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Today's News

  • Bike lanes: Too close for comfort?

    By Greg Dobbs

    This is about more striped bicycle lanes on our roads, which our Jefferson County commissioners approved late last month, and it isn’t only important if you ride a bike. If you drive a car, it’s about you, too.

  • 'Best Christmas Pageant Ever' really is

    Sometimes it seems the yule season is all about ugly holiday sweaters and who makes the best eggnog. “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” presented by StageDoor Theatre’s Junior Company, offers a message of acceptance, forgiveness and recapturing the true meaning of Christmas, even if it’s delivered by the most unlikely messengers — ones who probably where ugly holiday sweaters themselves.

  • Rosier announces bid for U.S. Senate

    Republican County Commissioner Don Rosier took his first shots at Democratic incumbent Michael Bennet last Thursday as he kicked off a campaign for the U.S. Senate.

  • School board to get sunshine-law training — in secret

    Jeffco’s five new school board members will take about two hours at their next meeting to hear legal advice on “the Colorado Open Meetings Law, the Colorado Open Records Act, conflicts of interest and standards of conduct for local public officials.”

    The sunshine-law training will be held behind closed doors in an executive session.

  • District to hire communications director

    Jeffco Public Schools is in the process of hiring a new communications director, a move schools Superintendent Dan McMinimee delayed for several months during the run-up to the election.

  • New school board set to meet constituents

    Jeffco’s new school board members soon will head out into the community to meet their new constituents, members said at their first full board meeting Nov. 30.

    Ron Mitchell, Ali Lasell, Susan Harmon, Amanda Stevens and Brad Rupert, who were elected Nov. 3, said they would begin coordinating with various groups in each of their districts to set up meetings.

    As the district heads into budget season, board members will host community budget forums, which Stevens said could be a good opportunity to get to know Jeffco residents better.

  • Securities commissioner rejects recommendation absolving church pastor

    Colorado’s securities commissioner has reached a mixed decision in the administrative case examining whether a former Conifer-area pastor accused of securities fraud should be banned from selling securities in the state.

    Securities Commissioner Gerald Rome rejected a recommendation in favor of former Journey Community Church pastor Michael Cheshire from a panel of state Securities Board members who heard several hours of testimony.

  • Jeffco’s recall free-for-all spurs call for campaign finance reform

    An ethics watchdog group has called for state campaign finance reform in the wake of the release of contribution figures from the Jeffco school district’s contentious recall election.

    While any change to the Colorado Constitution, which specifies how elections are conducted, would require a statewide vote, Peg Perl, senior counsel for Colorado Ethics Watch, said Colorado legislators can take several steps to bring more transparency to local elections, including:

  • Where have all the evening grosbeaks gone?

    (Reprinted from Dec. 7, 2009)

    Probably the question I am most frequently asked by people who have been feeding birds in the area for many years is, “Where have all the grosbeaks gone?” I wish I could give them a good answer, and I also wish I could bring them back.

    First, I try to ascertain that they are referring to the evening grosbeaks because we have other grosbeaks in the area. Usually they describe them as the fairly big birds that are yellow, white and black, and used to come to feeders in droves.

  • Staffers go back to school — their own schools

    Some say you can never go home again, but four Evergreen teachers and a staff member now walk the halls of a school they attended.

    They’re pleased to be working in Evergreen schools, saying they’ve felt at home and a special kinship with their alma maters.

    The five are:

    • Sam Jones, 24, a 2010 Evergreen High School graduate who started teaching history at EHS this year.

    • Jenifer Mintle, 50, a 1983 EHS graduate who has been teaching physical education there since 2001.