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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Lissie’s Mountain Market getting a makeover

    Lissie’s Mountain Market on Highway 73 is getting a makeover and will no longer be a convenience store.

    Owner Larry Juceam is converting the store into what he calls a hodgepodge of items, including vintage toys and video games, in an effort to stay in business. Rumors that the space would offer exclusively marijuana paraphernalia are incorrect, he said.

  • Area park organizations request grant funding from Jeffco Open Space

    For area park organizations, December is the traditional time to request grant funding from Jeffco Open Space for anticipated projects and improvements in the coming year.

    Representatives from Conifer, Morrison and Evergreen were among those presenting requests at the Dec. 3 meeting of the Jeffco Open Space Advisory Committee.

  • Purses for Purpose seeks donations to benefit homeless women

    Two Evergreen area residents have embarked on a special holiday project called Purses for Purpose to benefit homeless women living in shelters.

    Inspired by a posting they saw on Facebook, Emily Yeager and Jennifer Mathews are seeking donations of purses filled with toiletries, socks, underwear and tights of various sizes, which they will give to two women’s shelters in Denver.

  • Fund established to assist local victims of disasters, tragedies

    In the wake of disasters such as flooding and wildfires, community residents have organized fund-raisers and made donations to victims, says Evergreen resident and attorney Beth Andersen.

    To facilitate assistance to businesses and residents in need of help, the Evergreen Chamber Community Fund has been established. An arm of the Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce, the fund has been organized as a separate nonprofit with 501c3 status.