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  • Pay-for-performance for teachers could be rolled back

    Early conversations between the Jeffco school district and its teachers union hint that a controversial pay-for-performance plan for teachers instituted by the ousted conservative school board majority might be partially rolled back.

  • Evergreen couple plead not guilty in child abuse case

    An Evergreen couple pleaded not guilty to felony charges of child abuse at a hearing in Jefferson County Court on Feb. 17.

    Jason Matthew Barton, 40, and Katherine Clark Barton, 36, were arrested last June by the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office after their 6-year-old daughter reportedly was found to be suffering from long-term malnutrition.

  • Ice-skating season ends at Evergreen Lake

    Ice-skating season has ended at Evergreen Lake after two weeks of unseasonably warm temperatures, said Brad Bednar, Evergreen Lake House supervisor. 

    People in the community may come by the Lake House on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. to purchase hot dogs and other foods at the concession stand before it also closes for the season.

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District will begin preparing for boating season at the lake, which opens in May.

     

     

  • Hiwan Hills creating wildfire protection plan

    By Deb Hurley Brobst

    Staff Writer

    The Hiwan Hills neighborhood is working to create a wildfire prevention plan for the area bounded by Bryant Drive to the north and almost to Buffalo Park Road to the south — including downtown Evergreen.

    This has been a major undertaking for the neighborhood’s homeowner association, and a draft plan is available for review on the Evergreen Fire/Rescue website, according to Eric Wilhelm, who is spearheading the effort.

  • Area legislators weigh in on state budget priorities

    The Columbine Courier checked in with area lawmakers to learn about their priorities for the state budget and for the rest of the legislative session.

    Weighing in were Republican state Rep. Justin Everett, District 22; Democratic state Sen. Andy Kerr, District 22; and Republican state Rep. Tim Leonard, District 25.

    General thoughts on what needs to happen with the state budget?

  • LOCAL BRIEFS

    Inter-Canyon Fire spruces up its stations

    The Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District’s new chief wants district fire stations to be a place where firefighters will want to hang out.

    Fire Chief Skip Shirlaw, who was hired as the district’s first paid chief in January, said renovations planned at the stations will focus on making them comfortable and welcoming.

    “Basically we’re trying to create some space for our out-of-district people, or our in-district people … to spend the night,” Shirlaw said.

  • LOCAL BRIEFS

    Inter-Canyon Fire spruces up its stations

    The Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District’s new chief wants district fire stations to be a place where firefighters will want to hang out.

    Fire Chief Skip Shirlaw, who was hired as the district’s first paid chief in January, said renovations planned at the stations will focus on making them comfortable and welcoming.

    “Basically we’re trying to create some space for our out-of-district people, or our in-district people … to spend the night,” Shirlaw said.

  • Immigrant kids won’t be housed in Lakewood

    The federal government has abandoned plans to convert parts of a Lakewood office building to house up to 1,000 undocumented immigrant children, citing both time and money challenges.

    The Administration of Children and Families had planned to use the Government Services Administration building at the Denver Federal Center as temporary housing for children in a program for minors who arrive in the U.S. without a parent or adult family member. The agency initially said the facility would be ready by April.

  • Feds scrap plan to house immigrant kids in Lakewood

    The federal government has abandoned plans to convert parts of a Lakewood office building to house up to 1,000 undocumented immigrant children, citing both time and money challenges.

    The Administration of Children and Families had planned to use the Government Services Administration building at the Denver Federal Center as temporary housing for children in a program for minors who arrived in the U.S. without a parent or adult family member. The agency initially said the facility would be ready by April.

  • Driver arrested in rollover accident on I-70

    A 26-year-old man was arrested in connection with several charges after the SUV he was driving was involved in a single-car rollover Thursday near Evergreen that left him and his four passengers — including three minors — hospitalized.

    Juvenal Gomez, whose California driver’s license was suspended at the time of the wreck, was driving a 1998 Lincoln SUV eastbound on Interstate 70 at mile marker 248 near the Soda Creek subdivision sometime before 2:45 p.m. on Feb. 11 when the vehicle rolled, said State Patrol Trooper Josh Lewis.