Today's News

  • Owner of Evergreen businesses accused of fraud, theft in investment schemes

    The owner of two Evergreen businesses, Mountain Computers Inc. and Mio Cafe, has been accused of fraud in connection with Mountain Computers and an investment program called "18 % Money."
    Israel S. Mursuli, 58, also known as Steven Mursuli, allegedly solicited funds for the expansion of his computer business in exchange for common stock.  
    He is accused of taking more than $1 million from investors in two scams in violation of the Colorado Securities Act.

  • School district budget cuts 153 teaching jobs

    The Jeffco school board last Thursday officially approved the 2011-12 budget, which slashes nearly $40 million and 212 full-time jobs, including 153 teaching positions.

    A 3 percent pay cut for all district staff, achieved through two furlough days and four fewer non-student-contact days, represents the largest chunk of the cuts — 42 percent, or $16 million.

    Also approved was a potential suspension of the popular sixth-grade Outdoor Lab Schools program, the implementation of student transportation fees and an increase in athletic fees.

  • Lookout Mountain Road to be closed for repaving

    Lookout Mountain Road will be closed from Monday through Friday, May 9-13, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for repaving. The closure will be from east of Golden to the entrance of the Buffalo Bill Museum.
    The road will reopen each day after 5 p.m., but motorists are advised to show caution and pay attention to signs in the construction zone.

  • Nicklow named education coordinator at Center for the Arts

    The Center for the Arts Evergreen has hired Jonathan Nicklow as its coordinator of education and community outreach.
    Nicklow is a recent master of fine arts graduate from the University of Colorado in printmaking; he received his bachelor of fine arts in painting from the Savannah College of Art. He is an exhibiting artist both in printmaking and mixed-media arts with an extensive exhibition record. Nicklow is also a teacher.

  • Chorale to close season with Beethoven’s 9th

    The Evergreen Chorale has taken part in many collaborations over the years — each one bringing a new twist to musical performance. Whether it is an Irish celebration with Colcannon or a Dixieland extravaganza with the Queen City Jazz Band, these partnerships make the musical experience of a Chorale performance even stronger. On May 7 and 8, the Chorale takes the concept of collaboration to a new level, taking on one of the top five choral masterpieces in the world, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.

  • Dore’s lush images create their own visual reality

    Visual images are powerful for many reasons, but perhaps most important is their ability to construct a particular version of reality for the viewer. In his artwork, U.K.-born artist Christian Dore creates a lush reality that allows the viewer to not only look at the world around her, but to truly see and experience the sensations of the natural world. Dore’s artwork will be on display in a solo exhibition at Mirada Fine Art Gallery from May 7-29.

  • Conifer voters reject rec district

    In a huge turnout, Conifer voters on Tuesday rejected another attempt to form an area recreation district, despite promises from supporters that it wouldn’t involve a tax levy in the short term.
    The proposal by Friends of Conifer Parks & Recreation to create a 65,700-acre district and a five-member board to oversee it was defeated 56 percent to 44 percent, with 2,363 voters casting ballots.
    The results, which came at 2:30 a.m. after the turnout had overwhelmed the lone polling place and its three voting stations, showed 1,323 no votes to 1,040 in favor.

  • Let’s leave standardized tests behind

    Jefferson County offers many school alternatives — neighborhood, option, charter and special programs, each with a different focus. Free public education with choice is about the best investment that can be made for a bright future. Unfortunately, the system has been corrupted by big business and a dysfunctional approach that institutionalizes one standard.

  • GOP can’t bear another sideshow

    I’ve never been much of a believer in governmental conspiracy theories. First of all, I’ve not met many people creative enough to think of them. Second, there are few, if any, people who could actually carry one out. Finally, if it could be crafted and carried out, how in the world would you keep it a secret?

  • Teal, gulls plentiful at Evergreen Lake this spring

    There have been many species of birds on Evergreen Lake during April. Despite the cool weather, the ice has remained out and with open water, many birds stop just long enough to rest and feed as they continue to move northward for the summer.

    One day last week, we had a thunderstorm in the early afternoon that started with a loud clap of thunder followed by a heavy rain, then sleet, then wet snow, followed by hail and more thunder and lightning. As weird as that seems, I can only say that is more or less typical of spring weather in the mountains.