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Today's News

  • Evergreen firefighters bring Christmas to kids

    Evergreen firefighters and Walmart combined on a recent Saturday to provide needy kids and their families a "shopping day" and a big helping of holiday cheer.

    Christmas for Firefighters has been bringing the holidays home for families facing financial difficulties since 2001. The annual event is the brainchild of Fire Marshal Frank Dearborn and is partially funded by a Walmart community grant.

  • Fire prevention gets tech savvy with new tablets

    The Evergreen Fire Protection District has used an anonymous $6,000 donation to buy three tablets for its fire marshals.

    “Out in the field they will be able to have access to databases and software," Fire Chief Mike Weege said. "They won’t have to take notes on paper and then spend a full day in the office entering the information.”

  • CDOT to waive tolls for opening of new peak-period lane this weekend

    Tolls will be waived this weekend during the opening of the new eastbound peak-period toll lane on Interstate 70.

    "The date has not yet been determined when tolling will start," said CDOT spokeswoman Megan Castle. "CDOT is opening the express lane and waiving tolls in order to allow the public to learn how to use the lane and while additional testing is being completed."

  • 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.