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Today's News

  • Jeffco boosts funding share for animal shelter: Proposal has foundation, municipalities backstopping $1.5 million outlay

    A deal that would have Jeffco taxpayers foot an additional $1.5 million for the Foothills Animal Shelter project with the promise of being repaid within five years seems headed for approval.

    County staff recently suggested spending an additional $1.5 million from the general fund to make up for slow fund-raising on the part of the Table Mountain Animal Center Foundation.

    The new shelter, which will replace the Table Mountain Animal Center, is set to open in fall 2010 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

  • Can’t slow him down: Evergreen resident set to embark on 100-mile race

    Apparently, running for hours on end just wasn’t enough for Jason Poole.

    The Evergreen resident, who began his love-affair of endurance races (or ultra-marathons) after competing in an Eco Challenge, upped the stakes when he applied – and was accepted – to compete in a 100-mile trail race in Plain, Wash., that’s set to take place Sept. 12 and 13.

  • No star power means golf team must shine

    The Evergreen golf team isn’t quite through the Looking Glass, but things are looking a bit unusual.

    Traditionally, the Cougars can boast one — sometimes more — standout-caliber golfers who will lead a team of steady talent into contention for the Class 4A Jefferson County League title. They’ve been successful, but teams that have had more glue than star power have also bested them when it mattered.

    This season, Cougars coach Mike Kuzava thinks his team will journey to the other side.

  • Messy Monets: Art in the Park gives kids a colorful crash course in fun

    A great success is the best way to describe the first-ever Art in the Park at the Mountain Resource Center last week.

    The event, which provided free art activities for children and their parents, was expected to garner a couple dozen wannabe artists, but by the halfway point, at least 50 children had attended. And they all had messy, artistic fun.

    The kids painted birdhouses and made kites, hats, beaded necklaces and stamped booklets, and even painted canvas shoes.

  • Fire board axes communications manager job

     

    “In the last five years we have increased the number of supervisors for the same amount of people by leaps and bounds.” — board member Jeff DeDisse

    The job reduction is part of an ongoing initiative, spearheaded by board member George Kling, to reduce the layers of management and shrink salary costs.

  • Evergreen resident becomes district court judge

    Gov. Bill Ritter last week appointed Evergreen resident Christine Bachmeyer Phillips as a new district judge in the 1st Judicial District, which serves Gilpin and Jefferson counties.

    She fills the vacancy created by the resignation of M.J. Menendez, who returned to the U.S. attorney’s office in Denver after two years on the bench.

    Phillips worked as a civil lawyer for a private law firm for four years out of law school but since then has been in government.

  • Fire board axes communications manager job

    The job reduction is part of an ongoing initiative, spearheaded by board member George Kling, to reduce the layers of management and shrink salary costs.

    Fire Chief Garry DeJong said he would follow the board’s mandate and make sure McMahan’s departure doesn’t negatively impact either the department or the public. “The board is trying to find ways to make the organization more effective and efficient, and that’s where we are headed,” DeJong said.

    The news came as a surprise to McMahan, who has been in the job for 14 months.

  • An event for the ages: Life Care Center residents mingle with kids at country fair

    Some things never change.

    At a fair, the band will always play “You Are My Sunshine,” and kids will eat sweets and run everywhere they go. There are quilts and cornhusks, and everyone wears brightly colored hats and spends a little too much time in the sun.

    Also, ask a woman her age, and she’ll tell you that you don’t want to know. That’s how most of the female residents of the Life Care Center in Evergreen responded to questions about their age.

  • Know something about wild mushrooms before you pick them

    August is usually a rainy month. I had thought that it might be drier this year due to all the rain we have had in June and July, but the rain seems to be continuing into August.

  • A victory for open government

    Chalk up another victory for open government. The Board of Governors of Colorado State University has released the tapes of an obviously illegal executive session and paid the legal fees of newspapers in Fort Collins and Pueblo.