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  • Owner of Evergreen businesses accused of fraud, theft in investment schemes

    The owner of two Evergreen businesses, Mountain Computers Inc. and Mio Cafe, has been accused of fraud in connection with Mountain Computers and an investment program called "18 % Money."
    Israel S. Mursuli, 58, also known as Steven Mursuli, allegedly solicited funds for the expansion of his computer business in exchange for common stock.  
    He is accused of taking more than $1 million from investors in two scams in violation of the Colorado Securities Act.

  • School district budget cuts 153 teaching jobs

    The Jeffco school board last Thursday officially approved the 2011-12 budget, which slashes nearly $40 million and 212 full-time jobs, including 153 teaching positions.

    A 3 percent pay cut for all district staff, achieved through two furlough days and four fewer non-student-contact days, represents the largest chunk of the cuts — 42 percent, or $16 million.

    Also approved was a potential suspension of the popular sixth-grade Outdoor Lab Schools program, the implementation of student transportation fees and an increase in athletic fees.

  • Lookout Mountain Road to be closed for repaving

    Lookout Mountain Road will be closed from Monday through Friday, May 9-13, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for repaving. The closure will be from east of Golden to the entrance of the Buffalo Bill Museum.
    The road will reopen each day after 5 p.m., but motorists are advised to show caution and pay attention to signs in the construction zone.

  • Conifer voters reject rec district

    In a huge turnout, Conifer voters on Tuesday rejected another attempt to form an area recreation district, despite promises from supporters that it wouldn’t involve a tax levy in the short term.
    The proposal by Friends of Conifer Parks & Recreation to create a 65,700-acre district and a five-member board to oversee it was defeated 56 percent to 44 percent, with 2,363 voters casting ballots.
    The results, which came at 2:30 a.m. after the turnout had overwhelmed the lone polling place and its three voting stations, showed 1,323 no votes to 1,040 in favor.

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  • A royal occasion: Wedding celebration dresses up Bergen Meadow Elementary

    The royals have made an appearance in Evergreen. It was a quick trip on Friday morning for the queen and the royals who converged on Bergen Meadow Elementary School after attending the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in London.

  • Boggs moderates forum despite online petition

    A Jeffco schools budget forum on Saturday was uneventful, despite controversy last week over whether school board member Laura Boggs should serve as moderator at the meeting.

    Boggs, who represents the foothills on the board, moderated the forum on the district’s impending budget cuts without incident. The gathering was at Evergreen Middle School.

  • Student needs vs. budget realities

    How to balance the needs of all students as Jeffco Schools makes sweeping budget cuts over the next three years was at the heart of the discussion at a budget forum Saturday at Evergreen Middle School.

    The 100 people attending the meeting listened to speakers ask that budgets for special education, preschool and Outdoor Lab Schools remain intact, despite the district’s plan to cut $39.9 million from the 2011-12 budget.

  • Wildfire forum offers tips for homeowners

    Homeowners need to do everything they can now before a fire erupts to lessen the danger of losing a house in a catastrophe, said members of Evergreen Fire/Rescue at a wildland fire forum April 28 at Evergreen High School.

    About 275 people packed the auditorium (capacity 300) for last Thursday's event in the wake of three destructive wildfires in March and April that generated reverse-911 calls and forced hundreds to evacuate their animals and their families for hours.

  • Park district plans upgrades to Indian Hills playground

    Indian Hills may be part of the Evergreen park district, but being 6 miles east of downtown Evergreen, it feels a little left out of the loop at times.

    In an attempt to be more welcoming, the Evergreen Park and Recreation district board held its regular meeting April 26 at the Indian Hills Community Center on Parmalee Gulch Road.

    Since the community improvement association came to the park and rec board a year ago seeking financial assistance for its community center, the park district has taken its pleas to heart.