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Today's News

  • Stevenson fields questions about proposed tax hike

    Class sizes at the elementary-school level will increase and students in middle school and high school will have fewer electives next year if two measures on the November ballot are defeated, Jeffco Public Schools Superintendent Cindy Stevenson said Sept. 20.

    In elementary schools, Stevenson told parents and staff at a community forum, parents would see larger class sizes, estimating that first-grade classes would average 27 to 29 students. The district also would eliminate the instrumental music program at the elementary-school level to save money.

  • Celebrating summer's end with German flair

     Lively music and beer flowed freely at the third annual Oktoberfest on Sunday afternoon at Evergreen Lake.

    Musicians dressed in German attire played oom-pah tunes inside the large white tent where food and beer were served. The fare included sauerkraut marinated in wine and other Bavarian-style cuisine.

    Outside, festival-goers danced to music performed by the 3 Twins Broadband and other groups and took in a display of Volkswagen campers and Beetles.

  • Fire destroys home on Buffalo Park Road

     A home on Buffalo Park Road was destroyed by fire on Sept. 20.

    The cause of the blaze is still under investigation, said Doug Saba, spokesman for Evergreen Fire/Rescue.

    Evergreen firefighters saw smoke rising from an area near the home about noon and began responding to the incident before the fire station received a 911 call from a neighbor, Saba said.

    The resident, who was not identified, was not home when the fire started, according to Saba. She later returned while firefighters were working at the scene.

  • Soda Creek couple recognized for tree farming accomplishments

    Jim Norton is turning pine logs into square posts with his hydraulic saw while working outdoors on a crisp afternoon.

     

    Standing nearby is his wife, Vicki, who is helping her husband with his venture as a tree farmer, custom sawmill operator and furniture maker.

    The Nortons live on 48 acres of family property in Soda Creek that has been their home for many years. For the past year, Jim and Vicki have been using the forest to establish a new business that they hope will become a thriving enterprise.

  • Rising from the ashes: For couple who lost home in Lower North Fork Fire, recovery comes slowly

    Editor’s note: The Courier profiled Kristen Moeller and David Cottrell, who lost their home in the Lower North Fork Fire, at the beginning of April. We have checked on their progress six months after the disaster.

    One step forward and two steps back.

    That’s the best way to describe the past six months for Kristen Moeller and David Cottrell, who lost their home in the Lower North Fork Fire. Moeller says they still have good and bad days after the devastating fire, which started six months ago today.

  • Romney to Jeffco audience: It's time for a new course

    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney came to D’Evelyn Junior/Senior High School in Jefferson County on Sunday evening to promote a plan that he says will help create millions of jobs and get the economy back on track.

    Before a crowd of about 7,500 people, Romney touted his credentials as a businessman who understands that entrepreneurship is fundamental to America’s economic success.

  • Fire destroys home on Buffalo Park Road

    A home on Buffalo Park Road was destroyed by fire on Thursday afternoon.

    Evergreen firefighters saw smoke rising from an area near the home about noon and responded before the fire station received a 911 call from a neighbor, said Doug Saba, Evergreen Fire/Rescue spokesman.

    The resident, who was not identified, was not home when the fire started from undetermined causes, Saba said. She returned while firefighters were working at the scene.

  • Macy integrates technology into lesson plan

    Evergreen English teacher Travis Macy likes putting a little spice in his teaching.

    He wants his teaching to have his flavor, and he feels his job is to make education not just relevant, but real for students. He does that by integrating technology into his high school classroom.

    On Saturday, he was one of two Jeffco high school teachers honored with a My Teacher My Hero award. Macy is the first EHS teacher to receive the award, which has been given by the Jefferson Foundation for 10 years.

  • Milan’s art infused with spirit of the Southwest

    Spend any time in the Southwest, and you will become enamored with the bold colors that surround and envelop you. A trip to New Mexico overflows with bursts of turquoise, the rich hues of a sun-streaked sky, or the audacious adornments of Native American festival garb. Perhaps it was these rainbows of color that inspired Steve and Jenni Sonnen to surround themselves with Southwestern art when they opened the doors of Mirada Fine Art in Indian Hills. Perhaps it was the work of contemporary painter Pablo Milan.

  • Middle school grins and bears a bear

    A young black bear decided to hang out at Evergreen Middle School on Sept. 11, prompting the school to lock its doors and keep students inside all day. Stingers Soccer also canceled after-school practices on the EMS fields.