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Today's News

  • Luxury homes on parade in Evergreen

    Whether you were shopping for a luxury home or simply seeing how the other half lives, Evergreen’s inaugural Parade of Luxury Homes was a success.

    More than 2,400 people made their way through eight homes — three near Upper Bear Creek, three in the Soda Creek area and two near El Rancho — viewing sumptuous houses with manicured lawns and eclectic art.

  • Jeffco Public Library to seek tax increase

    The Jeffco Public Library is planning to ask county residents for a property-tax increase in the fall.

    The library board voted at its May meeting to put a tax increase on the November ballot but did not decide on the exact amount, said library spokeswoman Rebecca Winning. Winning said that, as of now, the board is considering a 1-mill increase. 

  • Hundreds rally in support of Jeffco teachers

    Speakers at a rally Friday organized by the teachers union raised the specter of a strike as contract negotiations continue between the Jeffco Education Association and the school district.

  • School board members at odds over proposed teacher-pay allocations

    Concerns about teacher pay dominated the first public hearing May 25 for the Jeffco school district's 2015-16 budget, and school board members disagreed about how to allocate some funds.

    The $1.1 billion budget, which has been discussed for months and is about 2.5 percent larger than last year’s, will likely be finalized at the end of June. 

    The board’s two liberal members said the $12.1 million earmarked for pay increases was inadequate. That amount includes:

  • County official describes human-trafficking problem

    Human trafficking of youths is taking place in Jefferson County, Lynn Johnson, Jeffco's human services director, told a town hall meeting in Evergreen last Thursday.

    Johnson said boys and girls ages 5 to 18 are being kidnapped, raped, punished and beaten by sex traffickers who coerce them into prostitution.

    “It’s all about vulnerable populations. … It is a large industry that is going to take an army to stop,” Johnson said.

  • Kittredge hemp operation hosts informational meeting

    Two mothers talked about the potential benefits that hemp oil might have for their sons — both of whom suffer seizures and are in wheelchairs — while their sons listened.

    A U.S. Army veteran talked about how hemp oil has helped him deal with post-traumatic stress disorder. A woman who formerly worked with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration who now is a research analyst also spoke. 

  • 4th annual Barks and Belts promises a tail-wagging good time

     This year’s fourth annual Barks and Belts 5K race for dogs and their owners has added attractions.

     

    “This year we’re creating a street fair,” said Jackie Mohr, executive director of Drive Smart, which is sponsoring the event along with the Evergreen Animal Protective League.

  • EHS seniors get real-world experience in capstone class

    If experience is the best teacher, then Evergreen High School senior English students just learned tons during their final project.

    The 150 students found internships or mentoring opportunities, performed activities and wrote about their experiences in a variety of formats to culminate their high school studies.

    This is exactly the way English teachers Chris Corbo and Maurissa Moore wanted it.

    This past semester was their first attempt at a capstone English course, and they are already tweaking it for the fall.

  • Rec district still seeking to gauge support for Buchanan upgrades

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District staff is recommending nearly $9 million in improvements to the Buchanan Rec Center — an amount that would require a property-tax increase.

    Ellen O’Connor, EPRD executive director, said the improvements under consideration are largely based on a survey of residents conducted by the park district in 2013.

  • Slash collection program expanded in Evergreen, Indian Hills

    Jeffco has expanded its slash program this year, with additional sites available in Evergreen and Indian Hills where residents can bring yard debris for a fee of $20 per load.

    “The program is aimed at helping Jeffco residents rid their slash from forested areas and mitigate wildfire fuels,” said Bailey Becker, a Jeffco spokesperson.