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Today's News

  • Lawmakers, listen up - it’s your job

    When I served in the legislature, there was a guy who e-mailed me often to remind me of what an idiot I was. He didn’t like the way I voted on a bill, and he let me know about it — again and again and again (most people don’t realize it, but Colorado state legislators don’t have a full-time staff, so when you’re e-mailing or calling your state representative or senator, the person taking the message is probably the legislator himself or herself).

  • Jeffco government salaries

    Jefferson County government salaries 2009

    County Commissioners

    Administrative Specialist II 3367.00

    Commissioners Exec Secretary 5334.26

    Elected Official 7275.00

    Elected Official 7275.00

    Elected Official 7275.00

  • Gerou on panel studying fiscal strategy

    State Rep. Cheri Gerou is relatively new to the legislature, but that doesn’t stop her from weighing in on issues that have baffled the most senior elected politicians.

    As a newly appointed member of the state Long-Term Fiscal Stability Commission, Evergreen Republican Gerou is one of 16 people who have been charged with finding a way out of the state’s fiscal fix.

    Topping the agenda is the $873 million shortfall projected in fiscal 2010-11.

  • County cites Wah Keeney landowners on grading, drainage and erosion

    The county has issued zoning violations to several parties on the east end of Wah Keeney Park, where a developer separately is trying to build a housing project on the side of the steep slope off Spruce Lane.

    The developer, Tim Barbachano, was embroiled in a complicated lawsuit with neighbors Mike and Roseanne Paslay over his right to use a road on the Paslays’ property, which faces Larkspur Road.

    Barbachano won his case in court last year, but he is still in trouble with the county over erosion control.

  • Kids look forward to school year

    It’s been an exciting week for Evergreen children — new teachers, new school supplies, new clothes — and the 2009-10 school year has begun.

    Hundreds of Evergreen children began school Aug. 24 and are in the middle of getting reacquainted with class routines, teachers and friends. Expectations were different depending upon the age of the children.

    Kindergartners at Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen came to school for an hour Aug. 21 to meet their teachers and view their classrooms before the school year officially started.

  • Wood Cellar offers diverse menu, versatile space

    The Wood Cellar Bar and Grill is trying to get the reputation as a neighborhood restaurant with good customer service, quality food and reasonable pricing.

    The restaurant in Bergen Park, in the former Tanglewoods location, has been open since July 1 and is owned by Tabor Cowden and Buck Glenn.

    The two used to work together at Trinity Irish Pub at El Rancho and decided to open a place of their own.

    Cowden, who lives in Evergreen, said the menu has something for everyone — healthy, not-so-healthy, kids. You name it, it’s there.

  • Fine Arts Fest: Beautiful art in a perfect place

    After 43 years of doing something, one would think that you could make it almost perfect. Such is the case with the Evergreen Fine Arts Festival, set for Aug. 29-30. Annually, the Evergreen Artists Association hosts this two-day event, tucked among the old-growth Ponderosa pines in Heritage Grove near Hiwan Homestead Museum.

  • OktoberPets now more fun - and important - than ever

    With August fading fast, pet lovers from Floyd Hill to Foxton are trying on their lederhosen, polishing the family steins, and making plans to hoist fork and flagon at the Evergreen Animal Protective League's rootin'-Teuton banquet and benefit, OktoberPets.

  • South Jeffco mom uses her battle with cancer to educate others

    Vicky Sullivan's Ken Caryl house party Aug. 21 featured all the standard fare: a spread of healthy treats, chilled wine and tea, and a large group of talkative friends.

    Mixed in, though, was some education on cervical cancer.

    The group got together to celebrate Kimberly Kopp, a South Jeffco mom known to many as the wife of state Sen. Mike Kopp. To this group of women, she's also a neighborhood friend who recently overcame a scary situation.

  • Lack of money grounds Rocky Mountain Balloon Festival permanently

    The Rocky Mountain Balloon Festival, an annual fixture at Chatfield State Park for nearly a decade, has been canceled permanently.

    "We just don't have the time or the resources in this economy to make this work," said Terry Smith, one of the event's organizers.