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Today's News

  • Judge throws out some claims of Lower North Fork Fire victims

    A Jefferson County judge on Feb. 18 dismissed multiple claims from Lower North Fork Fire victims against the state.

    Judge Dennis Hall ruled on a series of motions and dismissed all but the negligence claims that had been authorized by the General Assembly in the wake of the Lower North Fork Fire in 2012.

  • School board member disturbed by tweets

    School board member Julie Williams announced at last Tuesday’s meeting that she was offended by recent tweets from two Jeffco PTA members.

    Williams referred to a social media conversation that took place Jan. 30 between Jeffco PTA president and former school board member Michele Patterson and PTA vice president Shawna Fritzler.

    On Jan. 30, the board was discussing which member should represent the board on the Jeffco PTA board. Patterson (@mmcpatt) and Fritzler (@DLMomofMorgan) had a conversation during and after the meeting.

  • Iowa-based firm will search for new school superintendent

    The Jeffco school board has selected a search firm to help find the successor to former superintendent Cindy Stevenson.

    The board heard presentations from two search firms at its Feb. 18 study session, and Ray and Associates was selected to find potential candidates to lead Colorado’s largest school district.

    Iowa-based Ray and Associates will charge $44,580 for its search, which will include conducting community meetings, recruiting, screening, interviewing and selecting a final pool of candidates.

  • Chamber’s newest leads group creates more networking opportunities for businesses

    To help local businesses make vital connections, the Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce has formed leads groups. Representatives from non-competing businesses network and become acquainted with each other during weekly meetings, which are held at various locations in Evergreen.

    To create additional opportunities for those who would like participate, a new leads group has begun meeting on Friday mornings at HearthFire Books and Treats in Bergen Park.

  • Students wax knowledgeable about presidents

    President Calvin Coolidge had a pet raccoon.

    President John F. Kennedy was the first president who had been a Boy Scout.

    President James Madison was only 5-foot-4 and weighed 100 pounds.

    President Barack Obama has read all of the “Harry Potter” books.

    President Andrew Johnson grew up learning to be a tailor, so he made all of his own clothes while president.

  • EMS kids slip into roles for ‘Cinderella’

    This year’s musical at Evergreen Middle School combines the new with the familiar.

    New this year for the production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” is Tom Biaso, an eighth-grader who accompanies the singers on piano. In past years, the music has been provided via recordings or a professional accompanist.

  • Schools’ leadership team acting as interim superintendent

    Jeffco schools’ leadership team will act as the district’s superintendent for at least one week, the Board of Education decided on Feb. 18.

    The leadership team is made up of Marcia Anker, chief school effectiveness officer; Heather Beck, chief academic officer; Lorrie Gillis, chief financial officer; and Steve Bell, the district’s chief operating officer.

    The arrangement will most likely be short-lived, however, as the board will discuss and vote on an interim superintendent at its Feb. 27 meeting.

  • Robert Gates’ ‘Duty’ a good read for all citizens

    OK, I admit it: I can’t resist reading every single insider book that portends to explain the goings-on within our government. Most of us have strong opinions concerning the executive branch of our government powered by the simplistic rhetoric of Fox or MSNBC. We have become a group of “Monday-morning quarterbacks.” The Bush hate seemed to be unprecedented, until the Obama hate got into full swing.

  • Inter-Canyon incumbents must be challenged

    Six hundred and forty-three thousand. That’s more than half a million.
    And those are more than enough reasons that two longtime incumbents on the board of the Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District should be challenged aggressively in this May’s election.
    Zero is another number of note in this disturbing saga: That’s the number of non-incumbents who had filed to run, as of Tuesday, for the four board seats up for election.

  • Song sparrows find their voice as winter fades, spring nears

    February creeps to a close. It is to me the most dreary month of the year. The pleasantness of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays is over, and winter seems to really settle in, with both more snow and colder temperatures.