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  • Fire board makes administrative position part-time

    The fire district board voted March 10 to downgrade a vacant, part-time/permanent, administrative assistant position to a part-time, maximum six-month position at an annual pay rate of $25,000.

    The move echoes the board’s decision last year to downgrade the human resources position from full-time to part-time, conditional only for six months, meaning the 30-hour job could be either extended or terminated at the end of the period.

    The action came in a regular meeting of the Evergreen Fire Protection District board on March 10.

  • DA Storey wants to extend term limits for his office

    For Jeffco District Attorney Scott Storey, eight is definitely not enough.

    Term limits mean that Storey must leave office when his second four-year term ends in 2012, but he’s determined to stick around. And so, he will soon propose to the county commissioners that the limits be extended to let him seek another term.

    “As it applies to the DA, and as it applies to those offices that are not necessarily policy-makers but have a specialty attached to them — like the sheriff, for example — I felt like eight years is not enough,” Storey said.

  • Blue Spruce Closing its doors

     

  • Blue Spruce closing its doors

    After three years, it’s “gut-wrenching” for Carol Miller to say goodbye to the business that became an extension of herself, Blue Spruce Market.

    “It just feels like a part of me is going away,” Miller said. “I don’t want to tell you that this has been easy. But it boiled down to we didn’t get the foot traffic. I don’t know what else I could have done to get people’s attention. The economy hasn’t helped.”

  • Teacher starts support group for parents of disabled kids

    More than a year ago, when teacher Lisa Arnold first moved to Colorado from Ohio, she felt she was alone.

    Before moving, she regularly attended a support group with other parents who had children with Down syndrome. Arnold and her daughter, Grace, had been part of the group since Grace was a baby almost nine years ago.

    But when the art teacher moved to Evergreen so she could teach art at Carlson and King-Murphy elementary schools, she found nothing to meet that need. So she decided to create a group of her own.

  • Local legislators divided on road improvements

    After several years of talk but no action, the legislature has approved SB 108, a transportation bill that will raise between $200 million and $250 million a year for three years, mainly through an increase in vehicle registration fees.

    SB 108 goes by the acronym FASTER, for Funding Advancement for Surface Transportation and Economic Recovery.

    The bill’s chief architect was Sen. Dan Gibbs, the Democratic senator who represents Jefferson and Clear Creek counties in Senate District 16.

  • Mountain lion buries deer in leaves on Pine Drive

    Wildlife officials responded to a report of a lion sighting in the 27900 block of Pine Drive near the Canyon Courier at 7 a.m. Wednesday, March 11.

    Another lion that killed a goat was later trapped and euthanized because it had lost two canine teeth and would have starved to death.

    In the first case, officers discovered the young female lion had killed a deer and buried it in a pile of branches.

  • A tale of two mountains

     

    A community umbrella group in Mount Vernon Canyon voted 13-1 on March 12 to make a unified statement against using Lookout Mountain as an alternative location for new broadcast towers.

    Some residents had been concerned that Canyon Area Residents for the Environment was using its influence to promote Lookout Mountain, which already has a supertower, as a location.

  • Bennet says $900 million in stimulus funds will prevent school layoffs

    U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet says that $900 million in federal stimulus money headed to Colorado for educational purposes will prevent layoffs at school districts statewide, but Jeffco Public Schools officials say they aren’t so sure.

    Bennet said the federal government is doling out $44 billion in stimulus funding that will be available to state education budgets in 30 to 45 days.

  • A senator in the house: Bennet makes appearance at South Jeffco house party

    Wine and beer. Cheese. Mini pizza rolls.

    Standard fare at many house parties, but the gathering at Paula Noonan’s house Feb. 27 had a little something extra that went a long way in explaining why her South Jeffco home was packed that night: Michael Bennet, Colorado’s newest U.S. senator.

    Bennet, a Democrat from Denver, was selected by Gov. Bill Ritter on Jan. 3 to fill the void left when Sen. Ken Salazar was named secretary of the interior. The appointment became official Jan. 20.