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  • Jeffco schools to seek tax increase, bond issue

    The Jefferson County school board voted unanimously Aug. 21 to ask voters for a 4.4-mill increase in property taxes and a $350 million bond issue in the Nov. 4 election to pay for more teachers, upkeep, buildings and technology upgrades.

    The mill levy is expected to cost taxpayers an extra $2.92 a month per $100,000 of assessed valuation. The bond issue is to replace the level of borrowing that is in already in place as that is paid off, and it will not result in a tax increase.

    The proposal could be a tough sell in view of the declining economic climate.

  • Walgreens officially opens

    Friday morning's opening of Evergreen's Walgreens was quite eventful for the store's first customers.

    Kristi Leinen of Evergreen had the distinction of being the first shopper. She dashed into the store about 7:40 a.m. — 20 minutes before the store's scheduled opening time — to grab school supplies for her children.

  • Political newcomer challenging DA Storey

    When Jefferson County District Attorney Scott Storey announced in January that he’d be seeking a second term, there was no word on whom the Democrats might run against him.

    Eight months later — and just three months before the November election — Storey finally has an opponent.

    Vicky Peters, a Lakewood Democrat coming off a 20-year career as an environmental attorney in the Colorado attorney general's office, is Storey's challenger.

  • Evergreen Academy sends Iraqi students the keys to success

    Anyone who thinks laboring in service of the less fortunate is just too tedious, or just too time-consuming, just isn’t doing it right. The two dozen generous hearts gathered in Evergreen Academy’s cheery multi-purpose room on Wednesday evening, Aug. 13, on the other hand, knew just how to do it.

  • Fine Arts Festival still going strong in Heritage Grove

    Since its humble beginnings in 1966, the Evergreen Artists Association Fine Arts Festival has rivaled some of the finest art shows in the country. And some say it’s even better than most, given its prime location.

    The festival’s art is displayed among the old-growth Ponderosa pines of Heritage Grove near the Hiwan Homestead Museum. What better way to peruse the work of more than 100 artists than on a sunny mountain afternoon under the shade of these gentle giants.

  • Paschall won't be tried a third time

    It's over.

    District Attorney Scott Storey took two swings at prosecuting former Jeffco treasurer Mark Paschall after Paschall was accused of soliciting a kickback on his way out of the treasurer's office. Both times Storey missed.

    He's decided not to risk a strikeout.

  • Co-housing group seeks property

    A group interested in building a co-housing community for 20 to 40 individual homeowners is close to making an offer on 14 acres somewhere in Evergreen, at a location that could be served by the Evergreen Metro water system. The group is working on a feasibility study but is not ready to divulge the location, said Ginger Juhl, a spokesperson for Stillpoint Mountain Village. The group held an informational meeting on Aug. 12 at the Evergreen Fire/Rescue headquarters in an attempt to spread the word and gather more members.

  • Fire restrictions lifted in Jefferson County

    The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has lifted fire restrictions for the county effective at 3 p.m. on Aug. 18.

    Recent rainfall and cooler temperatures have reduced the danger of wildfire. However, people are encouraged to be vigilant, as the danger of fire is always present in the high country.

  • Former EHS music teacher gets 15 years for sex assault

    Former Evergreen High music teacher William Eisenman will spend at least 15 years in prison following a June conviction for sexually assaulting one of his students.

    Eisenman, 33, was convicted June 24 of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust. Jefferson County District Judge Tamara Russell sentenced the former music and band teacher to a minimum of 15 years in prison Aug. 19, but the sentence could last for life if Department of Corrections experts conclude that he isn't rehabilitated when eligible for parole.

  • Chowdhury resigns from school board

    Embattled South Jeffco school board member Vince Chowdhury has resigned his seat effective Aug. 21.

    "I have made this decision after a long conversation with my family," Chowdhury said in an e-mail to supporters of his Democratic primary campaign for House District 22. He lost the primary Aug. 12 to Camille Ryckman. "It is extremely difficult for me to step down; however, I must do what is in the best interest of my family."