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Today's News

  • Dippers dip and dive along Bear Creek

    February has been very wintry, with colder-than-average temperatures, snow flurries and a lot of gray skies.

    Despite all this, if you walk along Bear Creek between the downtown parking lot and the Church of the Transfiguration, you can hear the beautiful canary-like song of the dipper. These fantastic little birds are permanent residents along our boisterous mountain streams and therefore one of the earliest birds to sing, mate and nest in the area.

  • Living up to our commitments

    A recent story on National Public Radio suggested that people who find themselves with mortgage balances that are more than their homes are worth would be smart to stop making payments, have their homes foreclosed upon and then go buy another house in the same neighborhood based on the newly diminished housing values. They even found a contracts lawyer to say the reason there are default provisions in contracts is because defaulting on contracts is a rational option that is available to anyone who enters into any contract.

  • Primary election to be mail-in only

    The primary election in August will be conducted exclusively through mail-in ballots in Jefferson County. The Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously at a public hearing Feb. 23 in favor of the measure.

    The vast majority of public comment taken between Jan. 29 and Feb. 12 supported the use of mail-in ballots, the county stated, and 94 percent of votes in the 2008 primary election were cast through the mail in Jeffco.

  • Wish new president luck with world’s most difficult job

    Writing before the election results are final, I have no idea of the outcome of the presidential race. So from behind a veil of ignorance, this column is an expression of support and good wishes to the newly elected president — whoever he is.

  • Heightened awareness at area schools

    It was business as usual at Conifer schools the morning of Feb. 24, a day after a gunman shot two students at Deer Creek Middle School in South Jefferson County.

    Officials at West Jefferson Elementary, Elk Creek Elementary and Conifer High schools did not do anything specific to draw students’ attention to the shootings, but the incident was a grim reminder that teachers, staff and students must be mindful of safety.

  • Eastwood charged with 4 attempted-murder counts in Deer Creek shooting

    Bruco Strong Eagle Eastwood is facing a variety of charges, including four counts of attempted murder, in the shootings last week at Deer Creek Middle School.

    Eastwood, 32, a former student at the school, was advised Tuesday of the charges against him in Jefferson County Court.

  • Music made memorable for King-Murphy students

    Using humor, theatrics and great music, members of the troupe Inside the Orchestra taught King-Murphy Elementary School students about how orchestra music is not so different from the music they usually hear.

    “Orchestra music has the same intensity and energy as hip-hop and rap,” conductor Tom Jensen told the school-wide assembly Feb. 26. Some parts of the music are rough and some are smooth, some are quiet and some are loud, some are happy and some are sad.

  • Park district explains details of survey process

    Neighborhood groups said they felt better about the park district’s upcoming community needs survey after hearing the board’s response to their concerns at a park district board meeting Feb. 23.

    After the Feb. 9 joint meeting with the Center for the Arts board, some neighbors were worried the parks board had already decided to go forward with the arts/community center, without regard for the results of the future community survey.

  • Goldbach not running for fire board

    George Goldbach has decided not to run for another term as a member of the board of directors of the Evergreen Fire Protection District.

    Goldbach was first elected to the board in Nov. 13 in the recall election as a replacement for former board president Phil Shanley. He ran uncontested in a polling-place election May 6, 2008, and was re-elected.

  • Competing state Senate candidates play similar tunes

    Two candidates for Senate District 16, which includes Evergreen and Clear Creek County, faced off at a candidates’ night Feb. 25 at a Hiwan Country Club event sponsored by the Mountain Republican Women’s Club.

    Despite the icy roads and snow, about 75 people turned out to hear the two candidates, Tim Leonard of Evergreen and Mark Hurlbert of Breckenridge, work their way through about a dozen questions solicited from attendees.