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Today's News

  • After 30,000 patients, Evergreen veterinarian closes practice

    After 37 years and more than 30,000 patients, Evergreen veterinarian T.J. Fogg has hung up the doctor’s smocks he wore daily to his Bergen Park Veterinary Clinic.

    Fogg, who graduated from the Colorado State University veterinary school in 1958, has worked with pets of all shapes and sizes since opening his practice in Evergreen in 1979. Between 1958 and 1979, he had a large- and small-animal practice in Wyoming, and worked in animal medical research.

  • Wilmot garden project develops some thorny issues

    Plans to create a community garden at Wilmot Elementary School cannot flourish until issues with a cooperative agreement among Jeffco Schools, the Evergreen Park and Recreation District and Evergreen’s Alliance for Sustainability are resolved. 

  • School district, teachers union preparing for contract negotiations

    Jeffco Public Schools leaders said Jan. 28 they expect teacher pay and teacher recruitment and retention will be priorities during upcoming contract negotiations with the Jefferson County Education Association.

    The district and teachers union will start contract negotiations Saturday, district human resources director Amy Weber said — less than a year after the last 10-month pact was implemented.

    Negotiations last year on the current union contract encountered several issues, including the contract’s 10-month duration; it expires June 30.

  • Blue Spruce Kiwanis plans to rename athletic field in memory of Henika

    To honor the memory of Greg Henika, a Blue Spruce Kiwanis member who died in an accident at Evergreen Lake last year, club members are planning to rename an athletic field for him.

    Because the field is on Jeffco school property between Evergreen High and Wilmot Elementary schools, the club is seeking permission from school administration to name it Greg Henika Field, said Kiwanis member John Ellis. After receiving permission, a sign will be created and placed at the field.

  • Bizbeat: Table-making hobby sets up couple for business

    A simple gift of a handmade wood console table has turned into a business for Amy and Doug Golenz of Alpine Blue Home.

    After the two were married about 25 years ago, Doug made Amy the table out of reclaimed wood, and it has traveled with them as they moved across the country.

    Friends would ask for one, so Doug would build it for them, Amy said.

    Now, they have turned that talent into a business in the Evergreen Design Center on Meadow Drive. That original console table was the basis for what they call their classic line of furniture.

  • Appeals court upholds decision that teachers’ sick-leave records are public information

    A Jeffco judge’s decision that teachers’ sick-leave records are public information and not confidential personnel information was upheld in a Jan. 14 state Court of Appeals decision.

    Judges Steve Bernard, Robert Hawthorne and Anthony Navarro upheld a 2015 decision against the Jefferson County Education Association, which sought to prevent the Jeffco school district from releasing the names of teachers who were absent from work during “sick-outs” at several schools in late 2014. More than one Jeffco resident had requested the information.

  • Jeffco prepares for arrival of immigrant kids

    The potential spring arrival of up to 1,000 undocumented Central American children at a Jeffco federal facility should have few impacts on local law enforcement and the community, according to a spokeswoman for the Administration of Children and Families, which is overseeing the program.

  • Transit takes center stage at telephone town hall

    Transportation concerns took center stage at a telephone town hall meeting last week with Jeffco’s commissioners and other county officials.

    “I’m wondering why the roads are in such poor condition,” one resident commented. 

    Commissioner Casey Tighe responded that the county road and bridge budget increased this year, but he said maintenance needs are outpacing available funds. 

  • Fire damages home in Evergreen

    A fire caused major damage to a home in Evergreen overnight Wednesday, but the homeowner and his dog escaped unharmed.

    No injuries were reported, but extensive damage was sustained on the second and third floors of the house in the 34000 block of Forest Estates Road, which is off Brook Forest Road.

    Evergreen Fire/Rescue spokesman Doug Saba said a neighbor reported the fire about midnight Wednesday.

  • BUSINESS BEAT: Table-making hobby sets up couple for business

    A simple gift of a handmade wood console table has turned into a business for Amy and Doug Golenz of Alpine Blue Home.

    After the two were married about 25 years ago, Doug made Amy the table out of reclaimed wood, and it has traveled with them as they moved across the country.

    Friends would ask for one, so Doug would build it for them, Amy said.