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Today's News

  • Regulations for church bonds

    Issuing bonds is not uncommon for religious organizations.

    “They do it all the time,” state securities commissioner Jerry Rome said. “They’re an entity that has the ability to issue debt. … It is in fact fairly commonplace for nonprofits like religious organizations to do debt offerings by issuing bonds.”

    Groups that issue bonds must:

  • Angry Llama left inspectors less than happy

    Journey Community Church’s Angry Llama restaurant venture was cited 36 times for violating 23 state food-safety regulations during routine and follow-up inspections between April 2012 and March 2014, according to Jeffco Public Health reports.

    Twenty-two of the violations were rated as critical by the county, which means they were more likely than others to contribute to food contamination or illness, the reports said.

  • Journey debts

    The Courier has confirmed that Journey had the following debts:

    • Nearly $17,428 owed to Jeffco Public Schools for rent at Conifer High, according to figures provided by the school district. The district has since written off the debt.

    • $5,500 owed to Grace Church of the Rockies, where Journey rented facilities and housing space for staff, according to Ron Lewis of Grace Church.

    • $942 to Evergreen Newspapers for advertising.

  • Journey’s ties to attorney fray after interview with reporter

    Longtime Journey Community Church attorney Michael O’Connor told the Courier in an April interview that it seemed clear the church’s financial status “wasn’t properly reported” on the prospectus for bonds the church sold.

    Not long afterward, O’Connor and the former church leaders apparently parted ways.

    “There was debt. There’s no way to say there wasn’t,” O’Connor said in the interview. “It should have been reported, and it wasn’t.”

  • A Journey timeline

    March 2008: Journey Community Church incorporates and moves to Conifer.

    September 2008: Journey begins holding church services at Conifer High School.

    March 2009: Pastor Michael Cheshire and some staff open low-price Detours Coffee on East Colfax Avenue in Denver, then close the shop in less than a year, break a lease agreement and leave unpaid bills to the property owner.

    April 2010: Journey opens the Angry Llama at Conifer Crossings.

  • A loss of faith

    The now-defunct Journey Community Church — the upstart congregation that once drew hundreds of Sunday worshipers to the Conifer High auditorium — has severed its last tangible tie to the area by selling its 45-acre ranch.

  • Dahlkemper won't seek re-election to school board

    Jeffco school board member Lesley Dahlkemper has announced she will not run for a second term this fall, citing home and work responsibilities.

    Dahlkemper, who was elected in 2011 and is one of the board’s two liberal members, said the decision is not related to frequent friction with the board's conservative majority over everything from facilities and budget to teacher pay and union relations.

  • Bear Creek watched closely as snow begins to melt

    Nearly 8 inches of wet, slushy snow fell on Evergreen overnight Saturday after a week of persistent rain, yet so far flooding in downtown has been minimal.

    Some flooding of low areas along pasture lands in the Upper Bear Creek area has occurred, said Dave Lighthart, general manager of the Evergreen Metropolitan District. Also, the creek has jumped its banks in isolated spots and a portion of the walkway leading from downtown to Evergreen Lake dam was flooded on Monday night.

  • Sports briefs

    GIRLS SOCCER
    Evergreen preps for the playoffs with a shutout of Battle Mtn.
    EDWARDS — Freshman Cassidy Formanek scored her third goal of the season and Sophia Weiner assisted on the score as Evergreen toppled host Battle Mountain 1-0 on May 2.

    The Lady Cougars were coming off back-to-back wins over D’Evelyn (4-1) and Standley Lake (1-0) to lock up the 4A Jeffco League championship.

    Natalie Ulfig and Allie Seracuse combined to make five saves in net for EHS.

  • No-hitter continues Cougars’ late slide

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    LAKEWOOD — As gauntlets go, Evergreen’s run through the upper echelon of the state’s best 4A baseball teams didn’t quite rival in peril the one Clint Eastwood and Sondra Locke endured in the 1977 same-named flick.