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Today's News

  • Kindness is king at EMS

    Evergreen Middle School principal Joelle Broberg wants her school to buck the stereotype that middle-school kids are mean to each other.

    With the help of the school’s PTA and the staff, Broberg has embarked on a campaign to teach students about kindness and anti-bullying. Her mantra is “Many Voices, One School,” and she’s infused it into the message from guest speakers, the school’s choir and events since she became principal in fall 2013.

  • Cactus Jack’s celebrates year of recovery from devastating flood

    Standing in warm sunshine on Saturday afternoon, Megan and Gary Mitchell, owners of Cactus Jack’s Saloon, welcomed friends, co-workers and community well-wishers gathered to celebrate their recovery from last September’s massive flooding.

    “This has been one crazy year,” said Megan. “When you have something like this happen, it changes your life.”

  • Long-delayed trail link project scheduled to begin in October

    The trail link project at Evergreen Lake dam is about to begin after numerous delays created by legal issues and difficulties with right-of-way acquisitions.

    The anticipated start date for construction of the trail is early October, said Jim Pokorny of Goodland Construction in Golden, the company selected for the project.

    “It all depends on our traffic-control permit approval from CDOT, Jefferson County and the State Highway Patrol,” Pokorny said.

  • Bergen Meadow students thank their heroes

    Students at Bergen Meadow Elementary School paid tribute to local heroes last Thursday, a positive salute to those who died 13 years ago in the 9/11 attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C.

  • Mountain fire chiefs uncomfortable with centralized dispatch center

    A month after the Jefferson County Emergency Communications Authority released a report recommending a centralized dispatch center for fire, some mountain fire chiefs have expressed concern. 

    “This is one of the most serious issues our department will face,” said Inter-Canyon Chief Randy Simpson. “I’ve spoken with other chiefs, and this is a concern for us.”

  • State, county candidates will field questions at community forum

    Candidates vying for seats in the state House and Senate and on the Jeffco Board of Commissioners will participate in a forum on Thursday, Oct. 2, at 6:30 p.m. at the Evergreen Fire/Rescue administrative building.

    The Canyon Courier is sponsoring the forum with the Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce to provide citizens information about local candidates seeking office.

  • Board approves Witt's pay plan for teachers on 3-2 vote

    The Jeffco school board approved a new teacher compensation plan at last Thursday’s meeting that ties pay raises to performance. 

    Under the new plan, “partially effective” teachers who are still in their first three years will receive a 1 percent raise. Teachers rated “effective” will receive a 2.43 percent raise. Teachers rated “highly effective” will receive a 4.25 percent raise.

  • School board to form curriculum committee

    The Jeffco school board will form a committee Thursday night to examine and evaluate the district’s curriculum.

    Details on the direction and role of the committee are now listed on the Sept. 18 agenda, located at www.jeffcopublicschools.org.

    “The charge to the committee is to review curricular choices for conformity to Jeffco academic standards, accuracy and omissions, and to inform the board of any objectionable materials,” according to the committee guidelines.

  • King-Murphy students learn three numbers, three letters for emergencies

    It’s never too early to learn about keeping safe.

    On Sept. 10, King-Murphy Elementary School students practiced calling 911 in an emergency, and the older students practiced CPR.

    District nurse Mary Cain, with volunteers from the Denver School of Nursing and the Clear Creek health department, conducted the sessions in conjunction with state-mandated hearing and vision screenings.

  • Teachers union reps issue no-confidence vote against board president

    Just a week after the school board approved his performance-based pay plan, Jeffco teachers recorded a vote of no confidence in school board President Ken Witt.

    According to the teachers union, the vote by 180 representatives of non-administrative educators was unanimous.

    "It is evident that educators in this district have had enough of the secrecy, waste, and disrespect of this board majority and its president,” said a statement from John Ford, president of the Jeffco Education Association.