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  • Pumpkin-carving party to fight 9-year-old’s cancer

    By Stephanie Alderton, For the Courier

    Evergreen resident Peg Solomon is helping her family fight a very real monster this Halloween season, with the help of some donated pumpkins.

    Solomon’s 9-year-old granddaughter, Jamie Crook, is battling a rare form of liver cancer called fibrolamellar. On Friday her mother, Sarah, is hosting a pumpkin-carving party to raise money for research into the disease. 

  • County’s 2015 budget eases draw-down of reserve funds

    This article was corrected to show the county is considering a two percent merit increase, not a three percent merit increase. 

    Jeffco is set to present a preliminary budget for 2015 this week that represents a slight decrease in spending from 2014 but maintains funding for nonprofits and uses less of the county’s reserve funds. 

  • A Q&A with the three county commissioner candidates

    Ed note: With Election Day fast approaching, the Courier is taking a final look at local races.

    The three candidates vying for the county commission seat in District 3 offer a variety of views, and this week Evergreen Newspapers is publishing their responses to questions about issues important to the county. 

  • McMinimee says compromise was close on curriculum review

    Jeffco schools Superintendent Dan McMinimee believes he almost negotiated a compromise on the school board majority's controversial proposal to create a curriculum review committee at the board's Oct. 2 meeting. 

  • Cougars roll over Lobos in Mountain Bowl

    CONIFER — As an ominous cloud hovered overhead Saturday afternoon, a light sprinkle fell on Lobo Field. But by game’s end, the sun had peeked through, shining brightly on the visiting Evergreen Cougars.

    The Mountain Bowl has, at least in recent years, been a nip-and-tuck battle waged until the closing seconds. Not this time. Not for Conifer’s homecoming. Evergreen, ranked No. 5 in the 3A state poll, stole the spotlight in a 44-6 demolition of the ninth-ranked Lobos that was every bit as lopsided as the final score suggests.

  • Park district's 2015 budget plan ‘conservative,’ financial manager says

    Although there are upward trends in revenue for the Evergreen Park and Recreation District, the first draft of the 2015 budget is “very conservative,” said Karen Messler, EPRD financial controller.

    “We are not doing a lot of major projects,” Messler said Sept. 30 in a presentation to EPRD board members.

  • Jeffco issuing same-sex marriage licenses

    Same-sex couples in Jefferson County — and in all the other cities and counties in Colorado — can now be legally wed. 

    Colorado Attorney General John Suthers issued a statement Tuesday ordering all 64 counties to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review lower-court decisions that struck down several states’ bans on same-sex marriage. 

  • Escaped inmate suspected in county crime spree

     An inmate who escaped from the Jeffco jail in Golden last Sunday night is suspected of stealing several cars and credit cards across the county.

    Travis Sandlin, 32, broke out of the jail between 9 and 10 p.m. Oct. 5, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Sandlin fled after breaking fencing in the outdoor recreation area. He is the first person to escape from the current county jail.

  • Hushen embodied community spirit, caring

    If a man’s life can be measured by the ways he elevated his community, then Tom Hushen stood as tall as Mount Evans. If a soul can be judged by the light it shone upon others, then Tom’s irrepressible spirit sparkled like Evergreen Lake on the Fourth of July.

  • School board approves amended version of curriculum review plan

    On a 3-2 vote, the Jeffco school board on Thursday approved an amended version of a plan to review the AP history curriculum, after 10 days of student protests and teacher sick-outs.

    A new committee will not be formed, but changes to the district’s two existing curriculum review committees were approved. The two committees will add community members and students to help in the curriculum review process.