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Today's News

  • Former Indian Hills fire chief seeking seat on district board

    Editor’s note: This is part of a series about candidates for the Indian Hills Fire District board in the May election.

    Former Indian Hills fire chief Don Schoenbein says the “firehouse fiasco” is the reason that he decided to run for the district fire board in the May 6 election.

    The $5 million bond issue, which the Indian Hills fire board asked residents to support to build a new station, prompted him to challenge incumbent board members, Schoenbein said.

  • Inter-Canyon candidate wants 'to see this through'

    Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of profiles of candidates running for the Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District board in May’s election.

    After serving on the Inter-Canyon Fire District board for nearly a year, Deer Creek Canyon resident Leslie Caimi wants to serve a full four-year term.

    “Serving on the board has been a great experience,” Caimi said. “I really want to see this board and this district continue to move in the right direction.”

  • County commission candidate cites incumbent's 'disconnect'

    Columbine area resident John Flerlage, a former Marine, is determined to bring his leadership qualities to Jefferson County government. 

    Flerlage, a Democrat, is running against Jeffco Commissioner Don Rosier in District 3, which covers South Jeffco. The incumbent Republican is seeking his second four-year term on the GOP-controlled commission.

    Flerlage, who ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2010, is hoping to bring his fiscal, environmental and local approach to Jeffco leadership.

    A Marine for most of his life

  • Kirkpatrick wins Ice Melt Barrel Contest

    Evergreen resident Linda Kirkpatrick took first-place honors and bragging rights for guessing when the Ice Melt Barrel would fall into Evergreen Lake.

    She was followed by Carla Boyd, second place; Beth Feldkamp, third place; and Rod Hock, fourth place, all Evergreen residents. First place wins $1,000, second place gets $500, third place $250, and fourth place $125.

    The barrel hit the water at 1:17:31 p.m. on Friday, March 28. It was placed on the lake on Jan. 7. 

  • Weathering life’s storms

    Shelby Foley and Brandon Bianco have learned many life lessons in the five weeks since their 10-month-old son, Kai, was bitten by the family dog.

    They learned firsthand that life can change in an instant.

    They witnessed the kindness of paramedics, sheriff’s deputies and medical professionals, plus the outpouring of support that is typical for Evergreen.

    And, above all, they learned to trust that their son will recover, and they will weather the medical bills and the uncertainty of Kai’s future.

  • Attendees at community park forum raise concerns about traffic, noise

    Evergreen residents at the first community forum of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District voiced concerns about noise, traffic and overcrowding at area parks--especially during special events.

    "I sleep here, right across the street," Evergreen resident Kristina Sherwood said, referring to an event at Buchanan Park at which loud music was played. Sherwood said the music seemed to be directed toward her home.

  • Park board candidate would like to increase facility hours, services for residents

    Evergreen resident Monty Estis says he would like to contribute his combined experience in recreation and financial management as a board member of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District.

    A systems analyst in the IT area who actively participates in recreational activities, Estis is vying for one of three open seats on the park district board in the May 6 election.

    Although he says park district staff are doing an adequate job of managing the district, Estis sees room for improvement. 

  • Lost, then found

    Blitz is back home.

    Denverite Kate Townsend was reunited with her small black Lab on April 1 after a family in the neighborhood south of Mount Falcon took Blitz in. The dog had been lost lost for 44 days, since she chased a deer Feb. 16 while Townsend was hiking with friends at Mount Falcon Open Space.

  • Fighting the good (but staged) fight

    The sounds of groans and bodies hitting the floor emanated from Colorado Children’s Theatre on Sunday — along with a lot of laughter — as 20 young actors learned the art of stage combat.

    They learned how to fall – theatrically, of course – and how to throw a punch that looks realistic but doesn’t hurt the recipient. They also used swimming “noodles” as mock swords to learn how to perform a choreographed sword fight.

  • Teachers union declares impasse

    Talks between the school district and the teachers union ended abruptly Monday evening when the union declared an impasse and left the bargaining table.

    “It has become clear … that this year’s bargaining process is broken and is disrespecting a 45-year tradition that has made us great,” said Stephie Rossi, bargaining chair for the Jeffco Education Association. “The JCEA team cannot meet the board’s interests if we don’t know what they are.”