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Today's News

  • Courier attorney: Access to county commissioners' e-mails falls short

    An online system that displays e-mails among the three Jeffco commissioners — created after the Courier confronted the commission over an apparent violation of the state Open Meetings Law — has been used just once.

    And, according to First Amendment attorney Chris Beall, the system still doesn’t bring the commissioners into full compliance with the law.

  • Artist’s high-end murals capture the intangible

    Painting human beings is a skill that every artist is required to learn. During their training years, artists may spend hours in front of live models capturing every shape and subtlety of human expression. However, capturing the human soul in a painting is a skill that can’t be taught. Kathryn Petroff, a fine artist and muralist, is skilled at creating portraits that not only bring people to life on canvas but capture the nuances of the human spirit in the process.

  • Where have all the evening 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.

  • Eminent domain: an imminent rip-off

    Commissioner Kevin McCasky’s “controlled” discussion of the proposed Northwest Parkway (to connect C-470 with E-470) at the Lake House town hall meeting on Nov. 2 raises the question of whether building the Northwest Parkway with private funds depends on the government’s use of eminent domain.

  • When it comes to race, fear is a common enemy

    “My friends have come to me unsought. The great God gave them to me.”

    — Emerson, from his essay “Friendship”

  • Conifer and Evergreen libraries safe from budget cuts for now

    The Jeffco Public Library system stands to lose about $1.5 million in revenue next year, as county officials anticipate diverting 0.2 mills of the current library levy toward human services programs.

    Despite the expected loss, the library is not planning to close any locations or cut staff positions.

    Bethany Frisbie, promotions and marketing manager for the Jefferson County Library System, said libraries in Conifer and Evergreen are safe from closure for now.

  • Industry loses one of the good guys

    The name Steve Ellis doesn't resonate in this part of the country.

    However, mention the name in the south, particularly Florida, and Ellis's name was synonymous with two things: hard work and Florida State athletics.

    Ellis passed away far too soon at the age of 54 on Nov. 19, nine days after suffering a heart attack. According to reports, the longtime Florida State University beat writer was in the middle of writing a story when the heart attack happened and he made sure his wife e-mailed in his copy before calling 911.

    A true bulldog till the end.

  • Playing-field fees to increase by $6 per person per season

    There will be a 40 percent increase, from $15 to $21, in the per-player fee for youth football, soccer, baseball, lacrosse and activities for the park district playing fields.

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District board voted Nov. 18 against a series of gradual increases to $30 in 2013 and agreed to revisit the fee-increase policy by the end of the first quarter of 2010.

    The board rejected the idea of charging teams $45 per hour to use the synthetic turf fields, at least for the time being.

  • Fire board undecided on cost-of-living adjustment for 2010

    The board of the Evergreen fire district has postponed until Dec. 8 a decision on whether to change or eliminate the cost-of-living raise included in the draft of the 2010 budget.

    Evergreen Fire/Rescue consists of 32 full-time and four part-time employees. There are also about 80 unpaid volunteer firefighters. The paid staff has received a 3.5 percent cost-of-living increase for the last two years.

  • Wulf Rec Center to hold grand reopening to showcase expanded weight room

    Wulf Recreation Center is holding a grand reopening on Saturday, Nov. 21, to celebrate the remodeling and expansion of the old weight room and other improvements to the building on South Olive Road near Evergreen High School.

    From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., visitors of all ages are invited to partake of activities, balloons, music, arts and crafts, and food and beverages. The day-care center is offering a one-hour-free deal, and there will be several free classes and demonstrations during the day. A ribbon-cutting will kick off the festivities at 9 a.m.