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Today's News

  • Former board members voice concern about open governance

    Several former Jeffco school board members attended last Thursday’s meeting and signed up for public comment, including Jon DeStefano, Judy Pierce, Dave Thomas, Debby Oberbeck, Sue Marinelli and Rick Rush.

    Former board member and president Dave DiGiacomo spoke for all the former members. DiGiacomo served on the board from 1991 to 1999.

    “We care deeply for the students, teachers, staff and administrators of this district,” DiGiacomo said. “We have become concerned with the actions of our newly elected school board members.”

  • School district plans ‘classroom dashboard’ for data

    Jeffco Public Schools announced plans to move forward with equipping teachers with a “classroom dashboard” to access student data at last Thursday’s school board meeting.

    To the relief of many Jeffco parents, the plans didn’t include the words “inBloom” or “cloud.”

    Since 2012, the school district has been planning a classroom dashboard for teachers, who use numerous systems and access large amounts of student data daily.

  • Board narrowly approves expansion of Deer Creek’s STEM program

    Jeffco school board member Julie Williams cast the deciding vote as the board approved the expansion of Deer Creek Middle School’s STEM program for sixth-graders at last Thursday’s board meeting.

    The vote was 3-2, narrowly giving sixth-graders the choice to join Deer Creek’s STEM program. Board members Williams, Lesley Dahlkemper and Jill Fellman voted for the expansion, while board President Ken Witt and board member John Newkirk voted against it.

  • Bringing the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. to life

    The voice of Martin Luther King Jr. rang out in the sanctuary of Evergreen Christian Church during a service celebrating his life on Monday night.

    “Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that,” King said during one of the thousands of speeches he delivered during the civil rights movement he led in the 1960s.

    “Tonight the focus is on nonviolence,” said Jackie Delafose, assistant principal of Conifer High School, who led the program featuring film clips of the civil rights icon.

  • Rec district scrapping last racquetball court

    It’s been bouncing around for years, but the decision has been made to scrap Evergreen’s last racquetball court.

    Repurposing of the court at Wulf Rec Center began the week of Jan. 6, said Scott Robson, executive director of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District. The court is being turned into a multipurpose fitness room that eventually will host a variety of classes, but initially will be used for spinning. 

    This is not good news to Mark Stone. 

  • Investigators: Parents should monitor kids’ use of technology

    Parents need to be vigilant in keeping track of their children’s activities on cell phones and on the Internet because they are falling prey to sexual predators, two Jefferson County investigators said Thursday.

    Even children in elementary school are becoming victims of sexual predators because more of them have cell phones and frequent social-networking sites, said Mike Harris, an investigator with the Jeffco district attorney’s Child Sexual Offender Internet Investigations Unit.

  • Ice Bike Races a slick event

    You don’t have to be a bicycle enthusiast to want to get in on this icy tradition.

    The third annual Ice Bike Race on Evergreen Lake will be Saturday, Jan. 25, and the event promises not just a race over the frozen waters, but cash prizes and refreshments including pizza and barbecue afterward. Registration starts at 8 a.m., and the races begin at 9.

  • Evergreen Fire/Rescue braces for another wildfire season

    With wildfire season looming and recent foothills weather relatively dry, Evergreen Fire/Rescue is preparing for what could be another difficult fire season. 

    “The fire the other day, in Golden Gate Canyon, went from a house fire to a forest fire pretty quickly,” said Doug Saba, a spokesman for Evergreen Fire/Rescue. “… If this pace keeps up, and moisture stays down, we’re looking at a record year for wildfires again.”

  • BUSINESS BEAT: Forget me knot — the secret to tying shoes

    Evergreen resident Eileen Sloan never dreamed she would invent a product that helps youngsters learn to tie their shoes.

    The teacher-turned-entrepreneur has created EZLeaps, a plastic device and a seven-step process to help alleviate the frustration of shoe-tying for youngsters. Nordstrom stores are selling the product and teaching Sloan’s process during shoe-tying classes in its stores nationwide, and the devices are available at Twigs in downtown Evergreen and HearthFire Books and Treats in Bergen Park.

  • Elks sending Evergreen a Ragtime Valentine

    Mountain-area music mavens will have a lot more to love this Valentine’s Day, as the Evergreen Elks’ long-awaited Ragtime Bash comes roaring back into town in a backbeat blaze of syncopated savoir faire.