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  • Indian Hills fire board to review financial policies

    After approving the 2014 budget for the Indian Hills Fire Protection District on Dec. 11, board members decided to examine their financial policies in the coming year to ensure accountability and transparency.

    In light of what has happened in the Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District, board member Scott Kellar said a review is advisable for the Indian Hills department.

  • Inter-Canyon installing electronic locks at stations

    The Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District is installing electronic locks at all four of the district’s stations to increase security.

    “Each (Inter-Canyon) member will be assigned a key and will have to carry it with them,” said Dan Hatlestad, firefighter and paramedic with Inter-Canyon.

    The heightened security comes in the wake of theft and embezzlement charges against former fire chief David MacBean. MacBean faces six felony counts in connection with the theft of $643,000 from Inter-Canyon over a three-year period. His arraignment is Jan. 27.

  • Group gathers to pray for new school board members

    A small group gathered last Friday to pray for the three newest members of the Jeffco Board of Education.

    Newly elected board members Julie Williams and Ken Witt received prayer from the eight people who attended. John Newkirk appeared briefly to thank everyone who showed up but left because of a scheduling conflict.

    “We appreciate the faith community reaching out to us and inviting us here tonight,” Witt said. “We support our faith-based community, and we are a part of it.”

  • School board scraps kindergarten assessment program

    The Jeffco school board, on a 3-2 vote, has stopped teachers from assessing kindergartners using the Teaching Strategies Gold program because the board said the program collects too much data and because of concerns about privacy issues regarding data storage.

    To that end, it told district officials to turn down a $56,000 grant from the Colorado Department of Education that was helping to finance a pilot program.

  • Goals, union relations discussed at board retreat

    New policies, goals and the search for a new superintendent were discussed during the Jeffco Board of Education’s twice-yearly retreat last Saturday.

    Also discussed, in the wake of a conservative majority being elected to the board in November, were the district’s relationships with its unions.

    Representatives from the Jefferson County Education Association, the Jeffco Classified School Employees Association and Jefferson County Administrators Association were invited to speak to the board during the morning portion of the retreat.

  • More public comment planned at beginning of school board meetings

    Jeffco Public Schools’ new board is putting its stamp on how meetings are run.

    During the Dec. 11 meeting, the board voted unanimously to change the public-comment portion of meetings and the structure of the consent agenda, which contains routine district matters that are approved by the board in one vote.

  • Fire destroys home on Lodgepole Drive

    Evergreen Fire/Rescue responded to three house fires in a recent 24-hour period, with one home destroyed by the flames.

  • IMHS’ new shelter director gaining traction in job

    Carrie David, the new shelter director for the Intermountain Humane Society, has not only been getting settled at her new organization, but also acclimatizing to mountain living.

    “I had my first experience driving in the snow,” David said, referring to last week’s subzero temperatures and heavy snow. “I was going pretty slow and was probably irritating a lot of drivers here because I still have my Arizona plates on my car.”

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  • IREA customers experience power outage

    More than 7,500 customers of the Intermountain Rural Electric Association were without power in the early and frigid hours of last Thursday.

    “The outage affected customers from Aspen Park to about Shawnee,” said Josh Liss, spokesman for IREA. “We were able to fix the problem relatively quickly, so we didn’t need to activate loop service.”