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Today's News

  • Warm and fuzzy

    Two local knitting supply shops, Yarn West in Evergreen and the Knit Knook in Conifer, have joined forces this year with a national charity to collect knitted hats, scarves, blankets and other items for Denver's homeless.
    Community Purls, a project formed under the umbrella of the charity Women4Women-Knitting4Peace, is calling on area knitters and crocheters to create blankets, hats and other items for the homeless and needy in Denver.

  • All in the family

    Rob Molholm, Evergreen High’s head football coach, wears on his right middle finger the ring he received when the Wheat Ridge High School Farmers won the state championship in 1996.

    He wears it as a reminder of what it takes to be a state champion, and he’s set that lofty goal for his Evergreen Cougars. EHS has never won a state football championship.

    “It has a special place in my heart, and it reminds me of what I’m striving for,” he said of the ring.

  • Commissioners still debating property-tax increase

    As the final vote on the county’s budget approaches, questions remain about the fiscal future of Jeffco, and whether the commissioners will support a property-tax increase.
    County Commissioners Casey Tighe and Don Rosier got into a heated exchange over whether the proposed 2014 county budget represents a step forward in solving Jeffco’s fiscal woes during a final budget meeting Nov. 8.

  • Bowled over: Organizers encouraged by turnout for Empty Bowls fund-raiser

    The Mountain Resource Center hosts its Empty Bowls fund-raiser every year, but the title is a bit misleading.

    Contrary to the name, there wasn’t an empty seat or bowl at the annual events last Wednesday and Thursday.

    “What makes this event great is that it’s all about the community coming together,” said Mary Alice Cohen, MRC programs and operations director.

  • Repairs in progress to flood-ravaged Open Space parks

    “We’ve made some significant progress at Lair O’ the Bear,” said Stanton LaBreche, Jeffco parks operations manager, while speaking to the Jeffco Open Space Advisory Committee on Nov. 7.

    With help from volunteers, the popular open-space park through which Bear Creek flows reopened on Saturday. One bridge that is considered unsafe is still closed in the park near Evergreen, LeBreche noted.

  • The bloom is off

    The Jeffco school board voted unanimously last Thursday night to scrap plans to test and implement the inBloom system for storing student information.

    “It was such a great sense of relief to hear that our voice was heard and that our concerns were recognized,” said Jeffco parent Rachael Stickland.

    The district's controversial plan to test the system was a prominent issue in the campaign for the Nov. 5 school board election, in which three conservative candidates won seats on the five-member board.

  • Stevenson to retire as superintendent of Jeffco Schools

    After more than a decade as head of Jeffco Public Schools, Superintendent Cindy Stevenson announced her plans to retire at last Thursday night’s school board meeting, two days after a slate of conservatives won election to the board.

    “Working with Jeffco as superintendent has been the best 12 years of my life,” Stevenson said at the board meeting. “I’m taking this opportunity to thank the people here tonight and our community that have given me incredible support.”

    Stevenson’s last day will be June 30, 2014.

  • Elk Creek voters approve property-tax increase

    Residents of the Elk Creek Fire Protection District overwhelmingly approved an increase in the district’s property tax in the Nov. 5 mail-in election.

    Measure 4A, which increases Elk Creek’s levy by 2.5 mills, won the approval of 58 percent of district residents who cast ballots, with 42 percent opposed.

  • Conservatives take control of Jeffco school board

    Three conservative candidates were victorious over a slate of three progressives in the race for open seats on the Jeffco school board, dramatically changing the board’s political orientation.

    Fallout from the results in the Nov. 5 mail-in election was swift: The existing school board voted to scrap plans for the controversial inBloom data-storage system. Meanwhile, district Superintendent Cindy Stevenson announced her retirement effective in June 2014.

    In final, unofficial results, with about 174,373 ballots counted:

  • Indian Hills fire board to examine options after bond failure

    In the wake of the failed bond issue for a new fire station in Indian Hills, Fire Chief Emery Carson and district board members say they are planning to consider other options in the coming months.

    “We’re looking at revisiting the issue after the end of the year,” Carson said in the wake of last week’s election.