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Today's News

  • Annual Grove Sale a proven winner

    Many events aspire to be described as “win-win.” But Evergreen Lutheran Church’s annual Grove Sale is described by organizers as “win-win-win” — because generous donors, bargain-hungry shoppers and mountain area charitable beneficiaries all come out ahead.

    This year the church, south of Evergreen on Highway 73, will celebrate its 20th year presenting what has become known as “the best garage sale in the mountains.” It will be open for business from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

  • County hopes to get cities involved in funding new animal shelter

    Jeffco officials are trying to broker a deal that would ease the county's financial obligation for funding a new animal shelter and shift some of the burden to cities in the county.

  • Jeffco investment manager projects 2.3 percent return in 2009

    Jeffco’s investment managers expect to earn $7 million in investment income in 2009, which would be an average 2.3 percent return.

    Jeffco treasury officer and portfolio manager Mark Hubbard told the county commissioners Aug. 4 that the county’s investment portfolio was at about $304 million at the end of June and that the county had already earned nearly $4.3 million on interest in 2009. Earnings are expected to rise to $7 million by the end of 2009, Hubbard said.

  • County files motion to restrict former attorney’s testimony in lawsuit

    Former county attorney Frank Hutfless may have violated attorney-client privilege by offering to testify against the county in a federal wiretapping lawsuit, according to the Jefferson County Attorney's Office, and the county is now asking a federal judge to make sure it doesn't happen again.

  • Arvada woman selected to fill empty school board seat

    Robin Johnson of Arvada will fill the Jeffco Public Schools Board of Education seat vacated when former board president Scott Benefield resigned June 30.

    Johnson has three children in Jeffco Public Schools and has been active at her local parent-teacher association, according to a statement from the school district. She’ll take the oath of office at 6 p.m. Sept. 3 at the district’s headquarters.

    Johnson will have to run for re-election Nov. 1 if she hopes to keep the seat.

  • Is it time already?

    Where o where did our summer go?

    In just eight short days, most kids in the Jefferson County school district will report back to school. Is it just me or does that seem entirely too early?

    Back in my day, school didn’t start until after Labor Day. Granted, we were also in school until the third week of June, but there’s something about having to start school in the middle of August that just doesn’t feel right.

  • Race ends in tie (sort of)

    IDAHO SPRINGS — An unusual act of sportsmanship developed Aug. 8 out of a game of long-legged brinkmanship.

    Jason Delaney and James McGown were neck and neck for the first 12 miles of the annual Georgetown to Idaho Springs Half Marathon.

    Delaney, of Golden, was the men’s defending champion and also won the race three years ago. He got out quickly from the start in Georgetown and set the early pace.

    “He’s younger, so he gets out fast,” said McGown, 34.

  • Jeffco Health celebrates 50 years with health party for Evergreen kids

    Learning how to cope with elk droppings was one of eight messages children heard about healthy living at a public-health demonstration last Thursday morning on the grounds of the Buchanan Park Rec Center in Evergreen.

    About 145 children ages 6 to 9 attended the outdoor event.

    Public Health in the Mountains, Sun Up to Sun Down stressed hand-washing, bicycle safety signals, helmet wearing, healthy snacking and how to avoid getting the H1N1 virus and the E. coli germ, among other things. It was open to the public.

  • Apex trail management policy taking shape

    As part of an ongoing effort to design a better plan for the 770-acre park that separates urban Golden from semi-rural foothills suburbs, the Jefferson County Open Space Advisory Committee recently solicited ideas from several major interest groups.

    The issue drew an overflow crowd of about 90 people to the regular meeting of the Jeffco Open Space board on Aug. 6 at the Open Space building in Golden.

  • Love or money? Employers face a choice

    American carmakers are desperately struggling to survive, and we are watching and hoping that the last bastion of our once proud manufacturing sector will not become extinct. There are many Monday morning quarterbacks who point out what might have given them a longer and better future. So I might as well offer my two cents.

    Twenty-five years ago I was part of running a business in Michigan. Even then I remember second-guessing the way Detroit worked.