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Today's News

  • Jeffco teachers union at an impasse with district over pay

    The union representing Jeffco Public Schools' teachers has voted to declare an impasse in negotiations with the district over pay increases.

    However, both sides say they want to resolve the pay issues so the teachers have a contract and are willing to go to a state negotiator if necessary.

  • County releases first quarter 2009 financial numbers: Revenues down slightly, expenditures up over 2008 first quarter

    Jefferson County's general fund maintained a healthy balance in the first quarter of 2009, but it reflects some of the country's economic woes when compared with the first three months of 2008, according to a recent presentation by the county's top budget official.

    The county's general fund is doing fine, even though revenues are down or flat and expenditures are up, County Administration and Services Director Todd Leopold told county commissioners May 19.

  • No title, but Cougars fare well at state

    Chance Forbes and Christina Spinzig did amazing things at the Class 4A state golf tournament, and yet they were still disappointed.

    It’s all relative, however.

    Forbes was looking to go out her senior season with either an individual title, or at the very least, place second to improve upon last year’s personal best of third place. Forbes shot an 82 on May 18 and an 83 on May 19 to card a two-day total of 165 and place in a tie for sixth.

  • Resident sees art center in empty Albertsons

    The former Albertsons supermarket on Stagecoach Boulevard might look like an abandoned big-box store to most, but to Russ Campbell, the 51,000-square-foot structure has the makings of the arts and community center that some have been dreaming of for years.

    Campbell came up with the idea about a month ago and has been promoting it to arts groups. The proposed project, which would be privately funded, is still in very preliminary stages.

  • Stingers soccer now has a rival

    A group of Evergreen area parents is coming together to form an alternative soccer program under the umbrella of Colorado Rush of Littleton, a nonprofit soccer club with 5,000 players in Colorado.

    The move comes in the wake of a reorganization by the Stingers Soccer Club, the dominant group in Evergreen with 900 players.

    The new group has already scheduled soccer tryouts at Evergreen High School on Saturday, May 30, for under-11 girls from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and boys from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the upper high school field.

  • Green Ridge residents enjoy the gift of time

    When the hard-working timepiece in the lobby finally tolled its last hour about three weeks back, hard-working Green Ridge Meadow Apartments resident Wendy Lockwood didn’t waste a second.

    “I called in a little ad that said the complex needed a clock with chimes,” said Lockwood, a friendly woman with snowy hair and a perpetual grin. “We got quite a few responses. There are a lot of good people in this world.”

  • Little green heron and Bill’s memorial bench

    Sunday, May 3, dawned wet and soggy. Not a very propitious day for the dawn chorus or, more important to me, the dedication of my husband Bill’s Memorial Bench. I think there were more people than birds. Birds have better sense than to be out and about in such weather. The bird count was low for the date, but at least the people had good views of the birds they did see, for there were plenty of spotting scopes available for everyone to look through. Western grebes showed off their black-and-white tuxedos and their diving ability. Eight song sparrows skulked in and out of the fog.

  • The world according to ‘Star Trek’

    I didn’t watch much television as a kid, but I was a big fan of “Sesame Street.” When “Street” came on at 4 o’clock, I’d hold my breath waiting for Ernie and Bert. Then, at about age 5, I turned on the TV, and who should grace the screen but William Shatner, in all his over-the-top glory, starring as Captain Kirk. From that moment on, “Sesame Street” was a thing of the past.

  • 2009 session featured high-stakes issues

    In one way or another, virtually every one of the 120 days in the 2009 session of the Colorado General Assembly was some kind of preview of the 2010 elections.

  • Parochial approach not helping our young players

    Wanting to maintain a strong local identity in our kids’ soccer programs is admirable but quaint and unrealistic. The Stingers does a fine job of coaching and training up until the age of 12, but it desperately needs to merge with a bigger club with greater resources to produce more of the potentially outstanding players who will move on to Evergreen High, Mullen, Colorado Academy or Conifer varsity teams.