesman.

    “It was never realistic for us to reach $3 million in actual money by the time they break ground,” said Ben Drotar, TMAC spokesman. “With the current economic climate, and the problems that pretty much happened at the end of October, that threw a little wrench in the spokes.”

  • Evergreen man wins $50,000 for getting in shape

    An Evergreen resident got such great results working out to exercise videos in his living room that he won $50,000 as a finalist in the Million Dollar Body Game sponsored by Beachbody Fitness in March.

    Bill Schlotman isn’t a cute young thing, either. He is 56 years old and proud — now that the ladies are starting to look at his impressive abs with awe and admiration.

  • Donation to help Habitat build duplex in Kittredge

    Thrivent Builds Homes has donated $107,292 to Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity to build a duplex at 26200 South End Road in Kittredge, south of Highway 74.

    The funds will be used to build a two-story, 2,000-square-foot duplex for two qualified homeowners, using mostly volunteer labor. Local Lutheran churches are providing 10 percent of the construction costs and 50 percent of the volunteers.

  • Winners of Ice Melt Barrel Contest named

    The winner of the third annual Ice Melt Barrel Contest was Rachel Norton of Evergreen, who correctly guessed the moment the barrel would descend into Evergreen Lake within 54 seconds. Her prediction was March 5 at 2:12:30 p.m., and she won $1,000.

    Tanner Schaur, 9, of Evergreen was second with 2 p.m., and Paul Tesseo, 10, of Evergreen snagged third place with 2:30 p.m. Seven others won $50 each.

    The Mountain Foothills Rotary Club sold a total of 1,040 tickets, raising $3,730, including sponsor fees, reported Bob Zavodsky, a member of the Ice Melt Barrel committee.