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Today's News

  • Jeffco Open Space chief discusses crowded parks

    Jeffco Open Space director Tom Hoby acknowledged the need to address the increased use of county parks at a forum last week in Golden: “We’re trying to enhance the visitor experience.” 

    Hoby said Open Space is developing webcams that would allow visitors to check availability at parking lots before driving to parks. 

    With more and more nature lovers visiting Open Space parks, many of them are becoming crowded — especially on weekends, he noted.

  • Teachers union, district debate pay model in court

    The Jeffco teachers union argued Friday in district court that the school district improperly enacted a performance-based pay model that created unfair pay disparities between new and experienced teachers.

    The district countered that the school board was well within its rights to make final decisions about pay, and that the same disparities existed under the former system.

  • Storage facility expansion prompts concerns about increased traffic

    Expansion plans for A Storage Place in El Rancho have led to concerns about increased traffic among residents of the Nob Hill subdivision.

    The storage facility is turning people away because of a lack of units, said manager Bryan Burton. There are currently 50 people on a waiting list to rents units, he said.

    To meet the increased demand, the company has purchased property off Nob Hill Road with plans to build approximately 200 additional units this summer. 

  • King-Murphy librarian won’t be returning next year

    A retirement assembly on Friday to honor King-Murphy Elementary School librarian Marilyn Pearson was filled with laughs and tears.

    Students, teachers and some parents gathered in the gymnasium to wish Pearson, who has been at the school for 16 years, a fond farewell.

    “We have gathered to celebrate for a very special reason,” principal Heidi Lupinacci told the group. “Mrs. Pearson is retiring.”

    Just as everyone in the room applauded, a thunderstorm unleashed a downpour of rain, which appeared to add to the applause.

  • Creative district designation designed to boost Evergreen economy

    Establishing a creative district in Evergreen can benefit all area businesses economically, said Linda Castle, director of the Evergreen Downtown Business Association.

    “We know the arts is an economic driver,” Castle said. “By promoting creative enterprises, we feel other businesses will benefit.”

  • Park district negotiating with Denver on bridge replacement at Lake Park

    Evergreen park district staff and board members are working to reach an agreement with Denver to replace the aging bridge over Bear Creek at Evergreen Lake Park, the only vehicular access to the popular venue.

  • Foothills Center for Spiritual Living opens in Evergreen

    The recently organized Foothills Center for Spiritual Living is holding services on Sunday mornings at Congregation Beth Evergreen on Bergen Peak Drive.

    Led by the Rev. Dr. Judy Morley, the transdenominational religious group is affiliated with the Centers for Spiritual Living, which is headquartered in Genesee.

    “We honor all paths to God. We are inclusive,” Morley said.

    At the Center for Spiritual Living, the emphasis is on unity, the oneness of life, said Morley.

  • Lookout Mountain church wins long legal battle

    Members of Gateway on Mount Zion plan to expand their church building on Lookout Mountain in the future, after the Colorado Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from neighbors who oppose its growth.

    Activation Ministries International LLC — now called Gateway on Mount Zion — can build a church building up to 30,000 square feet in size; the current building is 9,000 square feet. Jeffco's county commissioners approved the expansion in 2012 on a 2-1 vote, but their decision was appealed to the courts.

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  • Brother of local restaurant owner loses home in Nepal quake

    The brother of Beau Thai restaurant owner Anita Gurung lost his home in Saturday's earthquake in Nepal.

    A rock wall collapsed on one side of the home, which is located in the Gorkha district of Nepal near the earthquake's epicenter. Gurung's family members were unhurt, but many others were injured or killed in the devastation in both Gorkha and Dhading, the home region of Gurung's husband.