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Today's News

  • Keep your eyes, ears open for Christmas bird count

    The printed edition of the Christmas Bird Count for 2008, the 109th CBC, just came in lat week’s mail.

    As usual it is full of fascinating facts and bits of information. There are 59,813 participants and 661 species, plus 38 forms and 28 introduced exotics seen on the counts. Two of these were new, never seen on CBC before. They were the Jack snipe at Eugene, Ore., and the little bunting at Greater Massett, British Columbia.

  • Senior moments highlight birthday week

    I’ve had my share of senior moments the last week, more of them unforgettable than forgetful.

    No single piece of mail can more brutally deliver mortality’s sharp stick in the eye than the dreaded AARP membership packet, and my own little reminder of the five-decade milestone came when seniors and their concerns were uppermost on my mind.

  • Wasting away before a proverbial full plate

    It’s ironic, isn’t it? Here we have access to more information than at any time in history, yet more than ever it seems we prefer to get our information from just the handful of sources reflecting only our own world views.

    My friends on the left visit websites like Daily Kos, Huffington Post and Talking Points Memo. They listen to 760 AM on the radio and watch MSNBC.

    On the conservative side, we read posts on Town Hall, Drudge Report and National Review Online. We listen to 710 AM and tune into Fox News in the evening.

  • Schools making important decisions about facilities

    In an effort to maximize efficient use of facilities and save money, the Jefferson County Board of Education has convened a 30-member community committee to review its facilities. Forty-five options to adjust how different buildings are used have been developed, and four community meetings are scheduled over the next week to solicit public input on possible changes.

  • Park district plans hearing Nov. 18 on field use fees

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District will hold a special meeting and continuation of the budget discussion on Nov. 18 at the Evergreen Lake House to discuss the topic of field use fees and other matters.

    A regularly scheduled meeting of the board was held Nov. 17, but field usage fees were not discussed at that meeting.

    Public comment will be accepted under the budget discussion.

    The board expects to review and approve the entire budget at a special board meeting Dec. 11.

  • Evergreen athletes commit to colleges

    Sam Jones knew for a while where he was going to attend college.

    The Evergreen senior had to wait until Nov. 11 to make it official, though, as that was the first day athletes could sign national letters of intent with the school of their choice.

    Jones will attend Colorado Christian University, an NCAA Division II school, where he will continue his baseball career.

  • Fire district to weigh wage increases at upcoming meeting

    The board posted notice of a special meeting at 3 p.m., Friday, Nov. 20 at the fire department headquarters, 1802 Bergen Parkway. The budget approval date was pushed back to the next regular board meeting, 7 p.m. Dec. 8.

    The board is weighing whether a 3.5 percent cost-of-living increase for paid fire department staffers is justified given the economy. The Consumer Price Index in the first half of 2009 was negative 0.6 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • Jeffco sets free H1N1 clinics for high-risk residents

    Long lines are expected, and attendees are advised to dress for the weather and be prepared to wait outside.

    The event is only for people at highest risk for developing complications from influenza.

    The vaccinations are for those who are unable to access H1N1 vaccine through their health care provider or who do not have a health care provider.

    The department asks that, due to limited supplies of vaccine initially in the state, only people in the priority category attend clinics. When more vaccine arrives, more clinics will be scheduled.

  • Berry case will proceed

    Jefferson County District Judge Tamara Russell ruled in favor of proceeding in the case against the Evergreen couple accused of securities fraud after a two-hour preliminary hearing Nov. 12.

    The state of Colorado has charged Anne Wakeford Berry, 48, and her husband, Kenneth Gerald Berry, 66, with multiple counts of securities fraud in connection with their company, Biotech Information Systems Inc., which was incorporated in Nevada in June 2005.

  • Marijuana counseling office opening downtown

    Medical marijuana dispensaries are popping up all over the Denver area, but there are none operating overtly in unincorporated Jefferson County.

    “The zoning resolution doesn’t allow them anywhere,” said Kathy Hartman, county commissioner for District 3, which covers the mountains.

    “It would require a change of the zoning resolution, and we are not moving in any hurry,” Hartman said. “I would like for Jeffco to wait. I don’t want to be in a position of changing zoning while the state law is in flux.”