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Today's News

  • Baroque Folke fixin’ to give annual holiday concert

    Joyful carols, solemn chant and jubilant works for period instruments will combine to create a glorious celebration of the season when the Baroque Folke performs at Center/Stage on Dec. 20. This always-popular annual free concert features music performed on period instruments by an eight-member consort of friends.

  • Zinna wins lawsuit against former commissioner

    Longtime county critic Mike Zinna won his First Amendment lawsuit against former commissioner Jim Congrove on Wednesday when jurors awarded him the sum of $1,791 — a number that corresponds with the year the Bill of Rights was ratified.

    The former talk-radio host and gadfly blogger alleged that Congrove and others violated his First Amendment rights by taking steps to prevent him from speaking at public hearings and to halt his investigations into county government.

  • County administrator confirms moves against Zinna

    County Administrator Jim Moore testified in a federal lawsuit last week that, in 2005, the Jeffco commissioners actively tried to silence longtime county critic Mike Zinna.

    “They were very displeased. They wanted him to stop,” Moore said, referring to the former commission’s reaction to stories posted on Zinna’s websites. “They generally talked about ways to shut him up, shut him down. … There was discussion about evicting him from the airport.”

  • Moore fired as county administrator

    County Administrator Jim Moore was fired Dec. 9 in a unanimous vote by the county commissioners.

    Commissioners Kathy Hartman, Kevin McCasky and Faye Griffin voted to terminate Moore's employment with the county effective immediately. It was not revealed what, if any, severance package he would receive.

    Neither the board nor County Attorney Ellen Wakeman answered questions about the terms of Moore’s firing.

    “We have issued a statement that this stands as the official position of the board,” McCasky said. “No further comment.”

  • Zinna case against Congrove goes to jury

    Jurors are deliberating the lawsuit by longtime Jeffco critic Mike Zinna against former county commissioner Jim Congrove. The suit alleges that, in 2005 and 2006, Congrove targeted Zinna for investigation, defamation and harassment, in violation of Zinna’s First Amendment rights.

    A commercial photographer testified Dec. 7 in federal court that he had a falling out with Zinna after Zinna failed to pay him for work he’d done on the website Coloradoexposed.com.

  • Acclaimed pianist to visit for holiday concert

    Acclaimed pianist Romayne Wheeler will bring his particular brand of musical magic to Evergreen for a holiday family concert event on Dec. 19 and 20.

    Wheeler, who lives full-time in Mexico, is an internationally known concert pianist who composes and performs worldwide concerts and donates the proceeds to an indigenous community in northern Mexico.

  • Marshdale’s morning meetings an important part of school day

    The first 20 minutes of the day at Marshdale Elementary School are sacred.

    No announcements, no pulling students out of classrooms, no disturbances whatsoever.

    That’s because students are involved in their classes’ morning meetings.

    The meetings are a chance for students to greet each other and make some connections to the learning of the day, said principal Christie Frost.

  • Chorale’s holiday concert a slice of the past

    Nothing is more traditional than a slice of warm apple pie in the summer or a slice of sweet pumpkin pie at the holidays. One bite can bring back memories of family picnics or cozy times shared in front of a roaring fire.

    Such is the case with the music of the Evergreen Children’s Chorale. This year’s holiday concert is titled “American Pie,” and it will be a musical extravaganza to bring back memories from throughout time.

  • Where have all the grosbeaks gone?

    Probably the question I am most frequently asked by people who have been feeding birds in the area for many years is, “Where have all the grosbeaks gone?” I wish I could give them a good answer, and I also wish I could bring them back.

    First, I try to ascertain that they are referring to the evening grosbeaks because we have other grosbeaks in the area. Usually they describe them as the fairly big birds that are yellow, white and black, and used to come to feeders in droves.

  • Library service continues to grow

    With recent news of libraries closing, hours being cut and services being reduced around the Denver area and the nation, it’s important not to lose sight of the growing need for library services in the community.