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Today's News

  • 11th-hour change to charter-school funding prevents unanimous vote on budget

    A disagreement over charter-school funding prevented the Jeffco school board from giving unanimous approval to the 2014-15 budget at last Thursday’s meeting.

    Board members John Newkirk, Julie Williams and Ken Witt approved the spending plan for next school year, while members Jill Fellman and Lesley Dahlkemper voted no. 

    Fellman and Dahlkemper opposed the board majority’s addition of $1.85 million to $3.7 million earmarked to equalize funding for the district’s 14 charter schools.

  • School board approves 2014-15 budget

    The Jeffco school board voted 3-2 last Thursday to approve the district’s 2014-15 budget — a $1 billion spending plan that increases teachers’ salaries and funding for charter schools.

    Teachers, who have not had a pay increase in four years, will benefit from the $4.8 million earmarked for salary increases, which will equate to an average 2.5 percent raise per teacher.

  • A starry night at Staunton State Park

    Amateur astronomers were treated to views of Mars, Saturn and the International Space Station last Saturday at Staunton State Park.

    Pam Little, astronomer and assistant director of the Evergreen Nature Center, led more than 20 attendees in a viewing of the night sky. Little handed out materials and showed everyone how to make a star clock.

  • Republicans pick Shrader as nominee for Jeffco sheriff

    Jeffco Republicans overwhelmingly chose longtime Sheriff’s Office veteran Jeff Shrader in the race to replace term-limited Sheriff Ted Mink in Tuesday’s primary election.

    Shrader captured 61.6 percent of the vote to defeat Jim Shires, who had 38.3 percent. Shrader, who has no Democratic opponent in the November election, becomes the front-running favorite to take over for the iconic Mink.

    Libertarian Brett Almy and independent John Berry will also be on the November ballot in the sheriff’s race. 

  • Paraglider dies in crash on Lookout Mountain

     A paraglider crash June 20 on Lookout Mountain left one man dead.

    The unidentified victim was one of two paragliders to take off last Friday afternoon. The second paraglider landed safely.

    The Jeffco sheriff’s Twitter page said there were multiple witnesses to the crash. Originally the Sheriff’s Office said it was a hang-glider that crashed.

    Paragliding is similar to hang-gliding but uses a soft, parachute-like wing to glide, while hang gliders have a rigid frame.

  • A hole in fun: Evergreen Rotary fund-raiser tees off for nonprofits

    The golf at Keys on the Green last Thursday was fairly normal — that is, if Santa Claus playing with a storm trooper could be considered par for the course.

    More than 100 golfers decked out in crazy costumes used even crazier methods to compete in the Evergreen Rotary’s 100 Holes of Golf fund-raising event. 

  • Hal Davidson served Evergreen community throughout his lifetime

    During the many years he lived and worked in Evergreen, Harold “Hal” Davidson made a positive impact on the community, said his son, Mark Davidson while reflecting on his father’s life. Davidson died June 17 at age 88.

    He had lived in Evergreen since 1946 when he moved here with his family, who owned the former Davidson Lodge in Kittredge. When he was a young man, Hal’s family moved to Colorado from Ohio to help his asthmatic condition.

  • Hal Davidson served Evergreen community during his lifetime

    During the many years he lived and worked in Evergreen, Harold “Hal” Davidson made a positive impact on the community, said his son, Mark Davidson while reflecting on his father’s life. Davidson died June 17 at age 88.

    He had lived in Evergreen since 1946 when he moved here with his family, who owned the former Davidson Lodge in Kittredge. When he was a young man, Hal’s family moved to Colorado from Ohio to help his asthmatic condition.

  • SafeTALK teaches skills to help those at risk of suicide

    “No love at all is a scared young girl

    standing on the bridge on the edge of the world.
    And it's a pretty short fall.”

    — Willie Nelson

    Caring enough to question someone about thoughts of suicide could help prevent a tragedy, said Lori Hoffner, a trainer for safeTALK, a suicide intervention program.

  • Alderfer barn, house destined to remain on Jeffco property

    The board of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District has considered asking Jeffco Open Space for the deed to the Alderfer barn and surrounding property when the lease it has with the county expires in 2017.

    The Evergreen park district is responsible for maintaining the barn and the home beside it, which once belonged to the Alderfer family. In the past year, the park district has also begun hosting barn dances and other events at the property, and has made it available for weddings.