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Today's News

  • Walton stresses need for community involvement in Indian Hills fire district

    As a board member for the Indian Hills Fire Protection District, Ron Walton says that involving residents in decisions is desirable but challenging.

    “How can we get people involved before there is a problem?” he asks. “Let’s see the issues, and see the solutions.”

    Walton is one of three incumbents seeking re-election to the board of the Indian Hills district, which has three seats up for election and two challengers.

  • Economic development a topic at town hall

    Evergreen business leaders want to focus on economic development in 2014.

    To help, Evergreen residents should shop and “live” locally to help the local economy, said Lin Browning, president of the Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce. The chamber also plans to market the area and its signature events to encourage tourism, she said.

    Browning was the kickoff speaker at the town hall meeting hosted by the Evergreen Pathfinders at the Lake House last Thursday.

  • A (school)day at the museum

    At first, it’s the costumes on the so-called wax figures at the Colorado Characters Wax Museum at Wilmot Elementary that draw people in.

    The wax figures — really fourth-graders portraying figures from Colorado history — are dressed in elaborate dresses and hats and old-fashioned suits to portray characters whose names are familiar to Coloradans: Emily Griffith, Baby Doe Tabor, Molly Brown, Thomas Cunningham Bergen and Dwight Potter Wilmot.

  • Climbing all about ‘brotherhood of the rope,’ says mountaineer

    Reaching the summit of a high mountain peak is secondary to maintaining good relationships with fellow climbers, said George Lowe, a mountaineer with more than 50 years experience.

     

  • Climbing all about ‘brotherhood of the rope,’ says mountaineer

    Reaching the summit of a high mountain peak is secondary to maintaining good relationships with fellow climbers, said George Lowe, a mountaineer with more than 50 years experience.

    “The brotherhood of the rope is incredibly important to me,” Lowe said during his presentation at Mount Vernon Country Club on April 16. “The most critical message I want to leave is the companionship.”

  • Answers complex about why fewer birds come here

    Many readers of this column have asked me recently if something has happened to the birds that reduced their numbers because they have had fewer birds at their feeders than usual.

    I scratched my head to know how to answer their questions because this is a very involved question that takes more space than I can use every week, and few people are concerned enough to get that involved.

  • Northwestern football players 7, NCAA 0

    I’m no union guy. I think the unions have generally outlived their usefulness in our country, and that’s why only about 11 percent of American workers are union members, compared to nearly one-third in the early ’70s. Today the majority of union members are employees in the public sector, where the relationship between employer and employee has always been more contractual than relational.

  • Board, teachers must be reasonable

    Impasse!

    It’s a word that hardly sounds positive when it comes to a negotiation. And yet, it is what the teachers union declared last week before walking out on negotiations for a new contract with the Jefferson County Board of Education.

    Not to be the eternal optimist, but designation of an impasse may be just what the doctor ordered, as it will lead to designation of a mediator between two groups that seem to have little trust for each other in a possible standoff where there’s plenty of blame to go around.

  • ‘Wedding Singer’ a blissful visit to the ’80s

    Every decade has its own unique vibe. The 1920s had fringed flappers dresses, and the ‘60s and ‘70s had bellbottoms. The 1980s was a decade of excess — fluorescent clothing, sky-high shoulder pads and consumerism gone wild. 

  • School district seeks to revive talks with teachers union

    In an effort to restart contract talks, the Jeffco school board has asked the teachers union what it would take for union negotiators to return to the bargaining table.

    “I think it’s in the board’s best interest to keep JCEA at the (bargaining) table,” board member Lesley Dahlkemper said at Thursday night’s meeting.