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Today's News

  • Fire district to weigh wage increases at upcoming meeting

    The board posted notice of a special meeting at 3 p.m., Friday, Nov. 20 at the fire department headquarters, 1802 Bergen Parkway. The budget approval date was pushed back to the next regular board meeting, 7 p.m. Dec. 8.

    The board is weighing whether a 3.5 percent cost-of-living increase for paid fire department staffers is justified given the economy. The Consumer Price Index in the first half of 2009 was negative 0.6 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • Jeffco sets free H1N1 clinics for high-risk residents

    Long lines are expected, and attendees are advised to dress for the weather and be prepared to wait outside.

    The event is only for people at highest risk for developing complications from influenza.

    The vaccinations are for those who are unable to access H1N1 vaccine through their health care provider or who do not have a health care provider.

    The department asks that, due to limited supplies of vaccine initially in the state, only people in the priority category attend clinics. When more vaccine arrives, more clinics will be scheduled.

  • Berry case will proceed

    Jefferson County District Judge Tamara Russell ruled in favor of proceeding in the case against the Evergreen couple accused of securities fraud after a two-hour preliminary hearing Nov. 12.

    The state of Colorado has charged Anne Wakeford Berry, 48, and her husband, Kenneth Gerald Berry, 66, with multiple counts of securities fraud in connection with their company, Biotech Information Systems Inc., which was incorporated in Nevada in June 2005.

  • Marijuana counseling office opening downtown

    Medical marijuana dispensaries are popping up all over the Denver area, but there are none operating overtly in unincorporated Jefferson County.

    “The zoning resolution doesn’t allow them anywhere,” said Kathy Hartman, county commissioner for District 3, which covers the mountains.

    “It would require a change of the zoning resolution, and we are not moving in any hurry,” Hartman said. “I would like for Jeffco to wait. I don’t want to be in a position of changing zoning while the state law is in flux.”

  • Pine resident accused of taking Cub Scout funds

    The Jefferson County district attorney’s office is charging a former Cub Scout treasurer with taking money from the troop based at Marshdale Elementary.

    Lisa Marie Williams, 39, of Pine has been charged with one felony count of theft in a complaint filed in County Court on Oct. 6. She was scheduled to appear in court Nov. 6 for an advisement hearing but did not come forward when her name was called.

    Williams is accused of illegally obtaining between $1,000 and $20,000 belonging to Cub Scout Pack 39 sometime between August and Dec. 31, 2008.

  • A lesson in service: Evergreen schools mark holiday by honoring veterans

    At Parmalee Elementary School, 224 veterans — the relatives of 68 students — are celebrated this year on the Veterans Honor Wall in the cafeteria.

    The wall, which has been a 20-year tradition at the school, is one of the ways Parmalee pays tribute to military personnel past and present for Veterans Day.

    Parmalee is one of several Evergreen schools planning special ceremonies and events this week.

     

  • Couple win dream wedding at Evergreen Lake House

    Curtis Evans, 24, and Kendra Johnson, 23, both from North Carolina, were chosen from 27 couples who sent letters to wedding planner Joanna Bailey of Denver, who sponsored the contest.

    When the couple met in 2004, Evans was a rodeo cowboy, and Johnson was a high school senior. She was in Gillette, Wyo., with her family to watch her brother ride in the National Finals High School Rodeo.

    Introductions took place. Evans bought a ticket just to get on the same plane back to North Carolina with Johnson. They have been together ever since.

  • Life Care Center collecting for Operation Christmas Child

    Christmas is arriving early all over Evergreen, as Life Care Center of Evergreen is serving as a collection point for Operation Christmas Child. Soon, with the help of Evergreen volunteers, the sites will be brimming with festively wrapped shoeboxes full of gifts.

  • ‘Balloon boy’: Media inflate sensational

    I was on a flight back to Denver when the pilot came on the speaker with an announcement. 

    “For those of you following the ‘balloon boy’ story,” he said, “I’ve got great news — they found him in the garage, safe and sound.”

    There was some scattered applause and a little excited conversation. 

  • Term limits appear to have their own limits

    The bloom of term limits in Colorado seems to be off the rose.