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Today's News

  • Foothills fire station comes in $80,000 over budget

    The cost of the new headquarters of the Foothills Fire Rescue headquarters on Rainbow Hill Road in Evergreen came in $80,000 over budget, but district officials believe they still got their money’s worth.

    The expansion and remodel near El Rancho was originally budgeted at $60,000, but the total cost was more like $140,000, including $32,000 for the electrical work alone, the district revealed in a letter to its members in late November.

  • Drive Smart announces teen safe-driving contests, scholarship grants

    Drive Smart Evergreen-Conifer is putting on three pre-holiday contests and seeking four candidates to be Drive Smart Scholars, win a $500 scholarship, conduct safety activities and serve as a member of the board of directors of Drive Smart for a year.

    Students applying for the Drive Smart scholarship should be juniors or sophomores at Clear Creek High School, Evergreen High School, Conifer High School or Platte Canyon High School.

  • Ex-county attorney takes witness stand in Zinna trial

    In the third day of the misuse-of-power jury trial pitting radio-show host and longtime Jeffco critic Mike Zinna against former commissioner Jim Congrove, the focus was on former county attorney Frank Hutfless, the top in-house attorney for Jeffco from February 2005 to March 2007.

  • Glass takes over as exec director of Evergreen Chorale

    The end of 2009 is a new beginning for the Evergreen Chorale, as new executive director Maggie Glass begins her work for the organization.

    Glass, who earned a bachelor’s degree in theater arts from the University of Denver, is no stranger to the theater or performing arts organizations in Colorado. She recently worked with the Central City Opera and the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. She was chosen from a pool of 60 applicants.

  • Zinna's case against ex-commissioner on trial in federal court

    The long-awaited civil lawsuit by county critic Mike Zinna against former Jeffco commissioner Jim Congrove is finally under way in federal court.

    Zinna, a once-persistent insect in the county’s ear, claims his First Amendment rights were violated by Congrove, whom he accuses of using his political authority to halt Zinna’s frequent investigations into Jeffco government. The former blogger and KHOW talk-radio host is seeking compensatory damages in the case; no punitive damages are being sought.

  • Annual Madrigal event has new holiday flair

    The Evergreen High School music department’s upcoming Madrigal Faire re-creates the spontaneous fun and high spirits of Renaissance England. Laughter rings out amidst the ceremony, sprightly songs accent activities and the jester adds astonishment and wonder at every turn. Hear ye, hear ye! Come to the 23rd annual Madrigal Celebration and experience the essence of the Tudor Court brought to life.

  • The tale of the turkey is a wild tale

    Gobble, gobble, gobble — it is once more Turkey Day. This huge bird was common over much of the Eastern states and came west along the shrubby area of the Plains watercourses. The adult males make the gobbling sound. The females call in a single yelp, and they both make a soft (“quit, quit”) call when feeding.

  • A friendly letter to the commissioners

    Dear Jeffco commissioners:

    I hadn’t heard from you recently, so I wanted to write and see how things were going. Our attorney was on the phone the other day, and he also asked after the three of you.

    Specifically, we’re wondering about the letter we sent you on Monday, July 27 — the one pointing out that your discussion of public business via e-mail was a clear violation of Colorado law.

  • Thanks for your service, Senator Gibbs

    Last week brought news that state Sen. Dan Gibbs, who represents much of western Jefferson County, is retiring. I’d like to thank him for his service.

  • Lutheran, Good Samaritan medical centers should not become Catholic-controlled

    We represent our community’s citizens who strongly oppose the impending transfer of management control of Exempla Lutheran and Good Samaritan medical centers to the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System.

    This means that control over our two Colorado-built and -funded hospitals — whose assets total $300 million to $500 million — will be transferred to the Kansas-based organization. We believe that ownership of these assets could later be transferred to SCLHS.