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  • County projects spending boost, lagging revenue in 2009

    Jefferson County's projected 2009 budget calls for $395 million in spending, while projecting only $363 million in revenues.

    The budget, unveiled Oct. 14, could change by the time the final version is approved in December. The county commissioners will be meeting with elected officials, division heads and the public as they fine-tune the spending plan.

    The budget plans on spending $394.9 million in 2009, a 3.3 percent increase over 2008. To balance the budget, the county will have to use $32 million in past surpluses and cash from savings.

  • Jeffco feeling the effects of economic downturn

    The recent economic news has been unsettling at best, and Jefferson County isn’t immune.

  • Motorcyclist killed in Bear Creek Canyon

    Conor P. McMahon of Boulder was killed Oct. 19 when his motorcycle hit a car on Highway 74 west of Morrison.

    McMahon, 27, was several cars back from an Audi sedan that was preparing to make a left turn. McMahon apparently tried to pass the cars and collided with the Audi as it began its turn, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

    McMahon hit the brakes, and the motorcycle went on its left side before colliding with the Audi. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Jefferson County coroner. McMahon was wearing a helmet

  • Early voting under way

    Eight early-voting sites are now open in Jeffco for voters who want to cast ballots in person.

    Unlike voting on Election Day, when voters must visit an assigned neighborhood precinct, early voting allows any Jefferson County to visit any early-voting site.

    Early voting ends Friday, Oct. 31. Ballots can be turned in at the following locations from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday:

    • Evergreen Motor Vehicle,

    4990 County Highway 73• Jefferson County Administrative & Courts Facility, 100 Jefferson County Parkway in Golden

  • Jeffco schools OK later start date in 2009-10

    Jeffco Public Schools has changed its calendar for the 2009-10 school year, with a later start date than students had this school year.

    The new start date for all students will be Aug. 24 after many Jeffco parents voiced concern that this year’s calendar start date on Aug. 12 was too early. The district asked both staff and parents to respond to an online calendar survey, and based on the responses, the district has amended the 2009-10 school calendar.

  • Trial by fire: Military family draws strength from the community, each other

    War tests people.

    It tests a soldier’s courage, strength and training. It tests the ability of a soldier’s family to endure in the face of long separation, loneliness and unrelenting worry. And war tests a community’s willingness to support the soldiers and families who sacrifice so much — and risk so much more — in its service.

    In the case of Evergreen residents John and Melinda Tolentino, the soldier, the family and the community passed the test.

  • Gloria Steinem to speak at Evergreen Lake House

    Famous feminist and editor of Ms. Magazine Gloria Steinem will speak from noon to 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, at the Evergreen Lake House.

    The appearance is one of 11 engagements Steinem has scheduled for the Denver area before the election. Steinem will be hosting “public discussions with undecided women voters” about election issues and how they affect their daily lives, according to a news release.

  • Q and A with Democrat Dan Gibbs, candidate for Senate District 16

    How much money have you raised from donors as of (give date): $100,000 as of 10/09

    How much of your own money have you contributed? $0

    Who and what organization (if any) are your top contributors in terms of dollars donate? I am proud to say that, along with generous individual contributions I have received from all over my district, I have received financial support from organizations such as the Colorado Professional Firefighters.

  • Wines in the Woods set Oct. 25

    The wine list is ready, the glasses are polished, and Liz Shanks is ready to serve as the genial host for a party that is a highlight of the fall season in Evergreen.

    The party, of course, is the eighth annual Wines in the Woods fund-raiser Oct. 25 sponsored by the Evergreen Rotary Club, and Shanks will chair this year’s event at the Pines in Genesee.

  • Q and A with Don Ytterberg, R-Evergreen, candidate for Senate District 16

    How much money have you raised from donors as of (give date)?

    As of 9/30/08, total raised from donors: $33,400

    How much of your own money have you contributed?

    As of 9/30/08, personal funds contributed: $18,200

    Who and what organization (if any) are your top contributors in terms of dollars donated?

    As of 9/30/08, all contributions have come from individual donors except $1,000 from the Evergreen Republican clubs ($600) and one trade association ($400).

    What conditions would you require to vote to make a wider I-70 from Floyd Hill to Frisco?