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  • Warm weather, poor ice conditions scuttle Skate the Lake 2016

    Skate the Lake, the popular New Year’s Eve celebration that features fireworks, music, broomball and other amusements, has been canceled because of recent warm temperatures and poor ice conditions at Evergreen Lake.

    Event sponsor Drive Smart and the Evergreen Park and Rec District announced Tuesday afternoon that, despite the best efforts of EPRD’s ice-grooming crew, conditions on the lake surface would not permit the show to go on Saturday night.

  • School district hit with wire-fraud scam

    Jeffco Public Schools was the victim of a wire-fraud scam that cost the district thousands of dollars early this year.

    Disclosed during a Dec. 15 presentation by accounting firm CliftonLarsonAllen, which provided an independent audit of the school district’s financials for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016, the incident involved an e-mail that appeared to come from Superintendent Dan McMinimee and resulted in a loss of $26,564.

  • School district to wrap up lead mitigation by end of year

    After more than six months of testing and repairs, Jeffco Public Schools is expected to wrap up mitigation efforts related to high lead levels in tap water at more than 77 percent of the district’s schools by year’s end.

    According to Tim Reed, executive director of facilities and planning, testing of the water at all district facilities was completed in October, and efforts to replace hundreds of affected fixtures, pipes and other materials remain in process.

  • Community gives thousands to area nonprofits on Colorado Gives Day

    Area nonprofits made out well on Dec. 6 — Colorado Gives Day — as Coloradans donated more than $3 million to entities in Jeffco and about $42,000 to those in Park County.

    According to Kayla Arnesen with the Community First Foundation, which organizes Colorado Gives Day in collaboration with FirstBank, about 11,000 donors contributed $3.43 million to 227 organizations in Jeffco and Parkco; the Coalition for the Upper South Platte and PeaceWorks Inc. were among the nonprofits that received the highest number of donations.

  • Special-needs dog finds new home after family’s house is destroyed

    Christmas Eve in the mountains conjures images of snow, cascades of conifers, fireplaces lit with care and loved ones nearby. At Evergreen Animal Hospital, Christmas Eve offered a picture of hope as Bailey, the special-needs dog in need of a new home after her family’s burned, was adopted by local restaurateur John D. Wallace and his fiancée, Shantelle Stephens.

  • Chamber offices moving to Stone House

    The new year will bring a new office for the Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce.

    The chamber is moving to the Stone House on Evergreen Parkway in Bergen Park in late January.

    Chamber president Betsy Hays says the new space, with its prominent signage, will make the chamber more visible to visitors as they drive into Evergreen from Interstate 70 — though the signage will not be overbearing, as the chamber tries to be sensitive to its residential neighbors.

  • Public meetings planned on health, safety concerns at dog park

    The Elk Meadow off-leash area in Evergreen is facing a growing list of health and safety concerns, and Jeffco Open Space officials will host a series of public meetings to inform dog owners about steps they can take to ensure the park remains open.

  • Time well spent: Parmalee students participate in Hour of Code

    A class of Parmalee Elementary School first-graders received a lesson in computer coding recently when the school for the first time participated in the Hour of Code.

    The initiative, hosted by nonprofit code.org, aims to expand access to computer science and broaden interest in the field. For Parmalee, participation in the Hour of Code was a natural next step after the school organized a well-attended early-morning coding club in 2014.

  • Jeffco DA agrees to suspend investigations of online child sex predators

    Jeffco District Attorney Pete Weir has agreed to suspend his office’s investigations of online child sexual predators following an ethics complaint by a Denver defense attorney.

  • Jeffco EDC names new president

    The board of directors of the Jeffco Economic Development Corp. has appointed Sam Bailey as the EDC's new president and chief executive officer.

    "I am thrilled to carry on Jeffco EDC's legacy as a leading community organization,” Bailey said in a news release. “Working in partnership with the EDC's board, investors and stakeholders, Jefferson County is well‐positioned for significant growth.”