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  • EDUCATION BRIEFS

    PCSD school board votes to boost two administrative salaries

    The base hiring salaries for two vacant administrative positions in the Platte Canyon School District will increase after school board members approved last week a proposal by Superintendent Brenda Krage to boost salaries in order to attract more qualified candidates.

  • EFPD approves spending authorization for Jeffcom

    The Evergreen Fire Protection District will contribute more than $500,000 to the 2018 budget for Jeffcom, the Lakewood-based dispatch center that is taking over emergency dispatch operations for eight different fire, rescue and other law enforcement operations in Jefferson County next year.

  • Elk Creek to purchase used ambulance

    The Elk Creek fire board approved last Thursday the purchase of a used ambulance for use in the Elk Creek Fire Protection District while one of the district’s other ambulances is repaired next year.

    Discussed at length Dec. 14, the ambulance is being purchased from a fire district in Chicago, has about 60,000 miles on it and is two-wheel drive. According to Deputy Fire Chief Jacob Ware, the department pursued the purchase on grounds that it was more cost-effective than renting an ambulance for three-and-a-half months next spring.

  • Layoffs, budget cuts hit Elk Creek Fire after loss of property tax revenue

    The Elk Creek Fire Protection District will lay off at least one full-time staffer, table needed equipment upgrades and implement several budget cuts next year after the Gallagher Amendment significantly reduced the district’s expected property tax revenue for 2018.

  • There’s only one Maggie Long

    There will forever be only one Maggie Long — at least for the hundreds of people who attended the late Platte Canyon student’s memorial service Sunday afternoon. Gathering at Platte Canyon High School in the gymnasium and the Canyon Room, they came in droves — some in person, some in spirit, all clothed in laughter, tears and memories of a girl so many recalled for her benevolence and exuberance for life.

  • Indian Hills Fire Rescue adopts budget

    Indian Hills Fire Rescue adopted its 2018 budget during a Dec. 13 meeting.

    After final revisions, the district expects to bring in a net income of $13,688. Last year, it budgeted a loss of $26,220. The substantial increase largely is due to increased property valuations, which will provide the department with a supplementary $30,568. Aside from the $309,991 Indian Hills brings in from property taxes, its next highest source of income is a predicted $30,000 in ambulance fees.

  • Jeffco clearing up rules on RV and trailer parking

    RVs and trailers can no longer sit for more than 28 days on any right-of-way in Jefferson County.

    Jeffco commissioners unanimously approved an amendment to the county’s ordinance that regulates the operation and parking of vehicles. Before the amendment, the ordinance prohibited the parking of recreational vehicles and trailers in residential and business areas.

  • Former Morrison officer pleads guilty to four felonies

    A former Morrison police officer pleaded guilty to four felony counts of embezzlement, attempt to influence a public servant, theft and forgery.

    Anthony Paul Joiner, 38, is accused of stealing more than $132,000 from the town of Morrison between December 2010 and February 2016 through a private fund he created called the “5280 Police Motors Memorial Fund.” He appeared in court Monday morning for a motions hearing but instead coordinated a plea deal with the prosecution.

  • Evergreen alum shares comedic life stories, other writings in new book

    As he and his family will tell you, Nate Dern was no ordinary kid.

    Instead of reading generic book reports in school, he would dress up and review the book in-character as a sort of comedy sketch. He would try to make it as funny as possible.

    So, it’s no surprise that his career path hasn’t been ordinary either, and certainly more inclined toward the comedic side.

  • At least six development projects in the works for Evergreen area

    With several ongoing development projects in various stages around the Evergreen area, Heather Gutherless and Mike Madrid, case managers with Jeffco Planning & Zoning, provided updates on some active planning or zoning projects.

    • Two lots in the 1200 block of Kerr Gulch Road — both about an acre in size — are in the pre-application process to be rezoned and subdivided so as to potentially allow for town homes for seniors. The next step in the process would be a community meeting, which hasn’t yet been requested.