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Today's News

  • Former FBI agent weaves life experiences into suspense novel

    Don’t let the title fool you. “Strangers, Lovers and the Winds of Time” by Evergreen author Dale Lovin is far from a romance novel.

     

    Lovin’s second published work is a gritty, compelling portrait of white supremacists and their devastated victims. Written as a suspense novel interwoven with factual accounts of high-profile incidents, the book contains tales of past and present evil in American society.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • El Rancho restaurant building still for sale

    They’re still keeping the lights on at the El Rancho restaurant.

    The swoopy, orange El Rancho sign is lit up nightly, even though the landmark restaurant has not been open since 2011.

    Doug Antonoff, president of Antonoff & Co. and manager of El Rancho Investors LLC, is the one paying to keep the lights on. He said he’s not sure offhand how much he has paid in electricity costs.

  • GOP assessor candidate plagued with tax woes

    The Republican seeking the county office that plays a big role in determining residents’ annual property-tax bills apparently has had some tax problems of his own.

    County assessor candidate Ronald Sandstrom owes as much as thousands of dollars in unpaid state and federal taxes, according to court documents obtained by the Columbine Courier.

    The documents show both the IRS and state Department of Revenue took legal action against Sandstrom over the alleged unpaid taxes.

  • 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.