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  • Rockies pitcher makes appearance at local deaf school

    If a good school assembly is supposed to be enjoyable, inspirational and educational, then Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Jason Grilli’s visit to the Rocky Mountain Deaf School on Sept. 4 was a three-run homer.

    Ask any one of the Jefferson County charter school’s 45 wee scholars, and they’ll tell you that getting up-close-and-personal with a real-life sports hero beats language arts and long division any day of the week. With a staff member translating from American Sign Language, 31-year-old Grilli kicked off the event with a spirited Q-and-A session.

  • Deputy decries graffiti increase in Evergreen

    A graffiti problem has been gathering momentum for about a month in Evergreen, especially downtown, and a Jeffco sheriff’s deputy is determined to write an end to the vandalism saga.

    Deputy Dale Wizieck, the resident crime prevention specialist for the the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, wants to put a stop to the crime, which costs property owners thousands of dollars.

    Wizieck made an appearance Sept. 3 at the Evergreen Chamber of Commerce’s annual membership meeting in the Evergreen Hotel downtown.

  • 'Cabin baby' fugitive back in Jeffco custody

    Summer’s finally over for Summer Lynn Baker, who appeared in court on Monday, Sept. 8, for the first time since dropping off law-enforcement’s radar more than two months ago.

  • County department heads get big bonuses amid budget woes

    Amid talk of budget woes and the possibility that some county workers would get no raises at all, some Jeffco department heads snagged raises and bonuses that totaled up to $20,000 over the last 18 months.

    Two of the department heads that report directly to County Administrator Jim Moore — Administrative Services Director Todd Leopold and Transportation and Development Director Tim Carl — each received $10,000 base-pay increases in 2007, along with $5,000 bonuses in 2007 and 2008.

  • Forum planned for political candidates

    The Evergreen Chamber of Commerce and the Canyon Courier are hosting a forum for political candidates at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Lake House.

    The candidates will deliver a statement of their positions and then will field questions submitted by audience members.

    Participating will be:

    • Jeffco Board of Commissioners, District 2: Democrat Jason Bane and Republican Kevin McCasky.

    • Jeffco Board of Commissioners, District 1: Republican Faye Griffin and Democrat Sue Windels.

  • Vehicle hits, kills bear on I-70 at Floyd Hill

    A 2-year-old black bear was killed by a vehicle on I-70 about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday.

    The bear was struck by an eastbound vehilce near Floyd Hill, and the Division of Wildlife removed the remains Wednesday morning. There were no injuries to the motorist who reported the incident.

    "It's very common," said Jennifer Churchill, spokeswoman for the DOW. "Unfortunately, I-70 was built through a wildlife corridor. We'd like to remind people to drive slow and keep their eyes open for wildlife."

  • Growing EHS field band gives students more to love

    To achieve a really eye-popping, bleacher-shaking, spirit-raising, rabble-rousing, scream-yourself-hoarse halftime show, bigger is definitely better. And Evergreen High School’s first-rate Cougar Marching Band is getting better all the time.

    “Four years ago, there were less than 50 kids in the marching band, and there were 63 when I took over,” says Michelle Knight, who accepted EHS’ instrumental music baton in 2007. “We’ve got 78 now, and I think it will probably keep growing.”

  • Rocky Mountain academy plans big camping trip

    Ryan Lucas, director of Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen, has decided to go camping with a few of his closest friends — all of the families at the school.

    Lucas says he’s never tried a school-wide camping trip before, but he’s hoping families will join him at the Arrowhead Point Camping Resort near Buena Vista Sept. 12-14.

    “I’m an outdoors kind of person,” Lucas said. “With this trip, I can combine doing something I love with bringing the whole school together.”

  • Nonprofit helps single moms, widows with car repairs

    If you’re a single mom or a widow and are having car troubles you really can’t afford right now, Hands of the Carpenter can save the day.

    Hands, a Golden faith-based nonprofit, will send you to one of its partnering auto repair shops in Jefferson or Denver counties and have your problem fixed at no cost to you. Before long, founder Dan Georgopulos hopes to have the nonprofit’s own shop open and ready to serve.

  • Hamilton will stay on fire board another month

    Jaine Hamilton is delaying her departure and staying on the Evergreen Fire Protection District board for at least a month beyond her previously announced effective resignation date of Oct. 1.

    A member of the board since 2002, Hamilton officially announced her resignation July 25.

    Her decision will not affect the board’s timetable to name a replacement, board president Chick Dykeman said Aug. 28. In the event of a resignation, the board is authorized to appoint a person who serves the remainder of the term. Hamilton’s term expires in 2010.