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Today's News

  • Request for proposals goes out for park district needs survey

    Proposals are due Sept. 9 for this portion of a two-part study process on the recreation district.

    The survey initially was conceived as part of the Buchanan Park Master Plan, which called for both a feasibility study and community needs analysis as part of the planning process for the development of Buchanan Park.

    Although the district’s current board of directors is divided on the matter of building a combination community center/arts center, there was enough support to go forward with the two studies.

  • Evergreen woman seriously injured in bicycle accident near Chatfield

    Richard Paradis of Vail was also seriously injured after hitting his head on the pavement and being transported out by Flight for Life. He was in Swedish Medical Center in an induced coma.

    Purrington’s friend, Kathleen Allen, was also in the riding group of six people, but she was not injured.

    “I was behind them. They went down the hill, and when I got over the top, I saw cars stopped in the intersection,” Allen said Monday.

    “Then it registered there was a car accident. I saw bodies. Both were unconscious initially.”

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    A false economy

  • Dem drops out of CD6 primary race: Canter hopes to help former rival Flerlage unseat Mike Coffman

    One of the two Democrats vying for Congressman Mike Coffman's seat in the 2010 election has dropped out of the race.

    David Canter, a Highlands Ranch attorney, says fund-raising challenges led him to end his 10-month campaign. That leaves South Jeffco's John Flerlage as the only Democrat in the race.

    "During my fund-raising and meeting with people, a lot of people in the 6th Congressional District were staying on the sidelines," Canter said. "That wasn't doing John any good, and it wasn't doing me any good."

  • Jeffco boosts funding share for animal shelter: Proposal has foundation, municipalities backstopping $1.5 million outlay

    A deal that would have Jeffco taxpayers foot an additional $1.5 million for the Foothills Animal Shelter project with the promise of being repaid within five years seems headed for approval.

    County staff recently suggested spending an additional $1.5 million from the general fund to make up for slow fund-raising on the part of the Table Mountain Animal Center Foundation.

    The new shelter, which will replace the Table Mountain Animal Center, is set to open in fall 2010 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

  • Can’t slow him down: Evergreen resident set to embark on 100-mile race

    Apparently, running for hours on end just wasn’t enough for Jason Poole.

    The Evergreen resident, who began his love-affair of endurance races (or ultra-marathons) after competing in an Eco Challenge, upped the stakes when he applied – and was accepted – to compete in a 100-mile trail race in Plain, Wash., that’s set to take place Sept. 12 and 13.

  • No star power means golf team must shine

    The Evergreen golf team isn’t quite through the Looking Glass, but things are looking a bit unusual.

    Traditionally, the Cougars can boast one — sometimes more — standout-caliber golfers who will lead a team of steady talent into contention for the Class 4A Jefferson County League title. They’ve been successful, but teams that have had more glue than star power have also bested them when it mattered.

    This season, Cougars coach Mike Kuzava thinks his team will journey to the other side.

  • Messy Monets: Art in the Park gives kids a colorful crash course in fun

    A great success is the best way to describe the first-ever Art in the Park at the Mountain Resource Center last week.

    The event, which provided free art activities for children and their parents, was expected to garner a couple dozen wannabe artists, but by the halfway point, at least 50 children had attended. And they all had messy, artistic fun.

    The kids painted birdhouses and made kites, hats, beaded necklaces and stamped booklets, and even painted canvas shoes.

  • Fire board axes communications manager job

     

    “In the last five years we have increased the number of supervisors for the same amount of people by leaps and bounds.” — board member Jeff DeDisse

    The job reduction is part of an ongoing initiative, spearheaded by board member George Kling, to reduce the layers of management and shrink salary costs.

  • Evergreen resident becomes district court judge

    Gov. Bill Ritter last week appointed Evergreen resident Christine Bachmeyer Phillips as a new district judge in the 1st Judicial District, which serves Gilpin and Jefferson counties.

    She fills the vacancy created by the resignation of M.J. Menendez, who returned to the U.S. attorney’s office in Denver after two years on the bench.

    Phillips worked as a civil lawyer for a private law firm for four years out of law school but since then has been in government.