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  • Pension board accuses Elk Creek chief of fraud

    Former Elk Creek fire chief Bill Dolan, who has been linked to a variety of scandals during his 13 years with the district, now stands accused of making a fraudulent disability claim.

    The Fire and Police Pension Association of Colorado will conduct a hearing in August to determine whether Dolan has improperly taken almost $44,000 in disability payments.

    If Dolan is found to have lied to the FPPA, he could be required to repay the benefits, which he was granted for an injury sustained while working for North Metro Fire Rescue.

  • Winners announced in energy-conservation contest

    The Evergreen Alliance for Sustainability named two winners in the first Evergreen utility-bill reduction contest, "Biggest Loser — Watt and Therm Edition," at an awards party June 6 at the Highland Haven Creekside Inn.

    Tandy and Peter Jones of North Evergreen won first place by reducing electric use 26 percent and natural gas use 11 percent based on a comparison of bills from November through April, compared to the same period a year ago, or a savings of about $422 on their electric bill.

  • These boots — and the badge — are made for parading

    In the spirit of the "Wild West Back When," Jeffco's contemporary, cowboy-boot-wearing Sheriff Ted Mink will serve as grand marshal for the Evergreen Rodeo Parade 2011.

    Mink will be riding in style in the shotgun seat of the Wells Fargo Bank stagecoach at 10 a.m. Saturday with his wife and some of his five grandchildren along the 1-mile parade route.

  • Park district moving forward with master plan

    The park district board of directors, park administration, and staff met with Broomfield consulting firm GreenPlay to discuss the rough outline of the final document before the group produces the first narrative draft of a new master plan.

    So far, GreenPlay is more than midway through the master-planning process. It has conducted focus groups and interviewed members of the staff and board.

    A draft of the master plan is expected by the end of June, and a final draft should be ready for presentation to the public by the end of the summer.

  • Library board violated Open Meetings Law, press attorneys say

    The Jeffco Public Library board violated the state’s Open Meetings Law on May 19 when the public was removed from a meeting involving its budget, say two Colorado Press Association attorneys.

    The board, which includes two practicing lawyers and an executive member of the Colorado Freedom of Information Council, held the executive session at the Arvada Library, citing a section of the law that allows for closed meetings about matters involving negotiations.

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  • School board candidate Fellman touts teaching, administrative experience

    Jill Fellman spent 18 years teaching math in Jeffco schools and another 12 as an administrator before she retired in 2009.


    Now, the 53-year-old Arvada resident is running for a seat on the Jeffco school board in November’s election.

    Fellman, currently facing no opposition, is seeking to replace Dave Thomas, who is not seeking a second term. Fellman is running in District 3, which encompasses north Jeffco.

  • Former reporter seeks school board seat

    Former Colorado Public Radio reporter Lesley Dahlkemper is running for the Jeffco school board, and she says she would take the district in a more decisive and cohesive direction.


    Community dialogue should be given more emphasis, Dahlkemper said, and the board needs to take a hard-line stance on cost-saving measures — even if it means closing more schools.

  • Evergreen Rodeo event schedule

    Saturday, June 11

    • Royalty contestants' horsemanship competition, 10 a.m. at the rodeo grounds.

    Wednesday, June 15

    • Blood drive to benefit Children's Hospital from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the downtown Evergreen parking lot.

    Thursday, June 16:

    • Chamber Mixer and Buck-Off at the Design Center at I-70 and Beaver Brook, 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., $5.

    Friday, June 17

    • Royal Regatta, Evergreen Lake House, 2:30 to 4 p.m.

  • Students plant wildflowers at waste transfer station

    Earth Day activities culminated June 4 for about a dozen students at two Marshdale schools when they planted wildflower seedlings in a garden at the EDS Waste Solutions transfer station.