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Today's News

  • Cougars top Eagles in dual

    If you spend your time in the testosterone world long enough, you’re bound to see something like this: An unsuspecting guy gets caught in a brawl he never intended and it’s nothing but a flurry of punches before he realizes what he stumbled into.

    That was kind of like what Evergreen heavyweight Josh Karnath found himself in Dec. 10, minus, of course, the punches.

    Karnath had Valor Christian freshman Stanley Gilbert on him like a hornet to start their match and he staggered out of the first salvo with a little wobble and bit of worry.

  • Elk Run debuts comfort care suites

    “Be careful what you wish for!” laughed Lisa Rogers, director of resident services at Evergreen’s Elk Run Assisted Living Community. “This started as the glimmer of an idea less than three months ago — and now look where we are!”

  • Luckylure offers free Christmas trees to families in need

    Luckylure Christmas Trees in Evergreen is about to kick off its annual tree giveaway for area families in need.

    Starting today, 25 Christmas trees will be available for any foothills families who have experience job loss as a result of the ailing economy.

    Glen “Rocky” Brougham, owner of Luckylure, has also presented checks to the Evergreen fire department, the Elks Lodge and the Seniors’ Resource Center as part of a 16-year tradition of contributing to the community.

  • Villafuerte withdraws as nominee for U.S. attorney

    Evergreen resident Stephanie Villafuerte, 43, is stepping down as the nominee for the job of U.S. attorney for Colorado.

    U.S. Sen. Mark Udall and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar submitted Villafuerte’s name for consideration along with the names of William Thiebaut Jr. and John Walsh III in February. She currently works as the governor’s deputy chief of staff.

  • EFPD delays decision on cost-of-living raises

    The Evergreen Fire Protection District board voted to postpone a decision on whether to authorize cost-of-living raises pending the results of a market-wide pay analysis.

    At the regular meeting Dec. 8, the board adopted on a 3-2 vote a 2010 budget that included funds for as much as a 3.5 percent cost-of-living adjustment. But whether or not the money is forthcoming remains to be seen.

    Board members Charles Simons, Jeff DeDisse and George Kling voted in favor of the budget. Chick Dykeman and George Goldbach voted against.

  • Planning board gives vacation rentals conditional OK

    Commissioners Jim Spaanstra, Shirley Johnson, Joe Siccardi, Jim Allred, Larry Anna, Jim Cole, Richard Olson, Rick Nelson and Alan Jones were in attendance. Allred excused himself from the vote because he was not able to attend all the hearings.The decision is a recommendation only and next goes to the Jeffco commissioners, which make the final decision.

    Under the recommendation of the planning body, the Board of Adjustment would be empowered to grant a special exception for short-term vacation rentals in unincorporated Jefferson County, under certain conditions.

  • Baroque Folke fixin’ to give annual holiday concert

    Joyful carols, solemn chant and jubilant works for period instruments will combine to create a glorious celebration of the season when the Baroque Folke performs at Center/Stage on Dec. 20. This always-popular annual free concert features music performed on period instruments by an eight-member consort of friends.

  • Zinna wins lawsuit against former commissioner

    Longtime county critic Mike Zinna won his First Amendment lawsuit against former commissioner Jim Congrove on Wednesday when jurors awarded him the sum of $1,791 — a number that corresponds with the year the Bill of Rights was ratified.

    The former talk-radio host and gadfly blogger alleged that Congrove and others violated his First Amendment rights by taking steps to prevent him from speaking at public hearings and to halt his investigations into county government.

  • County administrator confirms moves against Zinna

    County Administrator Jim Moore testified in a federal lawsuit last week that, in 2005, the Jeffco commissioners actively tried to silence longtime county critic Mike Zinna.

    “They were very displeased. They wanted him to stop,” Moore said, referring to the former commission’s reaction to stories posted on Zinna’s websites. “They generally talked about ways to shut him up, shut him down. … There was discussion about evicting him from the airport.”

  • Moore fired as county administrator

    County Administrator Jim Moore was fired Dec. 9 in a unanimous vote by the county commissioners.

    Commissioners Kathy Hartman, Kevin McCasky and Faye Griffin voted to terminate Moore's employment with the county effective immediately. It was not revealed what, if any, severance package he would receive.

    Neither the board nor County Attorney Ellen Wakeman answered questions about the terms of Moore’s firing.

    “We have issued a statement that this stands as the official position of the board,” McCasky said. “No further comment.”